The Eye Opener: Nov. 14, 2008
Continuing our review of Eye-themed pop culture in recognition of the launch of Federal Eye, today's musical entertainment stars Sheena Easton singing the 1981 classic, "For Your Eyes Only." Enjoy it and submit your Eye-themed humor and pop culture in the comments section below.
Now onto the news...
- The YouTube Presidency: Only hours after The Eye asked readers to weigh in on how to adapt the popular campaign tools YouTube, Facebook, MySpace to governing, the Obama-Biden transition team announces that President Obama will continue to record the traditional Saturday Morning Radio Address and then post a video of the same statement on YouTube. Most observers expected this would happen, but it's a vivid example of a 21st Century presidential candidate adapting White House traditions to the times.
- Revolving Door: Mr. In The Loop (you know who that is, right?) and his colleague Philip Rucker formalize the rumors that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is in the running to serve as secretary of state. "The choice of the former presidential contender and Senate Armed Services Committee member would go a long way toward healing remaining divisions within the Democratic Party after the contentious primaries. Clinton has long been known for her work on international women's issues and human rights. The former first lady also could enhance Obama's efforts to restore U.S. standing among allies worldwide." The In the Loop duo also handicap the finalists to head up the Department of Veterans Affairs. Former Illinois Congressional candidate and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth leads the pack.
- Agency Reviews: From GovExec.com: "Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton and Carole Jett, a retired USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service civil servant, are top candidates to head the Obama transition team at the USDA, several lobbyists and a department source said late Wednesday."
- Inauguration: Those eager to visit Washington, D.C. for the inauguration are seeking non-hotel shelter while in town. Over at the FedLine blog, Tim Kauffman notes that Craigslist.org already lists plenty of people advertising their homes for rent in January.
- Don't Drink The Water (??): "The Environmental Protection Agency's scientific advisers have warned the agency that it should delay final action on its decision not to set a federal drinking-water standard for perchlorate, a chemical in rocket fuel, because the computer model underlying the decision may have flaws," reports The Post's Juliet Eilperin. "Perchlorate, which is present in the water systems of 35 states, accumulates in the body from consuming water, milk, lettuce and other common products and has been linked in scientific studies to thyroid problems in pregnant women, newborns and infants." I'm going to stick to bottled water in the meantime.
- Tech Czar: The Post continues its look at the incoming Obama administration with a Kim Hart report on the "most talked-about tech job in government is one that never before existed." The chief technology officer would "help federal agencies use technology 'to make government work better.' But he's given no specifics about the job, leaving the tech community to speculate about the role and who might fill it." Discuss.
- Events: The New America Foundation hosts, "Has the Privatization of National Security Gone Too Far?" 9:30 -11:00 a.m. today at the New America Foundation offices, 1630 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Hear from David Isenberg, columnist of "Dogs of War"; Tara Lee, a partner at DLA Piper, Michael A. Cohen, a co-Author of "Changing the Culture of Pentagon Contracting" and Kevin Lanigan, director of the Law and Security Program at Human Rights First. The group will be moderated by Patrick C. Doherty of the New America Foundation.
- This Day in History: On this date in 1995, many federal workers had an unexpected day off: The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews. More history here.
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