Zillow values White House at $319 million

A few items that caught our attention on Wednesday:

(Karen Bleier/AFP-Getty Images)
(Karen Bleier/AFP-Getty Images)

Zillow says White House would sell for $319 million: The real-estate web site valued the “132-room mansion” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at that price, adding that it is the “rarest of homes in the U.S. since it is not only the residence of the U.S. president and his family, but it also has two wings with offices for the president, the First Lady, top staff and aides.” Politico has a blog item about the listing.

Obama tells Leno diplomats ‘don’t get enough credit’: President Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday, reminding viewers that many U.S. diplomats serve in dangerous positions as he talked about the recent terrorist threats that prompted the administration last week to close some of its embassies. Government Executive has a report on the president’s comments.

Senior executives express frustration with sequester: That’s the takeaway from a recent forum hosted by the Senior Executives Association to discuss the impacts of the automatic spending cuts that took effect in March, according to an article in Government Executive.

How to avoid training cuts during the sequester: Training is often one of the first things to go when agencies have to reduce spending, but that option comes with some consequences for the workforce. A former federal human resources official discussed ways to protect such programs during an interview with Federal News Radio.

The five most memorable Obama/Hillary Clinton comments: Highlights from a long history of flattering and not-so-nice comments the president and former secretary of state have made about each other, compliments of a blog item on The Fix.

EPA may relax its biofuel rules: The agency is considering that move as the U.S. struggles to reach its targets for use of ethanol and other biofuels in an effort to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. Economic and chemistry issues have hindered progress, according to a Wonkblog article.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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