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President Obama Pens Huff Post Op-Ed on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Working_families_summitCorresponding with today’s first ever White House Summit on Working FamiliesPresident Barack Obama penned “Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs” for The Huffington Post on the challenges of working parents and how the country can properly address them.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

The all day event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, The White House, and the U.S. Department of Labor and is set to include the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

For the op-ed, click on over to The Huffington Post, or click through for the summit’s live stream. Read more

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Behar Thinks Biden Needs Caffeine

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared on a special “Red, White & View” episode of ABC’s “The View” this morning to promote their new initiative in support of military families, Joining Forces.

Though the ladies were there for a purpose, co-host Joy Behar couldn’t resist cracking a joke to Dr. Biden: “Have you been giving [Joe] decaf?” The Second Lady took the ribbing well and laughed it off.

Behar was referring to the Veep’s nap during President Obama‘s speech at GWU last Wednesday.

First and Second Lady Announce New Initiative

This adorable picture will grace the cover of Parade magazine’s April 24th issue. First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden talked to the magazine about their new initiative, Joining Forces.

The White House announced the initiative today, the purpose of which is to support military families. Parade‘s press release says Obama and Biden plan to “educate, challenge, and encourage action from all sectors of our society” in support of the families of service men and women.

Mrs. Obama told Parade about her husband’s presidential campaign: “Everywhere I went there were military spouses, and their stories took my breath away – the pain of multiple deployments, trying to keep the family afloat. I remember sitting and crying with a group of them.”

Joining Forces is Obama and Biden’s first joint project, and the cover is their first cover together.

3121: My Excellent Adventure

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Last night, the National Journal Group celebrated the official launch of 3121, a social network of sorts for congressional staff and members. The invite-only fete was held in the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Center and after a slew of strange obstacles and a run-in with Jill Biden (more on that after the jump), my excellent adventure ended there.

The event featured a log-in bar where staffers could claim their profiles, a photo booth for snapping profile pics and plenty of booze. FishbowlDC was lucky enough to get a full demo of 3121; which to my surprise seemed quite useful and user-friendly.

We’re told the collaboration tool/directory houses roughly 9,000 profiles – 4,500 were released and 500 were claimed by the end of day one (yesterday). The remaining 4,500 will be rolled out today; offering all members and hill staffers access to network.

For more information about 3121, click here.

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National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Brian Walsh and Christine Mangi from Sen. Murkowski’s office

My fantastic voyage to the 3121 party after the jump.

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