Ben Adler in Reuters on Obama's next gay rights issue President Obama made no real policy implications when he decided to publicly support gay marriage Wednesday, but "[t]here is a different issue on which Obama could achieve real, tangible results for gays and lesbians, and gain electoral advantage over Mitt Romney: employment discrimination." Adler suggests Obama push for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Adler makes the case that Obama's support would be a political winner. "If Obama gave a campaign speech in which he called on Congress to pass ENDA and demanded that Romney do the same, he would stick Romney between a rock and a hard place."
Mark Kantrowitz and Lynn O’Shaughnessy in The New York Times on the college loan debate Obama's public crusade to get Congress to extend a lower interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford student loans has brought the issue to the fore of political debate this month. "What's lost is how Congress, in numerous ways, has been hurting the most vulnerable college students and dithering on the crisis of college affordability. The Stafford debate is more rhetoric than substance." Kantrowitz and O'Shaughnessy lay out the math to show that the proposed extension would only save students $6 a month on loan repayments. Meanwhile, they point to Congress's lack of focus on its other college affordability measures.