Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Only about 70 people have been formally nominated to fill the roughly 500 senior posts in the Defense, State, Treasury, and Education departments and dozens of other government agencies, according to White House records. Dozens of nominations are still pending as FBI and White House officials scrub potential nominees' tax returns, financial ties, and former activities in government."
1. HHS Secretary – a Cabinet position – insist on a woman:
Governor Kathleen Sebelius
Marcia Angell, MD
2. Treasury Department:
Thursday, February 26, 2009
If [Obama] tells the whole story of what might be around the corner, he risks instilling fear itself among Americans who are already panicked. [....]
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
We purposely kept regulation on eBay to a minimum, so that small businesses could innovate. And when we spotted eBay entrepreneurs trying to build businesses, we worked hard to help them grow.
Freed from too many corporate rules, and supported by eBay's technology and employees, eBay unleashed the entrepreneur in people around the world.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
NOW noted during the brief moment when New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg was the nominee for Commerce Secretary that, "With the nomination of Sen. Judd Gregg, the fourteen filled cabinet departments will be headed by eleven men and three women. Adding a highly-qualified woman... would increase the representation of half the population at the cabinet table, while adding health care and human needs expertise to HHS."
What woman? It is now reasonably clear that the Obama team likes Sebelius.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
PARTY IN THE PARK | Waiting for Dems to pay up
Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.
"The Democratic National Committee has not yet paid us" [....]
Stacie Paxton, a spokeswoman for the Obama-controlled DNC, explained the reimbursement delay by saying, "We are still looking at various costs and bills.'' She would not say whether parts of the bill are disputed.
India sought and received an assurance from the US that its decisions and policies in this region would not make India a "target". In other words, India doesn't want to be unpleasantly surprised by a set of events that adversely affects Indian interests in Afghanistan.
The US right now is furious with Afghanistan president for consistently hitting out at America but is equally wary of the Pakistan government particularly after the ill-advised "peace deal" with the Taliban in Swat Valley.
It's no secret the administration wants Karzai to go.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Wants late fix to stimulus plan
the caps inserted into the $787 billion Democrat-crafted stimulus Congress passed Friday are too restrictive and could be counterproductive, administration officials said on Sunday's political talk shows.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"The Women From Maine" in which Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins play moderate Republican witches who try to make the world a better and more fiscally responsible place. Harry Reid will co-star as their befuddled landlord who thinks his tenants are unemployed actresses trying to break into the Portland theater business. Arlen Specter will play Squeaky, their impish helper.
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Saturday, February 14, 2009
In a bow to political reality, lawmakers included $70 billion to shelter upper middle-class and wealthier taxpayers from an income tax increase that would otherwise hit them, a provision that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said would do relatively little to create jobs.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Re: [PumaResponders] 1463 Boston Globe: Obama talks tough with Wall St., but what about his Cabinet?
Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, received more than $2 million in consulting fees from the firm along with some valuable perks. He failed to pay taxes on his car-and-driver perk. Separately, he apparently exaggerated the value of a charitable donation, leading to an inappropriate deduction. Having now repaid what he owes, Daschle hopes to be confirmed for Obama's Cabinet.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
[Obama] said he wanted a return "to the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago." ....
What was happening during what Obama seems to regard as the "golden age" of Carter's leadership? US diplomats were held hostage in Tehran and daily humiliated with mock executions. ....
During the same period, and its immediate aftermath, dozens of Americans from many walks of life were seized as hostages and sometimes brutally murdered in several Muslim countries. The US ambassador in Sudan was murdered; the CIA station chief in Beirut abducted, taken to Tehran and killed under torture.
Meanwhile, the Libyan terror network was killing American GIs in Europe and blowing up US jetliners over Western skies.