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Blago Accidentally Reveals Allegations Against Obama

Screw-up reveals redacted info

(Newser) - Rod Blagojevich's defense team asked the judge to subpoena Barack Obama yesterday with a motion that was supposed to be heavily redacted. But whoever redacted it did a lousy job; the blacked out text could be easily read just by copying and pasting it, as Capital Fax revealed. Here's what...

Small-Biz Owners Offer Obama Brilliant Ideas
Small-Biz Owners Offer Obama Brilliant Ideas
give me $40K. Now.

Small-Biz Owners Offer Obama Brilliant Ideas

Jarrett was looking for ideas on jobs, found whole bunch of crazy

(Newser) - Valerie Jarrett might be questioning the wisdom of "ask and you shall receive" after the Obama adviser asked small businesses on LinkedIn what steps they think "government should take to help American businesses spur job creation." What she got, the Business Insider reports, is "a long...

Obama Should Keep Rahm, Fire Gibbs

 Obama Should 
 Keep Rahm, 
 Fire Gibbs 

Obama Should Keep Rahm, Fire Gibbs

Dana Milbank: President should have listened to Emanuel

(Newser) - President Obama should ignore the rising sentiment to fire Rahm Emanuel, writes Dana Milbank. He needs him desperately. Emanuel has become the whipping boy for the first year's failures mostly because he's good at making enemies. Truth is, if Obama had taken Emanuel's advice on everything from health care (go...

GOP to Dems: Start Over on Health Care
 GOP to Dems: 
 Start Over on Health Care 

GOP to Dems: Start Over on Health Care

Not so fast, say top senators as White House pushes ahead

(Newser) - President Obama's elite advisers poured onto the Sunday shows to beat the health reform drum today—and ran right into a wall of Republicans, euphoric from Tuesday's victory in Massachusetts. Even as David Axelrod emphasized that Americans "want Brown to work with us and not be obstructionist," GOP...

Rahm Emanuel May Head for Exit
 Rahm Emanuel 
 May Head for Exit 
hot tabloid rumor

Rahm Emanuel May Head for Exit

Jarrett poised to take over for chief of staff who can't make nice

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel’s frustration with the legislative process may lead him out of the White House, but it's not clear whether the president's volatile chief of staff will jump or be pushed. Emanuel, a former congressman, has a famously explosive temper that isn't going over well in the West Wing....

First State Dinner to Reveal Obama A-Listers

Mad scramble for invitations

(Newser) - Washington notables are still scrambling for an invitation to the White House state dinner Tuesday in honor of Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. The event, to be held in a heated tent on the South Lawn, will display who’s truly on Obama’s A-list, and the lobbying for a...

Jarrett: Abdullah Quitting Isn't a Complication

Says election up to Afghan gov't; Obama decision may be delayed

(Newser) - Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says Abdullah Abdullah's withdrawal from next weekend's runoff election in Afghanistan won't complicate the White House's decision-making process on a war strategy. But Jarrett tells George Stephanopoulos that the president's decision could slide back to late November. “The President will make a decision...

Obama Bigwigs Take Aim at Wall Street

Says execs can't have their bailouts, and their bonuses, too

(Newser) - Wall Street is getting ready to hand out some hefty bonuses, and the Obama administration is already crashing the party, with top aides loudly dressing down execs, framing them as would-be fat cats who only last year were on the public dole. "The bonuses are offensive," says David...

White House: Fox Is 'Not Really News'
 White House: 
 Fox Is 'Not 
 Really News' 


White House: Fox Is 'Not Really News'

Administration still sparring with conservative network

(Newser) - The White House continued its scuffle with Fox News today, with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace complaining on-air that the administration dissed its request for an interview, while top aides took to competing networks to denounce it. It's "not really news," David Axelrod told This Week. The...

In Blog Post, White House Blasts Fox News

Prez promised to call out detractors, and that he did over Olympics claims

(Newser) - In an unprecedented move, the White House has excoriated one of its most vocal opponents in a blog post ripping Fox News. The post singles out Glenn Beck, saying his "program has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan...

Obama's Best Pal Keeps Him in Line

When Jarrett weighs in, prez listens

(Newser) - When the president has made up his mind, there’s one person who can change it: Valerie Jarrett, who acts as his “intermediary to the outside world,” Robert Draper writes in a hefty New York Times Magazine profile. “There are two people he’s not going to...

Biden's Big Mouth Irks Obama: Book

(Newser) - The rocky relationship between President Obama and Joe Biden comes under scrutiny in a new book by a Newsweek reporter, Fox News reports. In Renegade: the Making of a President, Richard Wolffe writes that Obama is “distracted by his vice president's indiscipline” and has had to personally rebuke his...

Iran Prez: No Talks Without Preconditions
 Iran Prez: 
 No Talks 

Iran Prez: No Talks Without Preconditions

Gibbs: WH 'very serious' about swine flu outbreak; Summers: recession will worsen

(Newser) - Rebuffing President Obama’s call for beginning US-Iranian negotiations without preconditions, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pushed instead for a “clear-cut framework for talks.” In an interview from Tehran, the Iranian president told ABC’s This Week, “The agenda should be clear,” and complained that Obama didn’t respond...

In Jarrett, Wall St. Finds Direct Line to Obama

Firms salute efforts of White House 'consigliere'

(Newser) - Valerie Jarrett wears many hats in the White House: “If there’s a consigliere, it’s Valerie,” says the head of President Obama’s transition team. Lately, however, the longtime family friend has chiefly been Obama’s ambassador to big business, Bloomberg reports. She “picks the brains”...

Where's the Council on Men and Boys?
Where's the Council on Men and Boys?

Where's the Council on Men and Boys?

Obama's Council on Women and Girls a misplaced gesture

(Newser) - When President Obama last week created the White House Council on Women and Girls—a body that looks out for the fairer sex in federal policy-making—it seemed an almost laughable “act of paternalistic magnanimity,” writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post. Unfortunately, it also perpetuates “the...

Obama White House Brings Black Women to Power

White House advisers and staff form strong support network

(Newser) - President Obama’s administration has brought a cohort of black women to power in Washington, in numbers and at levels never seen before, the Washington Post reports. While in the past, the appointment of a black woman to a senior White House position was met with fanfare, the seven on...

Valerie Jarrett: Obama's Consigliere

Senior adviser and family friend speaks softly, carries big clout

(Newser) - Among the strong-willed Beltway rockstars that make up President Obama's White House, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's style is strikingly low key. But while Jarrett lacks the Washington experience of Rahm Emanuel or David Axelrod, she makes up for it with a deft ability to manage big egos and keep outside...

Obama Creates White House Women's Council

Panel will help coordinate Cabinet-level policy on women's issues

(Newser) - President Obama will sign an executive order today creating a White House panel to advise on women's issues, the Washington Post reports. Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will head the White House Council on Women and Girls, which will be tasked with coordinating government policy regarding women and families. A similar...

Citi CEO Drops by White House, Sparking Chatter

Parsons' meeting ratchets up rumors of bank nationalization

(Newser) - Citigroup’s new chief, Richard Parsons, dropped by the White House last night, Politico reports, visiting Valerie Jarrett, an adviser and longtime confidante to President Obama. “He was here to meet with Valerie—something she often does with business leaders,” explained an official. Still, the visit fueled more...

Gibbs Has the Ear of Obama
 Gibbs Has the 
 Ear of Obama 

Gibbs Has the Ear of Obama

(Newser) - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs may be best known these days for deflecting harsh questions in the briefing room, but his advisory role in the administration goes much deeper than that, writes Michael Scherer in Time. “There isn't a single decision that the president has formed in the course of...

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