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CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Maybe, Going Forward, We Should Just Let Bernie Madoff Off?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand it's smart for Obama to hold his cards close on torture and war crimes prosecutions, but the reason that's being given for not pursuing them makes little sense.

CIA: Thinking Outside The Fraternity

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

We've been hearing a lot about change lately -- but the question here was about changing an organization like the CIA, with its special functions and rules and strong internal cohesiveness.

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Leon Panetta Right Choice for CIA

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Leon Panetta is a patriot, a veteran, and a consensus builder, and he will lead the CIA forthrightly and in full respect for the law and the Constitution. I frankly cannot think of a better choice.

Speaking Truth to Intelligence

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Cleaning out our stable of intelligence officials is a Herculean task. We are lucky to have men like Dennis Blair and Leon Panetta willing to sacrifice for the good of the nation.

What Spies Think of Panetta

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

I conducted a poll about what spies thought of the Panetta choice. The results: "Obama was wise" to choose someone out of the torture loop to run the CIA. But there's a problem.

Why Barack Obama Needs To Fail

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Not only is failure an option, it is an imperative. Leaders who actively seek to avoid failure are destined to choose the most expedient, and therefore the most treacherous path.

Leon Panetta Named To Head The CIA

AP | PAMELA HESS and LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Promising to protect the United States while adhering to its core human values, President-elect Barack Obama formally unveiled his ...

Is Leon Panetta the Right Choice for CIA Director?

Gloria Duffy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gloria Duffy

It is perhaps not widely known that there has been a major change in the intelligence agencies' personnel since 9/11. Some 50% of intel community staffers have joined since 9/11.

Panetta's Best Qualification for the Job: He'll Tell Obama the Truth

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Felsenthal

When I interviewed Panetta, I was so impressed by his candidness that I noted at the end of the transcript of our conversation: "Panetta is the least full of himself guy I've ever interviewed."

Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This doesn't sound a whole lot like "change we can believe in." This sounds more like same-old-same-old cronyism and pay-to-play.

CIA Man: Spies' Reaction to Panetta "Overwhelmingly Negative"

Congressional Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A retired senior CIA operations officer who quit last summer after 20 years tracking terrorists says the rank-and-file reaction to President-elect Oba...

Jason Linkins

Mary Schapiro: WaPo's Pearlstein Takes On Obama SEC Pick

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Writing for Commentary, Jennifer Rubin calls President-elect Barack Obama's choice to place Leon Panetta at the top spot at the CIA, "his first comple...

Jason Linkins

Scritti Politti: January 7, 2007

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Well, the big news today is that after all manner of tough talk from Harry Reid, vowing to never seat a Senator appointed by Rod Blagojevich, the Sena...

I Want To Play Poker With Harry Reid

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

A seventy-one year old dude who hasn't held office for 14 years, appointed by a crook, has taken the Senate Majority Leader to the cleaners.

Lessons of Obama's First Cabinet Controversy

Gordon Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Goldstein

Despite a nearly flawless transition period of astute, substantive and widely praised cabinet appointments, the Obama administration has unintentionally provoked its first controversy.

Feinstein Backs Panetta For CIA, Changing Tune

AP | ERICA WERNER and PAMELA HESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the incoming chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday she intends to support Pre...

Sam Stein

Obama Puts Out The Panetta Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama was forced into his first real rift with congressional Democrats on Monday when two influential Senators complained publicly about not ha...

Obama's Savvy Choice Of Panetta Shakes Up Stagnant Senate

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

If there is a better place for someone to start shaking up Washington, I can't think of a better place for Obama to begin than with those currently in high caterwaul about Panetta's appointment.

Fuss Over Panetta Should Remind Hill Dems: It's Not About You

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

Obama comes into office with a clear election mandate, and the last thing he needs is the public view of a bunch of squabbling Democrats (see: Burris, Roland) doing the GOP's work for it.

Sam Stein and Ryan Grim

Feinstein On Panetta: Spoken To Obama, Biden

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein and Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A day after the news of Leon Panetta's pending nomination to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency caused a stir among Democrats, it ap...

Sorry Dianne: Panetta's a Great Choice for CIA Director

Phil Trounstine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Trounstine

Having frozen Panetta out of the California governor's race in 1998 by not deciding whether to run until he had no chance of lining up financial backing, now would be a good time to stand aside and let him rise to the occasion.

The Bad Democrats Begin to Surface

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

The next time you find yourself getting pissed off at Obama, say these words out loud,"George Bush."

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.