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Best Of Dc Craigslist: Pre-inauguration Edition
January 13, 2009

Kids can get their first pre-inauguration makeover. A sensitive 24-year-old man is looking for "arm candy." One local woman ("a yoga-style goddess") seeks true love ... and a free ticket to the induction ceremony. "What a wonderful start to a happy relationship if we got to tell our grandchildren we met for Obama's Inauguration!" A "master photographer" needs an artist to render Obama's portrait on the body of a male model. ("This shoot is a private session.") A non-profit in Adams Morgan invites liberals to kick off the festivities by hitting a Republican pi

The Secret History Of Leon Panetta And Dianne Feinstein
January 07, 2009

When Senator Dianne Feinstein heard that Leon Panetta was nominated to be the next CIA director, she wasn't just caught off guard in her capacity as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She also found herself confronting an old political colleague--even, at times, a rival--who had suddenly re-emerged on her turf. The two northern California politicians have long overlapped in the context of both state and national politics. In 1995, Feinstein led a fight against the closure of several large military bases in the state, contending that it would have a devastating economic impact.

Is Panetta Experienced Enough?
January 06, 2009

With controversy swirling around Obama's selection of Leon Panetta for CIA chief, we approached a few respected intelligence experts for perspective. Those we spoke to were supportive of the choice and the theory that intelligence experience is not an absolute prerequisite for a good director. Paul Pillar, a professor at Georgetown University and former CIA officer, explained why he feels so confident: I think he'll do fine. ... The director is not a line officer; he's not running cases and doing detailed analyses.

December 24, 2008

Trent Lott is tired of being stereotyped. It's two weeks after the election, and Lott is at a Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C., in order to address the annual forum of the American League of Lobbyists. The profession, of course, took a beating from both presidential candidates during the campaign that just finished. "This year was extremely tough," laments Dave Wenhold, the group's incoming president. "We're worn down, and they've been slapping us around, ... and many lobbyists won't speak up for themselves." But Trent Lott will.

Lobbyists: Unsung Heroes Of The Poor?
December 15, 2008

In his Washington Post column today, Robert Samuelson attempts to make the case that lobbyists--vilified throughout the campaign as corrupt peddlers of sleaze--are in fact the nation's unsung defenders of the poor: A second myth is that lobbying favors the wealthy, including corporations, because only they can afford the cost. As a result, government favors the rich and ignores the poor and middle class. Actually, the facts contradict that. Sure, the wealthy extract privileges from government, but mainly they're its servants...the poor and middle class do have powerful advocates.

Will The Next Trade Rep Be An Anti-nafta Protectionist?
December 11, 2008

The front-runner for U.S. Trade Representative--California Representative Xavier Becerra--is already setting off alarm bells among some cheerleaders of free trade. Becerra was a prominent figure in the House opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement and has publicly declared that he regrets voting for NAFTA. Accordingly, the prospect of the Becerra pick has raised "a lot of anxiety" within some trade policy circles, says Paul Blustein, a fellow at the Brookings Institute.

Mumbai 11/29 News
November 29, 2008

Indian commandos retook the Taj Mahal hotel, ending the three-day terrorist siege. The death toll is now at 195, including at least 6 Americans. Local police claim that only 10 terrorists entered the city to carry out the attacks. Hotel officials deny earlier reports that the Westerners were singled out and targeted. Pakistan's foreign minister cut short his four-day visit to the country. Some U.S. intelligence officials say there's increasing evidence that Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible.

Mumbai 11/28 News
November 28, 2008

At least two Americans have been killed in the attacks, and five hostages were found dead at the Chabad center. The death toll now stands at 143. Indian commandos are still battling pockets of resistant militants, with heavy fighting at the Chabad center yesterday and continuing at Taj Mahal hotel today. The attacks are certain to complicate U.S.

Mumbai Attacks: A News Round-up
November 27, 2008

At least one British national, a Japanese, and an Australian were among the 104 people killed.Some hostages have been freed, but others--including eight Israelis in a Jewish outreach center--are still being held.The Indian PM claims the attackers were based "outside the country" and says that India will not tolerate "neighbors" harboring such militants.Experts question the existence of the "Deccan Mujahedeen," which has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but caution against jumping to the conclusion that Al-Qaeda is responsible.Speculation about the attackers' identity has centered around

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
November 18, 2008

Hillary used to tout her husband's globetrotting credentials as an asset to her presidential campaign. But now that she's being vetted for Secretary of State, Bill's financial and philanthropic entanglements abroad could prove to be more of a liability.