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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Yet another unbroken promise?

It’s beginning to look like a trend. Though he got off to a rocky start with fudging on his promise to curtail lobbyist influence in Washington, President Obama seems to have struck a nerve with his latest regulations which prevent registered lobbyists from serving on Federal agency advisory boards and commissions.

“Private-sector clients will now have to pass up registered lobbyists for others who qualify to serve on the panels, and the prospect of a mass exodus from the highly prized positions has not made certain lobbyists happy. ‘There is fury,’ said a lobbyist who sits on one of the committees. ‘Absolute fury.'”

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Ten reasons for reading Capitol Hill Blue

1) CHB features Doug Thompson, who if he isn’t one of a kind, lord help us…
2) You can follow or join a community of commenters you can actually get to know
3) You can read columnist Phil Hoskins, a Hollywood attorney and activist who founded Take Back West Hollywood.
4) You can read columnist Robert Kezelis, a lawyer, sculptor and writing curmudgeon based south of Chicago.
5) You can read me, a psychotherapist who was recently called a psycho who should be committed by a poster on a local message board…

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Changing conditions require Afghan reassessment

President Barack Obama’s top defense and diplomacy advisers said the United States retains the Afghanistan war goal that he outlined just two months into his presidency – to sideline al-Qaida – but changing circumstances require a reassessment of how to get there.

A “snap decision” on whether to add more U.S troops would be counterproductive, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday.

Whatever the president decides, the military will salute, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

“It’s important that at the end of the day that the president makes a decision that he believes in,” Clinton added.

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Health care reform nears key vote in Senate

President Barack Obama gathered doctors from every U.S. state at the White House on Monday to press his case for healthcare reform in a week when the sweeping overhaul could clear a major hurdle in Congress.

The Senate Finance Committee, the last of five panels in Congress to move on healthcare legislation, aims to vote this week on Obama’s top domestic policy priority, an effort meant to cut costs, regulate insurers and expand health insurance coverage to the millions of Americans now going without.

“At this point, we’ve heard all the arguments on both sides of the aisle,” Obama told the crowd of 150 white-coated doctors who support the healthcare drive.

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War protests: Deja vu all over again?

It was a scene repeated countless times during the Bush years:

A few hundred people massed on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, wearing orange jumpsuits and hoods, holding photos of wounded children or carrying coffins. They chanted antiwar slogans, acted out waterboarding and pretended to die on the sidewalk. Those who refused orders to leave the area — including ubiquitous activist Cindy Sheehan — were arrested.

But the remarkable thing about this familiar antiwar demonstration is that it occurred Monday, and the target was not George W. Bush but the White House’s current occupant. Protesters’ signs carried Obama-specific barbs: “Change? What Change?” “The Audacity of War Crimes.” “Yes We Can: U.S. Out of Afghanistan.”

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Obama administration misplayed Gitmo card

Greg Craig, the top in-house lawyer for President Barack Obama, is getting the blame for botching the strategy to shut down Guantanamo Bay prison by January — so much so that he’s expected to leave the White House in short order.

But sources familiar with the process believe Craig is being set-up as the fall guy and say the blame for missing the deadline extends well beyond him.

Instead, it was a widespread breakdown on the political, legislative, policy and planning fronts that contributed to what is shaping up as one of Obama’s most high-profile setbacks, these people say.

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Obama looks for safety net programs

With unemployment expected to rise well into next year even as the economy slowly recovers, the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress are discussing extending several safety net programs as well as proposing new tax incentives for businesses to renew hiring.

President Obama’s economic team discussed a wide range of ideas at a meeting on Monday, following his Saturday radio address in which he said it would “explore additional options to promote job creation.” But officials emphasized that a decision was still far off and that in any event the effort would not add up to a second economic stimulus package, only an extension of the first.

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