CONGRESSIONAL WITHOUT AID. The WaPo has a large feature today on members of Congress who are moms. The piece focuses a lot on the guilt of being a working mother and how difficult it is to commute a long distance far away from a family, with quotes like:
"It feels like someone's ripping my heart out," [Debbie Wasserman Schultz] said. "No matter how good your spouse is, kids want their mom when they're sick."
AFTER LEDBETTER. Yesterday SCOTUSblog had a follow-up to the Ledbetter v. Goodyear ruling which originally appeared in BNA's "Employment Discrimination Report." It does a good job of exploring previous case law and expresses frustration that the ruling may make fighting discrimination fuzzier. Jason Harrow says, "We face another decade (or more?) of inconsistent and contradictory court decisions, some of which will carve away at Ledbetter."
DEBRIEFING PTSD. Newly confirmed Army Secretary Pete Geren will hear from mental health professionals about a new program today that that the DoD plans to implement to raise awareness among returning soldiers about PTSD. It includes:
Two 30-minute multimedia presentations [where] soldiers will learn to identify basic symptoms in themselves and other soldiers. Afterwards, health professionals will answer troops' questions. The Army also has produced a video to make soldiers' family members more sensitive to possible warning signs and treatment options.
VA SECRETARY RESIGNS. The AP is reporting that Jim Nicholson, the secretary of veterans affairs, just resigned due to pressure from the Walter Reed scandal. A November 2005 Fox News interview revealed that he said he "often" visited Walter Reed with his wife, and even went so far as to say:
In April, the McCainiacs gathered at the Tabu Ultra Lounge ... [where] "Stunning models/servers tempt with nouveau classic cocktails. This is the forbidden world of Tabú, where only one rule applies: anything goes. Are you ready for a nightspot that's too hot to touch?"
The campaign dropped nearly $30K on the nightclub scene, but to no avail. Wonder if he wore a "gay" sweater to the event?