“The only restriction is that if you do telecom work in the private sector, you can’t tip me when I pour you a beer,” he writes in the e-mail. “How much better can it get?”
Just call it a vacation
Folks in Washington can’t agree on much these days — and beyond substance, it seems they can’t even come to terms on the terms of the debate.
In a speech Thursday, President Obama called “raising the debt ceiling” a “lousy name.” Seems he thinks the label makes it sound as though the U.S. is taking on more debt, instead of just making it possible to pay down its existing debt.
But he didn’t offer an alternative.
And the president’s vocabulary critique is not the first quibble over shutdown semantics. Recall that the federal government stopped using the terms “essential” and “nonessential” when discussing which workers would toil through a shutdown, since they felt insulting to federal employees. “Excepted” and “non-excepted” are the kinder, gentler monikers.
And Fox News even recently eschewed the very word “shutdown” in favor of the less-scary-sounding “slimdown.”
One more time
As Britney Spears might say, “Oops, I did it again.”
Rep. Loretta Sanchez appeared to retweet — then almost immediately delete — a tweet from the pop star on Wednesday urging Congress to get to work.
The account associated with the California Democrat retweeted a message from Brit-Brit on Wednesday afternoon that read: “Go call the po-lice, Go Call The Gu-vunah! Someone tell Congress to get to #WorkBxxCH.”
Eleven seconds later, the retweet was deleted. But it was captured by Politwoops, the site run by the Sunlight Foundation that captures lawmakers’ erased tweets.
Britney’s tweet was a sample of lyrics from her new comeback single “Work [expletive]” (the song includes the line “Go call the police, go call the governor”), which she apparently customized for the shutdown-paralyzed Congress.
Sanchez’s camp tells us a staffer with access to the congresswoman’s Twitter account accidentally used the official account instead of her own private one.
Still, maybe Congress could use a little tough talk from the former Mouseketeer.
With Emily Heil
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