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Old 03-22-2008, 04:38 PM   #181
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Chief of firm involved in breach is Obama adviser

From Kate Bolduan
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The CEO of a company whose employee is accused of improperly looking at the passport files of presidential candidates is a consultant to the Barack Obama campaign, a source said Saturday.


The security of the passport files of the top presidential candidates was breached, the State Department says.

John Brennan, president of the Analysis Corp., advises the Illinois Democrat on foreign policy and intelligence issues, the source said.

Brennan briefed the media on behalf of the campaign this month.

The executive is a former senior CIA official and former interim director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

He contributed $2,300 to the Obama campaign in January.

When asked about the contribution, a State Department official told CNN's Zain Verjee, "We ethically awarded contracts. Political affiliation is not one of the factors that we check."

On Friday, the department revealed that Obama's passport file was improperly accessed three times this year, and the passport files of the two other major presidential candidates -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain -- had also been breached. Watch the secretary of state apologize for the breach »

Three contractors are accused in the wrongdoing, including the one who works for the Analysis Corp. and who was disciplined. That contractor accessed McCain's file in addition to Obama's. None of the contractors was identified.

The Washington Times, which broke the story Thursday night that Obama's records had been improperly accessed, reported Saturday that the State Department inquiry is focusing on the Analysis Corp. employee. Also, the investigation by the department's inspector general will include polygraph tests for supervisors in the passport section to find out whether there was any political motive.

The department spokesman said Saturday that he would not comment on whether the department was administering polygraphs to employees in connection with the investigation.

The other two contractors who worked for Stanley Inc. were fired.

"While this is a rare occurrence, we regret the unauthorized access of any individual's private information," the company said in a statement Friday.

Stanley has had contracts with the department since 1992 and was recently awarded a $570 million contract to continue providing support for passport processing. Its CEO, Philip Nolan, contributed $1,000 to the Clinton campaign.

The department official said the three contractors worked in three offices in the Washington area that are involved in various functions. One office does consular work and visas on evenings, holidays, weekends and overnights; another office issues passports; the third office scans and files materials.

The source said there has been no problem in the past with the Analysis Corp. employee, who has "extensive" experience. The worker has been with the company for years and has always worked under a State Department contract.

Explaining that the department had "complimented" this person for work in the past, the source said the individual is considered a "terrific" employee, except for this one instance, characterized as an "aberration."

The department asked the Analysis Corp. not to take any administrative action against the employee while the investigation is under way.

On Friday, the company released a statement saying it would fully cooperate with the federal investigation. The source said the Analysis Corp. has told the employee to do the same.


Echoing the State Department spokesman Friday, this source said there is no indication the motivation was anything but idle curiosity.

The source said the Analysis Corp. first learned of its employee's actions Friday morning when it received a call from the State Department. In its statement, the firm confirmed that one of the contractors was an employee and called it "an isolated incident."
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #182
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Good thing all of this crap is happening to him now instead of two months ago.
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Big news day for the Obama camp, are we starting to see a turn from the beating over the last few weeks?


Richardson endorses Obama

Hispanic governor says presidential hopeful a 'once-in-a-lifetime leader'
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SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a "once-in-a- lifetime leader" who can unite the nation and restore America's international leadership.




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Ugly Betty, a.k.a., actress America Ferrara, supports Hillary Clinton for President. For Hillary, this should ease the sting felt as a result of Bill Richardson’s betrayal of the Clinton machine. Who needs Richardson when you can have charming and affable America Ferrara campaign on your behalf?
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it looks like someone knows how to pick himself back up:

[q]Gallup: Obama Retakes Lead Over Hillary
By Eric Kleefeld - March 22, 2008, 5:12PM

Today's Gallup tracking poll shows Barack Obama retaking the national lead over Hillary Clinton, after the Jeremiah Wright scandal had badly damaged his numbers and put him behind for nearly a week. Here are today's numbers, compared to yesterday:

Obama 48% (+3)
Clinton 45% (-2)

It would appear that Obama's big speech on Tuesday, combined with the Bill Richardson endorsement, have gone a long way in fixing his poll numbers for now. But he still has yet to fully recover the six-point lead he had in Gallup a little over a week ago.
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Ugly Betty, a.k.a., actress America Ferrara, supports Hillary Clinton for President. For Hillary, this should ease the sting felt as a result of Bill Richardson’s betrayal of the Clinton machine. Who needs Richardson when you can have charming and affable America Ferrara campaign on your behalf?[/q]







[q]Girl In Red Phone Ad Denounces Hillary And Her "Politics Of Fear"
By Greg Sargent - March 21, 2008, 2:50PM

Now this is pretty cutting. Not long ago I noted that one of the kids safely sleeping in stock footage in Hillary's red phone ad was now of voting age and had revealed herself to be an Obama supporter.

Now, the young woman, Casey Knowles, has cut a new Obama campaign web video directly denouncing Hillary, the ad, and the Clinton campaign's overall tactics.

They had a little fun making this one, clearly. Knowles says that Hillary "wanted to scare you into voting for her" by cutting a scary ad with frightful blue tinting and a narrator with a "scratchy voice."

"That little girl was me," Knowles says. "And I'm here to tell you that I'm not scared. I reject the politics of fear that Senator Clinton uses to scare up votes."

And the kicker:

"I'm Casey Knowles. I approved this message. And not the other one."
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let's do
like they do over seas

and call a snap election

and end this madness
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let's do
like they do over seas

and call a snap election

and end this madness
Ours last 5 weeks and cost practically nothing.

We put up with lawn signs for maybe 2-3 of those weeks. Gives my Dad a chance to collect them from multiple parties. Couple of hours later he takes the signs down so that he can keep the wooden stakes for his tomato garden. My parents have a large, prominent corner property so they are always hit up first. It is a very exciting time for him. But there is no election on the horizon, at least not in time for this year's crop.
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Good thing all of this crap is happening to him now instead of two months ago.


I really hope this is all of it.. But I am bet the republicans will be bringing up stupid stuff come november.. I really hope not.
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stupid to some; pertinent to others.

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Hillary needs to pull out before Pennsylvania. Mathematically, she cannot win. With the loss of Florida & Michigan re-votes, this is practically set in stone. We all know that the more she drags this out and conducts a negative campaign making Obama look bad, the more harm it does to Obama's chances in the fall. But here's why this needs to end pre-Pennsylvania: Just like Ohio, the race in PA is being touted as aimed at white working-class voters--a group one could say represents a majority of the US and both parties. Should Clinton win in PA, then tout the victory and a victory with white working-class voters--but all for naught, as she loses the nomination--where does that leave Obama's standing with white working-class voters nationwide? If the final two major primaries--OH and PA--leave voters with a bad taste in their mouths re: Obama's effectiveness with the white "working class," I imagine that's a pretty significant blow to Obama, potentially lingering on all the way through the fall.
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Ours last 5 weeks and cost practically nothing.
god, that sounds like bliss.

Cuts through most of the bullshit, candidates would have to get right down to it and outline policies/what they plan to do, and you get rid of (I'm guessing) the disgustingly obscene cost of running for president here.
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Ours last 5 weeks and cost practically nothing.

Where's the fun in that?
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I think our campaigns last way too long dammit! This really pisses me off!
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Cuts through most of the bullshit, candidates would have to get right down to it and outline policies/what they plan to do, and you get rid of (I'm guessing) the disgustingly obscene cost of running for president here.
Yes, our costs are practicaly non-existent as compared to yours. And that also means that our elections don't start 2-3 years before the actual election - what for? You don't need to raise that much money.
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Hillary needs to pull out before Pennsylvania. Mathematically, she cannot win. With the loss of Florida & Michigan re-votes, this is practically set in stone. We all know that the more she drags this out and conducts a negative campaign making Obama look bad, the more harm it does to Obama's chances in the fall. But here's why this needs to end pre-Pennsylvania: Just like Ohio, the race in PA is being touted as aimed at white working-class voters--a group one could say represents a majority of the US and both parties. Should Clinton win in PA, then tout the victory and a victory with white working-class voters--but all for naught, as she loses the nomination--where does that leave Obama's standing with white working-class voters nationwide? If the final two major primaries--OH and PA--leave voters with a bad taste in their mouths re: Obama's effectiveness with the white "working class," I imagine that's a pretty significant blow to Obama, potentially lingering on all the way through the fall.


but the Clintons would rather have John McCain be president, and then take him on again in 2012, rather than have another Democrat be the BMOC.

or, as it were, the HNIC.
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