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OBAMA NEWS ROUND-UP: POLICIES & APPOINTEES

Report says Obama’s small-donor base claim is off – USA Today 11/24/08

Despite attracting millions of new contributors to his campaign, President-elect Barack Obama received about the same percentage of his total political funds from small donors as President Bush did in 2004

Obama to be next neocon US president? – Global Research 12/1/08

In Barack we trust?– Salon 11/29/08

Wielding his campaign’s massive e-mail list, the new president could mobilize supporters to press Congress for a new New Deal. Or, he could mobilize that army to blunt pressure on his government for a new New Deal. The point is that Obama alone gets to choose — that for all the talk of “bottom-up” politics, his movement’s structure grants him a top-down power that no previous president had.
For better or worse, that leaves us relying more than ever on our Dear Leader’s impulses. Sure, we should be thankful when Dear Leader’s whims serve the people — but also unsurprised when they don’t.

The U.S. will work “with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,” Obama’s transition team said in a statement – Bloomberg 11/27/08

Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort  – Telegraph, UK 11/27/08

Major Green Groups Offer Plan to Obama   – Alternet 12/1/08

How should Obama act on the environment? A report by 29 major enviro groups gave Obama a list of actions and policies.

 

OBAMA & THE ECONOMY 

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

Obama picks a budget chief – CNN 11/25/08

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated Peter Orszag to head the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is the president’s chief number-crunching department.

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Obama Proposes New Economic Stimulus Plan – NYTimes 11/22/08

Barack Obama offered a broad sketch of a plan to put Americans back to work through infrastructure and energy projects. 

ANALYSIS OF OBAMA APPOINTEES, AND MORE BACKGROUND

Would appointing Sen. Clinton to State be unconstitutional? – Raw Story 11/26/08

This is Change. 20 Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama’s White House – Global Research 11/22/08

The war Cabinet at a glance – Politico 12/1/08

5 things the war Cabinet says about Obama – Politico 12/1/08

Obama’s odious entourage – Global Research 11/26/08

McCain and Obama Camps Coordinated on Building Staff Rosters for Next Government – Washington Note 11/23/08

A senior Obama campaign official shared with The Washington Note that in July 2008, the McCain and Obama camps began to work secretly behind the scenes to assemble large rosters of potential personnel for the administration that only one of the candidates would lead.
Lists comprised of Democrats and Republicans were assembled, sorted into areas of policy expertise, so that the roster could be called on after the election by either the Obama or McCain transition teams.
This kind of out-of-sight coordination is rare between battling presidential camps and provides some indication that both Obama and McCain intended to draw expertise into their governments from both sides of the aisle — or at least they wanted to appear interested in doing so if the information leaked out about the list development process.

22 to Know: Pick for an Obama Cabinet – In These Times 9/26/08

Obama Cabinet Picks: A Who’s Who of Establishment Insiders – Charting Stocks.net 11/24/08

Obama Crushes Hopes of Progressives with Rubinesque Economic Team – The Progressive 11/24/08

Barack Obama decided to please Wall Street instead of deliver on his promise of change.

Ramzi Kysia : An Administration in Search of a Progressive: the Team Obama Should Have Picked – CounterPunch 11/24/08

Hillary Clinton’s Disdain for International Law – Parts 1 & 2 – Alternet 12/1 & 12/2/08

Are Key Obama Advisors in Tune with Neocon Hawks Who Want to Attack Iran? – Alternet 12/3/08

Leaked Memos Reveal Holder’s Involvement In OKC Murder Cover-Up  – Prison Planet 12/4/08

More on the unanswered questions of the Murrah bombing here

Berkeley economist to head Obama economic council – Politico 11/24/08

Holder and the Marc Rich pardon – Raw Story 11/23/08

Players emerge in Obama national security team – CNN 11/24/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Is Making Bad Economic Decisions Right Now – Alternet 11/25/08

Obama is too smart to allow the past to define his presidency. But Timothy Geithner is an architect, and now an enabler, of the unfolding crisis.

New AG Choice Advocated To Stifle Speech On Web – NewsBusters 11/21/08

Damien Millet / Eric Toussaint : Obama’s Economic Team: Records of Failure – CounterPunch 12/1/08

Why Robert Gates is a Terrible Pick – Alternet 12/1/08

The appointment of Robert Gates — a vocal critic of Obama’s Iraq withdrawal plan who will undoubtedly shape policy– is alarming.

With Gates, Obama Opts for Empire – The Progressive 11/26/08

Obama’s OMB Head Would Cut Social Security – The Progressive 11/25/08

Obama’s Treasury Pick Signals Continuity with Bush’s Failed Economic Policies – Alternet 11/25/08

Video: Barack Obama and Alistair Darling’s economic plans compared – Guardian, UK 11/25/08

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