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  • Obama Adviser on Iran Worked for Pro-Regime Lobby

    03/31/2015 9:24:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/31/15 | Jordan Schachtel
    The White House released a list of its high-ranking officials who took part in a video conference with President Obama late Tuesday. Among them appears Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who apparently has formerly worked for the National Iranian-American Council. The White House brief, which was disclosed by The Daily Beast, listed Sahar Nowrouzzadeh as the National Security Council Director for Iran. Nowrouzzadeh appears to be a former employee of the alleged pro-Tehran regime lobbying group, NIAC (National Iranian-American Council).
  • Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation

    01/29/2015 2:18:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/15 | Richard Pollock
    In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land. Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obama’s inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaska’s Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The circumstances suggest Podesta may have run afoul of Obama’s highly-touted ethics pledge, which requires political appointees to disqualify themselves in matters relating to the interests of a former employer or client. Podesta — who is preparing to leave the White House
  • Hillary Clinton Adviser Calls for New Constitution w/Mandatory Service

    09/29/2014 9:43:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9/29/14 | Daniel Greenfield
    Finally we can put that partisan bickering behind us with a moderate leadership that will… push for a new Constitution. According to Burstein, mandatory federal service, higher taxes on the rich and environmental radicalism — among other things — are needed to save American democracy. I can’t wait. What about you? And while we’re at it, let’s stop touting the “American Dream” Let’s call it the Communist Dream instead. The new Constitution would institute a two-year national service commitment
  • Obama health care adviser Jennings leaving White House (health reasons)

    01/23/2014 4:46:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/23/14 | Jeff Mason
    Chris Jennings, a top adviser to President Barack Obama who played a key part in the rollout of his signature healthcare law, is leaving the White House for health and family reasons, an aide told Reuters. Jennings, who previously served in the Clinton administration, was brought on board last year before the flawed rollout of the program created one of the biggest political problems Obama has faced since entering office. "Chris served the country at a time when he was needed most," White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said in a statement.
  • Obama Senior Adviser Stutters Trying To Explain Why Obama Will Meet The View But Not World Leaders

    09/23/2012 4:08:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/23/12 | GOPICYMI
    On "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace asks Robert Gibbs why Pres. Obama isn't meeting with other World Leaders, but is finding time to appear on the "View"
  • Obama Senior Adviser Dodges Questions About Impact Of Medicare cuts

    08/19/2012 5:16:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/19/12 | GOPICYMI
    On "Fox News Sunday" Obama senior advisor Robert Gibbs works hard to dodge questions about Obama's Medicare cuts (August 19, 2012).
  • Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett Pretty Happy that ObamaCare Ruling Means America Will Now ‘Provide

    07/03/2012 6:50:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7/3/12 | Bryan Preston
    Valerie Jarrett is President Barack Obama’s closest adviser, so close that she can and does overrule senior campaign adviser David Axelrod and members of the Obama cabinet. In a radio appearance on June 30, just two days after the US Supreme Court upheld the ObamaCare individual mandate as a tax, Jarrett appeared on a radio show to bask in the administration’s big win. “We will take it [the court victory] any way we get it,” said Jarrett. “I mean, we argued both ways. We thought this fell within the commerce clause, the court ruled it was a tax.
  • Obama adviser Axelrod: Romney not 'qualified to call himself a job-creator’

    06/03/2012 6:13:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/03/12 | Kevin Bogardus
    Obama adviser Axelrod: Romney not 'qualified to call himself a job-creator’By Kevin Bogardus - 06/03/12 11:15 AM ET David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama’s reelection campaign, said Sunday that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney does not have a record of a “job-creator.” Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, Axelrod said the former Massachusetts governor shouldn’t be considered an expert on the economy. Romney’s record in government and in the private sector was not about creating jobs, according to the Obama adviser. “No one’s arguing whether Mitt Romney’s qualified to be president. What we’re arguing is whether he’s...
  • Obama adviser says US will find ‘right way forward’on Chinese activist who fled house arrest

    04/29/2012 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/29/12 | Staff
    Washington - A top White House aide on Sunday said President Barack Obama wants to strike an “appropriate balance” between advancing human rights and maintaining U.S. relations with China, the first public comments by the administration on its potential involvement in harboring a Chinese activist on the eve of diplomatic talks between the two world powers. John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, declined to provide details on the incident or say whether the activist, Chen Guangcheng, might be hiding in the U.S. embassy in Beijing as reported. Chen, who has exposed forced abortions and
  • Obama's Muslim Adviser: Assad Too Soft on Israel

    03/18/2012 12:58:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 3/18/12 | Chana Ya'ar
    A Muslim adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama warned in a post on the Twitter social networking site last week that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can't deliver 'resistance to Israel.' The adviser, Egyptian-born Dalia Mohaded, is employed in the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, at the White House. The tweet, posted on March 10 and picked up by the media watchdog Jihadwatch, read as follows: "To those siding w/Assad: he cannot deliver stability, protection of minorities, or resistance to Israel. He is a killer w/o legitimacy.” The tweet has sparked numerous responses in media, on the Internet and on...
  • Nixon adviser Henry Kissinger branded Jewish as self-serving 'b*******', new documents reveal

    11/18/2011 9:57:26 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/18/11 | Staff
    American Jewish groups, lobbying the Nixon administration on behalf of their Soviet brethren, got under White House adviser Henry Kissinger's skin so much that he denounced them as self-serving 'bastards', newly released documents reveal. The comments were made in August 1972, when appeals were flooding the White House over the Kremlin's levying of fees for exit permits. One such letter was from the Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir, appealing to the White House to end its strategy of 'quiet diplomacy', and for Mr Nixon to take up the issue with Soviet leaders directly.
  • White House adviser blames tea party for downgrade (Axelrod)

    08/07/2011 10:08:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 153 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/7/11 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A top White House adviser is blaming the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating on tea party Republicans, whom he says were unwilling to compromise on how to reduce the federal debt. The adviser to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, tells CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday .. ... .. also criticized GOP presidential candidates for not speaking up in favor of compromise.
  • Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope's Adviser

    05/26/2011 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 5 replies
    Time ^ | May 19, 2011 | By Alessandra Pieracci and Giacomo Galeazzi / La Stampa / Worldcrunch
    The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests. Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. "I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys...
  • What a surprise! Another Obama adviser outed as radical, anti-American leftist (Eboo Patel)

    05/12/2011 2:11:47 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Lonely Conservative ^ | 5/05/11 | Bill Zwerger
    What a surprise! Another Obama adviser outed as radical, anti-American leftistBy Bill Zwerger May 5, 2011 In what should be a most shocking revelation, but is in reality a now common-place occurrence for the anti-American cabal currently occupying the White House, Barack Obama’s faith advisor, Eboo Patel, has been exposed as a left-wing radical who believes that American ideals such as freedom, equality, and justice are only “myths.” According to a report from, Patel, a Muslim activist, has, like his advisee, close ties to another infamous America hater. That would be none other than Obama biographer Bill Ayers. Patel...
  • Obama adviser: American freedom, equality are just 'myths'

    05/05/2011 4:20:16 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 24 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/4/11 | Aaron Klein
    President Obama's faith adviser, Eboo Patel, blasted what he called the "myths" of America – describing them as beliefs that the country is "a land of freedom and equality and justice."
  • Former Obama adviser Eric Schmidt tries to hide donations at Google

    04/01/2011 6:18:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/1/11 | Neil Stevens
    Correction on the title of this piece: His campaign advisory role carried over to a ongoing Presidential advisory role, so “Former” isn’t quite accurate. Google Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt tried to use his influence within Google to gain privacy from searches about him, specifically trying to hide his political donations through secret “whitelists” whose existence has only recently been admitted. This revelation from Steven Levy’s new book In the Plex is not surprising given Schmidt’s high level of political activity, advising candidate Barack Obama on tech issues, and now rumored as a candidate to be the next Secretary...
  • White House science adviser discusses next two years

    01/03/2011 8:40:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    science news ^ | 1/3/11 | By John Holdren
    Just over a month after the midterm elections, President Obama’s science adviser took the podium in San Francisco at the American Geophysical Union meeting. John Holdren, a physicist and climate scientist, said the White House is making strides in improving the nation’s science and technology policies. Later that week, Holdren’s Office of Science and Technology Policy released long-overdue federal guidelines for scientific integrity. Science News contributing editor Alexandra Witze excerpted his comments from a lecture and later press briefing at the AGU meeting. How do you respond to criticism that the federal government was slow to request and use outside...
  • Obama Senior Adviser Puts Up Fight Against Daughter's Epilepsy

    11/22/2010 9:11:02 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/22/10 | Rachel Feldman
    David Axelrod, President Obama's senior adviser and architect of his 2008 campaign, doesn't fear a good political fight. But in his personal life, Axelrod and his wife, Susan, have been fighting a 29-year battle with their first child Lauren's epilepsy. Their story began when Susan discovered her 7-month-old in the crib, blue and listless. "She was sort of salivating at the mouth, and making a guttural sound" Susan recalls. "I think I was just sort of in shock." The Axelrods rushed Lauren to the hospital , where doctors told them their daughter was having a seizure. "It took months after...
  • Obama adviser decries anti-Islam sentiments

    10/31/2010 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies ^ | 10/31/10 | Niraj Warikoo
    Speaking to about 400 people in Livonia, President Barack Obama's envoy to the Muslim world said there is a "disturbing rise in anti-Islamic sentiment" that may be caused in part by the poor economy.
  • (Christina) Romer to quit as Obama adviser

    08/05/2010 5:34:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 115 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | August 5, 2010 | Domenico Montanaro
    National Journal's Victor will have the scoop in tomorrow's edition of the National Journal magazine that Obama economic adviser Christina Romer is quitting the post. It all stems from her feeling -- despite her title as chairwoman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers -- that Larry Summers has more influence with the president.
  • Obama Campaign Adviser Participated on JournoList

    07/23/2010 6:12:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Laura Ingraham ^ | 7/23/10 | staff
    Jared Bernstein, chief economist for Vice President Joseph Biden, served in 2008 as an economic adviser to the Obama campaign. At the same time, he was a member of JournoList, the controversial progressive email list. Bernstein's bio at Politico, which appears not to have been updated since 2008, states: "He is an economic adviser to the Obama campaign." He was known to many for his regular appearances on the financial channel CNBC. His primary employer in 2008 was the Economic Policy Institute, a pro-labor progressive think tank, but according to his bio when appointed to the Obama-Biden Administration, he also...
  • Jarrett and Axelrod given car privileges reserved for national security officials

    05/11/2010 8:01:59 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies · 1,178+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/11/10 | Jon Ward
    President Obama has expanded the very small group of top aides who are given the privilege of taxpayer-funded personal drivers — who take them from their house to work and back home again each day — to include two top political advisers. The Bush White House did not give the same privileges to any of its political advisers, according to former Bush administration officials. There is a record of the Clinton White House doing so once for two months, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller. Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, both senior advisers to the president, have been...
  • White House adviser spills secret: Obama loves pie

    04/24/2010 7:27:33 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 69 replies · 1,461+ views
    abc/AP ^ | 04/24/10 | AP/abc
    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - April 24, 2010 -- Presidents have had their indulgences - Ronald Reagan loved jellybeans and Bill Clinton binged at McDonald's. What's President Barack Obama's weak spot? Pie.
  • Sanchez and Former Arafat Adviser: Israel's a Danger to US Troops

    03/17/2010 4:04:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 455+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/17/10 | Noel Sheppard
    Rick Sanchez Tuesday invited on a former adviser to deceased Palestinian terrorist Yasser Arafat in order to tell viewers how Israel has become a threat to American troops. The CNNer devoted a good amount of his two-hour "Rick's List" to teeing up a number of guests and fellow so-called journalists to voice their anti-Israel sentiments.
  • Obama File 100 Obama's "Faith Adviser" Jim Wallis Mixes With Socialists, Radicals and "Truthers"

    03/15/2010 2:58:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 262+ views
    New Zeal ^ | 3/15/10 | Trevor Loudon
    What could be a greater guide to a man's true nature, than those from whom he seeks spiritual counsel? President Barack Obama spent 20 years under the ministry of Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Chicago's South Side. Wright is a Marxist and admirer of the founder of "Black Liberation Theology", James Cone - who wrote in 1969 "All white men are responsible for white oppression. . . . Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man 'the devil.'"
  • Obama adviser confident in Super Bowl security

    02/07/2010 12:03:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 413+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/7/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's counterterrorism adviser says he's not aware of any credible terrorist threats against the Super Bowl. John Brennan says officials are "very comfortable" with the security measures in place for Sunday night's game in Miami between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. Fans aren't going to be allowed to bring large bags into the Super Bowl stadium. Also, there will be 100 magnetometers—like those in use at airports—to detect metal objects.
  • Obama Adviser Stands by Assertion That Pope Benedict XVI Is 'Hurting People in the Name of Jesus'

    02/03/2010 10:44:31 PM PST · by bogusname · 15 replies · 623+ views ^ | February 03, 2010 | Karen Schuberg
    Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is standing by a statement he made last March that Pope Benedict XVI is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.” When asked on Tuesday whether he still holds that view that the pope "is hurting people in the name of Jesus," Knox said, “I do.”
  • National Security Adviser Says Airline Bomber Report Will 'Shock' Americans

    01/07/2010 2:50:14 AM PST · by Son House · 53 replies · 2,031+ views ^ | January 07, 2010 |
    Americans will feel "a certain shock" when a report is released today detailing the intelligence failures that could have prevented the alleged Christmas Day airline bomber from ever boarding the plane. In an interview Wednesday with USA Today, White House national security adviser James Jones said President Obama "is legitimately and correctly alarmed that things that were available, bits of information that were available, patterns of behavior that were available, were not acted on." Still, even with whatever details and improvements are revealed Thursday, questions will remain. Senate committees plan hearings later this month. And it remains unclear whether any...
  • Kerry becomes all-around adviser to Obama

    10/21/2009 7:14:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 1,051+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/09 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON – He's not president, a Cabinet member or ambassador, but Sen. John Kerry has ascended to the unofficial role of President Barack Obama's global adviser on key issues that could reshape the nation's image around the world. Mediating Afghanistan's presidential election vaulted Kerry from the already prominent chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee into the most exclusive circle around a new president who is juggling but has not resolved a variety of domestic and foreign policy matters. Beyond policy, Kerry knows how Washington works. ... "Obviously, Sen. Kerry is somebody who has a broad range of experience and...
  • WH Econ Adviser: Job Market Is Really Bad [Bernstein Slides Displayed Severity of Job Market’s Woes]

    10/20/2009 4:05:52 PM PDT · by Son House · 67 replies · 2,155+ views
    Reuters Blogs ^ | October 20th, 2009 | by: James Pethokoukis
    Listened to an interesting talk today by Jared Bernstein, chief economist to Vice President Joe Biden, at a New America think-tank conference on job creation. A few observations: 1) If Bernstein’s talk was any indication, don’t look for much public celebration by the White House if we get some good 3Q and 4Q GDP numbers. As he put it, “Absent robust job growth, it is not a true economic recovery.” He stressed this point several times. I don’t even think you will hear an administration official use the word “recovery” in 2009. 2) Bernstein trotted out several interesting slides —...
  • Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser[Steel Union]

    09/07/2009 1:16:24 PM PDT · by Son House · 16 replies · 1,366+ views ^ | September 07, 2009 |
    Obama chose a Labor Day union picnic on Monday as the backdrop to announce his selection of Ron Bloom, a member of his auto industry task force, as senior counselor for manufacturing policy. Bloom planned to travel to Cincinnati with Obama for an afternoon announcement at the AFL-CIO event. "They have skirted around that process so there is no accountability for the czars," she said Monday. "Nobody has to go up and testify in front of Congress. They don't have to go through the process." Bloom has already sidestepped congressional approval. He was senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner...
  • Defying Critics, Obama Names Another Czar After Resignation of Environmental Adviser

    09/07/2009 8:59:03 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 49 replies · 4,466+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 9/7/09
    President Obama's announcement of his selection of Ron Bloom as "manufacturing czar" follows the weekend resignation of Van Jones, the White House "green jobs czar" who had come under fire in recent weeks for past inflammatory statements. As one White House "czar" departs amid a cloud of controversy, an undeterred President Obama is naming a new one to advise him on manufacturing, defying conservative critics who have raised concerns about these advisory positions that do not require congressional oversight. Obama chose a Labor Day union picnic on Monday as the backdrop to announce his selection of Ron Bloom, a member...
  • White House stands by its auto industry adviser (ToTUS AutoCzar , Steven Rattner gets Obama backing)

    04/17/2009 1:05:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 533+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/17/09 | AP
    ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – The White House is standing behind its auto industry adviser whose company is accused of paying more than $1 million to win a lucrative deal with the New York state pension fund. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that the White House was aware of the allegations but backs Steven Rattner. Gibbs said Rattner is not likely to face criminal or civil charges, and that Rattner informed them of the pending investigation.
  • Second Emanuel joins Obama fray as health care adviser (Zeke to scrap Medicare, Medicaid?)

    04/05/2009 5:18:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1,114+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 4/05/09 | JUDITH GRAHAM & NOAM N. LEVEY
    Second Emanuel joins Obama fray as health care adviserZeke, Rahm's older brother, advises on health care reform By JUDITH GRAHAM and NOAM N. LEVEY Chicago Tribune Updated: 04/05/2009 01:44:56 AM PDT CHICAGO — He's the oldest brother, a doctor and a scholar with a résumé the size of a small book. Though brothers Ari and Rahm are celebrities, he is the one they think could someday win the Nobel Prize. Ezekiel Emanuel has become something of a public figure, like his famous siblings, as he pursues a new challenge: trying to help the Obama administration reform the health care system....
  • Hedge fund paid Obama adviser Summers $5.2 million

    04/03/2009 8:28:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 612+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawrence Summers, a top economic adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama, was paid about $5.2 million in compensation by hedge fund D.E. Shaw during the past year, according to financial disclosure forms released on Friday by the White House. ... Summers was also paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from major Wall Street firms and financial institutions, including JP Morgan, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, the forms showed.
  • Obama adviser: Nation can afford big stimulus plan

    01/25/2009 11:17:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies · 1,012+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1-25-09 | staff
    WASHINGTON – One of President Barack Obama's top economic advisers says the nation can afford to spend hundreds of billions of dollars in an attempt to jump-start a weak economy. But Larry Summers warns that fiscal discipline will be necessary once the economy recovers. He says the government must spend money now to revive an economy that shed more than 2 million jobs last year.
  • CA: Ex-Garamendi adviser pleads guilty to child-porn possession (former Clinton dep. sec'y of Navy)

    12/23/2008 9:33:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1,078+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 12/23/08 | Suan Shroder
    SAN DIEGO – A former adviser to Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and a former deputy assistant secretary of the Navy under President Clinton pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Wade Rowland Sanders, 67, an attorney, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Thomas J. Whelan, U.S. Attorney Karen P. Hewitt said in a written statement released Monday night. According to court records, Sanders admitted that on or about May 2, he possessed a computer and computer media that he knew contained more than 600 images of...
  • Obama picks climate specialist as science adviser

    12/20/2008 9:30:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 704+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/20/08 | Caren Bohan
    CHICAGO (Reuters) – President-elect Barack Obama underscored on Saturday his intent to push initiatives on climate change by naming John Holdren, an energy and climate specialist, as the new White House science adviser. Holdren is a Harvard University physicist who has focused on the causes and consequences of climate change and advocated policies aimed at sustainable development. He has also done extensive research on the dangers of nuclear weapons. Obama pledged to put a priority on encouraging scientific breakthroughs in areas such as alternative energy solutions and finding cures to diseases, as he announced the pick of Holdren and other...
  • McCain adviser apologizes for September 11 comment (Charlie Black, recent comment in Fortune mag)

    06/23/2008 4:40:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 120+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/08 | Steve Holland
    FRESNO, California (Reuters) - A top adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain apologized on Monday after he was quoted as saying a September 11-type attack before the November election would benefit McCain. The campaign of Democrat Barack Obama condemned the remark by McCain political adviser Charlie Black, calling it a "complete disgrace." "I deeply regret the comments, they were inappropriate," Black said in a statement after McCain said that if Black had made such a comment, "I strenuously disagree" with it. "I recognize that John McCain has devoted his entire adult life to protecting his country and placing its...
  • McCain media consultant departs

    05/21/2008 5:15:57 PM PDT · by xcamel · 14 replies · 101+ views
    myway ^ | 5/21/2008 | staff
    MIAMI (AP) - A top adviser is leaving Republican John McCain's presidential campaign because he doesn't want to work against Democrat Barack Obama. Mark McKinnon, the chief media consultant to McCain, wrote in a campaign memo last year that if Obama won the Democratic nomination, he would not actively campaign against him. With the results of Tuesday night's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon, Obama claimed he had a majority of convention delegates. McKinnon said Tuesday evening he was making good on his pledge, and was "moving from middle linebacker to cheerleader" for McCain. "I'll still be around from time to...
  • Fiorina's new role trades on time at HP (McCain's future Secretary of (Chaos .. uh Commerce??)

    05/16/2008 11:46:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 88+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/08 | Jordan Robertson - ap
    SAN JOSE, Calif. - After running one of Silicon Valley's powerhouse companies for six years, Carly Fiorina now has her sights set on the White House. Not for her — not yet, at least. But for John McCain. Fiorina, 53, joined the Republican senator's presidential campaign this spring. She brings with her a long list of wealthy friends and supporters and intimate insight into how some of the largest corporations work, having been at the helm of Hewlett-Packard Co. and before that, senior management at AT&T Inc. and its spinoff Lucent Technologies. While the new gig is her first in...
  • McCain adviser ousted in conflict uproar (Craig Shirley)

    05/15/2008 10:34:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,368+ views ^ | 5/15/08 | Ben Smith
    John McCain's campaign asked a prominent Republican consultant, Craig Shirley, to leave his official campaign role Thursday after a Politico inquiry about Shirley's dual role consulting for the campaign and for an independent "527" group opposing the Democratic presidential candidates. The campaign also released a new conflict of interest policy barring such arrangements. Shirley, a conservative public relations veteran, doubled as a consultant to McCain and to the group Stop Her Now, a 527 group barred from coordinating its activities with presidential campaigns. He is not currently on the McCain campaign’s payroll, but would also step down from his role...
  • Obama adviser: Israel must give up its nukes

    05/01/2008 2:42:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 132 replies · 121+ views
    WND ^ | 5-1-08 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Israel should give up its nuclear weapons to ensure Iran halts its illicit nuclear program, argues an adviser on nuclear issues to Sen. Barack Obama. Joseph Cirincione, director of nuclear policy at the Center for American Progress, also previously dismissed reports Israel's Sept. 6 airstrike targeted a Syrian nuclear reactor as "nonsense" and called Damascus' nuclear program "miniscule." Immediately following Israel's air raid, Cirincione listed "Israelis [who] want to thwart any dialogue between the U.S. and Syria" as among those spreading rumors Syria was constructing a nuclear facility.
  • A Q&A With McCain Adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin

    04/14/2008 5:45:00 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 19 replies · 51+ views
    US NEWS ^ | April 14th, 2008 | James Pethokoukis
    Are we headed toward bigger government? Senator McCain's position is that there is a role for government, and the primary thing is that you identify government's role and make sure that it does it well. The striking thing that has come out of the campaign is the degree to which the American people have lost trust in their government to pursue genuine national priorities, and there are three instances in which this gets voiced pretty clearly; probably the most vivid is the immigration debate, where people simply did not believe that the federal government [would secure the borders] Senator...
  • Hillary Clinton Distances Herself From Adviser Who Branded Lord David Trimble 'Crackpot'

    03/28/2008 1:27:52 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 398+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2008 | Toby Harnden
    Hillary Clinton distances herself from adviser who branded Lord David Trimble a 'crankpot' By Toby Harnden in Washington Last Updated: 2:41am GMT 28/03/2008 Hillary Clinton's campaign has disowned a senior adviser who branded Lord Trimble, former Northern Ireland First Minister, a sexist "crankpot" whose views were suspect because he was a Protestant. Under fire: Hillary and Chelsea Clinton are greeted by a smiling eight-year-old Bosnian girl in 1996 "It is not the campaign's policy to attack leaders from other countries," said Howard Wolfson, Mrs Clinton's communications director. Jamie Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state in Bill Clinton's administration, lashed...
  • Clinton adviser was on air at GOP debate (Old news, AP and the same old spin)

    11/30/2007 4:14:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 230+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/30/07 | Frazier Moore - ap
    NEW YORK - CNN is calling its Republican presidential debate a roaring success, despite a flap over one on-air questioner who turned out to be an adviser to Hillary Clinton. "The realty is, the questions are the heart of the debate, and the questions were great," said David Bohrman, CNN's Washington bureau chief, who produced the debate. "The answers, by and large, were great, too." Even so, CNN was caught by surprise when one participant in the open-forum event turned out to be a member of a steering committee of gays and lesbians for Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. During...
  • Soldiers in Iraq take on new role (As Advisers)

    12/01/2006 1:37:56 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 12 replies · 407+ views
    Yahoo and AP ^ | 1 December 2006 26 Minutes ago | ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
    Normally, U.S. soldiers train to fight, not to train. But these are not normal times — not in a chaotic Iraq where President Bush is banking on improving Iraqi security forces so the American military can begin to pull out, or at least pull back. U.S. soldiers and Marines are being plucked out of combat positions to be "embedded" with Iraqi army and police units as trainers and advisers. They face numerous obstacles, including language, a lack of resources and loose linkages between the Iraqi security forces and their civilian leaders. But U.S. commanders see this effort as the key...
  • Schwarzenegger adviser's role with AT&T raises questions - Matthew Dowd

    07/18/2006 9:37:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 276+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 7/18/06 | Marc Lifsher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's top campaign adviser is being paid to provide marketing strategy to AT&T at a time when the governor's office is involved in negotiations on legislation potentially worth billions of dollars to the telecommunications giant. Political consultant Matthew Dowd's involvement with the governor and AT&T at the same time presents, at minimum, the appearance of a conflict of interest, government watchdogs warned. Dowd and his consulting firm are currently assisting San Antonio-based AT&T with the rollout of its U-verse service in Texas. The product is designed to compete with cable TV by sending TV programming and a bundle...
  • Marine Adviser Building Iraqi 'Super Company' in Hit Region

    06/04/2006 12:55:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 535+ views
    HIT, Iraq, June 4, 2006 – Bringing the Iraqi army to the lead in the country's beleaguered Anbar province is a tough assignment. But Marines assigned to the military transition team at Firm Base 4 here have taken it on. Vehicles return from a patrol in Hit, Iraq. Army troops work with Iraqi soldiers to maintain order in the Euphrates River city in Anbar province. Photo by Jim Garamone  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Along with soldiers of Battalion Task Force 1-36, they are working to train Iraqi soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Division. Anbar...
  • Iraqi adviser sees US troops gone in '08

    04/28/2006 3:10:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 407+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 28, 2006 | Ibon Villelabeitia
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - American troops will probably be gone from Iraq by mid-2008 as the Iraqi forces they are training take over from them, Iraq's National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie said on Friday. He said he expected the roughly 133,000 U.S. troops to be cut to less than 100,000 by year's end and an "overwhelming majority" of them to have left by the end of 2007 under a U.S.-Iraqi plan for progressively handing over security. "We have a roadmap, a condition-based agreement where, by the end of this year, the number of coalition forces will probably be less than 100,000,"...