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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:51 pm

Officials: Sen. Clinton eyed as secretary of state
Others mentioned for job include Hagel, Kerry, Richardson and Daschle

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is among the candidates that President-elect Barack Obama is considering
for secretary of state, two Obama advisors told NBC News.

Clinton was rumored to be a contender for the job last week, but the talk died down as party activists
questioned whether she was best-suited to be the top U.S. diplomat in an Obama administration. The talk
resumed Thursday, a day after Obama named several former aides to President Bill Clinton to help run his
transition effort.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27713965/

I dont think she would be a good choice. Bill Richardson would be a much better choice for Secretary
of State. Hopefully this is just a courtesy call, make nice with those that ran against him and hes not
really considering her for that. Maybe as a US Ambassador somewhere but not this.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:49 pm

I would not be the only one wondering if Senator Clinton would complete the 63-page application and disclose all of her work and volunteer efforts to dispel any ideas of conflict of interest.

Will commend the President-Elect for considering the Senator for a high-profile job, as it will help to ensure that Democrats all row the boat together.

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:23 am

dreamon:

Harry Ried started that the day after the election and not unexpected. So much for bipartisanship.
I wonder if Reid will listen to Obama or continue the get even theme. The same old song and dance
is still going strong in DC.


Seems they are not listening at all. No big surprise there. Change is a word the democrats cant
seem to get their heads wrapped around this time. The good ole boys of Washington are still
playing their same games despite what Obama wants. Certainly sets the tone of what is to come
in DC, the same ole song and dance.

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Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman's chances of holding onto his committee chairmanship suffered a blow
Friday when a key New England Democrat came out against him. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Democrat-turned-independent Lieberman doesn't deserve to keep his Homeland
Security and Governmental Affairs chairmanship because of his campaign attacks on President-elect
Barack Obama.

Lieberman angered many Democrats by supporting Republican John McCain and criticizing Obama during
the presidential contest.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27723240/

I think Lierberman should bail out and head to the Republicans. Even if he kept the position, they would
undermine him at every turn. You can say your for change, get elected on it but when it comes right down
to it, nothing changes. The democrats all screamed change and yet at the first chance to show they mean
it they are back to the games.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:18 pm

Obama Announces Key White House Posts

As Barack Obama bid farewell to the Senate, the president-elect is keeping his attention on building a
White House team, announcing the hiring of more White House personnel.

President-Elect Barack Obama announced additional key White House staff on Sunday in the latest round
of appointments as the Democrat's transition team works to fill out the senior ranks of his administration.

Pete Rouse will serve as senior adviser to the president, and Mona Sutphen and Jim Messina will both serve
as deputy chiefs of staff.

"These individuals are important additions to a team with the experience and ability to help our nation
overcome pressing challenges at home and around the world," Obama said in a press release.

Rouse -- Obama's chief of staff while in the U.S. Senate -- has worked for various members of Congress
for more than 30 years, including former Democratic leader Tom Daschle, whom he served for 19 years.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/16/obama-announces-key-white-house-posts/

He resigned his Senate seat today. From Junior Senator to President. Has anyone else noticed that his
transition team and the people hes hiring to work in the White House all have more experience than he
does?

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 16, 2008 9:23 pm

Intrigue involving a television network and the current governmental administration. Note how much money the claimant has spent to date.

Rather’s Lawsuit Shows Role of G.O.P. in Inquiry

By JACQUES STEINBERG
Published: November 16, 2008
When Dan Rather filed suit against CBS 14 months ago — claiming, among other things, that his former employer had commissioned a politically biased investigation into his work on a “60 Minutes” segment about President Bush’s National Guard service — the network predicted the quick and favorable dismissal of the case, which it derided as “old news.”

So far, Mr. Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money.

Using tools unavailable to him as a reporter — including the power of subpoena and the threat of punishment against witnesses who lie under oath — he has unearthed evidence that would seem to support his assertion that CBS intended its investigation, at least in part, to quell Republican criticism of the network.

Among the materials that money has shaken free for Mr. Rather are internal CBS memorandums turned over to his lawyers, showing that network executives used Republican operatives to vet the names of potential members of a panel that had been billed as independent and charged with investigating the “60 Minutes” segment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/17/business/media/17rather.html?hp
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby Blue_Tiger on Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:20 am

Be interesting to see who the President-elect appoints in his first administration. I personally hope the former DNC Chair gets his hat handed to him in Virginny....
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:37 pm

Lieberman to keep committee chairmanship
Vote on expelling Stevens from GOP caucus postponed until January

Sen. Joe Lieberman will keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee despite
hard feelings over his support for GOP nominee John McCain during the presidential campaign.

The Connecticut independent will lose a minor panel post as punishment for criticizing Obama this fall.

Lieberman's colleagues in the Democratic caucus voted 42-13 Tuesday to approve a resolution condemning
statements made by Lieberman during the campaign but allowing him to keep the Homeland Security
Committee gavel. He will leave the Environment and Public Works panel, however.

Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he was very angry by Lieberman's actions but that
"we're looking forward, we're not looking back."

Added Reid: "This was not a time for retribution, it was a time for moving forward on the problems
of this country."


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27782936/

I find that funny coming from Reid. Last week he wanted Lieberman out no matter what and only stopped
because Obama spoke up. If he hadnt they would have tossed Lieberman out. Suddenly Reid is singing a
different tune. We are looking forward, not the time for retribution, yet last week he was looking to get
even and looking back.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:23 pm

Bill Clinton Said to Be in Talks to Ease Wife’s Nomination

By PETER BAKER and BRIAN KNOWLTON
Published: November 19, 2008
WASHINGTON — Former president Bill Clinton has offered several concessions to help pave the way for his wife to be nominated as secretary of state, Democrats close to the negotiations with the Obama transition team confirmed Wednesday.

Mr. Clinton has agreed to release the names of some major donors to his charitable foundation and said that he would subject future foundation activities and paid speeches to an ethics review, the Democrats said, speaking on grounds of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the selection process.

He would also cede day-to-day responsibility for his foundation so long as his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, served, and would alert the State Department to his speaking plans and any new income sources.

The William J. Clinton Foundation includes both his presidential library and the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together foreign leaders in an effort to address major world challenges.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/us/politics/20transition.html?_r=1&hp

Mr. Clinton knows it is Senator Clinton's time to shine. This disclosure will be the talk of the political world.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby deja vu on Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:06 pm

NBC: Daschle to be Obama's HHS Secretary
Former majority leader wrote a book proposing health care improvements

NBC News confirms from Democratic sources that former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.,
has accepted President-elect Barack Obama's offer to be Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The appointment has not been announced, but officials said the job is Daschle's barring an unforeseen
problem as Obama's team reviews the background of the South Dakota Democrat. They spoke on condition
of anonymity because they weren't authorize to discuss the matter publicly.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27805121/

Another example of the so called change Obama has in mind. More of the same players from the past. Even his
AG pick is from the Clinton White House time. Yes welcome to real change: the past is back. What happened
to the "We cant look back, we have to look forward" speech? A few more from the Clinton days are on tap for
high level White House jobs. Change is a wonderful thing.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:06 pm

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