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Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Senior Pentagon official James Clapper has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, but other candidates have not been ruled out, two U.S. officials said on Friday. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has the support of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has considerable sway with President Barack […]

Fired intel director knew his days were numbered

Fired intel director knew his days were numbered

For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and he knew it. So constant and vicious were the leaks from the White House and Congress of his imminent departure that he opened a recent speech on intelligence reform with a joke that his replacement would be Redskins quarterback Donovan […]

Rhodent upstages Obama

Rhodent upstages Obama

In the midst of his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama was nearly upstaged by a rodent. Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when some kind of rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside […]

The Obama spin-machine: Lots of propaganda, very little fact

The Obama spin-machine: Lots of propaganda, very little fact

The propaganda machine of President Barack Obama’s White House spews out a constant barrage of daily political spin in a round-the-clock effort to control the message, subvert both the media and political image, and shade the truth in the eyes of voters. Using email, Twitter, an on-line “news” program produced by White House staffers and […]

Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

Karl Rove leads GOP plot to regain power

The Republican Party’s best-connected political operatives have quietly built a massive fundraising, organizing and advertising machine based on the model assembled by Democrats early in the decade, and with the same ambitious goal — to recapture Congress and the White House. The new groups could give Republicans and their allies a powerful campaign apparatus separate […]

Feds probe security lapses in terror suspect arrest

Feds probe security lapses in terror suspect arrest

The government Tuesday probed how the Pakistani-American suspect in the failed New York car bombing was able to board a plane in an escape bid — despite apparently being on a no-fly list. Faisal Shahzad was sitting on an Emirates Airlines flight on Monday night in New York as it headed towards the runway, when […]

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

Dems to Obama: Lay off the Washington bashing

President Barack Obama’s Washington-bashing could boomerang on his party in Congress if he’s not careful, House Democratic leaders have warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod. The fear — raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in a closed-door meeting Thursday — is that Democrats have more […]

Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

President Barack Obama has accelerated his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, meeting in the Oval Office with one of the candidates, federal judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, a person familiar with the conversation says. Obama’s meeting with Thomas on Thursday was his first known formal interview for the upcoming vacancy on the court. […]

Obama and the press: The battling Bickersons

Barack Obama surfed into the White House on a giant wave of favorable press coverage, due in large part to his personal charisma. But Obama’s honeymoon with the press is over and relations between the White House and the press are chilly at best. Reporters say Obama is less accessible than Bill Clinton or even […]

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

Did Goldman-Sachs buy the Obama White House?

While lawyers for Goldman Sachs worked overtime to avoid civil fraud charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm’s CEO visited the White House four times. In addition, the company’s political action committee, employees and relatives of employees dumped close to a million dollars into Obama‘s 2008 Presidential campaign and CEO Lloyd Blankfein was […]