“As I plan to inform the White House”

By: Monday June 6, 2011 6:54 am

DDay already noted Peter Diamond’s op-ed withdrawing his nomination as a Fed Governor. But I wanted to emphasize one thing: It is time for me to withdraw, as I plan to inform the White House. It appears that this very public complaint was how Diamond informed the White House he was withdrawing–not a discrete phone [...]

Elizabeth Warren Drops Harvard Course at Last Minute

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 6:44 am

Following closely on the reporting that Wall Street has resigned itself to having Elizabeth Warren recess appointed to head the Consumer Finance Protection Board, the WaPo reports that she has backed out of teaching a Harvard class at the last minute. “I’m writing to let you know that Professor Jerry Frug will be teaching your [...]

Obama’s Relentless Abandonment of Progressive Nominees

By: Saturday August 7, 2010 8:37 pm

Like they did to Dawn Johnsen, the Obama White House has hung absolutely outstanding progressive nominees Goodwin Liu and Edward Chen out to dry, and are well on their way to doing the same with Elizabeth Warren. It is a pathetic track record on progressive nominees.

Another Obama Recess Appointment For Someone Not Named Johnsen

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 7:33 pm

Yet another recess appointment proves the sham and fraud that was the Obama White House handling of Dawn Johnsen.

The Use of False Passports Does Not Make Someone an Al Qaeda Member

By: Sunday July 4, 2010 1:54 pm

Happy Fourth of July. This week, the DC Circuit Court had to tell the government that using false passports does not make someone an al Qaeda member. At issue is the appeal of Belkacem Bensayah, an Algerian who had been living in Bosnia alleged to have arranged travel for five others (the rest of the [...]

A Recess Appointment for Militarized Spooks But Not for Rule of Law

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 8:26 am

Remember how Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head OLC languished and then died as Obama claimed–falsely–not to have the votes? Obama pointedly didn’t use a recess appointment to put his incredibly qualified candidate in the post. Not so for James Clapper, whom Obama is preparing to recess appoint to head Director of National Intelligence rather than [...]

Dawn Johnsen: Finish the Job of Fixing Office of Legal Counsel

By: Friday June 11, 2010 7:08 am

Dawn Johnsen has a must-read op-ed today describing how the Bybee memo damaged the Office of Legal Counsel. In 2004, the leak of a controversial memo on the use of torture catapulted the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel into the spotlight. Fallout and debate continue, including in the context of my nomination — withdrawn [...]

Squabble in Administration over Rule of War, Khadr, Drones

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 6:54 am

Steven Edwards, one of the four journalists banned from Gitmo for reporting publicly available information, has an important story on squabbles within the Obama Administration about what should be in the recently updated Gitmo military tribunal manual. At issue is whether actions like Khadr’s alleged crime–throwing a grenade during active warfare–should be included. The officials [...]

Obama Killed The Johnsen Nomination, Not Ben Nelson Nor The GOP

By: Saturday April 10, 2010 5:35 pm

It was not Ben Nelson who killed the nomination of Dawn Johnsen, nor was it Arlen Specter or Senate Republicans. No, the sole reason Dawn Johnsen is not leading the OLC is that Barack Obama and his coterie of advisors did not want Dawn Johnsen leading the OLC.

The Inevitable Sacking Of The Dawn Johnsen Nomination

By: Friday April 9, 2010 4:01 pm

There was never any question but that the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to be head of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel would be withdrawn. Now we have confirmation of that fact.

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