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  • Turkey: Assad can be part of transition in Syria

    08/20/2016 11:42:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2016 1:52 PM EDT | Ayse Wieting
    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday his country is willing to accept a role for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a transitional period but insisted he has no place in Syria’s future. The comments came after Assad’s forces began attacking Kurdish positions this week, leading some Kurdish officials to speculate that a Syrian-Turkish rapprochement was underway at the expense of Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria. “There will be concessions on the Kurdish question,” said Nasser Haj Mansour, an adviser to the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which expelled the Islamic State group from their northern Syrian stronghold of Manbij...
  • Trump, Clinton planning their transitions side-by-side in Washington

    08/20/2016 3:06:16 AM PDT · by 5150 FREEPER · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/18/16 | Lisa Rein
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s preparations to take over the government if they’re elected are now in high gear, and their transition teams are working out of the same building a block from the White House at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s the first time in history that two presidential campaigns have worked to set up their governments in miniature literally side-by-side, riding the same elevators to adjacent floors of the tony, marble-floored building as they plan to govern. Now that Clinton has announced her five-person, day-to-day transition team led by former Interior secretary and Colorado senator Ken Salazar and Trump has...
  • Trump Asks Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner, to Plan for Transition Team

    05/08/2016 2:33:48 PM PDT · by GilGil · 210 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/8/2016 | CNN-John King
    Posted on | May 8, 2016 | 1 Comment Economy is the most important issue for the voters. Poll after poll voters put economy as the number 1 issue. Today on CNN John King quoted recent polls. Overall around the country Trump beats Clinton on economy by 5%: Trump-50%, Clinton-45% What is really huge, is the fact that in the North-East, the rust belt, Trump beats her on economy by 25%: Trump- 59%, Clinton-34% This is extremely important as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan are the most important swing states.
  • Christie to lead Trump White House transition team

    05/09/2016 8:35:20 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 34 replies
    the Hill ^ | 05/09/16 | ben kamisar
    Donald Trump has tapped Chris Christie to lead his transition team, which would prepare the political neophyte turned presumptive GOP nominee for the White House if he wins in the general election. “Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November,” Trump said in a quote released Monday morning as part of a campaign statement.
  • Atlantic Magazine Writes off Clinton White House Transition Vandalism as Mere Pranks

    04/22/2016 11:02:08 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 22, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Hey, it was just a harmless prank! No real harm done. Ha! Ha! That is the tone of The Atlantic magazine article explaining away the vandalism performed by the Clinton White House as it transitioned over to the incoming George W. Bush administration. The article is about how tough it is to transition from one White House administration to the next but the real purpose as we shall see is to slam Donald Trump for mishandling a transition that has yet to happen because he hasn't even been nominated yet. First author Russell Berman attempts to explain away a major...
  • White House Vandalized In Transition, G.A.O. Finds

    04/22/2016 11:56:16 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 60 replies
    New York Slimes (historical account) ^ | June 12, 2002 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, June 11— The General Accounting Office, an investigative arm of Congress, said today that ''damage, theft, vandalism and pranks did occur in the White House complex'' in the presidential transition from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush. The agency put the cost at $13,000 to $14,000, including $4,850 to replace computer keyboards, many with damaged or missing W keys. Some of the damage, it said, was clearly intentional. Glue was smeared on desk drawers. Messages disparaging President Bush were left on signs and in telephone voice mail. A few of the messages used profane or obscene language. ''A Secret...
  • Clinton Transition Left $15,000 Damage, GAO Says

    12/29/2015 4:26:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | June 12, 2002 | MICHELLE MUNN
    A yearlong investigation into whether Clinton administration aides left the White House in fraternity-party disarray as they vacated the presidential premises has turned up about $15,000 in damage, according to a government report released Tuesday. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) asked the General Accounting Office last June to look into allegations that Clinton staffers had ripped phone cords from walls, left obscene voicemail messages, defaced bathrooms and vandalized computer keyboards by removing the "W" keys when they left the White House. A number of items, including a 12-inch presidential seal and several antique doorknobs, were assumed stolen. "The Clinton administration treated...

    05/07/2016 3:26:03 PM PDT · by upchuck · 53 replies
    Ass Press ^ | May 4, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is creating a council to help ensure a smooth transition to his successor. Created by executive order, the White House Transition Coordinating Council will be led by Obama's chief of staff. Members include deputies to the chief of staff, the intelligence director, the budget director and the president's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser. The council's responsibilities include providing guidance to departments and agencies, working with the transition directors for the presidential candidates and holding emergency preparedness and response exercises.
  • California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition From Male To Female

    07/06/2015 9:36:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 07/06/15 | Kerry Picket
    Some parents are preparing to transition their children from one gender to the other as early as pre-school. National Public Radio interviews one Oakland, Calif. family with a young child who started life out as “Jack” but became “Jackie” by age four.
  • Speaking Out About the Transgender ‘Delusion’

    05/09/2015 3:54:53 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 14 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 05/06/2015 | BY BRIAN FRAGA
    An interview with Walt Heyer, who lived eight years as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery before undergoing therapy, turning to Christ and returning to living as a man. Courtesy of Walt Heyer Walt Heyer reverted to his biological male identity after living as a woman following ‘gender reassignment’ surgery. Walt Heyer lived for eight years as a woman named Laura Jensen. Having suffered from gender-identity disorder since he was a child, Heyer was a married, successful businessman when he underwent cosmetic surgery to alter his sex at age 42. However, Heyer said surgery and hormone treatment failed to address...
  • U.S. to bolster Cuba broadcasts, aid to dissidents (to speed "transformation")

    08/08/2003 11:46:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 302+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Aug. 8, 2003 | William E. Gibson
    Washington · Otto Reich, President Bush's chief adviser on Latin America, said on Thursday that the administration will step up efforts to pressure the Fidel Castro regime, aid dissidents and hasten the political transformation of the island. "I know that President Bush is interested in doing more to accelerate the process of change in Cuba, and it's safe to say that in the next few weeks and months you will see some additional steps," Reich said. "It's been very difficult for this president to implement this policy for Cuba and the Western Hemisphere because up to this week he was...
  • Bruce Jenner Interview: Diane Sawyer Two-Hour Special Set For April 24

    04/06/2015 6:26:46 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 85 replies
    Dead line | Hollywood ^ | April 6, 2015 10:05am | Lisa de Moraes
    ABC News made it official this morning: Diane Sawyer will interview Bruce Jenner about his transition on April 24. “Bruce Jenner’s far-ranging, exclusive interview with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer airs Friday, April 24, on a special edition of 20/20. The two-hour special, Bruce Jenner – The Interview, airs on the ABC Television Network at 9 PM ET,” the network announced. The May sweep begins this year on April 23. The interview with Sawyer will be the first discussion of Jenner’s transition by a major news outfit.
  • California Jewish school marks 8th grader’s gender transition

    03/27/2015 1:36:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 29 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/26/2015 | RENEE GHERT-ZAND
    Earlier this month, 13-year-old Tom Sosnik, wearing a tallit and holding a kiddush cup, marked a transition into manhood with a special ceremony at his Jewish day school. He wasn’t celebrating receiving a first prayer book or a first Bible, or graduating from one grade to another. He wasn’t really observing his bar mitzvah, either. In what was a decidedly nontraditional event, the short-haired teenager was publicly marking his gender transition from girl to boy
  • Watch Live: Military Service Initiative Summit February 18, 2015

    02/18/2015 10:23:47 AM PST · by huldah1776
    George W. Bush Presidential Center ^ | February 18, 2015 | N/A
    On February 18th, the George W. Bush Institute at the Bush Center will host its second national Summit in support of post-9/11 veterans and military families. Leaders from the public and private sectors will examine how to empower communities, non-profit organizations, business and philanthropy to more effectively serve our transitioning warriors and their families. During the Summit, the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative will release new research and functional tools that will enable funders to make more informed investment decisions, and veteran and military serving non-profits to better provide services and enduring outcomes for a successful transition. The...
  • Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan includes Democrats on transition team

    11/18/2014 6:13:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    ANNAPOLIS — Preparing to launch a Republican administration in deep-blue Maryland, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan on Monday introduced a transition team that included some familiar Democratic faces as he moved to avoid some of the partisan confrontations that stymied the state’s last Republican governor. Mr. Hogan repeatedly promised to lead a bipartisan executive branch that would be staffed with experts, not partisans, to work with the heavily Democratic General Assembly to tackle the state’s severe budget and economic problems. “We have an enormous challenge ahead of us,” Mr. Hogan told reporters as he introduced six members of his transition team. “I’m...
  • What Was Romney Planning? (His transition team was planning an impressive ship-of-state had he won)

    01/21/2013 5:50:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/21/2013 | John Fund
    President Obama is beginning his second term today, and while Democrats are celebrating, there are some Republicans and conservatives who are viewing the festivities with more than the usual regret. Until just after the November election, they were among the 300 Washington-based members of Mitt Romney’s transition team, known internally as the “Readiness Project.” No, hiring such a large staff to prepare plans for a Romney presidency didn’t represent an egotistical measuring of the drapes by the candidate. It was mandated by a new federal law, the Presidential Transition Act, which a Democratic Congress passed in 2010 to ensure that...
  • What Romney’s Transition Website Would Have Looked Like - Leaked Photos Revealed

    11/08/2012 2:17:13 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 58 replies
    If you’re a conservative, this story could be too painful for you to read. I suggest you click away now.For those who have stayed, below are pictures of Mitt Romney’s transition website that would have gone live had he been elected president on Tuesday. So how are you seeing it today? Well, the site accidentally went live for a brief moment on Wednesday, and because this is the internet, someone was able to grab screenshots before it was taken down.That someone is Roll Call’s Taegan Goddard. Below are the pictures he nabbed, which has a statement from “President-Elect Romney” and...
  • Romney's Transition Leader Favors Implementing Obamacare

    06/04/2012 6:43:58 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 76 replies
    Richochet ^ | 06/04/2012 | Ben Domenech
    One of the few Republicans in the country who's been tirelessly pushing for the implementation of Obamacare at the state level has been tapped to head Mitt Romney's transition team, should he become president. Former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, and his consulting group Leavitt Partners, are the primary advocates within Republican circles for implementation of Obamacare's exchanges. It just so happens that his consultancy is one of the major beneficiaries of the taxpayer funded gold mine of hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange implementation grants. But that's a coincidence, of course.

    03/24/2012 5:18:24 PM PDT · by Steve Newton · 14 replies
    Silver Star Families of America ^ | 2012 | Steve Newton
    Semi Vanity
  • President’s Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA Layoffs (Organizing for America)

    01/03/2011 5:14:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 1/03/11 | Christina Bellantoni
    President’s Re-Election Transition Begins With OFA LayoffsBy Christina Bellantoni Roll Call Staff Jan. 3, 2011, 12:17 p.m. The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America has started laying off staff in multiple states as the first phase of a restructuring before the official kickoff of President Barack Obama’s re-election bid. A Democratic source told Roll Call that party officials started notifying employees Sunday night and that the layoffs are mostly a handful of field staffers in some states as Democrats assess where they want to fight 2012 battlegrounds. “This is likely the first wave in a series of staff reductions as...
  • Gates: More Trainers Would Speed Afghanistan Transition

    06/11/2010 3:16:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 116+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2010 – Support for the mission in Afghanistan from allies and partners has increased steadily in the past year, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today. At a news conference following the conclusion of two days of meetings with his fellow NATO defense ministers, Gates said the alliance’s defense leaders generally agree that the effort in Afghanistan is moving in the right direction and that they realize the road ahead will be long and hard. They also believe the elements of success – troops, civilians, strategy, growing Afghan security forces’ capacity – are in place...
  • Transition Force Creates Air Power in Afghanistan

    06/11/2010 10:14:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 144+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – About 450 U.S. and NATO forces are working to bring the 3,300 members and 48 aircraft of the Afghanistan army air corps up to par as part of a long-term effort to give the country a self-sufficient air force, the U.S. Air Force general leading the transition team said yesterday. “Our mission is to set the conditions for a professional, fully independent and operationally capable Afghan air force that is ready to meet the security requirements of Afghanistan today and tomorrow,” Brig. Gen. Michael R. Boera, commander of the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan’s Combined Air...
  • Government Transition Proves Iraqi Stability

    06/11/2010 10:10:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 124+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – Troops and equipment continue to leave Iraq as the drawdown deadline approaches, and in their place, the Iraqi people are stepping up to take control of their country, a spokesman with U.S. Forces Iraq said. Army Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza spoke yesterday with bloggers on a “DoDLive” Bloggers Roundtable about the progress made not only by Iraqi security forces, but by the nation as a whole over the past year. On June 1, two important milestones occurred in Iraq, providing symbolic and substantive examples of the country and its security force’s growth, Lanza said....
  • Iraq Security Landscape Changes Bode Well for Transition

    04/23/2010 6:10:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 279+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 23, 2010 – The times are changing in Iraq, and they’re changing quickly. While American troops draw down and their mission comes to an end, the Iraqi government and U.S. State Department are preparing to take the reins on their respective roles in Iraq’s future. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, spokesman for U.S. Forces-Iraq, joined journalists on a DoDLive Bloggers roundtable to answer questions and clarify the position of the U.S. military during its transition out of Iraq. “Iraq is in a period of transition … we’re in a period of transition … the government is in...
  • Program Helps Servicemembers Transition to Civilian Life

    12/31/2009 3:39:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 245+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – The Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program is working to prepare servicemembers and their families for a successful transition to civilian life. "We are trying to ensure that [servicemembers] transition from active duty back to the civilian community is a smooth and seamless one," Ron Horne, deputy director for the Transition Assistance Program at the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy told listeners during a “Dot Mil Docs” interview today. The idea of the program is to make them aware of the support systems that are available to them, he said. The DoD...
  • Rule of Law Director Discusses Iraqi Transitions

    12/29/2009 3:53:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Christen N. McCluney
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, 2009 – U.S. forces are training and advising Iraqi officials in forensics, evidence collection, human rights and how a legal system is managed in a democracy. U.S. Marine Col. Darrel Halse serves as the Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission’s rule of law director. He discussed the Iraqi transition from dictatorship to democracy during a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable Dec. 23. Halse said his directorate’s mission is to ensure that Iraq Ministry of Interior leaders and law-enforcement officials become stakeholders in Iraq’s post-Saddam, democratic legal culture. Halse said his legal advisors make an effort to see that Iraqis preserve...
  • Is This Any Way To Run A Transition?

    08/28/2009 11:24:49 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 365+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 26, 2009 | The Stiletto
    Back in January, Hendrik Hertzberg, a senior editor at The New Yorker, confidently opined, “Obama’s transition has unspooled in much the same way his campaign did: smoothly, calmly, and on time.” Mind you, this was almost two weeks after the Richardson debacle. Exactly a month after Hertzberg’s assessment, the New York Times observed: “President Obama blasted through all sorts of speed records pushing a $787 billion economic plan through Congress, arguing it was too urgent to wait. But even after signing it into law Tuesday, he faces another problem: virtually no one is in place at his cabinet departments to...
  • Historic Hospital to Transition to Iraqi Control

    07/08/2009 5:19:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 303+ views
    BAGHDAD — The historic Ibn Sina Hospital will return to Iraqi Government control this fall. In accordance with the Iraq Security Agreement, U.S. forces are scheduled to return the facility to the Iraqis, October 1. Currently operated by the U.S. Army’s 10th Combat Support Hospital (CSH), the staff will continue to provide quality healthcare for all patients throughout the next two months of transition. Col. Raphael De Jesus, 10th CSH Commander, wants to reassure servicemembers and civilians that they need not worry about care. "The mission of the 10th CSH is sustaining,” says De Jesus. “Our ability to provide excellent...
  • DTV arrives today

    06/12/2009 6:17:09 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 20 replies · 803+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6/12/09 | Jennifer Harper
    The big DTV moment is here - like New Year's Eve, labor pains or the millennium.. For once, a technology change is not driven by the youn. Senior citizens are the most prepared, according to Neilsen. Yes, the old folks rule.
  • The Obama Orphans: Lost in Transition

    06/04/2009 7:34:34 AM PDT · by TCats · 13 replies · 762+ views
    Good Magazine/MSNBC ^ | 06/04/2009 | Michael Ames
    When President Obama took over the White House, thousands of campaign workers—who had abandoned the stability of education, careers, and even marriage to work for him—found themselves jobless. We spoke with a few of them. Politically, the timing of the economic crash was perfect. For the campaign staff, it couldn’t have been worse. Wandering a desolate economic landscape, many moved in with parents for the first time in a decade. A few were appointed to positions in the administration. Some got jobs in the White House. The others shared breakfast cereal with mom and dad and wondered if uncertainty elsewhere...
  • MLG Marines keep transition team rolling in southern Iraq

    05/07/2009 4:58:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 522+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Bobbie Curtis, USMC
    CAMP WESSAM, Iraq — Far to the southeast of the primary U.S. Marine Corps presence in Iraq’s Al Anbar province lies Camp Wessam, home of the 14th Iraqi Army Division and their U.S. Marine Corps advisors, Military Transition Team 14. MiTT-14 has supported the 14th division since April by advising them on tactical and logistical decision making. Among the Iraqi soldiers, U.S. Marine advisors and the U.S. Army support element that inhabit the joint Iraqi Army-Coalition base, three Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have found themselves operating far from the rest of 2nd MLG (Fwd) and supporting a...
  • Leaders Bid Farewell to Diyala Governor

    05/07/2009 4:12:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    DIYALA — Coalition leadership recently gathered to bid farewell to former Diyala provincial Governor Ra’ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tamimi here at Forward Operating Base Warhorse. The event was planned as a way to thank Tamimi for his service to the province and country while serving as the Diyala governor for the past four years. Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division worked for the last seven months with Tamimi, who has also partnered with four other Coalition brigades and interacted with countless servicemen and women, as well as members of the State Department, during his tenure...
  • The Evolution Interpreter: Generic Transition Form Fossil Discovery Article

    04/22/2009 1:11:09 PM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 94 replies · 1,515+ views
    Vanity ^ | 04/22/2009 | Liberty1970
    Over the years I’ve read copiously on the subject of origins. I’ve noticed the media pronouncements on the subject of new fossils and evolutionary theory form a startlingly repetitive pattern. To save the over-worked and increasingly bankrupt news media I’ve undertaken to serve them with a generic news story that can be copy-and-pasted with few modifications and reused as frequently as desired. New Fossil Discovery Is Transition Form, Provides Proof of Evolution! University of ________ Scientists say they’ve found a “missing link” in the early evolution of ______ - the skeleton of a ______ that was evolving away from ______...
  • From Fish To Landlubber: Fossils Suggest Earlier Land-water Transition Of Tetrapod

    04/22/2009 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Boxen · 18 replies · 551+ views
    Sciencedaily ^ | April 19, 2009
    ScienceDaily (Apr. 19, 2009) — New evidence gleaned from CT scans of fossils locked inside rocks may flip the order in which two kinds of four-limbed animals with backbones were known to have moved from fish to landlubber. Both extinct species, known as Ichthyostega and Acanthostega, lived an estimated 360-370 million years ago in what is now Greenland. Acanthostega was thought to have been the most primitive tetrapod, that is, the first vertebrate animal to possess limbs with digits rather than fish fins. But the latest evidence from a Duke graduate student's research indicates that Ichthyostega may have been closer...
  • Cohen withdraws from Treasury consideration: sources

    03/12/2009 2:33:21 PM PDT · by kc8ukw · 21 replies · 996+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2009 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent Wall Street lawyer H. Rodgin Cohen has withdrawn from consideration to become deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary, Democratic sources said on Thursday, dealing another setback to the department's efforts to fill critical positions. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said vetting issues came up in the final stages of considering Cohen for the job.
  • Program Helps Veterans Transition From War Zone to Campus

    02/10/2009 3:45:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 278+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2009 – Military veterans transitioning from service to the classroom face challenges more complex than simply memorizing dates, learning theories and mastering equations. Adjusting to the college environment, in general, often is the most difficult part of the transition from military life, said John Schupp, who recently launched the Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran program at Cleveland State University in Ohio, specifically designed to help veteran students make those adjustments. The program is open to veterans only and is geared to ease them into student life rather than let them become overwhelmed, Schupp said. Campus life...
  • How would you rate Obama's transition so far?

    02/04/2009 10:03:18 AM PST · by classical artist · 36 replies · 1,489+ views
    AOL & Hot Air ^ | 2/4/09 | Michael Kraskin
    Hot seat: Obama transition
  • Obama moves into the White House...

    01/20/2009 7:58:44 PM PST · by brycemax · 13 replies · 822+ views
    When a new president moves into the White House, think of all the details involved! There's some out there you might not think of... NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying it within this thread. Thank you.
  • Holder hearings won't be 'smooth sailing'

    01/08/2009 3:45:13 AM PST · by Weatherman Bill · 14 replies · 459+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 8, 2009 | Ben Conery
    The battle lines have been drawn for what is shaping up to be a bruising confirmation battle for Attorney General nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. , though even his foes acknowledge he probably will be confirmed to lead the Obama administration's Justice Department. Partisan posturing continued Wednesday with some Republicans attacking Mr. Holder's prior work in the Justice Department and questioning whether he will show the independence necessary to succeed in its top post. Democrats and civil rights leaders defended Mr. Holder as eminently qualified and accused critics of playing politics. Confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee are scheduled...
  • Obama's Performance Czar has Tried to Improve IRS

    01/08/2009 3:06:34 AM PST · by blueplum · 6 replies · 358+ views
    AOL/AP ^ | Jan 8th, '09 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    "[Killefer] The longtime senior partner at the giant global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has previously worked at the Treasury to modernize the IRS and on a public-private oversight board to push the tax agency to more aggressively pursue corporate and high-income tax cheats. Killefer returns to government to take a new White House job Obama created — chief performance officer — to make federal programs more efficient and more responsive to those they serve and to help eliminate those that don't work."
  • President Bush Welcomes President-Elect Obama to the White House

    01/07/2009 4:14:07 PM PST · by Liberty Valance · 29 replies · 763+ views ^ | Jan. 7, 2009 | The Whitehouse
    President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 in the Oval Office of the White House. White House photo by Eric Draper. PRESIDENT BUSH: I want to thank the President-elect for joining the ex-Presidents for lunch. And one message that I have and I think we all share is that we want you to succeed. Whether we're Democrat or Republican, we care deeply about this country. And to the extent we can, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you. All of...
  • Richardson to withdraw as Commerce secretary

    01/04/2009 11:28:17 AM PST · by usar91B · 688+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/04/09 | ..phiLip..
    First, Obama's fellow Daley machine hack, Rod Blagojevich, tried to sell Obama's Senate seat. Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, discussed the future of the Senate seat with Blagojevich. Obama has since "cleared himself" of any wrongdoing. Then, Obama's advisor, Caroline Kennedy, tried to steal a Senate seat in New York, citing royal prerogative. Now, Obama's Commerce Secretary nominee, Bill Richardson, has withdrawn his nomination, amid speculation that he will be indicted for corruption. All this, and Obama hasn't even been sworn in!
  • Obama team probe of Obama team finds no Obama team impropriety (Believe it or not the LA Times)

    12/23/2008 3:44:26 PM PST · by Smogger · 48 replies · 2,022+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/23/2008 | Andrew Malcolm
    The Barack Obama presidential transition office today finally released its own report on its own internal investigation of its own contacts with legally challenged Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And you'll be comforted to know the Obama folks found no impropriety whatsoever by Obama folks. So go back to wrapping holiday presents or pretending you're working at your desk and checking out Obama's important abs. All is well with the coming World of Change. Speaking of tidy packages, the five-page report was not released in the morning as things are when public attention is desired. It was released at 4:30 Eastern...
  • Obama: Patriot or Houdini?

    12/20/2008 4:48:21 AM PST · by kyetguy · 537+ views
    Political Wrinkles ^ | 12/20/08 | kyetguy
    I was reading in the net like I always do and I came across something really disturbing.As someone born in Ecuador with friends and relatives in Latin America, I’m terrified watching how people in the United States are being manipulated just like people in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador to put a Marxist in power. The similarities between Rafael Correa’s campaign for president of Ecuador and that of Obama for U.S. president are amazing. Correa had no experience but was young, charismatic and had good speaking skills. Correa’s slogans were the same as Obama’s: CHANGE, YES WE CAN, etc. Once...
  • Biden: Could He Be More Clueless?

    12/19/2008 4:51:30 PM PST · by nysuperdoodle · 9 replies · 918+ views
    The Rabid Conservative Blogspot ^ | 18 December 2008 | Evil Conservative
    Well now we see why it is the Obama camp has made it such a priority to keep Joe Biden under wraps. After threatening the country in October with a promise of a "crisis" in the first days of an Obama administration, you would think that someone would learn to keep their mouth shut. Unfortunately, not if that someone is Joe Biden....
  • The logistics of the Obama transition.

    12/16/2008 12:55:25 PM PST · by brycemax · 4 replies · 516+ views
    There's myriad details that go into a presidentil transition. There's personnel changes, ceremonies that need to be organized and thousands of details that need to be ironed out. Some of these details may surprise you... NOTE: The author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thank you.
  • McCain Applauds Obama’s ‘Centrist’ Approach to Government

    12/12/2008 2:09:29 PM PST · by Zakeet · 58 replies · 1,697+ views
    CNS News ^ | December 12, 2008 | David Bauder
    Sen. John McCain paid a lighthearted visit to David Letterman on Thursday, joking: "I don't want to talk about the bleeping campaign." The former GOP presidential candidate also praised President-elect Barack Obama for some of his staff choices, including Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton, and shared Letterman's incredulousness at Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Letterman's "Late Show" was a land mine for McCain after the Arizona senator abruptly canceled a Sept. 24 appearance, saying he had to return to Washington to help with the nation's economic problems. Instead, he stopped by to see Katie Couric and Letterman mocked McCain mercilessly....
  • Obama says staff is clear of scandal

    12/12/2008 6:16:22 AM PST · by paulycy · 38 replies · 1,076+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/12/08 | Stephen Dinan
    President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday that nobody in his transition office tried to make a deal with Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on filling Illinois' vacant Senate seat, adding that he has not been contacted by federal authorities during their investigation of the governor...

    12/09/2008 4:48:57 AM PST · by andrew roman · 2 replies · 486+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 9 December 2008 | Andrew Roman
    There's an old Yiddish adage - man plans, God laughs.Never is it more applicable than in politics.When campaign-trail elocution eventually bumps heads with post-acceptance speech actuality, promises and propositions become the first casualties of political victory - even when the candidate happens to be a Messiah.Here it is, only a month since the presidential election - the one that supposedly reflected a mandate from the American people for "fundamental change" - and already, before the first puff of cigarette smoke is taken late at night in the Rose Garden (because there's no smoking allowed in the White House), some...
  • The Obammunism Chronicles 5: Vetting the Gestapo

    12/07/2008 9:36:29 PM PST · by NorthShoreGibby · 1 replies · 367+ views
    The Policy Project ^ | 08 December 2008 | Patrick Gibson
    Barack Hussein Obama has begun assembling his team as we all know. Luckily we have the mainstream media here in the US, so we are all aware of just how moderate all of his appointments are, despite what conclusions we may come to if we got there on our own. First there is the matter of the questionnaire reported by World Net Daily earlier today. Apparently BHO is grilling his potential appointees on gun ownership. In a break from previous administrations and in a move that is sure to turn gun owners apoplectic with concern for the next four years,...