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  • White House defies House Oversight Committee subpoena - advisers are 'absolutely immune'

    07/16/2014 4:43:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/16/14 | Francesca Chambers
    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa subpenaed the president's official political adviser, David Simas Issa is concerned that Simas may be violating a federal law that bans most employees of the executive branch from engaging in political activity White House Counsel sent Issa a letter last night claiming the president's 'immediate advisers are absolutely immune' from such demands Issa held a hearing today anyway, claiming that his committee has a 'legal obligation' to make sure taxpayer funds are being used properly
  • Obama plots deployment of U.S. military advisers to Syria

    05/29/2014 6:23:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/27/14 | Dave Boyer
    In a move that would expand America’s involvement in Syria’s civil war, President Obama is close to authorizing the U.S. military to train moderate Syrian rebels to fight the regime of Bashar Assad and al Qaeda-linked groups, according to reports. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal Tuesday that the new military program would supplement a small training effort led by the CIA, which Mr. Obama authorized a year ago. At the White House Tuesday, Mr. Obama declined to answer a reporter’s question about the U.S. sending more advisers to train the rebels. In a commencement address at the U.S....
  • U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

    01/10/2014 1:55:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/10/14 | Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to the failed state of Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the failed “Black Hawk Down” operation. A cell of U.S. military personnel has been stationed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu since last fall to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials. The previously undisclosed deployment...
  • Report: Gen. Mattis Forced Out of CENTCOM for Questioning Obama's Advisers

    01/21/2013 7:18:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/21/13 | AWR Haekins
    Reports indicate that Marine General James Mattis is being forced out of CENTCOM for questioning certain aspects of the Obama administration's Middle East policy. In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers. These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep...
  • 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...
  • Obama Tells Advisers To Find How To Approve Stimulus Projects "Without Additional Congressional

    10/11/2011 5:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 10/11/11 | staff
    "Scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization and just get it done," President Obama said today to a "Jobs Council" meeting.
  • Perry’s Legion: The Folks Behind the Man

    08/18/2011 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | ROSS RAMSEY
    Gov. Rick Perry’s inner circle has evolved significantly since he was first elected to the Texas House in 1984. He changed parties, for one thing, becoming a Republican and shucking one political infrastructure for another. And he changed offices, moving from the House to the Texas Department of Agriculture, from there to the lieutenant governorship and from there, with the election of George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000, into the office he holds today. His closest advisers are a mix of family, longtime friends and close aides. They know his politics, his history, his strengths and weaknesses, what...
  • Obama’s own economic advisers not bullish on America these days

    05/23/2011 1:11:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/23/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this year, Barack Obama formed a new presidential advisory committee on jobs and competitiveness that the White House hoped would alleviate at least two critical problems for the administration. First, after spending a year shoving ObamaCare down the throats of voters who clearly didn’t want it, Obama needed to re-establish that jobs had become a priority again. Second, and only slightly less important, Obama had to bolster the private-sector bona fides for his administration, which almost entirely lacked any such experience.Obama invited the heads of several American companies to join his panel, and they’re probably delighted with the access....
  • Obama's Women Advisers Pushed War Against Libya

    03/20/2011 1:48:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    fox ^ | 3/20/11 | Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation
    So three or four of Obama's advisers, all women, wanted war against Libya.   We'd like to think that women in power would somehow be less prowar, but in the Obama administration at least it appears that the bellicosity is worst among Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and Samantha Power. All three are liberal interventionists, and all three seem to believe that when the United States exercises military force it has some profound, moral, life-saving character to it. Far from it.
  • Palin adviser worked for foreign governments

    10/04/2010 6:24:19 PM PDT · by pissant · 315 replies · 1+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 10/4/10 | Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin, seen as a possible Republican presidential candidate, has paid tens of thousands of dollars for foreign policy advice to a U.S. firm that represents three overseas governments, campaign finance documents show. While legal, the adviser’s work as an agent for other countries raises questions about whether Palin is receiving impartial information about foreign relations and could be become a subject of debate if she runs for president or another elected office. Financial reports filed by the former Alaska governor’s fundraising committee known as SarahPAC, show that between December 2009 and the end of May 2010, it...
  • Obama Adviser’s Green Manifesto: Americans Will Be Better Off When They Work, Produce and Earn Less

    08/03/2010 9:35:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 43+ views
    humanevents ^ | 8/3/10 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    When the Commerce Department reported Friday that the economy had grown at a humble 2.4 percent in the second quarter, even the liberal Washington Post suggested President Barack Obama’s policies were not leading to the sort of economic growth necessary to reduce unemployment, which has risen from 7.7 percent to 9.5 percent since Obama took office. “The recovery is fading, and a troubling pattern is setting in: economic growth that is too slow to put Americans back to work,” said the first paragraph in the Post’s report on the new GDP numbers. But in the worldview presented in an early...
  • Executive Order -- President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

    04/24/2010 9:34:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 572+ views
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 21, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-presidents-council-advisors-science-and-technology Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Executive Orders The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 21, 2010 Executive Order -- President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish an advisory council on science, technology, and innovation, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Establishment. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is hereby established. The PCAST...
  • White House Advisers Push Back on Stimulus Criticism

    06/08/2009 3:03:39 AM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies · 921+ views
    FOXNews ^ | June 07, 2009 | FOXNews
    It is expected to announce plans Monday to speed up the release of remaining stimulus funds over the next 100 days by targeting the best places to spend the cash. To the naysayers, White House advisers are urging patience and asking them to look on the bright side of the stats. "It's a substantial improvement from what the job losses have been," White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, told "FOX News Sunday," noting that the 345,000 jobs lost in May was far less than in prior months. "That's the smallest job loss since September of last year." Senior White House...
  • Over 70 US military advisers work in Pakistan: report (courtesy of the NY Times)

    02/22/2009 7:44:39 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 617+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/22/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Over 70 American military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its military units conduct operations against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in western tribal areas, The New York Times reported. Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the advisers mostly include US Army Special Forces soldiers. Overseen by the US Central Command and Special Operations Command, the advisers provide the Pakistani army with training and intelligence, the report said. But they do not get involved in combat operations. The advisers form part of a secret task force that was started last summer with the...
  • McCain advisers lobbied for Airbus

    03/11/2008 9:37:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 99 replies · 1,578+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/11/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - Top current advisers to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign last year lobbied for a European plane maker that beat Boeing to a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, taking sides in a bidding fight that McCain has tried to referee for more than five years. Two of the advisers gave up their lobbying work when they joined McCain's campaign. A third, former Texas Rep. Tom Loeffler, lobbied for the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. while serving as McCain's national finance chairman. EADS is the parent company of Airbus, which teamed up with U.S.-based Northrop Grumman Corp. to...
  • Hillary Clinton's advisers 'in a state of panic'

    02/09/2008 6:19:30 PM PST · by jdm · 155 replies · 382+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008 Edition | By Tim Shipman in Washington and Philip Sherwell in Chicago
    Hillary Clinton's most senior advisers are in a state of "panic" about her presidential prospects and are plotting to enlist Democrat leaders in Congress to thwart her rival Barack Obama's ambitions. The Clinton camp is braced for Mr Obama to win a series of primary elections over the next three weeks, which they fear could hand the Illinois senator unstoppable momentum in the race for the White House. Mr Obama has begun calling those "super delegates" - 795 congressmen and senior party officials who could break a dead heat - who are committed to Mrs Clinton, asking them to change...
  • The Nightmare For Financial Advisers (their biggest fear is Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office!)

    01/14/2008 11:55:43 AM PST · by jdm · 10 replies · 125+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 14, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Which spectre haunts financial advisers the most? Terrorism? Global unrest? Not even close. According to a survey of over 200 financial advisers taken in December, their biggest worry is that Hillary Clinton will win the presidential election in November: Nothing worries financial advisers more than the prospect of a Democrat's being elected president in November, according to a quarterly poll by Brinker Capital Inc. The fourth-quarter edition of the Brinker Barometer, which polled 236 advisers in December, found that 22% indicated that a "Democrat in the White House" worried them more than all other economic or geopolitical concerns. Rounding out...
  • Schwarzenegger gives big pay raises to key advisers

    09/01/2007 7:25:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 325+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/1/07 | Aaron C. Davis - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday handed out hefty pay raises to 11 of his closest advisers, including a $32,000 boost to Chief of Staff Susan Kennedy. Kennedy remains the highest paid member of the governor's inner circle, although some of his cabinet secretaries make more. With the latest raise, Kennedy's taxpayer-funded salary will be $175,000 a year. The other 10, including Deputy Chief of Staff Adam Mendelsohn and Daniel Zingale, chief of staff to first lady Maria Shriver, will see their salaries increase 11 percent to $147,900. The pay raises come a week after Schwarzenegger signed a $145.5 billion...
  • Petraeus gathers learned advisers

    02/05/2007 10:52:32 AM PST · by TexKat · 23 replies · 976+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/05/2007 | Thomas E. Ricks
    WASHINGTON — Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq, is assembling a small band of warrior-intellectuals in a last-ditch effort to reverse the downward trend in the Iraq war. They include a quirky Australian anthropologist, a Princeton economist who is the son of a former U.S. attorney general, and a military expert on the Vietnam War sharply critical of its top commanders. Army officers tend to refer to the group as "Petraeus guys" — smart colonels who have been noticed by Petraeus, and who make up one of the most selective clubs in the world: Military officers...
  • White House Advisers Back Iraq Withdrawal

    10/17/2006 6:06:42 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 704+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-17-2006 | Richard Alleyne
    White House advisers ready to back Iraq withdrawal By Richard Alleyne (Filed: 17/10/2006) A panel of White House advisers, which includes a former US secretary of state, is ready to recommend large troop withdrawals from Iraq, it emerged today. In what would be a major shift in policy, the experts are said to be ready to suggest the “Redeploy and Contain” option which would mean withdrawing American troops to bases outside Iraq where they could be used against terrorist organisations anywhere in the region. The report is being prepared by a 10-member commission called the Iraq Study Group, headed by...
  • CA: Advisers build on ties to governor

    03/09/2005 9:00:37 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 3/9/05 | Dion Nissenbaum
    SACRAMENTO - Two top campaign consultants who helped Arnold Schwarzenegger become governor by casting him as a political reformer are taking new steps to profit from their ties to the administration. One year after the Republican governor sought to create a firewall between his administration and his political team, Schwarzenegger advisers George Gorton and Bob White have launched new Sacramento lobbying operations designed to influence state policy. The moves have critics calling on Schwarzenegger, who vowed to set a high ethical standard in Sacramento, to distance himself from anyone who offers him private political advice and then tries to sway...
  • Bush Advisers OK Social Security Plan

    01/28/2005 4:53:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies · 462+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1/28/05 | LAURA MECKLER
    Bush Advisers OK Social Security Plan Fri Jan 28, 3:08 AM ET By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - President Bush's advisers have settled on a proposal for structuring the personal accounts they hope to create in Social Security, while on Capitol Hill Senate Democrats were launching an effort to defeat the plan altogether. Under a plan recommended to Bush, the private accounts would resemble many company-sponsored retirement plans, with just a handful of investment options. By default, workers would be enrolled in a "life cycle" account, in which investments become more conservative as investors age, if they do...
  • Schwarzenegger appoints 16-member Council of Economic Advisers

    09/17/2004 8:12:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 437+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/17/04 | Jim Wasserman - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named a 16-member Council of Economic Advisers on Friday that leans heavily on Stanford University's conservative Hoover Institution and includes major Republican establishment thinkers on supply-side economics and reducing government regulations and taxes. Schwarzenegger named former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz to chair the group of Nobel Prize winners, California economics professors and former advisers to Republican presidents Bush, Reagan and Nixon. Shultz, the former Reagan Administration secretary of state who also headed Schwarzenegger's 18-member Economic Recovery Team during last year's recall campaign, similarly advised former two-term Republican Gov. Pete Wilson during the...
  • Kerry's Goal of Independence From Middle East Oil Divides Advisers

    08/06/2004 10:44:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 825+ views
    NY Times ^ | 8/7/04 | Neela Banerjee
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 - The idea of a United States independent of Middle East oil is a touchstone of Senator John Kerry's campaign and a huge crowd pleaser, but has divided and exasperated many of his most experienced energy advisers. Some advisers say they worry that Mr. Kerry's focus on freeing the United States from reliance on oil from the Persian Gulf, the linchpin of the energy plan he released on Thursday, is unrealistic and misleading and that hammering away at it would erode Mr. Kerry's credibility with business, the news media and other countries. The advisers, who include independent...
  • CA: Governor's advisers have been well-paid (Schwarzenegger Inc.)

    08/06/2004 9:08:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 172+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/6/04 | Dion Nissenbaum
    SACRAMENTO - Arnold Schwarzenegger's political career has proved to be more than just a boon for the new Republican governor. It has also turned into a lucrative business for the close-knit group of advisers that has helped transform the former actor into a fast-rising political star. Over the past year, campaign records show, Schwarzenegger's seven top political consultants have earned more than $2.2 million -- and perhaps as much as $3.7 million -- working for the governor. Since making his surprise campaign announcement one year ago today on ``The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,'' Schwarzenegger has enlisted some of the...
  • Rumsfeld Says Administration Focused on Terrorism From Outset

    03/23/2004 7:17:54 AM PST · by Calpernia · 25 replies · 919+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 23, 2004 | By Kathleen T. Rhem
    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld joined other high-ranking officials in the Bush administration March 22 in disputing claims made by a former White House counterterrorism official. Former antiterrorism chief Richard Clarke alleges in a new book and has said in interviews that President Bush and his advisers were slow to recognize the threat posed by al Qaeda before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and were too preoccupied with attacking Iraq to respond appropriately after the attacks. "The (National Security Council) began the process of working through a plan to deal with al Qaeda from the early days of the administration,"...
  • Sharon advisers urge Israeli withdrawal from nearly all of Gaza

    03/11/2004 10:35:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 160+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/11/04 | Josef Federman - AP
    <p>JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's national security team has recommended that Israel withdraw from virtually all of the Gaza Strip and up to 24 West Bank settlements, a government official said Thursday.</p> <p>Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said earlier he would welcome a Gaza withdrawal, but he insisted it would have to be accompanied by a simultaneous pullback from the West Bank.</p>
  • The Greening of Arnie S. (George Neumayr)

    09/12/2003 12:49:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 309+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 9/12/2003 | George Neumayr
    Republicans gather this weekend in Los Angeles for the country club coronation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Will any notice that the former Mr. Universe emperor still has no clothes on? The more one examines the Schwarzenegger campaign, the more nakedly liberal it appears. It appears that the circle of liberal advisers around Schwarzenegger is not contracting but growing wider by the day. Robert Kennedy Jr., a wild-eyed left-wing environmentalist, is "advising him on strategy," reported the Los Angeles Times this week in a piece entitled "Schwarzenegger is the GOP's Green Candidate." Even the Times can put two and two together, observing...
  • The Greening of Arnie S. (his circle of liberal advisers growing wider by the day)

    09/13/2003 4:52:59 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 40 replies · 301+ views
    Spectator ^ | Sep 12, 03 | George Neumayr
    Republicans gather this weekend in Los Angeles for the country club coronation of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Will any notice that the former Mr. Universe emperor still has no clothes on? The more one examines the Schwarzenegger campaign, the more nakedly liberal it appears. It appears that the circle of liberal advisers around Schwarzenegger is not contracting but growing wider by the day. Robert Kennedy Jr., a wild-eyed left-wing environmentalist, is "advising him on strategy," reported the Los Angeles Times this week in a piece entitled "Schwarzenegger is the GOP's Green Candidate." Even the Times can put two and two together, observing...
  • Bush: Liberia Force May Just Be Advisers

    07/09/2003 11:45:07 PM PDT · by kattracks · 339+ views
    AP | 7/10/03
    The Associated Press PRETORIA, South Africa July 9 — President Bush suggested Wednesday that any U.S. military help in ending brutal civil unrest in Liberia might consist mostly of advisers and trainers to avoid stretching American forces too thinly around the globe."We won't overextend our troops, period," Bush said at a joint news conference with South African President Thabo Mbeki, who had pressed him on what role the United States would play in the crisis. African nations want the United States to do more to end the bloodshed in the western Africa nation. But U.S. lawmakers, including some leading...
  • Bush: Liberia Force May Just Be Advisers (State Dept., UN and France Defeated)

    07/09/2003 4:02:35 PM PDT · by Pubbie · 34 replies · 1,165+ views
    AP ^ | 07/09/03 | TOM RAUM
    PRETORIA, South Africa - President Bush (news - web sites) suggested Wednesday that any U.S. military help in ending brutal civil unrest in Liberia might consist mostly of advisers and trainers to avoid stretching American forces too thinly around the globe. "We won't overextend our troops, period," Bush said at a joint news conference with South African President Thabo Mbeki, who had pressed him on what role the United States would play in the crisis. African nations want the United States to do more to end the bloodshed in the western Africa nation. But U.S. lawmakers, including some leading Republicans,...
  • CA: Speaker (Wesson) dumps advisers' contracts / Editorial attached

    04/12/2003 10:50:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 240+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/12/03 | Jim Sanders
    <p>Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson pulled the plug Friday on contracts with friends, associates and former colleagues who were receiving up to $8,470 per month to provide consulting services to his office.</p> <p>Wesson's decision ended weeks of simmering controversy, inside and outside the Legislature, over open-ended contracts that did not stipulate what work must be done or set deadlines.</p>
  • Bush Advisers Draft Re-Election Agenda

    12/29/2002 9:09:32 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 7 replies · 175+ views
    ABC News ^ | 12/29/02 | AP
    An internal White House document outlining President Bush's re-election agenda starts with "War on terrorism (Con't)" and homeland security. It's the latest sign, critics say, that presidential advisers are seeking political gain from the Sept. 11 attacks. The single-page, sparsely worded document titled "Possible '04 Signature Issues" was discussed this month in a White House meeting chaired by chief of staff Andrew Card to fine tune Bush's 2003 legislative agenda, several senior White House officials told The Associated Press. White House communications director Dan Bartlett said the "Signature Issues" list does not portend efforts to make terrorism a political centerpiece...