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Rahm Emanuel Can Bring Down Obama

March 26, 2009

The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

Rahm Emanuel has been discussed as a possible troublemaker or ringleader in many questionable White House operations — already — but we’ve noticed that Bill O’Reilly won’t say anything about this until and unless more is disclosed.

What we do know is that Emanuel has a daily phone call with ABC news host George Stephanopoulos of “This Week,” frequent CNN talking head Paul Begula and James Carville.

We suspect Emanuel has a hand in the far left liberal media manipulation effort but we don’t see a “conspiracy;” just a tendency toward very inappropriate conduct: the kind that got the Nixon White House into trouble.

That’s not much….

Emanuel is also apparently one of the first to say, “never waste a good crisis.”

When asked why the White House Chief of Staff, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, got involved with trashing Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer said, “Because he loves to make mischief, because he wants to stay in power and because it is fun.”

Related:
 There’s More Room For Rahm In AIG Bonus Abomination

Arrogance Blinds “Public Servants”

Daily Conference Call: Emanual, Carville, Stephanopoulos, Begula

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Before its portfolio of bad loans helped trigger the current housing crisis, mortgage giant Freddie Mac was the focus of a major accounting scandal that led to a management shake-up, huge fines and scalding condemnation of passive directors by a top federal regulator.

The Chicago Tribune

One of those allegedly asleep-at-the-switch board members was Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel—now chief of staff to President Barack Obama—who made at least $320,000 for a 14-month stint at Freddie Mac that required little effort.

As gatekeeper to Obama, Emanuel now plays a critical role in addressing the nation’s mortgage woes and fulfilling the administration’s pledge to impose responsibility on the financial world.

Emanuel’s Freddie Mac involvement has been a prominent point on his political résumé, and his healthy payday from the firm has been no secret either. What is less known, however, is how little he apparently did for his money and how he benefited from the kind of cozy ties between Washington and Wall Street that have fueled the nation’s current economic mess.

Read the rest:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/o
bama/chi-rahm-emanuel-profit-26-mar26,0,
5682373.story

The Chicago Tribune is an example of a newspaper America needs to speak truth to power.  And in this environment of failing newspapers, many people like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and Rod Blagojevich would like the Trib to just go away……

No, he wasn't thumbing his nose at ex- White House staffers. At least no one thinks he was. As new presidential Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made his way to his seat for the inauguration, his former congressional colleagues playfully heckled the ex- Illinois congressman from their seats on the inaugural platform. Ever combative, and equally playful, Emanuel heckled them back, spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said.
Emanuel at Obama’s inauguration in January….

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Dick Morris On Rahm Emanuel

Published in the New York Post February 17, 2009

News broke last week that Rahm Emanuel, now White House chief of staff, lived rent- free for years in the home of Rep. Rosa De Lauro (D-Conn.) – and failed to disclose the gift, as congressional ethics rules mandate. But this is only the tip of Emanuel’s previously undislosed ethics problems.

One issue is the work Emanuel tossed the way of De Lauro’s husband. But the bigger one goes back to Emanuel’s days on the board of now-bankrupt mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

Emanuel is a multimillionaire, but lived for the last five years for free in the tony Capitol Hill townhouse owned by De Lauro and her husband, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg.

During that time, he also served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee – which gave Greenberg huge polling contracts. It paid Greenberg’s firm $239,996 in 2006 and $317,775 in 2008. (Emanuel’s own campaign committee has also paid Greenberg more than $50,000 since 2004.)

To be fair, Greenberg had polling contracts with the DCCC before – but each new election cycle brings its own set of consultants. And Emanuel was certainly generous with his roommate.

Emanuel never declared the substantial gift of free rent on any of his financial-disclosure forms. He and De Lauro claim that it was just allowable “hospitality” between colleagues. Hospitality – for five years?

Some experts suggest that it was also taxable income: Over five years, the free rent could easily add up to more than $100,000.

Nor is this all that seems to have been missed in the Obama team’s vetting process. Consider: Emanuel served on the Freddie Mac board of directors during the time that the government-backed lender lied about its earnings, a leading contributor to the current economic meltdown.

The Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Agency later singled out the Freddie Mac board as contributing to the fraud in 2000 and 2001 for “failing in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.” In other words, board members ignored the red flags waving in their faces.

The SEC later fined Freddie $50 million for its deliberate fraud in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Meanwhile, Emanuel was paid more than $260,000 for his Freddie “service.” Plus, after he resigned from the board to run for Congress in 2002, the troubled agency’s PAC gave his campaign $25,000 – its largest single gift to a House candidate.

That’s what friends are for, isn’t it?

Now Rahm Emanuel is in the White House helping President Obama dig out of the mess that Freddie Mac helped start.

The president’s chief of staff isn’t subject to Senate confirmation, but his ethics still matter. Is this the change that we can depend on?

Read Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/200
9/03/26/rahms-ill-gotten-gains/

http://84rules.wordpress.com/
2009/03/27/obama-wants-tran
sparency-not-if-it-exposes-the-w
hite-house-chief-of-staff-rahm-e
manuel/

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Dodd Allowed AIG To Thrive in His State, Approved Bonuses: Now Throws Them Under The Bus

March 17, 2009

This is now a major Democratic integrity issue:  Chris Dodd allowed AIG to rake in billions of dollars in his home state, allowed the bonuses now so famous, and he is saying he’ll work his tail off for the Citizens of America to recoup every dollar.

YIKES!

He doesn’t have the stones to tell the President: “We screwed up, Mister President.  Better we  own up to the American people.”

And neither does Tim Geithner.  He knew about the AIG bonuses, and he allowed the president to go on a rant yesterday.  Geithner knew about AIG’s bonuses, he allowed them, and he allowed the president to grandstand yesterday in a self-righteous speech about “outrage.”

Or faux outrage.

Related:
Inside the Piñata At AIG: Death Threats and Disappointment in Elected Leaders

 Obama, Congress, Treasury, Fed: Shameful Mismanagement of Your Money, Recovery

“Dodd The Dodge” — Senator Weasels Away The Truth; And Not Artfully

The president knew abut the AIG bonus money last week and faked the big outrage event yesterday.

AIG Bonus Money Is Not The Problem: Government Is The Problem
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Obama’s AIG Outrage: All Talk, No Action

And most of the mainstream media has swallowed this BS — like CNN.  That’s a real outrage.

What is outrageous here is Obama, Geithner, Obama and Dodd.  And most of the media which is silent and “outraged.”

Few know more about the bailout of AIG than Senator Chistopher Dodd (D-Conn), chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Senate staffers tell us he allowed the AIG contracts that provide the bonus money now at issue — and now he has joined the fight to get that same money back.

Dodd suggested a tax provision to recoup the bonuses — which he should have never allowed.

Much of the bonus money will be paid to AIG people who are not American citizens and work overseas — so the horse has already left the barn in many respects….

Dodd allowed AIG to prosper in his home state and now he has thrown them under the bus.

The Washington Post said today that hired guards stood watch outside the suburban Connecticut offices of AIG Financial Products, the division whose exotic derivatives brought the insurance giant to the brink of collapse last year.

Senator Richard Shelby is saying Treasury Secretary Geithner also knew about the bonuses and allowed them to be paid….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., ... 
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, and the committee’s ranking Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., listen during a hearing on modernizing insurance regulations, Tuesday, March 17, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Related:
 Obama: Fire Geithner

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn
/content/article/2009/03/16/AR2009
031602961_pf.html

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/03/17/aig.bonuses/index.html?sec
tion=cnn_latest

Sen. Chris Dodd said the government could apply a tax to the AIG bonuses.

Obama using recession to justify largest expansion of federal authority ever; U.S. less safe

March 15, 2009

Good for Politico and CNN for going after and getting this interview and story…..

John Harris of Politico said today on Fox News, “Even people of his own party are wondering how we can advance the Obama agenda.”

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Vice President Cheney charged Sunday morning on CNN that President Obama is using the recession “to try to justify” what is probably the largest expansion of federal authority “in the history of the Republic.”

By Mike Allen
Politico

“I worry a lot that that they’re using the current set of economic difficulties to try to justify a massive expansion in the government, and much more authority for the government over the private sector,” Cheney said in his first television interview since leaving office. “I don’t think that’s good. I don’t think that’s going to solve the problem.”

Speaking to host John King on “State of the Union,” Cheney said he think the programs Obama has proposed “in health care, in energy and so forth constitute probably the biggest – or one of the biggest – expansions of federal authority over the private economy in the history of the Republic.”

“I worry very much that what is being done here is saying, ‘We’ve got an economic crisis, there’s we’re fundamentally the health program in America,’” Cheney said. “I don’t think that’s right.”

Cheney has been largely out of sight for the past two months, as he and his wife, Lynne, set up their new home in Northern Virginia. But as he was in a recent interview with POLITICO, Cheney is still free with his opinions and much more aggressive in defending the administration’s legacy than President Bush has been so far.

Cheney pushed back against effort by Democrats to blame President Bush for the current economic valley, saying the Bush administration is not responsible “for the creation of those circumstances.”

“I think there’s no question but what the economic circumstances that he inherited are difficult ones,” Cheney said. We said that before we left. I don’t think you can blame the Bush administration for the creation of those circumstances. It’s a global financial problem.

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/new
s/stories/0309/20013.html

CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLI
TICS/03/15/cheney.interview/ind
ex.html#cnnSTCText

"We've accomplished nearly everything we set out to do," ex-Vice President Dick Cheney says Sunday about Iraq.

“We’ve accomplished nearly everything we set out to do,” ex-Vice President Dick Cheney says Sunday about Iraq.

Cheney also worried about “terrorism” and “terrorists,” words Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano can’t even say….
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/0
3/13/eyes-shut-at-homeland-security

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PTSD and Senior Military Officers

March 7, 2009

Anyone can suffer from the torment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  I spoke to a retired General Officer just today who suffers from PTSD.  He was in a huge battle in Vietnam in 1968.

CNN has a story about how Generals returning from Iraq want the Army to handle PTSD which is very insightful.

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03
/06/generals.ptsd/index.html

Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton says he wants the military to change the way it views post-traumatic stress disorder.

Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton says he wants the military to change the way it views post-traumatic stress disorder.

I wrote a six part series on PTSD and below is what I found among senior officers:
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Very little is written about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on the “Commander, “ meaning Field Grade Officers and above.

Company Grade Officers, Captains and below, are generally believed to be impacted by PTSD about the same way as their combat GI’s. But the officers in the rank of Major and above experience war from a different vantage point: they send men into destruction, make the plans that lead to horrific death, and bring together the fighting forces that create the nightmares and the ghosts the poet in Part II refers to.

The Commanders leave the battlefield and return to a very different life from that encountered by the junior enlisted men. The Commanders are unlikely to be eating in soup kitchens, seeking treatment from the VA, or ending up in shelters.

The Commanders are almost always highly educated with families and money to fall back on. Therefore, after the Commander leave the battlefield, they bypass the normal PTSD “tracking system” of VA statistical analyses.

So how do we know about The Commanders and their PTSD experience?

Well, what we know is mostly anecdotal.

Peace and Freedom sought out the Commanders through research in the Northern Virginia community of Vietnam war veterans. The officers interviewed, all now retired, were brigade and battalion commanders, pilots and air wing commanders, ship Commanding Officers and the like. One was a Navy SEAL, two were green Berets, one a Marine Colonel.

The Commanders told us that they, like the front line combat soldiers, felt PTSD very deeply but that their place in the community generally shielded their lives from any public scrutiny. Many told us they suffered from alcoholism or alcohol abuse and one even told us he was addicted to drugs.

The Commanders generally lived their lives in a very structured, orderly environment. Therefore, more so than with the frontline combat veterans, these veterans have a low incidence of DUI, public drunkenness and other aberrant behaviors that might involve the police.

One Vietnam Veteran Commander, Mike, said to us, “The Commanders, as you call us, are just as sick, just as disassociated, just as traumatized by war as the guy who led a platoon, maybe more so. I figure I sent about 800 men to their deaths and that doesn’t sit well with me. Moreover, I came home to an America I couldn’t understand. I guess when you think about it, I left the United States for Korea and the Army in the early 1950s. When I got back to Virginia in the early 1980s and looked around — I was in a foreign country. Nobody much understood me. Nobody much had any use for me. And I couldn’t relate to many people or many things in my environment.”

What did you do? I asked him.

“Well, I drank for a few years because I could and then I decided God still had some things for me to do. I joined the church, got involved in a lot of activities, and so it goes.”

What activities?

“I am the President of the Church Council, I drive for Meals of Wheels, I dance one night a week, I teach college one night a week, I take my dog to the hospital to amuse patients on Wednesdays, that sort of thing. It keeps the mind active and helps the community a little I guess.”

Mike is now 77 years young and still going strong.

Sam graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1965. As a young Lieutenant he led a platoon in Vietnam, then a Company, and then, as a Major he served in a staff.

“I guess I am more like a GI than most of the guys you refer to as ‘commanders,’” Sam told us.

“But I did witness the anguish up close of a General Officer who had to put these wonderful young men into combat. All pay-grades suffer PTSD. It is just that senior officers don’t readily admit to it. It tears them up inside and often tears their lives up, tears up their families. Often senior officers who have returned from combat have trouble relating to people, even their own wives and children. They suffer and relive the war and the battles alone. Mentally, what I’ve seen, there seems to be a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease and that sort of thing as they age. I know there are no statistics on this but I feel I am right. I know it is true.”

George told us, “I was the guy who shook the hand of the soldier, the young sergeant and their captain. Then I had the unfortunate duty to send them to their ends. Then I had to tell their families what I had done. War hurts every participant. Sometimes I think it is the lucky one who died.”

John E. Carey

Read Part I at:
http://johnib.wordpress.com/2007/02/15/war-wounds
-of-the-mind-part-i-historical-perspective-on-ptsd/

Read Part II at:
http://johnib.wordpress.com/2007/02/16/war-
wounds-of-the-mind-part-ii-discussions-with-p
tsd-sufferers/

My blog on PTSD:
http://johnib.wordpress.com/category/po
st-traumatic-stress-disorder/

Part IV:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/ope
dne_john_car_070221_war_wounds_o
f_the_mi.htm

Russian Relations With U.S., Europe Improve: But Putin, Medvedev Understand Strength, Power More than Diplomacy

March 7, 2009

International relations is the arena of understanding different peoples and cultures and one might expect that Barack Obama, with his wide ranging international background, along with America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with her vast international experience, might understand international nuance.

Yet on Hillary’s first outing with one of America’s most difficult adversaries, she delivered a gift bearing an incorrect translation: an insult because it represents a lack of proper care in even properly translating one word.

What do we pay that big crowd at the State Department for, anyway?  Too expensive and porky, if they can’t get one word properly translated.  But I’m picky.

When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented her counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, with a big red button marked “peregruzka” she thought this meant “reset.”

The symbolic resetting of Russian and U.S. relations did not go perfectly.

“You got it wrong,” Lavrov said.” Both diplomats laughed. “It should be “perezagruzka” (the Russian word for reset,) Lavrov said. “This says ‘peregruzka,’ which means ‘overcharged.'”

We disagree with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty who said  the U.S. and Russian relationship had to be reset “after relations ‘crashed’ when Russia invaded Georgia last August.”

In fact, the Bush Administration and most of Europe suspended relations with Russia in hopes of punishing or at least getting the attention of the oil rich giant after Russia’s incursion into Georgia.  But then a winter gas dispute with the Ukraine moved Russia to cut off gas to Europe — teaching the West a memorable lesson: oil and gas are power.

Relations with the U.S., Europe and NATO have suddenly gotten rosier for Moscow and the gas to Europe is flowing again.  That’s power, not diplomacy talking.

Clinton said the two sides will re-negotiate a follow-up to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and nonproliferation. On other issues like Afghanistan, the Middle East and Iran, Clinton said, “We will work through them.”

On issues where there is disagreement, Clinton said, “We are keeping those on the list because, we think through closer cooperation and building trust in each other, we can even tackle some of those differences.”

The tricky “hot button” between the U.S. and Russia right now is Iran.  Russia has been assisting Iran with nuclear development and air defense weapons.  The Obama Administration wants Russia to persuade Iran from moving closer to a nuclear weapon program.  Israel plays in this discussion.  A right wing government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu is being formed in Israel and Netanyahu has made noise about attacking Iran in the past.

So, to keep world peace, the Obama Administration may be willing to give up its missile defense effort in the Czech Republic and Poland in order to gain Russian help with Iran.

Related:
CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/W
ORLD/europe/03/07/us.russia
/index.html

Related:
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Russia Testing Obama: Just as Biden Predicted
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Russia building anti-satellite weapons

 Russia: Medvedev Pushing Putin Out?

Russia Verifies “American, Western Weakness”

Russia Sees Obama, U.S., Others As “Weak,” “Naive”

Mr. Obama and Russia
NYT Editorial: Russia only understands strength….

 Chutzpah: Admire Russia’s Arrogance

Russia, Obama and the Strategic Chess Tournament

Putin Medvedev
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Above: Russia’s “power couple.” Vladimir Putin speaks with his presidential successor, Dmitry Medvedev.

http://defencedebates.wordpress.com/2009/03
/07/russia-pushes-for-new-strategic-arms-pact-with-us/

Russian media teases Clinton:
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=CNG
.9ca28ad2530b0d0029e1304762eca18f.8c1&s
how_article=1

http://doubleplusundead.mee.nu/

America’s Top Diplomat Tongue-Tied?
http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyE
noughNews/idUSTRE5254WO20090306

http://www.rightwingnews.com/#post14701

Obama: Crisis is time of ‘great opportunity’

March 7, 2009

President Barack Obama on Saturday challenged his country to see its hard times as a chance to “discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis.”

By Ben Feller, AP

“That is what we can do and must do today. And I am absolutely confident that is what we will do,” Obama said in his weekly radio and video address, taped a day earlier at the White House.

The work week ended on more down news, with the report of 651,000 more American jobs slashed and an unemployment rate climbing to 8.1 percent. That is the highest rate of people out of work in more than 25 years, as the recession continued to put enormous pressures on families and industries.

Obama recapped the work of the latest hectic week in his young presidency. His goal was to reassure the country that he and his team are taking specific steps to create jobs in the short term and begin to address huge issues such as health care.

Read the rest:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20
090307/D96P7GG00.html

http://www.cheatseekingmissiles.com/
2009/03/07/the-taxinator/

Democratic Attacks On Limbaugh Boost His Ratings — But He’s Not The Problem

March 7, 2009

Democrats already control the White House, House of Representatives and the Senate.  But to make sure the Democrat dominance continues for the forseeable future, Democrats have alredy nominated and elected their next opponent from the Republican Party: Rush Limbaugh.

As Jonathan Mann writes for CNN:

As Republicans adapt to the role of an opposition party and search for a new opposition leader, Limbaugh may be emerging as their champion.

“The Democrats would love it,” writes Mann.  “They think that Limbaugh, 58, is the very personification of an ugly Republican stereotype: he’s a small-town college drop-out, an angry white man, who they believe offends the ethnic, urban and educated Americans the Democrats want to attract.”

But it is not that easy.  And what many Democrats seem to be missing by demonizing Limbaugh is this: more than 45% of Americans did not vote for Barack Obama and already Limbaugh has energized a very vocal and angry Obama opposition — which is probably not going to make Limbaugh a candidate but will spread his ideas and opinions.

As Howard Kurtz wrote in the Washington Post on Friday, “By one measure, Rush Limbaugh is a clear winner this week: His ratings have nearly doubled since his feud with the White House burst into the media limelight.”

What seems to make perfect sense just now to Democrats, pummeling Limbaugh, seems to me and other conservatives like the childish beating administered by a baseball team upon a member of the other team’s cheering section.  Limbaugh isn’t an elected politician or really a member of the media: he is a voice on radio now given even more listeners who just want to find out what all this ruckus is about.

Democrats are, in fact, enouraging people that never, ever listened to Limbaugh to give him a chance.  The fact that CNN and the Fox News Channel both broadcast Limbaugh’s remarks before the CPAC last week was in part fueled by the Democratic attacks.

It seems to me that the Obama Administration, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are already busily juggling hand grenades including the economy, health care, ecucation, the envoronment and energy — and don’t gain a lot from going on the offensive and creating an uproar.

Unless Democrats just want voters to look the other way.  After all, real legislation and governing really is a lot like making sausage….

CNN:
Rush Limbaugh is the anti-Obama?
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITI
CS/03/06/anti.obama/index.html

Kurtz, Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/
content/article/2009/03/05/AR2009030
503770.html?wprss=rss_politics/congress

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he's something to hear.

Rush Limbaugh: Whether or not you agree with him he’s something to hear.

Related:
 Limbaugh: Meaningless Clown, “Entertainer” or de facto Republican Leader?

Geithner’s Hand Picked Deputy at Treasury Drops Out

March 6, 2009

The Obama Administration continues a trend tonight: unable to fill top government jobs with qualified and clean candidates.

Today, Sanjay Gupta took his name out of consideration as the only nominee as Sergeon General.  Gupta said he wanted to dedicate more time to his work at CNN but friends say he can’s give up his fat CNN pay check for the meager government pay.

At Treasury, Secretary Timothy “Can’t Work Turbotax” Geithner’s hand-picked deputy pulled her name out of consideration and will join Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Gupta and others in non-government work….

Good thing this is the administration of “hope.”  We hope it works…..

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/04/news
flash-wonderboy-treasury-secretary-is-in-ov
er-his-head/

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Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s top pick to be his deputy withdrew from consideration Thursday, a setback for the agency as it confronts the worst financial crisis in decades.

Annette Nazareth, a former senior staffer and commissioner with the Securities and Exchange Commission, withdrew after several interviews and vetting of her financial history, a person familiar with Nazareth’s decision said.

But this person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because Geithner never publicly named Nazareth as his choice, said no problems with her taxes or other issues arose.

Nazareth, a partner at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell, could not be reached for comment. Treasury and White House officials would not comment on the matter.

Nazareth’s withdrawal from consideration comes as critics say Geithner’s lacks the senior staff he needs to make critical decisions about the financial crisis. Not one of his top 17 deputies has been named, let alone confirmed.

Without senior leadership, lower-level Treasury employees can’t make decisions or represent the government in crucial conversations with banks and others.

At a Senate hearing Thursday about failed insurance giant American International Group Inc. — which has received four separate bailouts totaling more than $170 billion — Sen. Chris Dodd said he had asked Treasury for someone to appear, but that no one was available.

Read the rest:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Geithn
ers-choice-for-deputy-apf-14560893.html

Related:
$anjay Gupta Out of the Running for Surgeon General — Cha-Ching!

$anjay Gupta Out of the Running for Surgeon General — Cha-Ching!

March 5, 2009

CNN Where are you?  Fox News is reporting that Sanjay Gupta may have taken his own name out of the mix for Surgeon General….He apparently does do the math, unlike Timothy Geithner, and has decided he makes too much money at CNN to help out his president and his country…….What a great American!  Cha-Ching!

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/05/pag
ing-another-tv-doctor-paging-another-tv-doctor/

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Despite the initial fanfare, Sanjay Gupta looks to be out of the running for the post of surgeon general, according to the director of the group representing Gupta’s would-be health team. 

Jerry Farrell, who heads the Commissioned Officers Association, told FOXNews.com Thursday that CNN’s chief medical correspondent is known to have taken himself out of consideration. 

“The general consensus from everybody is Gupta is no longer in contention … it’s more he’s withdrawing himself,” Farrell said, citing conversations he’s had with “well-placed” individuals. 

SanjayFarrell’s group represents the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, which the surgeon general oversees. 

He said hopeful candidates have been calling his organization’s office since last week expressing their interest in the post after word got out that “the bidding process was open again.” 

A spokeswoman for CNN had no comment on Gupta’s standing, and Farrell said he has not spoken with Gupta personally. 

But considering two months have passed since CNN acknowledged Gupta was being vetted for the post, information about the progress of the surgeon general nomination is curiously scarce in Washington. 

“No one has yet been nominated or confirmed for the surgeon general position, and we’ve heard nothing,” said Jennifer Buschick, a spokeswoman with the Office of the Surgeon General. 

“We never [announced] a candidate for the post, and I don’t have any updates at this time,” a White House aide wrote in an e-mail to FOXNews.com. 

Farrell said he’s been told Gupta had misgivings about both the pay-cut he would have to take and the fact that he might be reporting to two high-level bosses. 

Gupta’s name surfaced after President Obama had tapped former Sen. Tom Daschle to be health secretary and the head of the new White House Office of Health Reform. Farrell said Gupta was apparently offered a dual position in the White House health reform office as well — and would have been serving under Daschle in both cases. 

But after Daschle withdrew his name because of tax problems, Obama subsequently nominated separate candidates for health secretary and health reform office director — meaning Gupta could have had two different bosses with different sets of priorities. 

“The parameters of the job were no longer clear and perhaps not as appealing,” Farrell said. “I just think the ground shifted underneath Dr. Gupta.” 

Then there was the pay cut. 

As surgeon general, Gupta would make about $153,000, according to public information on federal salaries. It’s unclear what Gupta’s contracts are currently worth, but the surgeon general salary would be considerably less. 

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100d
ays/2009/03/05/gupta-running-surgeon-general/

CNN Gets To The Truth: Thailand Admits Abuse of Refugees

February 14, 2009

CNN has doggedly chased this humanitarian issue: Thailand violating refugees who land from the sea.  Now Thailamd’s Prime Minister has admited to the abuse….

From My SinChew

After being in a state of denial for weeks, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has finally admitted to international media that Thai authorities pushed Rohingya boat people back out to sea and abandoned them.

In an exclusive interview with CNN on Thursday (12 Feb), Abhisit said there was reason to believe some incidents had occurred.

“It’s not exactly clear whose handiwork it is,” he said. “All the authorities say it’s not their policy, though I have reason to believe some instances did happen, but if I can find evidence as to who exactly did this, I will certainly bring them to account.”

Panitan Wattanayagorn, deputy secretary to the prime minister, earlier said the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) had been assigned to integrate all security regarding migrants along the West Coast.

Colonel Manat Kongpan, commander of Isoc’s Fourth Region, Friday (13 Feb) told reporters the military had not committed any such inhumane acts towards the boat people.

“Thais should not pay attention to such crazy news reports. If anyone had died, there’d be bodies,” he said. “The media are simply quoting those wanting to attack Thailand.”

The Navy arrested nearly 1,000 Rohingya boat people in Dec and Jan. They were shifted to the strategic military island of Koh Sai Daeng before being towed back out to sea and abandoned.

Abhisit said that “at times” there had been “a lot of pressure in terms of the numbers of these people coming in”.

The government believes the boat people to be normal economic migrants and is trying to persuade other countries to help tackle the problem.

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