ObamaPresident-elect Barack Obama has a plan to bring the federal budget under control: spend more and increase the record $1.2 trillion deficit projected for the current fiscal year.

Leon PanettaOn January 5, the nation's new media learned that President-elect Barack Obama would nominate former congressman and Clinton administration official Leon Panetta as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Obama's choice reportedly caught some veteran Democratic senators who had not been briefed of the decision off-guard, and some voiced their skepticism that that Bill Clinton's former chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget possessed sufficient experience in the intelligence field to handle the job.

Purchasing a gunITEM: The Chicago Sun-Times reported on December 8: "As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month. 'I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,' Obama said at a news conference. 'Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven't indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word.'"
 

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Barack ObamaNeoconservatives are elated with Obama's appointments, recognizing that the new guard is very much like the old.

George Bush II gesturingThe rise of the neoconservatives within the GOP has not only discredited the Grand Old Party but tarnished the image of conservatism.

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