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  • NBC Reporter to Rick Perry: "Are You Smart Enough To Be President?" (vid)

    12/11/2014 10:27:47 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 71 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 11, 2014 | Real Clear Politics
    KASIE HUNT, MSNBC: And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?"
  • MSNBC reporter asks Rick Perry if he’s “smart enough to be president”

    12/11/2014 7:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that after the many media debacles in the last few election cycles, the cable news denizens have learned their lesson. This time around things are going to be different. Candidates will be treated fairly, with an opportunity to make their case before the American people while being subjected to rigorous examination of their actual record and their stated positions on the issues.Naw, I’m just kidding. Nothing has actually changed at all. And to lead off the two year parade of embarrassing media moments, MSNBC featured an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry...
  • Ferguson shooting is topic of Obama meetings Monday with Cabinet, civil rights leaders, police

    12/01/2014 6:36:05 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    al.com ^ | 12/1/14
    ....Obama will discuss the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday with his Cabinet, civil rights leaders, law enforcement officials and others.
  • Report: Obama Picks Ashton Carter to Be Next Defense Secretary

    12/02/2014 6:57:35 AM PST · by pepsi_junkie · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard Blog ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    Ashton Carter announced on Twitter that President Obama called to tell him he'd be nominated to be the next defense secretary. "President Obama phones me announcing his decision to appoint me as Defense Secretary. I'm honoured and happy," Carter tweets. CNN confirms: Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at the Pentagon appears to be the top choice to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel. Barring any last minute complications, Ash Carter will be President Barack Obama's choice as the new Secretary of Defense, several U.S. administration officials told CNN.
  • Who Will Replace Chuck Hagel?

    11/24/2014 1:54:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 24, 2014 | Russell Berman
    President Obama will be naming his fourth secretary of defense in six years. Will he choose the first woman to run the Pentagon? Even before Chuck Hagel's resignation from the Defense Department became official, the names of a pair of longtime Pentagon veterans had already surfaced as top contenders to replace him as secretary: Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Flournoy and Carter have been through this wringer before: Both were floated as possible Pentagon chiefs earlier in Obama's presidency, and both have served at the highest levels of the department. A third candidate, Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, said...
  • Ted Cruz: The Senate must block all presidential nominees until Obama rescinds his amnesty

    11/24/2014 12:46:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/24/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another leftover from Sunday brunch via the Corner. Joel Pollak floated this idea a few weeks ago in a piece for Breitbart. I thought of it again on Thursday night, when I was busy enjoying my vacation from HA by watching Obama’s amnesty speech and screaming at my TV. Now here’s Cruz proposing the same plan, although with two caveats. One: It’s not so much that he wants the Senate to block O’s nominees as he wants Mitch McConnell to refuse to bring those nominations to the floor in the first place. That’s a clever way of killing two...
  • How BIG is The Executive? Cabinet Growth as a small example. [Vanity]

    11/20/2014 3:27:27 PM PST · by SES1066 · 11 replies
    Self
    With President Obama expanding on his power, an amateur historian like myself looks to past growth of the Executive Branch and in this post looking at the number of Cabinet (Departmental) positions and their growth. How many can give the number of these positions currently and how that has changed? It is an interesting progression and given my preference for minimalist governance, frightening!
  • Obama Urges His Cabinet to Be 'Creative' in Bypassing Congressional Power [ ie break law,again ]

    07/01/2014 2:31:12 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | July 1 2014 | breitbart
    After being handed a series of defeats by the Supreme Court challenging his executive power, on Tuesday President Barack Obama gathered Cabinet secretaries to tell them to "be creative about how we can make real progress" on issues where Congress won't act.
  • Obama to Cabinet: 'Be Creative,' Find Areas Open to Executive Action

    07/01/2014 2:21:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2014 | Thomson
    President Barack Obama told his Cabinet on Tuesday to 'be creative' looking for areas where he might be able to govern by executive action given gridlock in Congress that is hampering his agenda. In a White House meeting, Obama brought together the top officials in his government a day after conceding that a deadlocked Congress will prompt him to act on his own authority where he can on an immigration overhaul. Obama said he wants to work with Congress where possible, "but if Congress is unable to do it," then he said his Cabinet officials and agency heads should look...
  • Obama asks Cabinet for 'creative' use of executive powers

    07/01/2014 9:36:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 1, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Tuesday asked his Cabinet to help him find more ways to use his executive powers. “You’ve already seen the power of some of our executive actions making a real difference for ordinary families,” Obama said at a White House meting. “We’re going to have to be creative about how we can make real progress.” The president is increasingly relying on executive orders and regulatory moves to move his agenda, despite opposition from House Republicans, who have threatened to sue him over his executive actions, and the Supreme Court, which ruled last week that Obama’s recess appointments were...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Obama's Cabinet is Incompetent

    05/23/2014 9:13:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the Walter Reed Army Medical Center scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability. Almost nothing that former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promised before, during or after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act came true. She was also cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for...
  • Obama Whistles Tune Before Meeting

    01/18/2014 11:57:02 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 14, 2014 | 0bama
    President Barack Obama can be heard whistling moments before a cabinet meeting Tuesday at the White House.
  • Ministers Approve Jordan Valley Annexation

    12/29/2013 12:48:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/13 | Gil Ronon & Ari Soffer
    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted Sunday in favor of a bill that would annex the Jordan Valley and place it under full Israeli sovereignty. Four ministers voted in favor of the draft law, which was proposed Likud MK Miri Regev. Three opposed it. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of “peace negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority (PA) attacked the ministers who voted for the bill, and called it “an irresponsible proposal that will harm Israel and isolate it.” "Some of those who supported the bill would have opposed it, if they had known it would pass,” she...
  • Sebelius: Obama didn't know about tech issues

    10/23/2013 10:33:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Sebelius: Obama didn't know about tech issues Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News 1 hour ago The woman at the center of the firestorm surrounding the tech-plagued launch of the Obamacare website says President Barack Obama was not informed of potential red flags until it went live. In an interview with CNN's Sanjay Gupta on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the president was told of problems with the site in the "first couple of days" after the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov, but not before. "Nobody says the site is working the way...
  • White House plans ObamaCare blitz [running around like chickens with their heads cut off]

    10/23/2013 9:13:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 23, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Looking to combat headlines dominated by the technical problems plaguing the ObamaCare website, top Obama administration officials will fan out across the country to sell the American public on signing up for insurance under the law. "We are planning to deploy White House officials and Cabinet secretaries to the 10 cities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured Americans to do enrollment events and other grassroots activities," a White House official told CNN on Wednesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will participate in the blitz, with two stops in Texas and another in Phoenix, Ariz., later...
  • High-level national security meeting at White House while Obama plays golf

    08/05/2013 7:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2013 | Rick Moran
    I'm sure al-Qaeda is suitably impressed with the seriousness with which our president takes the threat of a terrorist attack in the next few days. Associated Press: President Barack Obama kicked off his birthday weekend Saturday with a round of golf with friends and a getaway to Camp David. Obama, who turns 52 on Sunday, left the White House just after 8 a.m. EDT -- that's unusually early for the half-hour motorcade ride to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland -- to squeeze in some golf before the celebration shifted to the presidential retreat nestled in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains. Before...
  • Obama Partying While Advisors Meet on Terror Threat

    08/04/2013 2:06:52 PM PDT · by grundle · 39 replies
    whitehousedossier.com ^ | August 4, 2013 | Keith Koffler
    As his top national security advisors gathered for an urgent Saturday meeting to discuss the terrorist threat that has forced the United States to close embassies overseas, President Obama was at Camp David celebrating his birthday with friends. Sixteen senior officials participated in the unusual gathering, according to the White House. Among them were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who chaired the session, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa...
  • US STATE DEPARTMENT EXTENDS CLOSURE OF SEVERAL EMBASSIES, CONSULATES IN MIDEAST UNTIL AUGUST 10

    08/04/2013 1:46:12 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 100 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8/4/2013
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  • Terror Threat Got You Teed Off? Obama Leaves al-Qaeda Worries to the Staff

    08/04/2013 11:40:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 4, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Key figures in the Obama administration met on the current al-Qaeda threat on Saturday while the president conducted an intensive golf fiesta at Andrews Air Force Base. President Obama set off for the golf course at about 8 a.m., hoping to squeeze in as much play as possible before a scheduled departure to Camp David at 2:30 p.m. Three all-male teams hit the golf course to mark the day before Obama’s 52nd birthday, including regulars Reggie Love and Marvin Nicholson, White House chef Sam Kass and college friend Wahid Hamid. “Before departing this morning, the president was updated on a...
  • Terror threat prompts high-level meeting at White House

    08/04/2013 8:49:14 AM PDT · by skimbell · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/04/13 | Jonathan Easley
    The White House said top administration officials gathered late Saturday over a terror threat that provoked the State Department to close more than 20 diplomatic posts and issue a worldwide travel alert. National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA
  • Obama to host Cabinet members for Friday retreat at Camp David (Last time was in 2010)

    07/25/2013 6:36:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/25/13 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    President Barack Obama will host Cabinet members and their families on Friday for a rare retreat at Camp David, a White House official said. Obama uses the facility far less often than many of his predecessors have, only occasionally holding meetings there or heading there for a weekend of rest and relaxation. The president has hosted Cabinet members and their families there just once before, weeks before Democrats' big losses in the 2010 midterm elections.
  • Breaking: Supreme Court to review Obama recess appointments

    06/24/2013 8:07:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/24/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It won’t be for a while, as this session of the Supreme Court will come to an end this week with the release of its most controversial decisions of the term. However, next year, the court will hear arguments on what constitutes a recess, and how much power the President has to make appointments without the advice and consent of the Senate: President Obama’s recess appointments to a federal agency– made without Senate confirmation– will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, a major constitutional test of executive power. …The case sets up a high-stakes Supreme Court fight between the other...
  • Obama to tap Charlotte mayor to run Transportation [Kakistocracy Lives On!]

    04/29/2013 6:26:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 4/29/13 | JULIE PACE
    President Barack Obama is nominating Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, a rising star in Democratic politics, to run the Transportation Department, a White House official said... Foxx will be the first black nominee among Obama’s picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. The president has faced questions, including from the Congressional Black Caucus, about a lack of diversity in his first round of nominations after winning re-election. If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would take over a department that has been at the center of Washington’s debate over the impact of the so-called sequester cuts. The automatic cuts resulted...
  • CBC leader concerned Obama has named no blacks to new Cabinet

    03/11/2013 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 11, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said she is concerned that President Obama has not yet appointed African-Americans to his second-term Cabinet. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said Obama's appointees do not reflect the nation's diverse population — at least, so far. “I am concerned that you have moved forward with new cabinet appointments and yet, to date, none of them have been African American,” her letter to Obama states. “You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your cabinet. However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this...
  • Obama rounds out Cabinet with EPA, Energy picks

    03/04/2013 2:07:30 PM PST · by haffast · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-4-2013 | Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama announced his nominees to lead a new U.S. push to tackle climate change on Monday, choosing an air quality expert to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a nuclear physicist to head the Department of Energy. In a widely expected move, Obama selected agency veteran Gina McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson as EPA administrator and scientist Ernest Moniz from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to take over for Steven Chu as Energy secretary. Obama also announced his choice to lead the White House budget office - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation,...
  • Congressional Hearings Show Obama Treading Dangerous Global Path

    02/11/2013 5:28:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Michael Barone
    There were two extraordinary disclosures in Thursday's testimony of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey before the Senate Armed Services Committee. One is that there was no communication between them and Barack Obama or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the seven hours of Sept. 11, 2012, when Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were attacked and murdered in Benghazi. This is a vivid contrast with those photos we've seen of the president and his leading advisers watching the video of the attack on Osama bin Laden. At a 5 p.m. meeting, when...
  • John Kerry Can Help Solve Obama's Problem Of Having A Womanless Cabinet

    01/30/2013 4:59:33 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-30-13 | The Looking Spoon
    Probably the most random thought I've had since I've started doing Photoshops. If you don't know the pop singer this is referencing find out here.
  • TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY TO LEAVE ADMINISTRATION [LaHood the RINO]

    01/29/2013 7:06:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    Big story A P ^ | 1/29/13
    Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican still left in President Barack Obama's first-term Cabinet, says he plans to leave the Obama administration. The former congressman from Illinois says in an interview with The Associated Press that he intends to remain at the department until his successor is confirmed.
  • Jarrett: Expect more diversity in future Obama Cabinet picks (nothing but old white guys so far)

    01/20/2013 3:53:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/13 | Meghashyam Mali
    Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett on Sunday predicted more minorities and women would be tapped for positions in the president’s Cabinet. “His cabinet, when he's finished -- and he's far from finished -- will have diversity, including women, including people of color,” said Jarrett in an interview with CNN. “He believes he makes his best decisions when he is surrounded by people who have different perspectives and give him their best ideas,” she continued. “And so, one picture does not speak a thousand words in this instance. I spent a lot of time in the Oval Office, and I'm in...
  • Obama gun order triples Cabinet agencies required to track guns

    01/17/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by TLI · 45 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    President Obama is tripling the number of Cabinet agencies with gun control law enforcement responsibilities in his new bid to track guns, adding six agencies to the three typically included--Justice, Homeland Security and Defense. Section 1.e of his executive order released Wednesday adds State, Treasury, Interior, Agriculture, Energy, and Veterans Affairs. It reads: "For purposes of this memorandum, 'Federal law enforcement agencies' means the Departments of State, the Treasury, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Energy, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security, and such other agencies and offices that regularly recover firearms in the course of their criminal investigations as the President...
  • Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks (old white guys)

    01/08/2013 5:48:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/07/13 | Emily Heil
    The White House is poised this week to announce a handful of Cabinet nominees, most of whom have a few things in common: they all seem like perfectly qualified, distinguished folks. . . and they’re all white men. President Obama’s picks, including Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for secretary of state, former senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) for secretary of defense and John Brennan for CIA director, mean that the number of positions that could be filled by women or minorities is dwindling. That’s causing some concern among those who’d hoped to see diversity in the cabinet remain at its historic levels or even...
  • Women’s group: Obama’s cabinet ‘clearly’ needs to be 50-percent female

    12/06/2012 6:31:45 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 6, 2012 | Caroline May
    As President Barack Obama finalizes his second-term cabinet picks, the nation’s leading feminist group is pushing for more female appointments. Currently, the president, who garnered 55 percent of the women’s vote on Election Day, has eight females in his 23-member cabinet. According the National Organization for Women, that number isn’t nearly high enough. NOW president Terry O’Neill, in an interview with The Daily Caller, explained that she would like to see complete gender parity in Obama’s second-term cabinet. “I think that if half of the cabinet were women and half of the Supreme Court and half of Congress were women,...
  • Cabinet maker Merillat closing 2 Virginia plants (279 employees)

    11/20/2012 8:07:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    ATKINS, Va. - Cabinet maker Merillat is laying off 280 employees at two manufacturing plants in southwest Virginia. Officials for parent company Masco Cabinetry confirmed on Tuesday that it plans to close two facilities that make doors and panels for cabinets in Atkins in mid-January...
  • Post Your Dream/Nightmare Obama Cabinet Appointments Here

    11/12/2012 5:37:32 PM PST · by Argus · 42 replies
    My Fertile Imagination | 11/12/12 | Argus
    John Kerry as Secretary of Defense. Susan Rice as Secretary of State. How much loonier can it get? Who says Obama has no sense of humor? Here's your chance to weigh in, FReepers. Post your own nominees for the New And Improved Obama 2013 Cabinet here. I'll get the ball rolling: Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare: Michael Moore CIA Director: Van Jones Secretary of the Treasury: Jon Corzine et cetera. Have at it, comrades!
  • Cabinet role for Mitt Romney would be a shrewd move

    11/08/2012 5:46:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 8, 2012 | Joe Battenfeld
    President Obama’s post-election offer to sit down with vanquished GOP rival Mitt Romney has spurred talk of a possible White House role for Romney, a move that could help calm jitters on Wall Street and warm the partisan chill on Capitol Hill. Romney is still licking his wounds from the devastating loss, and supporters say he’s more concerned now with being with family than working with Obama.
  • Stocking the Cabinet: Who Might Serve in a Romney Administration?

    10/19/2012 6:42:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/19/2012 | By Jim O'Sullivan
    When he was a governor, Mitt Romney prided himself on bringing in the best and the brightest. As president, he would be under pressure to tend to Republican Party interests in stocking the government with loyalists. The day after his election as governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Mitt Romney welcomed reporters to his transition headquarters in the PeopleÂ’s Republic of Cambridge, informed his new constituents that managing the stateÂ’s pressing budget crisis would be his top priority, and began fleshing out the top posts within his pending administration.A decade later, a President Romney would again face immediate fiscal problems. But...
  • All the President's Women and Men (Good assessment)

    10/16/2012 9:05:03 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 16, 2012 | Ed Lasky
    Among the key responsibilities of a president is choosing highly capable officials to steer the nation's course wisely. President Obama has failed in this duty. Romney declared during the debate that Obama only picks losers regarding green energy boondoggles; the same pattern holds true when it comes to picking people to run the nation. His picks span the spectrum from the incompetent to the dismal. Recently, I was struck by the tone and gist of a column by New York Times liberal columnist (but I repeat myself) Roger Cohen. His piece, " Obama's Team of Idolizers," made mincemeat of Barack...
  • Romney's Czars

    09/03/2012 8:21:15 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 14 replies
    Romney is going to be busy fixing the state of the economy, so he is going to need to appoint some Czars. Here are a few to consider along with whom Romney should appoint: An Eric Holder Czar for criminalizing Eric Holder for being Eric Holder. (Rudy Giiulani since Attila the Hun is unavailable) A DOJ Czar for cleaning out all the Black Panthers and commie racist lawyers in the Department of Justice. ( J. Christian Adams ) A Top Secret Control Czar to investigate all the security leaks resulting in the death of overseas operatives. ( Dick Cheney )...
  • Who’s on the inside track for a Romney Cabinet

    08/28/2012 1:51:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/28/2012 | Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
    Mitt Romney said his Cabinet and White House staff will be stacked with men and women from the business world, but his top advisers sketched out for POLITICO a team composed of many familiar faces in Washington. Already on the inside track: several veterans of George W. Bush’s administration and a number of women — but not necessarily a single Democrat. The choices are still months off — and behind in the polls, Romney is hardly preoccupied with his transition just yet — but it is possible to chart a more detailed early look at a potential Romney Cabinet than...
  • Obama Holds First Cabinet Meeting Since January

    07/27/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/26/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Obama Holds First Cabinet Meeting Since January9:02 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER According to President Barack Obama's official schedule, "Later in the afternoon, the President will hold a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting." By CBS reporter Mark Knoller's account, this cabinet meeting is the first one President Obama has held since January 31: Today at the WH, Pres Obama convenes a Cabinet meeting - 18th of his presidency, first one since Jan 31st. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 26, 2012 **SNIP** So it appears,...
  • The Shadow Cabinet; Obama meets with left-wing critics of Israel to plot next moves

    05/10/2012 5:50:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5/10/12 | Adam Kredo
    President Obama sat down yesterday with a cadre of far-left foreign policy writers, several of whom regularly lambast the state of Israel, to get advice on a range of critical foreign policy issues, among them Afghanistan, Israel, and NATO, according to press accounts. The group of nine included several writers who promulgate fringe views about the state of Israel, advocate in favor of divestment from Israel, and describe the Jewish State as an “apartheid” state—views that are also endorsed by the most extreme anti-Israel advocates. Liberal author Peter Beinart—who has compared Israel to the segregated South and advocates boycotting areas
  • Secretaries Gone Wild (The Obama cabinet lacks experience and follows its own rules)

    05/03/2012 6:39:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/03/2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    We’ve had some unusual cabinet secretaries in past administrations –Earl Butz, John Mitchell, and James Watt come to mind — but never anything quite like the present bunch. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has overseen some $5 trillion in new debt. To help pay for it, he wants the rich — the top 1 percent, which already contributes more in income taxes than does the bottom 90 percent — to pay more for what he calls “the privilege of being an American.” Geithner, whose department oversees the IRS, should have taken his own advice: As a rich American one-percenter, he once...
  • Obama Cabinet Secretaries Say They Will Appear At Super PAC Fundraisers…

    02/13/2012 7:56:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    weasel zippers ^ | 2/13/12 | zip
    And to think, up to one week ago Obama was vehemently opposed to super PACs. Via The Hill: Four Obama administration cabinet members suggested an openness to appearing at pro-Obama super-PAC events. iWatch News at the Center for Public Integrity reports that spokesmen for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Energy Secretary Steven Chu suggested that their bosses would be willing to raise money for the super-PACs. A week earlier, after previously criticizing the legal ability of super-PACs to raise unlimited amounts money for their candidates, President Obama signed off on some...
  • Aren't Republicans Supposed to Be Colorblind?

    02/09/2012 4:11:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 9, 2012 | Larry Elder
    "Which of our Hispanic leaders would you consider to serve in your Cabinet?" A woman attending the last Republican debate in Florida asked this of the four Republican rivals. Oh, for crying out loud! Ethnic-based Cabinet appointees? Do we still need to go out and "seek" people of a certain color or religion to show "fairness and inclusion"? What about considering the best people possible -- isn't that the only appropriate answer to that question? But Republicans go all Democrat, all too often, in front of black and brown audiences. They say things to show how empathic they are, rather...
  • Cutting Down the Cabinet

    11/10/2011 8:34:51 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    WhiteHouse.gov and others ^ | November 10, 2011 | Pan_Yan
    The big media story from last nights Republican Presidential Primary Debate on CNBC was Governor Perry's gaffe when he tried listing the departments of the federal government he would eliminate. Maybe lost in the sensationalism is the change in our national politics that this topic represents. The majority of the GOP contenders are talking like the elimination of entire departments is a foregone conclusion. It might be election year politics, but the idea is immensely popular among conservatives judging by the crowd reactions every time someone in any of the debates has suggested it. Now we all know that a...
  • Here Are The 8 People Obama Needs To Fire If He Wants To Win In 2012

    10/27/2011 2:54:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/27/2011 | Grace Wyler
    Given the deeply flawed state of the Republican presidential field, the 2012 campaign is shaping up to be Barack Obama's race to lose. But with his approval ratings in the cellar and his economic recovery plans DOA, the President still faces an uphill battle to convince disaffected voters and alienated Democrats to get back on board his campaign. Clearly, Obama's current strategy isn't working. Both the West Wing and the campaign are plagued by internal divisions, driven by longtime staffers who have spent the last three years alienating the party base and knocking Obama off his message. There is still...
  • The Cabinet From Another World

    08/12/2010 6:34:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 12, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: A week ago, as the secretary of labor greeted grim job data by hailing the economy's "turnaround," the Dow fell 100 points in seconds — a vivid sign America is wising up to this administration's incompetence. Only minutes after her department reported that payrolls had shed another 131,000 positions in July, there was Secretary Hilda Solis speaking brazenly of the "strong and immediate action" the White House had taken to save or create "more than 2.5 million American jobs." But as the market action showed, investors could see she didn't know what she was talking about. But then, Solis...
  • Finally, A Cabinet Secretary Concerned For Citizens

    04/18/2011 3:04:47 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 11 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-18-11 | A West Texas View
    At least one of President Obama’s cabinet secretaries is concerned about the citizens of the USA. Yeah. He is working feverishly to accomplish his goal of automobile safety. We most certainly will owe this man a debt of gratitude and thanks for his unswerving and unselfish endeavor. US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has something to be happy about. “For all the carping I have to listen to over high gas prices I’m happy to be able to point to a silver lining,….Based on this latest study it looks like if we can get the price of gasoline up to...
  • Did Obama appoint a Cabinet czar?

    03/09/2011 1:13:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3/9/11 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when someone with no executive experience takes over the toughest executive job in the world? Since we’ve not seen that situation in most of our lifetimes — even John Kennedy, the last President elected with no executive experience in government or the private sector, had some command experience in the Navy — we had little hard evidence to predict failure to manage the executive branch of the US government, but it was rather easy to presume that on-the-job training at that level would be problematic, to say the least. Today, the Washington Post reports that even Barack Obama’s...
  • Sarkozy names ex-premier Juppe foreign minister

    03/06/2011 3:49:38 PM PST · by Cincinna · 6 replies · 2+ views
    AFP via The Daily Star ^ | 2/28/11 | None Given
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy named former premier Alain Juppe as his new foreign minister yesterday, after Michele Alliot-Marie, tainted by her ties to the former Tunisian regime, resigned.