Obama Administration News Round-Up
December 28, 2008, 3:48 pm
Filed under: 2008 election, Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Bush, business, empire, imperialism, Israel, news, obama, politics, war


What Change Looks Like  – The Doomsday Report 12/12/08

A quick look at the background of Obama appointees

Bradley Simpson : Obama’s New Intel Chief, Dennis Blair, Ran Interference for Indonesia’s Butchers – CounterPunch 12/26/08

Dennis Blair: Corporatist Candidate for Director of National Intelligence – AntiFascist Calling 12/25/08

Untangling Obama’s Cabinet – Alternet 12/25/08

There are real personnel differences between the team Obama is putting together and what a progressive administration would look like.

Obama’s War Cabinet  – Global Research 12/5/08

Obama’s Most Hawkish Advisor – Alternet 12/23/08

It’s hard to imagine a less likely choice to be Obama’s go-to guy on foreign policy than James L. Jones.

Clinton Moves to Widen Role of State Dept. – NYTimes 12/23/08

As she prepares to helm the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking a bigger budget and an expanded role in dealing with global economic issues.

How Rahm Emanuel Made Mega-Millions and Bought His Way to Power – Alternet 12/9/08

Change We Can Believe In: Obama Chooses Monsanto Creature, Tom Vilsack, for Secretary of Agriculture – Raw Story 12/17/08

V.P. Cheney lauds Obama’s choice of national security team – USA Today 12/16/08

Change You Can Eat: Obama’s Pick for Secretary of Ag May Finally Shake Things Up – Alternet 12/15/08

As someone who eats organic and knows what a CSA is, foodies have high hopes for Obama challenging Big Ag.

David Sirota: What’s with Obama’s Deputy Telling Progressives to Pipe Down? – Alternet 12/9/08

Obama aide Steve Hildebrand explicitly attacks “the left wing of the Democratic Party” with Fox News-style talking points. 





Max Hastings: British troops are stuck in Afghanistan until Obama sees the war is unwinnable – Guardian, UK 12/21/08

Obama: No more ‘blank checks’ for Israel – Raw Story 12/7/08

Breaking: Obama unveils 21st Century New Deal – Politico 12/6/08

Bush to leave ‘crisis’ plans – Raw Story 12/17/08

Contingency plans prepared in case of crisis in opening days for Obama.

Joint Bush-Obama terrorism drills – USA Today 12/22/08

Rezko attorney ‘owns’ Obama mansion – World Net Daily 12/26/08

Obama to offer Israel “nuclear umbrella”: report (Reuters)  – Yahoo 12/11/08

Obama’s Unprogressive Foreign Policies – Dissident Voice 12/20/08

All This Talk About Pragmatism Doesn’t Cut It — What’s Your Vision, Obama? – Alternet 12/15/08

If Obama wants to set America on a new path, he needs to make clear what that path is.

Obama and US-Russia Tensions – Consortium News 12/14/08

President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Robert Gates at Defense and Hillary Clinton at State suggests continuation of policies that have strained U.S.-Russian relations.

Binoy Kampmark : Humanitarian Imperialism: Obama and the Genocide Task Force – CounterPunch 12/12/08

Obama’s calls to lawmakers ‘unheard of’ – USA Today 12/11/08

With the election over, Obama is courting another set of voters: the 535 members of Congress who can or break his administration.

Obama policy docs to live on Change.gov – CNet 12/8/08

The president-elect’s transition team is making all the policy documents it receives available on its Web site and is letting visitors upload their own.

A Trap in Obama’s Spending Plan – NYTimes 12/21/08

Huge public investment projects may not bolster the economy this time.

Septimius Severus – the Barack Obama of the Roman Empire? – Metafilter 12/8/08

Lots of comparisons have been drawn between Obama and various Roman leaders.  An active comments section.

Revealed: Britain’s torture of Obama’s grandfather – Guardian, UK 12/3/08

Inauguration donor info released – Politico 12/12/08

The list, activated on the Inauguration website, puts donors in a searchable database.

Obama energy plan could include solar ‘microwave’ satellites – Raw Story 12/12/08

Jello Biafra’s open letter to Obama – Raw Story 12/16/08

Obama, Let the Economy Shrink – Alternet 12/25/08

For Obama to artificially support American growth at the unsustainable current levels is an ill-advised waste of money


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