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By Dan Froomkin
12:10 PM ET, 05/ 7/2009

Karen DeYoung profiles Obama's national security adviser, James L. Jones, for The Washington Post: "In recent weeks, Jones has been portrayed in foreign policy articles and blogs as too measured and low-key to keep pace with the hard chargers working late hours in the West Wing. Some senior White House officials questioned early on whether Jones, 65, a retired four-star Marine general who barely knew Obama before the election, would succeed among younger staffers whose relationships with the president were forged during the long and arduous campaign....White House officials who cited early misgivings, more stylistic than substantive, insisted they have now disappeared. But Jones acknowledges that the road has not always been smooth, and he appears more comfortable than some of his administration colleagues in saying they still have some distance to travel."

Helene Cooper of the New York Times also profiles Jones: "On a foreign policy team of supersize egos, Gen. James L. Jones, President Obama's national security adviser, is flying below the radar....Inside the administration, the fact that the 6-foot-5 former Marine Corps commandant has left only the faintest of footprints has prompted some early sniping, including the argument that he is not using his position to wield influence or to bring policy debates to resolution....In an interview on Monday, General Jones responded that low profile did not necessarily mean low impact."

The Associated Press reports: "Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken met privately with Vice President Joe Biden late Wednesday afternoon to update him on the still-contested Minnesota Senate race...Biden said he and President Obama are looking forward to working with Franken after the Minnesota Supreme Court issues a final ruling."

OMBWatch reports: "The Obama administration continues to reverse policies left by the Bush administration, including many controversial regulations finalized near the end of President Bush's term. Administration officials are employing different strategies with the goal of overturning or significantly altering some of the Bush administration's so-called midnight regulations."

Via FishbowlDC, here is Erin McPike profiling 11 White House correspondents under 40.

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