When Bill Daley was relieved of the Chief of Staff part of the Chief of Staff job, I thought he’d just end up as an appendage, a corporate bagman. But over the past several weeks, the White House has stepped away from the corporate-friendly pose they cultivated with the Daley appointment, and Daley became far less relevant. Today he resigned to join the reelection campaign.
|By: Gregg Levine Wednesday December 14, 2011 4:15 pm|
Readers of this space know that the pace of safety reforms for America’s nuclear facilities, especially in the aftermath of Japan’s Fukushima disaster, has been alarmingly slow. The recalcitrance–if not active hostility–exhibited by the nuclear operators and their government handmaidens borders on the criminal. So, it might sound more than a little bit shocking to hear that the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, is now under attack. . . for trying to implement new safety standards too quickly.
That’s not how House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is putting it, of course. In doublespeak that would make Orwell proud, Issa has written to the White House, issued a report, and fallen just shy of calling for Jaczko’s head.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 17, 2011 3:17 pm|
John Broder looks back today at the Obama Administration’s decision to delay ozone standards. As has been reported several times before, he finds the meddling hands of Cass Sunstein and Chief of Staff Bill Daley. At least Sunstein, the head of OIRA, has some tenuous connection to regulations, if not science and the environment. But if you thought that it makes no sense for a White House Chief of Staff to be involved in ozone regulation, well, you’re right.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 8, 2011 7:01 am|
Chief of Staff Bill Daley is giving up day-to-day operations at the White House, with Pete Rouse taking over. I’m not sure there’s anything else to the job other than day-to-day operations; that’s kind of what a Chief of Staff does, unless he’s the corporate bagman.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday June 29, 2011 1:29 pm|
At a time of high unemployment, it’s difficult to fathom why the President would be fighting to increase our trade deficit and ship tens of thousands of jobs overseas by pushing his NAFTA-style trade deal with Korea. Even more stunning, however, is the loophole in the Obama deal that will hand billions over to North Korea to spend on their nuclear weapons program.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday June 29, 2011 8:37 am|
Getting Republicans to sign onto a deal could enhance Obama’s personal brand. It would show him to be a serious “deficit hawk,” able to rise above partisan politics and cut a deal. But he would be helping himself at the expense of everyone else in the party. By giving the Republicans the political “out” they want on Medicare privatization, he could be dealing a devastating blow to everyone else in his own party who hoped to use the Ryan vote against their GOP opponents in 2012.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday March 8, 2011 9:35 am|
Obama has declared that he has the authority under the 2001 AUMF to indefinitely hold anyone “if it is necessary to protect against a significant threat to the security of the United States.”
|By: masaccio Sunday February 27, 2011 10:30 am|
Nothing changes. The Class War is over, and the rich won. Time to hide under the fur and suck as much from the beast as possible, and get away from it.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 31, 2011 8:00 am|
Hillary Clinton’s appearance on all five Sunday shows overshadowed the significant event of the debut performance of Chief of Staff Bill Daley as a public advocate for the Administration. Those who had problems with his appointment worried about his more conservative outlook, but were assured that he was a “good soldier” and would not deviate from the party line. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed with Daley’s debut.
|By: emptywheel Saturday January 15, 2011 7:52 am|
Jamie Dimon says they’re going to have to chase 5% of their customers away in response to limits Dodd-Frank put on the usurious rates banks charge merchants for each debit card transaction.