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White House looking to tie wildfires to climate change

White House looking to tie wildfires to climate change

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) --President Obama and his political allies have seized upon the growing threat of wildfires as an opportunity to discuss climate change.
Brooks Hays

Transcript of President Obama's remarks on reforming NSA activities

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The following is a prepared transcript of remarks delivered by U.S. President Obama in Washington on reforming U.S. intelligence gathering activities.
Podesta apologizes for likening GOP to Jonestown

Podesta apologizes for likening GOP to Jonestown

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- John Podesta, who President Obama hired as a special adviser, apologized for likening the Republican Party to a cult that assassinated a U.S. congressman.

Senate Democrats happy with Obama staff changes

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate say the changes in the White House staff this week could help President Obama recover from the healthcare debacle.
White House defends Podesta stance on Keystone XL

White House defends Podesta stance on Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The White House said judicial disqualification of John Podesta, slated to serve as a presidential adviser, on the Keystone XL decision is a misnomer.
Obama said to hire ex-Clinton aide as counselor

Obama said to hire ex-Clinton aide as counselor

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama, struggling in his second term, is bringing Democratic strategist John Podesta on as a counselor, people familiar with the decision said.
U.S. experts discuss Afghanistan, Karzai stand

U.S. experts discuss Afghanistan, Karzai stand

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. experts, writing separately in The New York Times and the Washington Post on Afghanistan, strongly criticized President Hamid Karzai's current stand.

Washington consultants and opaque Ukrainian government tenders

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- Questions have been asked regarding why Ukraine is spending so much money for lobbying firms in Washington.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator

Analysts: Cabinet likely more contentious

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- President Obama has nominated Cabinet and agency officials who may be more contentious than consensus-building in trying to execute his policies, analysts said.

Former Obama aides oppose Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Two former Obama administration aides say it is unsafe to drill for oil in the Arctic and call on the While House to reverse course on its policy for the area.
Romney welfare ad draws rebuttals

Romney welfare ad draws rebuttals

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton labeled as "not true" a Mitt Romney campaign ad accusing the Obama administration of gutting the 1996 welfare reform act.

Think tank charged with anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The left-leaning, Obama-aligned Center for American Progress think tank in Washington is in hot water over alleged anti-Semitic comments, a critic says.

Digital TV transition may be delayed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The transition from analog to digital TV signals across the United States could be delayed by months under a new congressional proposal, an official says.
Obama examines Bush's executive orders

Obama examines Bush's executive orders

CHICAGO, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Some of U.S. President George Bush's more divisive executives orders, such as stem cell research restrictions, could be axed when Barack Obama takes office.

White House says no trade-stimulus link

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush isn't trying to tie a second stimulus package to free-trade agreements, a White House spokeswoman said Tuesday.
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John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for American Progress, speaks during Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide, a conference exploring ways to bridge political differences held in Los Angeles, California on June 19, 2007 . (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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John David Podesta (born January 8, 1949) was the fourth and final White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1998 until 2001. He is currently President of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington, D.C, and is also a Visiting Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Podesta was co-chairman of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

Podesta spent most of his early years in Chicago growing up in the neighborhood of Jefferson Park on the city's Northwest Side. His father was Italian-American and his mother Greek-American. In 1967, he graduated from Lane Technical High School located in Chicago. In 1971, Podesta graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. He attended and graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1976. Podesta worked as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Honors Program in the Land and Natural Resources Division (1976–1977), and as a Special Assistant to the Director of ACTION, the federal volunteer agency, (1978–1979).

On June 6, 1998, during his Knox College commencement address, Mr. Podesta spoke of his family's early life: "Let me close with a couple of thoughts. Permit me what my kids would refer to as an ethnic moment. One month ago I stood on the White House lawn, and I watched as President Clinton, the man I'm proud to work for, greeted the Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi. It caused me to think about my grandparents, who came to America from Italy at the turn of the century and struggled their whole lives, never attending school, living in a walkup tenement in downtown Chicago. My grandfather working as a stevedore. And I thought about my father who had to quit high school after one year to support his family, who worked in factories his whole life, but who kept pushing my brother and myself to get a good education. I realized that I couldn't have been on that lawn without the support—quite literally the scholarship and financial support, but as importantly, the educational and emotional support that Knox College gave me."

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