Eye Opener: 2010 Predictions!
Happy Monday and Happy 2010! Since it's the first workday of 2010 let's make some predictions about what will happen this year in official Washington.
Make your guesses and cast your votes below, then leave your deeper thoughts -- or other suggested questions -- in the comments section below.
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• Cabinet and Staff News: Obama's counterterrorism chief says there was "no smoking gun" to stop the thwarted Christmas Day attack. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says better regulation is the key to avoiding future financial excesses. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton raising money for the U.S. pavilion at the World's Fair in Shanghai. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano hangs out with Maureen Dowd and gets some love from David Broder and other current and former officials. Did you see the White House chef on the "Iron Chef America: Super Chef Battle" last night?!
In other news...
• Sharpton, Jackson: Improve census: The leaders say the agency is not devoting enough resources to reaching hard-to-count populations, especially new immigrants and minorities who may be distrustful of government questionnaires.
• Pentagon computer-network defense command delayed: The plan to set up a command to defend the department's global network of computer systems has been slowed by congressional questions about its mission and possible privacy concerns.
• American Airlines mishaps spur federal review: The agency says it is stepping up oversight of the company in the wake of three botched landings over an 11-day period.
• FDIC considers proposal to get piece of failed-bank buyers' stock gains: The share prices of some companies that bought failed banks from the agency in recent months have climbed rapidly, suggesting that investors think the buyers are getting good deals.
• Shuttle flight rate needs to double to fly Columbia's last missions: The agency will have to nearly double its post-Columbia flight rate average if it hopes to complete the space shuttle's five final missions this year
• U.S. diplomacy stumbles in Latin America: Relations have soured amid the Honduran coup and Iran's increasing ties in the region.
• U.S., U.K. close their embassies in Yemen: The closings came as both nations signaled they would play a more active role in combating terrorism and Islamic radicalization in Yemen.
• State Department to beef up reporting on terror risks: Foggy Bottom plans to significantly increase the amount of information in its now-famous Visa VIPER cables as part of the impending administration review on the security failures surrounding the Christmas underwear bomber.
• Some senators knew of testimony error by TSA nominee Southers: The White House rushed to defend the nominee, who is under fire for providing inconsistent statements to Congress about inappropriately accessing confidential criminal records 20 years ago about his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend.
• Flurry of proposals targets air security: Passengers could face more intense screening at the nation's airports as lawmakers urge the government to adopt tighter regulations.
VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:
• Why the VA frustrates veterans: A "60 Minutes" report on the department's backlog in benefits claims. Not much new here, but the show draws a big audience and thus draws new attention to the issue.
| January 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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