Politics

February 18, 2009

What The Hold-up At Treasury Means For Energy
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Last week, I wondered if the Department of Energy was up to the task of doling out all those funds for clean-energy projects that are authorized in the big stimulus bill quickly enough. After all, the department still has a backlog of grants and contracts left over from older legislation. So that's definitely a story to follow, but as a small tangent, it seems there could be a related concern with the Treasury Department, too.

Politico's Brushback Pitch To The New York Times
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Greg Sargent has the response from Politico editor John Harris to some of the comments NYT boss Bill Keller made to Gabe Sherman in his recent story for TNR. (Could you fit any more proper nouns in a sentence without a comma? I think not...) The whole statement is kind of interesting, but this line stood out to me: We are not a general-interest site but one focused on an audience that is intensely, even obsessively, interested in subjects we dominate--Congress, the White House, national politics.

Durban Ii
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I understood from the beginning that Barack Obama's way with our adversaries--political and military, moral and intellectual--would be different from that of George Bush.  Our new president believes that he can change the dynamics of our hostile relationships with talk and with suasion. Maybe. Maybe not.

An Emanuel Who Doesn't Curse But Knows Health Care
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Ezekiel Emanuel has drawn lot of attention in the past few days. And it's not just because he's the older brother of Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is the prominent oncologist and policy expert who's now working on health care reform for the Obama administration. In his writings, which include an article in this magazine and (more famously) a book called Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America, Emanuel has called for replacing existing insurance arrangements with a voucher system. Everybody would choose from among a set of affordable private plans.

February 17, 2009

Tracy Flicks
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New York’s new senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, is a very ambitious politician. Just months after deposing a four-term GOP incumbent in 2006, she raised nearly $700,000--more than any other freshman legislator. As a sophomore in the House, she attempted to bypass more senior members for a seat on the coveted Ways and Means Committee. And she lobbied intently for the Senate appointment. “[H]er eye has been on that prize for a long, long time,” Jonathan Schiller, a founding partner of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, where Gillibrand worked as a partner, told the New York Observer.

Is The Gop Outflanking The Administration On Banks?
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The Financial Times has two interesting pieces up about the banking crisis. The first is a write-up of a speech Alan Greenspan gave today. Key point: The US administration will have to go back to Congress for more money to recapitalise the banking system, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said on Tuesday. ...

Is The Gop Outflanking The Administration On Banks?
12:00 AM

The Financial Times has two interesting pieces up about the banking crisis. The first is a write-up of a speech Alan Greenspan gave today. Key point: The US administration will have to go back to Congress for more money to recapitalise the banking system, Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, said on Tuesday. ...

Dept Of Lame Retorts
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So Karl Rove had five days to think up a comeback to David Axelrod's smacktalk about him last week, and this is the best he could do? "I am not giving him advice, I am commenting on what they are doing," Rove told Lauer. "And I'm sure even this White House would say people have the right to offer an opinion." --Jason Zengerle

The Other Emanuel
12:00 AM

There are three Emanuel brothers. All of you know two of them. The first is Rahm, about whom I blogged even before the inauguration of Barack Obama, whom he serves as chief of staff. The second is Ari E. who you know not as the top man at Endeavor, the real Hollywood talent agency, but as the fictitious Ari Gold, the top man at the fictitious talent agency Entourage. Both are friends of mine, and each is impressive in his own way. Very impressive.But the third brother, Exzekiel, really has gravitas.

Danzig, Odd Man Out, Joins Cnas
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Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, a top Obama campaign advisor many people imagined as defense secretary--until Robert Gates was tapped to stay--will become chairman of the board at the Center for a New American Security, says the hardheaded Democratic national security think tank whose ranks have recently been depleted by Obama appointments.

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