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  1. politics
    Spy Firm Hired to Find ‘Dirt’ on Obama Officials, Possibly by Trump Team: ReportThe same firm Harvey Weinstein used to go after his accusers was apparently hired to discredit two Obama advisers who worked on the Iran deal.
  2. Spicer Blames Obama’s ‘Weakness’ for Assad’s Apparent Chemical AttackThe attack came days after the Trump administration indicated that it is comfortable with the Syrian dictator remaining in power.
  3. The GOP Just Voted Against States’ Rights to Shield Wall Street From CompetitionRepublicans just a passed a bill that expands federal regulation, discourages saving, and restricts competition, for Wall Street’s sake.
  4. SCOTUS Defers to Trump on Transgender Student RightsThe administration withdrew an interpretation of anti-discrimination laws as protecting the rights of transgender students. So, too, did SCOTUS.
  5. Here’s How the GOP Will Swiftly Kill Obama’s Final RegulationsA little-known law will allow Republicans to repeal Obama’s expansion of overtime pay with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate.
  6. Obama Administration Says Netanyahu Broke Promise With New SettlementLast month, the United States pledged $38 billion in aid to the Israeli military.
  7. Obamacare Looks Like It Will Remain ‘Suboptimal’ for Quite a WhileAll the scenarios for fixing the problems with the Affordable Care Act are implausible so long as Republicans control either house of Congress.
  8. The 10,000th Syrian Refugee Is About to Be Resettled in AmericaThe Obama administration has met its yearlong goal.
  9. Obama Approves His Largest Release of Guantánamo Prisoners EverAfter being held without charges for years, 15 of America’s detainees at Guantánamo Bay were transferred to the United Arab Emirates on Monday.
  10. The Obama Administration’s $1 Billion Giveaway to the Private Prison IndustryThe administration paid $1 billion to build a detention center for migrant women and children that it barely uses.
  11. You Can Trust the Echo Chamber About That Controversial Ben Rhodes ProfileDavid Samuels argues that the critical response to his profile of Rhodes illustrates the hopelessness of “open, rational debate” in today’s media climate. He’s wrong.
  12. Obama’s Deportations Present a Question for DemsIs Trump’s deportation plan outrageous because of its scale, or because deporting noncriminal undocumented residents is inherently wrong?
  13. Obama Issues Trans-Discrimination GuidelinesThe letter will be distributed to every public-school district in the nation today.
  14. 10 Problems With NYT Mag’s Ben Rhodes ProfileDavid Samuels’s lamentation of the White House’s propaganda is, itself, a work of agitprop. Also, it attributes a quote to Samantha Power’s sneakers.
  15. Obama Now Has Enough Votes to Get a Big Iran Deal Win [Updated]On Wednesday, Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to support the nuclear agreement.
  16. sexual violence
    Religious Leaders Want the U.S. to Fund Abortions OverseasA coalition is calling on Obama to help rape survivors in areas of violent conflict .
  17. 18 Times White House Officials Declined to CommentIncluding hugs, handshakes, and the logistics of dining out.
  18. Dan Pfeiffer’s Exit Interview: How the White House Learned to Be Liberal In an interview a few days before he resigned, he explained in unusually candid terms the administration’s thinking — and how the White House lost its illusions.
  19. For Ex-Obama Officials, the Revolving Door Swings Open to Silicon ValleyFormer Obama spokesman Jay Carney joins the list of former staff heading to technology firms.
  20. Rupert Murdoch’s SOPA Twitter Rant Bills would’ve changed “technical architecture” of the Internet.
  21. Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough Leaves White HouseThe well-liked cultural guru, who produced such events as “A Broadway Celebration” at the White House, is moving on to a private-sector job in New York City.
  22. Robert Gibbs to Officially Step Down As Press SecretaryHe’s had a six-year stretch now where basically he’s been going 24/7 with relatively modest pay,” says Obama.
  23. Obama Locking Down Staff Changes For Next YearAxelrod: “This is a bubble.”
  24. Julianna Smoot Is the New White House Social SecretaryThe North Carolina native was the finance director for Obama’s campaign.
  25. White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers Will Step DownShe’ll be out next month.
  26. Is Criticism Against Rahm Emanuel Barack Obama’s Fault?Rather than the other way around?
  27. Why Does the White House Keep Admitting Its Policy on Fox News?The new communications director is picking up an old story line.
  28. White House Budget Director Peter Orszag Proposed Six Weeks After His Baby Was Born - to Someone ElsePolitical economists: Who knew?
  29. How to Convince Barack Obama to Go to a Sorority ‘Pink Ice Ball’Call Valerie Jarrett.
  30. Hillary Clinton Is a Muscle in More Ways Than OneAt least not in public.
  31. Clinton’s ‘Muscular’ Foreign-Policy ManifestoThe secretary of State’s address today to the Council on Foreign Relations reminds the world that though the Obama administration may emphasize finesse, they haven’t forgotten how to exert force.
  32. The Obama Administration Pretty Much Has to Look Into Ugly Bush Anti-Terror Policies NowDespite hopes that they could focus on domestic issues like health care, Team O is being forced to look at controversial security tactics from the previous administration after recent revelations.
  33. Congress Takes a Lot of Working VacationsAlso, the White House staff doesn’t earn that much, but their quality of life probably isn’t too shabby.
  34. Secretaries of the Treasury: They’re Just Like Us!Tim Geithner goes to Starbucks, and the world watches.
  35. So Who Made the Most of Last Night’s NBC White House Special?Let’s stack it up.
  36. Quadrangle Investors to Decide Future Commitments TodayWith all that’s going on regarding the group’s past, its future is in doubt.
  37. Herb Allison to Replace Neel Kashkari As TARP Chief?This longtime Merrill Lynch executive knows from bailouts.
  38. Obama to Name FCC ChairJulius Genachowski, a former Harvard classmate of the president’s, is likely to get the job, according to reports.
  39. Rahm Emanuel Likes Cleaning Up After Cleanup Time Is Over’The New Yorker’ gets into the brain of Barack Obama’s muscle.
  40. Adolfo Carrion Jr. and Derek Douglas Officially Appointed to WH Urban PostsNew York, represent!
  41. Obama Doesn’t Sweat, But Wants You ToIt’s the oldest trick in the book.
  42. Hillary Clinton Finally Confirmed!Now David Paterson, we don’t mean to raise our voices with you, but there’s really no reason for you to continue delaying your announcement of who will replace her.
  43. Obama Brings in a Gay! Fred Hochberg Tapped for Import-Export RoleHochberg is also the first major fund-raiser for Obama to be given a post.
  44. Bill Richardson Withdraws As Commerce SecretaryHe was worried that a lingering investigation in New Mexico would hinder his confirmation.
  45. In the End, Clinton’s Secretary of State Gig Only Cost Her $13 MillionAnd she’s going to make the most of it!
  46. We’ve Updated Our Obama Cabinet Slideshow!Now with Solis, Lahood, and Blair!
  47. Obama Is ‘Appalled and Disappointed’ by Blago, Excited About Health CareQuestion: Which issue do you care about more?
  48. Critics Point to Obama Cabinet Paradox: It’s Too White, Yet With Too Few RepublicansCould the first black president be appointing too many whites? And … Democrats?
  49. That Hillary Clinton Campaign Debt: Still NaggingShe’s still $7.5 million in the can.
  50. Bill Richardson, Ever Diplomatic, Settles for Commerce SecretaryThe consummate team player joins the team of rivals — but Hispanic leaders want more!
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