Obama’s Former PR Flack Anita Dunn Pitches “Ethical Oil” Keystone XL Ad

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 3:55 pm

Ezra Levant is the man behind an attempt to re-frame the Alberta tar sands as “ethical oil.” “Ethical” – Levant’s deceptive public relations campaign argues of the tar sands “carbon bomb” – because it doesn’t come from the war-ridden and human rights-abusing Middle East.

Now, the “ethical oil” campaign has a new backer: Anita Dunn, former White House Communications Director for President Barack Obama.

Obama’s Former PR Flack: Thread Tying Keystone XL, PA Gov’s Race Together

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 2:45 pm

Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen “Katie” McGinty, has hired powerful PR firm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign’s communications efforts.

SKDKnickerbocker – once known as Squier Knapp Dunn – is co-owned by President Barack Obama’s former Communications Director Anita Dunn and a member of Obama’s national media team for his 2008 run for President, Bill Knapp. Both Dunn and Knapp previously did PR for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 run for President, as well.

Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney’s Law Firm Represents TransCanada’s Pipeline in Alaska

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:50 pm

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama’s personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada’s South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project.

Furthermore, Dan Sullivan, current Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, and former Alaska Attorney General and former Assistant Secretary of State in the Bush Administration, is a former Perkins attorney.

Executive Nominations, Judicial Emergencies and Change in WH Counsel’s Office

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 5:16 pm

It is hard for an administration to get a confirmation if it does not make nominations. Take federal judges for instance, for most of the past two years there have been around a hundred vacancies on the Circuit and District courts; Mr. Obama has rarely had nominees for more than half of them. This is simply federal administrative incompetence, and it takes a heavy toll in the hallways and dockets of justice.

Office of Legal Counsel Memo as Time Machine

By: Saturday April 9, 2011 12:52 pm

Is this all the advice OLC gave the President? Did OLC authorize further activities? Did Obama’s description of why bombing Libya was in the national interest before March 19 match what appears in this memo, written after the fact?

Graham Predicts Successful Terrorist Attack Followed by Harsh Resolution of Gitmo Impasse

By: Monday September 20, 2010 8:00 am

Josh Gerstein provides Lindsey Graham a soap box to complain that his efforts to craft a grand compromise with the Administration on Gitmo stalled in May.

The Things Bob Bauer Was Doing Before Taking Over Ethics

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 8:20 am

I’ll leave it to the ethics wonks to decide whether Bauer can do the job — on ethics — well or not. But I am worried about what this says about the Administration’s focus on two other critically important functions. You see, when Bauer took over for Greg Craig, he was hailed as the kind of guy who could solve two problems Craig had failed to: judicial confirmations and closing Gitmo.

Kagan and Graham Agree: War on Terror Will Never End, Habeas Rights Can Be Abridged

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 6:45 am

I’m actually more hopeful that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan disagrees with the Obama Administration on some of the key issues related to “war on terror” than I was before. But if we’re supposed to be thrilled about Kagan because she’ll persuade Justice Kennedy or even the more conservative Justices to her views … I just don’t see that.

Negotiation 101: How to Get Corporations to Do What You Want

By: Monday June 21, 2010 3:40 pm

The real story is that – for the first time I can think of – the Obama Administration has actually taken a tough approach to negotiation.

New White House Counsel Bob Bauer and Scooter Libby Justice

By: Saturday November 14, 2009 4:00 pm

I think Bob Bauer’s op-ed about Scooter Libby’s sentence had a few strong points, except that he was way too naive about how the Plame outing worked.

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