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  • GOP Leaders Protest Stimulus Package By Chaining Themselves to Capitol Building

    01/26/2009 6:58:55 AM PST · by grizzlyfish · 13 replies · 1,560+ views
    Weekly World News ^ | 01/26/09 | Reginald Cunningham III
    WASHINGTON, DC - After criticizing the economic stimulus plan, Republicans have chained themselves to doors of the Capital Building to block its passing. Currently no one can enter or exit the Capital as Republican leaders have chained themselves to every major entryway. The audacious demonstration was led by John McCain who shouted to reporters, “I’m still relevant! See!? I’m still relevant!!!”
  • U.S. attorney general nominee Eric Holder not questioned about Waco Branch Davidian siege

    01/25/2009 4:24:53 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 19 replies · 996+ views ^ | January 16, 2009 | Tommy Witherspoon
    U.S. Attorney General-designate Eric Holder was prepared to be bombarded during his Senate confirmation hearings Thursday with a host of questions about a variety of topics, including his role as acting attorney general during a special investigation into the 1993 Branch Davidian debacle. While he fielded questions about waterboarding terrorist suspects and the 2001 pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich, Senate Judiciary Committee members didn’t get around to asking about the Branch Davidian investigation. Former Attorney General Janet Reno recused herself from a special investigation that was conducted by former U.S. Sen. John Danforth into how the fire started in...
  • Anti-torture lawyer Lederman joining administration (effete kook)

    01/21/2009 10:39:11 PM PST · by dennisw · 9 replies · 395+ views ^ | January 19, 2009 | Ben Smith
    A Georgetown source forwards over an email from that school's administration, reporting that Professor Marty Lederman's class will be canceled -- because he's joining the Obama administration. Lederman, another former Clinton Office of Legal Counsel lawyer, is perhaps the most prominent of several high-profile opponents of the Bush Administration's executive power claims joining Obama, a mark that he intends not just to change but to aggressively reverse Bush's moves on subjects like torture. With hires like Barron, Johnen, and Lederman, Obama is not just going back to Democratic lawyers: These are anti-Bush lawyers. Lederman has been, in particular, an early...
  • Unpardonable: Holder’s Marc Rich Shuffle

    01/21/2009 10:55:19 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 21 replies · 822+ views
    NRO ^ | Jan. 21, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Eric Holder’s intercession on behalf of fugitive Marc Rich is so inexplicable that he has always viewed ignorance as his best defense. It’s as though Holder believes that a deputy attorney general looks better for having remained studiously unaware of critical facts in a criminal case before throwing his weight around. But that’s Holder’s story, and he’s sticking to it: even if it turns out not to be true. Holder is President Obama’s choice to become attorney general. That means the Rich case is a big problem for him today—just as it was in 2001, when an outraged Congress demanded...
  • Globe magazine: Eight shocking secrets that could destroy Obama presidency

    01/21/2009 3:45:54 AM PST · by dascallie · 78 replies · 7,151+ views
    BREAKING NEWS! The Shocking Secrets That Could Destroy Obama's Presidency! It's the story every American needs to read. Barack Obama is hiding eight shocking secrets that could destroy his presidency before it even gets off the ground, political insiders say. In a blockbuster Special Report, insiders rip the lid off the scandals about where Obama was REALLY born, his sex life, drug abuse and the mysterious past he's hiding from the world. The new President has artfully dodged some of the most serious questions ever posed to a Commander-in-Chief. But top political leaders are demanding answers NOW - and the...
  • Senate considers unanimous-consent on Obama Cabinet (!!!)

    01/19/2009 6:15:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 151 replies · 7,121+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/19/2009 | J. Taylor Rushing
    The Senate on Tuesday is expected to attempt unanimous-approval votes of President-elect Obama’s Cabinet nominees, but it is uncertain who will be cleared by the upper chamber on Inauguration Day. Senate Democratic leaders have circulated a unanimous consent request for 15 nominations at various departments, from Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton to United Nations Ambassador nominee Susan Rice. A senior Democratic aide cautions that leaders are uncertain how many will actually win unanimous approval, and that any roll-call votes that are necessary would be held on Wednesday. The 15 names also include Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Agriculture...
  • Eric Holder Complicit in Political Coverup in Clinton Years (VANITY)

    01/19/2009 10:01:38 AM PST · by wildbill · 9 replies · 494+ views
    Slate, NYT, Daily News | Jan. 19, 2009 | wildbill
    Was Eric Holder complicit in a political coverup during the Clinton Administration? Excerpt: On Dec. 21, 1994, Lamberth dismissed the suit against the government, but he asked U.S. Attorney Eric Holder (now deputy attorney general) to investigate whether Magaziner should be held in criminal contempt for supplying false information in his affidavit, filed March 3, 1993. The investigation turned on a single sentence in which Magaziner states, "Only federal government employees serve as members of the interdepartmental working group." Lamberth insisted that this sentence contradicted indisputable evidence that private citizens attended the working groups, and that some of them...
  • After words with Bill Gertz on CSPAN

    01/18/2009 12:20:26 AM PST · by vivabushchick · 14 replies · 905+ views
    Bill Gertz, defense and national security reporter for The Washington Times, argues that high-level bureaucrats in the State Department, White House, Pentagon, and CIA have repeatedly undermined the Bush administration's national security policies. Mr. Gertz says that these unelected officials - liberals from both political parties - have pursued their own agendas towards countries like Iran, China, North Korea, and Iraq and have weakened U.S. security as a result. Mr. Gertz discusses his book with Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.
  • Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder Answers Questions About the Mark Rich Pardon - Video 1/15/09

    01/15/2009 11:47:52 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 434+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 15, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder responding to questions today from Sen. Arlen Specter about Holder's involvement in the notorious Mark Rich pardon that was granted by President Bill Clinton in the final hours of the Clinton Presidency. Holder worked in the Clinton Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General, and was involved in recommending the Rich Pardon. . . . . . (watch video)
  • Orthodox Kosovo

    01/13/2009 10:04:57 PM PST · by pobeda1945 · 12 replies · 515+ views ^ | 26 / 12 / 2008
    From the fourteenth century to the present day, the land of Kosovo and Metohija has been, and will always remain, the spiritual heartland of the Serbian Orthodox nation. Sanctified by a multitude of monasteries and churches as well as by the blood of martyrs, the holy land of Kosovo occupies a place of honor and reverence within the souls of all believing Serbs. After the sack of Constantinople by Crusaders in 1204, the province of Kosovo became the center of the Serbian Nemanjic state. Tsar Dusan was crowned in Kosovo in 1331, and he, King Stephen of Decani and King...
  • Panetta the Spy

    01/11/2009 5:49:33 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 19 replies · 792+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1/9/09 | Philip Klein
    Barack Obama's choice of Leon Panetta, the former congressman who went on to serve as chief of staff for President Clinton, to head the Central Intelligence Agency has members of the intelligence community scratching their heads. To defenders of the choice, Panetta's reputation as a competent manager and loyalty to Obama may help to shake up the agency and keep it from undermining the White House. But several ex-CIA officials contacted by TAS greeted the pick with trepidation.
  • Hawks depart as Clinton ushers in new era of US 'soft power'

    01/10/2009 6:22:06 PM PST · by melt · 47 replies · 1,977+ views ^ | 1/11/09 | Paul Harris
    Barack Obama will mark a radical break in American foreign policy this week by unveiling a team of diplomats tasked with ushering in a new era of dialogue with enemies abroad. As Hillary Clinton prepares for Senate confirmation hearings this week, she will head a group of advisers who are virtual opposites to the appointees made by President George W Bush. While Bush favoured aggressive neoconservative ideologues, Obama has selected people whose doveish credentials seem impeccable. They will be responsible for reversing the political unilateralism of the Bush years and opening direct negotiations with hostile states, potentially ranging from Syria...
  • Obama to Pick Clinton Lawyer for Federal Probes

    01/09/2009 11:14:52 PM PST · by malkee · 27 replies · 1,291+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jan 9 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    A former top Clinton White House lawyer is in line to be nominated by Barack Obama to head the Justice Department office in charge of all federal criminal investigations, according to three transition sources. Lanny A. Breuer, who played a key role in defending Bill Clinton during impeachment and related criminal and congressional probes during the 1990s, is slated to be nominated to assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, said the sources, all of whom asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. One of the sources said a public announcement of the...
  • Selling the Stimulus (Obama Poll Testing $1 Trillion Okie-Doke on Gullible Public)

    01/09/2009 4:48:59 PM PST · by kristinn · 37 replies · 1,246+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, January 9, 2009 | Michael McAuliff
    When you’re selling something really expensive and not very palatable, it’s best to choose the words in your sales pitch carefully. At least that seems to be the wisdom revealed in a Bloomberg report today that says Team Obama has been polling to choose the phrases it — and Congress— should use to promote the humongous economic stimulus package they are working on. Bad: recession. Good: recovery. Bad: infrastructure. Good: investment. David Axelrod and campaign adviser Jim Margolis are behind the effort. But Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the polling won’t shape what goes in the plan, just how it...
  • Robert Rubin quits Citigroup amid criticism

    01/09/2009 1:45:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 655+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/9/09 | Jonathan Stempel and Dan Wilchins
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Robert Rubin, the former Treasury Secretary, resigned from Citigroup Inc on Friday, following months of criticism of his performance at the giant U.S. bank. Rubin, 70, is stepping down immediately as senior counselor at New York-based Citigroup. He will remain a director until the bank's annual meeting later this year. Rubin joined Citigroup in 1999. In a letter to Chief Executive Vikram Pandit, Rubin praised management for making the "tough decisions" to restore Citigroup to health, following $20.3 billion of losses in the year ended Sept 30. But he admitted to not having foreseen the credit...
  • Rubin to Leave Citigroup

    01/09/2009 12:15:06 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 684+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-09-09 | DAVID ENRICH
    Robert Rubin, the former Treasury secretary who has been sharply criticized over his role in the financial turmoil at Citigroup Inc., plans to leave the bank and has submitted a letter of resignation, according to a person familiar with the situation.
  • Obama names former Clinton officials for Pentagon

    01/08/2009 1:19:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 754+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/8/09 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday named four former Clinton administration officials to top defense positions, including former Pentagon comptroller William Lynn as deputy defense secretary. The four officials will form a senior policy team under Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has agreed to stay on as Pentagon chief in the Obama administration. ... "I am confident that these distinguished individuals have the expertise and commitment needed to help me implement a sustainable national security strategy," Obama said in a statement.
  • The Trouble With Leon Panetta

    01/07/2009 9:53:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies · 773+ views ^ | 07 January 2009 | Warren Mass
    On January 5, the nation's new media learned that President-elect Barack Obama would nominate former congressman and Clinton administration official Leon Panetta as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama's choice reportedly caught some veteran Democratic senators who had not been briefed of the decision off-guard, and some voiced their skepticism that that Bill Clinton's former chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget possessed sufficient experience in the intelligence field to handle the job. The New York Times reported on January 7: "Mr. Panetta's lack of experience had drawn the sharpest criticism on...
  • Ross, Holbrooke, Haass To Serve As Envoys

    01/07/2009 8:49:57 AM PST · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 397+ views
    theatlantic ^ | Jan. 7, 2009
    07 Jan 2009 Transition officials confirm that President-elect Obama has asked Dennis Ross, Richard Haass, and Richard Holbrooke, to serve as his chief emissaries to world hot spots. It's expected that Ross will get the Iran portfolio, that Holbrooke, the hard-headed architect of the Dayton Peace Accords, will take the tough (and tougher) Southwest Asia portfolio, which includes India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and that Haass will deal with the Middle East.
  • Nothing Screams 'National Security Character Witness' Like a Sandy Berger Endorsement

    01/07/2009 7:45:50 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies · 866+ views
    National Review ^ | Wednesday, January 07, 2009
    Guess who thinks Leon Panetta will be just perfect at CIA? Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger, Lake's deputy before becoming national security adviser himself, said that Panetta "was part of the decision-making process for every single issue we were dealing with, whether this was in the Oval Office with the president or the Cabinet Room — the Middle East, Kosovo, China. He was a part of a small group of people who advised the president how to proceed on strategy and substance." Yes, that Sandy Berger. Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was sentenced Thursday to community service and probation and...
  • Obama's Justice nominees signal break with Bush counterterrorism policies

    01/05/2009 8:12:20 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 31 replies · 1,511+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan. 5, 2008 | Greg Gordon
    In filling four senior Justice Department positions Monday, President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush administration counterterrorism policies authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, warrantless spying and indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects. The most startling shift was Obama's pick of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to take charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the unit that's churned out the legal opinions that provided a foundation for expanding President George W. Bush's national security powers. Johnsen, who spent five years in the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration and served as its acting chief, has...
  • Another day, another clueless Clinton crony

    01/05/2009 2:10:03 PM PST · by BreeLee · 19 replies · 1,042+ views
    MichelleMalkin,com ^ | Jan 06, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Wow. Today is just one big, bad joke. Al Franken. Roland Burris. Bill Richardson. Now this: Leon Panetta will head Obama’s CIA. Another day, another clueless Clinton crony named to a top job for which he has no experience. The unqualified fish rots from the head down, after all. Via NYT. Damned scary: President-elect Barack Obama has selected Leon E. Panetta, the former congressman and White House chief of staff, to take over the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that Mr. Obama criticized during the campaign for using interrogation methods he decried as torture, Democratic officials said Monday. Mr. Panetta...
  • Obama to Name Leon Panetta as Head of CIA

    01/05/2009 11:49:56 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 202 replies · 6,465+ views
    Fox ^ | 1/5/2009 | Fox
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  • Former DNC chief announces Virginia governor run [Terry McAuliffe]

    01/03/2009 11:52:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 2,231+ views
    WTOP-TV / The Associated Press ^ | January 4, 2009 | Michael Felberbaum
    Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on Saturday he intends to run for governor of Virginia. After months of speculation over his plans, McAuliffe announced his intentions in a video posted on his Web site. In the video, McAuliffe said he will make his intention to run official on Wednesday as part of a week-long campaign kickoff. The stops include town hall meetings in Hampton Roads, Bristol, Richmond and others, where McAuliffe will unveil plans for job creation, education and renewable energy. "Over the coming months we will travel to every corner of the commonwealth to ask all...
  • Obama taps California's political talent (Clinton ReDuX)

    12/28/2008 9:04:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,158+ views ^ | 12/28/08 | Joe Garafoli
    California's intellectual pipeline to the White House is again open wide and flowing, as the Golden State will have key advocates bending President-elect Barack Obama's ear on its behalf. Naturally, the nation's most populous and electorally rich state (which is also rich with campaign contributors) would have a great deal of influence. But the Democratic stronghold mattered less to the Bush administration. As Chris Lehane, a former Clinton administration official and San Francisco political consultant, said: "Before, the door was slammed in our face. Now, the welcome mat is out. The access issue is a big deal." "You have an...
  • Ex-Bill Clinton aides to join State Dept.

    12/23/2008 12:37:48 PM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 413+ views
    AP ^ | 23 Dec 2008 | MATTHEW LEE and BARRY SCHWEID
    Two people who served as top aides in the Clinton administration are expected to join the State Department when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state. James Steinberg, a deputy national security adviser under President Bill Clinton, will be nominated for deputy secretary of state. Jacob J. Lew, the budget director under Clinton, will oversee management and budget issues. People familiar with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team confirmed the appointments on condition of anonymity because the decisions were not yet public. In a unique division of authority, Steinberg is expected to focus on foreign policy issues while Lew will...
  • Obama names strong science team

    12/20/2008 9:33:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,598+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Maxim Kniazkov
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US president-elect Barack Obama on Saturday signaled climate change and genetic research will be among his top priorities when he takes office as he named four key members of his administration. "It's time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology," said Obama in a weekly radio address. Leading his list of nominees is John Holdren, who would become director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and co-chairman of the president's Council of Advisors on Science...
  • FLASH: Betty Currie, now answers phones at Obama headquarters... Developing...

    12/16/2008 1:39:52 PM PST · by kcvl · 91 replies · 3,784+ views
    Isn't that 'special'?!!!
  • Obama Team Has Forged Another Link With Clintons (Betty Currie)

    12/17/2008 3:50:29 AM PST · by PasorBob · 34 replies · 866+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 16, 2008 | PETER BAKER
    It’s official. The old Clinton gang really is back together again. Answering the phones these days for the co-chairman of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition, John D. Podesta, is none other than Betty Currie. Emerging from retirement in southern Maryland to volunteer at Obama headquarters, Ms. Currie was the personal secretary to President Bill Clinton, who became caught up in an independent counsel investigation into his trysts with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Since leaving the White House, Ms. Currie, 69, has shied from publicity and kept a low profile in Hollywood, Md., where she lives with her husband, Bob,...
  • Drudge: Clinton personal secretary, Betty Currie, now answers phones at Obama headquarters...

    12/16/2008 6:18:15 PM PST · by RDTF · 63 replies · 2,015+ views
    Drudge ^ | Dec 16, 2008
  • The Trouble with Obama's Energy Czar

    Yet another Clintonite has been wheeled out of the political morgue to serve in the Obama administration. Carol Browner, a neon-green radical who headed the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2000, is widely rumored to be the president-elect's choice for "energy czar." But an ethical cloud still hangs over Browner's EPA legacy. It doesn't take a team of Ivy League lawyers to figure out that this is one more headache the Hope and Change crew doesn't need. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, let me dust off the cobwebs and help out all the smarty-pants vetters on the Obama...
  • Latinos unhappy with Obama picks

    11/30/2008 1:36:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 1,195+ views ^ | November 30, 2008 | Gebe Martinez
    If there is one message President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team has broadcast about Cabinet picks, it is that ethnicity and gender will not be the first considerations when filling the slots. Credentials over tokenism, after all, was a fundamental principle of Obama’s presidential campaign that highlighted his ideas and community values over his African-American background. Still, if all goes as planned, Cabinet members with hefty résumés will present a picture of diversity. Hispanic political leaders agree. Their expectations for seats at the president’s top policy table are not about meeting quotas but about advancing the reality that within this fastest-growing...
  • Send Bill Clinton to the Senate

    11/26/2008 8:15:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,720+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 26, 2008 | Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac
    Amid the blizzard of résumés blanketing Washington as the Obama era dawns, there is a superbly qualified candidate for full employment whose name has been overlooked. We refer, of course, to William Jefferson Clinton, America's 42nd chief executive and commander in chief. Yet now, by a wonderful combination of circumstances, comes an opportunity to harness his unquestioned political talents to benefit his country, the Democratic Party, New York state and his spouse. If, as is expected, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes secretary of state, New York Gov. David Paterson could send her husband to the U.S. Senate. Doing so would...
  • Bowles suggests blocking hate talk

    11/26/2008 7:02:56 PM PST · by MitchellC · 49 replies · 1,149+ views
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | Nov 26, 2008 | Mandy Locke
    CHAPEL HILL - UNC-system President Erskine Bowles wants a commission to determine whether every state university campus in North Carolina should establish a university code that blocks hate speech. No such rules now exist at UNC campuses, Bowles said. Bowles' decision came less than a month after four N.C. State University students spray-painted political statements, which many deemed racially inflammatory and threatening, on the Free Expression Tunnel on campus. Bowles met Tuesday afternoon with leaders of the state chapter of the NAACP. After the meeting, he declared the graffiti hate speech. "I find this whole incident to be deplorable," Bowles...
  • Hey, how about appointing an impeached ex-President to the Senate ?

    11/26/2008 8:05:29 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 17 replies · 579+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2008 | ED MORRISSEY
    Nothing says Hope and Change like the return of the Clintons to Washington, does it? Apparently, if you really want change, we need to go beyond appointing Hillary to run the State Department — we need to give Bill an official job as well. Karl Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac make their argument that New York Governor David Paterson should appoint Bill as Hillary’s replacement without bothering to mention the little detail of Bill serving in same body that debated whether to convict him after his impeachment :
  • Obama keeping quiet on energy secretary pick (more Clintonistas including Mayor Bill White)

    11/25/2008 12:56:11 PM PST · by weegee · 17 replies · 651+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 25, 2008, 2:40AM | STEWART M. POWELL and DAVID IVANOVICH
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is weighing prospects for energy secretary... Possible candidates mentioned to head the department range from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Dan Reicher, who directs energy initiatives at a Google foundation. Another candidate that had been mentioned is Houston Mayor Bill White... Reicher, 52, is, perhaps, the most prominent contender for an out-of-the-box choice. The biology major at Dartmouth and a graduate of Stanford law school served in the Clinton administration as an assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy. He now heads climate change and energy initiatives at,...
  • IowaHawk: Obama Names Bill Clinton to Presidential Post

    11/24/2008 3:53:03 PM PST · by Patrick1 · 48 replies · 2,278+ views
    IowaHawk ^ | 11/25/08 | Patrick1
    Obama Names Bill Clinton to Presidential Post WASHINGTON DC - Ending weeks of speculation and rumors, President-Elect Barack Obama today named Bill Clinton to join his incoming administration as President of the United States, where he will head the federal government's executive branch. "I am pleased that Bill Clinton has agreed to come out of retirement to head up this crucial post in my administration," said Obama. "He brings a lifetime of previous executive experience as Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, and has worked closely with most of the members of my Cabinet." Clinton said he...
  • Obama Appointments Reveal His Inexperience

    11/24/2008 12:12:36 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 44 replies · 1,529+ views
    News Max ^ | November 24, 2008 | Dick Morris
    It is still hard to believe but, if Hillary Clinton's "confidantes" are to be trusted, Barack Obama is about to appoint her secretary of state and she is about to accept. This appointment represents the betrayal capstone of Obama's promise to be the "change we can believe in." Having upended the Democratic Party, largely over his different views on foreign policy and the war in Iraq, he now turns to the leader of the ancient regime he ousted, derided, mocked, and criticized to take over the top international-affairs position in his administration. No longer, apparently, does he distrust Hillary's "judgment,"...
  • Confidential witness ready to blow up Clinton and Holder confirmations with dirt on Rich pardon!

    11/23/2008 6:59:17 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 1,298+ views ^ | November 23, 2008 | directorblue
    Well, this could certainly start the confirmation hearings off with a bang! Doug C. alerts us to an interesting development in the case of Eric Holder, prospective Attorney General. I received today via email, the scan of a sworn declaration from a confidential witness. The hard copy will be in my possession in a few days. Neither the name nor sex of the witness will be revealed at this time. The witness is prepared to testify and should testify in the confirmation hearings of Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. A statement by the witness will be on YouTube in...
  • Byron York: Have We Changed Yet?

    11/23/2008 3:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,243+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 23, 2008 | Byron York
    I spent several years of the Clinton administration writing about one scandal or controversy after another. There was, of course, the Whitewater affair and the fight over the independent counsel, Kenneth Starr. There was the Lewinsky matter. Travelgate. The bitter controversy over Elian Gonzalez. The furor over Bill Clinton's last-minute pardons. And more. It seems like so long ago. So why am I suddenly hitting the search feature on my laptop ten times a day, looking for old articles? Why am I looking for names like Eric Holder, Gregory Craig, Rahm Emanuel, and John Podesta? Because change has come to...
  • A Pardon to Remember

    11/23/2008 3:47:59 PM PST · by rvoitier · 4 replies · 890+ views
    NYT ^ | November 22, 2008 | GEORGE LARDNER Jr.
    WHEN President Bill Clinton pardoned a billionaire fugitive from justice on his last day in office, even usually loyal Democrats were dismayed. Representative Henry Waxman of California called it “bad precedent” and “an end run around the judicial process.” He said it appeared to set a double standard for the wealthy and powerful. The billionaire was Marc Rich, a commodities trader, and his pardon is a subject of discussion again because Eric Holder, Mr. Clinton’s deputy attorney general at the time[.]
  • Flotsam and Jetsam

    11/23/2008 4:06:00 PM PST · by rvoitier · 3 replies · 304+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11.23.2008 | Jennifer Rubin
    Greg Craig has quite a client list — a who’s who of miscreants and foreign foes of the U.S. Logic, political acumen, and a working knowledge of and respect for the Constitution are not required to write columns for the New York Times. But usually these deficits are better hidden.

    11/23/2008 4:23:07 PM PST · by bilhosty · 20 replies · 1,224+ views ^ | 11/20/2008 | Georgie Anne Geyer
    For yea these last two years, the picture we have had of our president-elect has been, without exception, that of a gentleman, proud yet humble, with an inner centeredness and an outer composure that have fascinated and often mystified the nation. Where, we kept asking ourselves, did such a man come from? What elements of fate and nature merged in him to create this preternaturally poised leader? Moreover, he surrounded himself with people who seemed much like him. Never was there an argument in his campaign that saw the light of celebrity's voracious day; never did one of his assistants...
  • Bill Clinton and the Rich Women (Hillary and Holder key players in Marc Rich pardon)

    11/23/2008 11:57:44 AM PST · by doug from upland · 15 replies · 926+ views
    counter punch dot org ^ | 11-2008 (orig May 2008) | st clair
    NOTE: it is lengthy, but it really is worth reading the entire article. I've sent a note to St. Clair regarding some additional info he did not have. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Fixers Indicated That Hillary Was a Key Player in the Marc Rich Pardon Deal Bill Clinton and the Rich Women By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR Despite her campaign’s ongoing slurs against Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, Hillary Clinton probably feels like she has Puerto Rico, the final primary, in the bank. Those delegates were sown up nine years ago on August 16, 1999, when Bill Clinton issued commutations for 16...
  • Axelrod: No 'potted plants' in Cabinet

    11/23/2008 9:42:15 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 17 replies · 1,111+ views
    POLITICOLOCO ^ | 11-23-08 | Mike Allen
    David Axelrod, the incoming White House senior adviser, said Sunday that President-elect Obama is deliberately appointing a strong Cabinet but that final decisions will still rest with the Oval Office. They are not going to be potted plants. ... They are going to be partners with him in governance, and he is going to encourage that.
  • Unearthed 2001 Testimony: Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder Discusses Pardon of Marc Rich (video)

    11/23/2008 7:50:00 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 10 replies · 619+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | 11-23-2008 | BreitbartTV
    "It's like Keystone Cops."
  • Is Obama Embarking On Bill Clinton's Third Term?

    11/23/2008 5:22:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies · 1,619+ views ^ | November 23, 2008 | Austin Hill
    "John McCain has decided to run for George Bush's third term, and we can't afford it." If Barack Obama stated that once during his campaign, he stated it hundreds of times. And the fact that Senator McCain had alienated his own party by being a thorn in Bush’s side for much of the past eight years didn’t matter. It was a clever way for Obama to label McCain during the campaign, and by all indications, it worked. So now, what are we to make of the return of the Clinton gang to Washington? As one liberal blogger noted, “Barack Obama...
  • A Foot in the Revolving Door

    11/23/2008 12:17:37 AM PST · by Nick Thimmesch · 3 replies · 347+ views
    WAPOO ^ | 11-23-08 | THE EDITORS OF WAPOO
    PRESIDENT-ELECT Barack Obama is executing the pirouette familiar to politicians who inveigh against Washington: First you run against its insiders, then you hire them. During the campaign, the candidate made some overly broad promises about ejecting lobbyists from the government Now, as president-elect, he is trying to adjust those declarations to the reality that an absolute ban on lobbyists would be both unnecessary and self-defeating.
  • Obama to name Geithner, Summers to economic posts (More Clintonistas)

    11/22/2008 8:29:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 607+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2008 | BETH FOUHY and LIZ SIDOTI
    NEW YORK – President-elect Barack Obama will announce the leaders of his economic team Monday, naming Timothy Geithner as treasury secretary and Lawrence Summers to direct the National Economic Council, transition officials said.
  • A Pardon to Remember ( Marc Rich )

    11/22/2008 7:01:31 AM PST · by kellynla · 16 replies · 740+ views
    new york times ^ | November 22, 2008 | GEORGE LARDNER Jr.
    WHEN President Bill Clinton pardoned a billionaire fugitive from justice on his last day in office, even usually loyal Democrats were dismayed. Representative Henry Waxman of California called it “bad precedent” and “an end run around the judicial process.” He said it appeared to set a double standard for the wealthy and powerful. The billionaire was Marc Rich, a commodities trader, and his pardon is a subject of discussion again because Eric Holder, Mr. Clinton’s deputy attorney general at the time and a key figure in the clemency process, is reported to be Barack Obama’s choice for attorney general. In...