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Outgoing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice played the piano for Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace Monday. Secretary Rice is in London on what is expected to be her final visit to Britain before President elect Barack Obama takes office on January 20, 2009.
Here's a bit of Condi's performance:
At a fundraiser last week in Houston, President George W. Bush opined on the reason behind America's economic troubles:
Wall Street got drunk, it got drunk...it's one of the reasons I asked you to turn off your TV cameras. It got drunk and now it's got a hangover. The question is how long will it sober up, and not try to do all these fancy financial instruments.
Complete story and video are over here.
CNN reports that former New York City Police Chief, Bernard Kerik, has been indicted by a federal grand jury. Details of the charges against him are not expected to be available until the indictment is unsealed on Friday.
Prosecutors had been investigating Kerik for bribery and tax evasion. He admitted to misdemeanor charges of financial impropriety one year ago.
President Bush nominated Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security in 2004. Kerik withdrew his name from consideration after allegations that he hired a nanny with questionable immigration status surfaced.
Kerik is a longtime friend and protege of Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Frenemy Giuliani has called his previous support of Kerik "a mistake."
Family portrait? Vice President Dick Cheney poses with his cousins, the Obamas. Reuters Photo.
Lynne Cheney told MSNBC today that she discovered that her husband, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama are 8th cousins.
"Today the president showed the nation his true priorities: $700 billion for a war in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids; $50 billion in subsidies for huge oil companies; but no health care for low-income kids; $8 billion lost to waste, fraud, abuse, and no-bid contracts in Iraq, but no health care for low-income kids," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill.
"Millions of American children and their families won't forget that they are on the bottom of the president's priority list," Emanuel said.
Well, it's about time.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will (finally) announce his resignation later today. Word is that he gave his resignation to President Bush on Friday, but the White House held back on making an announcement until President Bush could meet Gonzales and his wife for lunch at the Crawford ranch. Gonzales, a long-time friend of the Bush family, has been under fire for his role in the firing of nine U.S. attorneys for political purposes. Lawmakers in both parties pushed for his resignation over the past several months.
White House press secretary, Tony Snow, said yesterday that he will leave the Bush administration soon because he can't afford to live on his salary. "I will not be able to make it to the end of this administration, just financially," he said. Snow earns $168,000 per year, making him the kind of poor most Americans wish they could be.
Formerly a conservative political commentator and talk-show host on Fox News Radio, Snow was appointed press secretary in April 2006. A cancer survivor, he announced the recurrence of his colon cancer in March and completed his last chemotherapy treatment yesterday, but he did not cite health as a reason for his departure. Snow is 52 and has 3 kids.
So when you least expect it, expect it. Karl Rove announced this morning that he will leave the Bush administration. Who woulda guessed that? Rove and Bush were thought inseparable like Frick and Frack,
Brad and Jen, Ben and Jerry, Dolce and Gabbana...
The Wall Street Journal reports that Rove will resign from his position as President Bush's Deputy Chief of Staff on August 31st and return to his home in Texas. Known as "Bush's Brain" and "the Architect" of Bush's rise to power, Rove is credited with masterminding Bush's gubernatorial and presidential campaign strategies. He says that he is leaving to write a book and spend more time with his family.