The Secret Service made some immediate changes after the president's death 50 years ago this month: Open limousines were out. And it began taking a more aggressive approach to its advance work. Over the years, the service has established counter-sniper units, assault teams and surveillance units.
The Senate has approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which gives workplace protections to workers and job applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The bill would apply to any private employer with more than 15 workers; it includes an exemption for religious groups.
The Obama administration refrains from attacking the health-insurance industry in order to get the Obamacare website fixed ASAP... Virginia is for lovers (of political recriminations)... Colorado's supporters of a failed effort to boost taxes for public education try to regroup.
A year ago, newly re-elected President Obama got promises of cooperation from chastened GOP congressional leaders. Since then, Senate Republicans have delivered on some key issues. Ditto for the GOP-led House, at least initially. Then came the partial government shutdown.
Gov. Jerry Brown is now on the longest-serving governor in California history. Not long ago, the state was in economic crisis. Today, California's finances are healthier than they've been in years. Now, many in the nation's capital are looking to the state — and its governor — for what lessons Washington might learn from Sacramento.