“President Barack Obama’s ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don’t sidestep a budget meltdown,” the AP writes. “Obama was set to talk about enlarging early childhood education programs such as Head Start during a stop Thursday in Georgia.”
The Washington Post: “President Obama will visit a Head Start program near Atlanta Thursday to formally unveil his proposal for expanding early childhood education, which includes home-visiting programs that offer parenting skills and support to new mothers and fathers, more quality child care for infants and toddlers, and a push to offer pre-school to all four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families.”
“President Obama traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday to kick off a three-day, post-State of the Union push for his plan to revitalize the U.S. economy,” USA Today writes. “Obama chose a Canadian auto-parts manufacturer, The Linamar Corp., in Asheville, N.C., as a backdrop to reinforce his call for Congress to pour money into bolstering America's manufacturing and high-tech sectors.”
“President Barack Obama has again nominated two members of the National Labor Relations Board whose appointments last year were disputed by a federal appeals court,” the AP says. “On Wednesday, Obama sent to the Senate the nominations of Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, both of whom he placed on the labor board by bypassing the Senate last year. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled last month Obama violated the Constitution by using a so-called ‘recess appointment’ to place them on the board.”
Obama’s doing a Google+ hangout Thursday at 4:50 pm ET.
“As part of his effort to acquaint himself with his new surroundings -- and build some good will -- Secretary of State John Kerry dropped by the press room at the Department of State on Wednesday bearing gifts: Red Sox caps,” the Boston Globe reports. “The former Massachusetts senator, who assumed the post of top diplomat on Feb. 1, spent some time chatting with television and print reporters and producers who will be covering and traveling with him in the coming months.”
Two Yankees fans reporters made a fuss about getting the hats, one even declined it.