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Eye Opener: Mondale tells Obama to ditch 'idiot boards'; the Air Force wants to play chicken in Kabul

By Ed O'Keefe

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Cabinet and Staff News: Don't bet on Robert Gibbs for DNC chair. Days after hospitalization, Jimmy Carter helps build homes in D.C. Walter Mondale urges President Obama to drop the "idiot boards."

Question of the Week: Hey federal workers -- how concerned are you that health insurance costs are rising? What's your plan for dealing with the 7.2 percent increase? Does it offer any comfort that the increase is less than for many workers in the private sector? E-mail your thoughts to and please include your name and hometown. We may use your thoughts in Friday's Post.

U.S. considers chicken-raising in Afghanistan: The U.S. Air Force is asking members of the poultry industry whether they have any interest in setting up an integrated chicken-raising business in the Kabul area.

Environmental Protection Agency rules could hurt Barack Obama in 2012: Controversial rules covering everything from power plants to petroleum refiners, manufacturers, coal mines and farmers could come back to haunt the White House.

Credit card companies sued: DOJ and seven state attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit against Visa, MasterCard and American Express, charging that the credit card networks' rules prevent retailers from providing discounts to consumers.

Audit calls for improved nuclear-plant security: It should be given better access to criminal databases and foreign-travel histories to try to keep terrorists from getting jobs inside U.S. nuclear-power plants, federal auditors said in a report Monday.

Transit agencies to get $776 million to upgrade bus service: The money will support capital projects in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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Mondale wasn't relevant in his prime, so who cares what this also-ran has-been has to say?

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | October 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

An idiot board for an idiot.
Simple math!!

Posted by: tjmlrc | October 5, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

One BIG problem with that advice. If they ditch the boards, people will find out what an empty head Obie really has...

Posted by: illogicbuster | October 5, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Lets say the Kenyan "ditches" the idiot boards. Then What?

I predict that without idiot boards BHO will confirm the axiom:

"Tis better to say nothing and appear the fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

Joe the Plumber showed us exactly how well Barry thinks on his feet.

Posted by: esquire2 | October 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If we get rid of the idiot boards can we get rid of the idiot reading his entire presidency from them too?

Posted by: Charley_XF | October 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad your mothers don't let you freaks out of the house.

OH LOOK! beck is on!!

RUN! RUN! You might miss a conspiracy!!

Posted by: lquarton | October 6, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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