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February 3, 2009
There's a chink in Tom Daschle's suit of armor. The Washington veteran tapped by President Barack Obama to lead his health care reform crusade has a tax problem. And he is supposed to be one of the new administration's change agents - charged with replacing Washington's fat cat insider culture with a clean, open and responsible regime. Mr. Daschle's reputation from his days in the Senate is of a model politician: clean-cut, well-spoken and smart. Since losing his Senate seat in 2004, he has made more than $5 million as a lawyer, lobbyist and adviser to a private equity firm.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | February 9, 2009
"I screwed up." President Barack Obama, Feb. 3 Wait a minute. He said that? There were cameras and microphones? Somebody caught it on tape? Presidents don't say that. Bill Clinton never said that. George W. Bush would have cut off his tongue with rusty gardening shears before he said that. But you're telling me Barack Obama said it? Oh, my stars and garters. The times, they are a-changin'. As a reader told me, "I was almost unnerved by how refreshing it was to have a president openly make, correct and admit a mistake.
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By PAUL WEST and PAUL WEST,paul.west@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - Newly elected presidents often need a guide, a sherpa to ease them into the loftiest office in the world. George W. Bush, elected with no national experience, leaned heavily on Dick Cheney, a master of the capital's ways. John McCain, a seasoned politician, would be his own expert. No recent president has come to the White House with deeper Washington roots.
NEWS
February 4, 2009
President Barack Obama lost the services of a good friend, trusted adviser and prospective health care reform leader yesterday when Tom Daschle wisely withdrew his nomination as secretary of health and human services. But the former senator's failure to pay back taxes when due - and the Obama administration's less than thorough vetting of him - had tarnished the new president's image and message of reform. Much of the public's excitement about Mr. Obama's presidency has come from his repeated pledge to make "a clean break from business as usual."
NEWS
February 4, 2009
President Barack Obama lost the services of a good friend, trusted adviser and prospective health care reform leader yesterday when Tom Daschle wisely withdrew his nomination as secretary of health and human services. But the former senator's failure to pay back taxes when due - and the Obama administration's less than thorough vetting of him - had tarnished the new president's image and message of reform. Much of the public's excitement about Mr. Obama's presidency has come from his repeated pledge to make "a clean break from business as usual."
NEWS
July 28, 2004
Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama "When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to ... shade the truth about why they're going. Sen. Tom Daschle on Kerry "He risked his life to save the life of others, and he led his small band of brothers to safety." Ron Reagan on stem cell research "It does not follow that the theology of a few should be allowed to forestall the health and well-being of the many." Sen. Edward M. Kennedy "The administration has alienated longtime allies.
NEWS
June 17, 1997
Sebastian "Dash" Daschle, 80, father of U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, minority leader and South Dakota Democrat, died Saturday at a hospital in Aberdeen, S.D. He had undergone surgery Thursday to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon. The senator said doctors think a stroke caused the death of his father, who worked for 40 years at an auto shop.Benny Kimberg, 58, Denmark's ambassador to the United Nations since 1995, died of cancer June 8 in Copenhagen.Raghu Raj Bahadur, 73, considered one of the fathers of the modern theory of mathematical statistics, died June 7 in Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus at the University of Chicago.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 16, 1996
WASHINGTON -- An increase in the federal minimum wage, which seemed to be heading toward passage as recently as last month, has been thrown into jeopardy with the departure of Bob Dole from the Senate, say senior Clinton administration officials.Dole, the Republican leader before he left the Senate to focus on his presidential campaign, opposed the Democrats' proposal to increase the minimum wage to $5.15 an hour from $4.25, but in late May he said he would be willing to move ahead with a vote.
NEWS
January 5, 2002
Partisan Democrats blocked the stimulus our economy needs If an era of bipartisanship ever existed after the events of Sept. 11, it is certainly over now that Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and the Democratic leadership have blocked the stimulus package backed by the president and the House ("Fiscal relief put off till '02," Dec. 21). Mr. Daschle, along with the likes of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, are up to their familiar political warfare with the Bush administration, and in this case they will severely hurt American working families.
NEWS
By Gail Gibson and Frank D. Roylance and Gail Gibson and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2001
WASHINGTON M-y The nation's top law enforcement officials yesterday tempered speculation that Osama bin Laden and his henchmen are behind the wave of anthrax cases and scares that have rattled the country. At the same time, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III noted similarities between the anthrax-tainted letters mailed from New Jersey to the offices of Sen. Tom Daschle in Washington and NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw in New York. "While organized terrorism has not been ruled out," Mueller said, "so far we have found no direct link to organized terrorism."
NEWS
February 3, 2009
There's a chink in Tom Daschle's suit of armor. The Washington veteran tapped by President Barack Obama to lead his health care reform crusade has a tax problem. And he is supposed to be one of the new administration's change agents - charged with replacing Washington's fat cat insider culture with a clean, open and responsible regime. Mr. Daschle's reputation from his days in the Senate is of a model politician: clean-cut, well-spoken and smart. Since losing his Senate seat in 2004, he has made more than $5 million as a lawyer, lobbyist and adviser to a private equity firm.
NEWS
February 3, 2009
Daschle's tax failures confirm our cynicism I just heard that our president still backs Tom Daschle for secretary of health and human services despite his late payment of more than $100,000 in taxes ("Gregg pledges balance if he takes post," Feb. 2). The behavior of many politicians lately, including the tax avoidance of new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Mr. Daschle, combined with the fact that so many of our politicians overlook these transgressions, only confirms the belief that many Americans have that most, if not all, politicians are crooks and that if we are depending on them to keep our country viable, our country's future is bleak.
NEWS
By PAUL WEST and PAUL WEST,paul.west@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
WASHINGTON - Newly elected presidents often need a guide, a sherpa to ease them into the loftiest office in the world. George W. Bush, elected with no national experience, leaned heavily on Dick Cheney, a master of the capital's ways. John McCain, a seasoned politician, would be his own expert. No recent president has come to the White House with deeper Washington roots.
NEWS
November 7, 2004
FRESH STARTS, second chances, cleaned slates; they aren't always given their due. For President Bush, though, this is a sublime moment. After four tumultuous years, he has won a new lease on the White House with enough political capital left over to leave a legacy that could commend him to history. Fate is also intervening to supply Mr. Bush with a new cast of supporting players for his second term who can help bring some of his toughest tasks within reach. No one expects the president to abandon the conservative posture from which he campaigned so successfully for re-election - especially now that he is backed with larger Republican ranks in Congress.
NEWS
By Robert Little and Robert Little,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 3, 2004
Republicans tightened their hold on the U.S. Senate yesterday, increasing their one-vote majority with a string of victories across the South and apparently defeating the leader of the Senate Democrats, Minority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota. Despite a landslide loss in Illinois and an apparent defeat in Colorado, Republicans gained seats in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Louisiana, and maintained a lead for a Democratic seat in Florida. Republican candidates also fought off challenges in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
NEWS
July 28, 2004
Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama "When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to ... shade the truth about why they're going. Sen. Tom Daschle on Kerry "He risked his life to save the life of others, and he led his small band of brothers to safety." Ron Reagan on stem cell research "It does not follow that the theology of a few should be allowed to forestall the health and well-being of the many." Sen. Edward M. Kennedy "The administration has alienated longtime allies.
NEWS
By LEONARD PITTS JR | February 9, 2009
"I screwed up." President Barack Obama, Feb. 3 Wait a minute. He said that? There were cameras and microphones? Somebody caught it on tape? Presidents don't say that. Bill Clinton never said that. George W. Bush would have cut off his tongue with rusty gardening shears before he said that. But you're telling me Barack Obama said it? Oh, my stars and garters. The times, they are a-changin'. As a reader told me, "I was almost unnerved by how refreshing it was to have a president openly make, correct and admit a mistake.
NEWS
February 3, 2009
Daschle's tax failures confirm our cynicism I just heard that our president still backs Tom Daschle for secretary of health and human services despite his late payment of more than $100,000 in taxes ("Gregg pledges balance if he takes post," Feb. 2). The behavior of many politicians lately, including the tax avoidance of new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Mr. Daschle, combined with the fact that so many of our politicians overlook these transgressions, only confirms the belief that many Americans have that most, if not all, politicians are crooks and that if we are depending on them to keep our country viable, our country's future is bleak.
NEWS
November 19, 2003
CHINESE LEADERS are worried about their nation's growing dependence on imported oil. What's more, pollution from such fossil fuels threatens to become a parallel concern as China's booming economy matures. So they've hit upon an obvious energy strategy that has somehow eluded U.S. lawmakers: conservation. In what should be an embarrassing juxtaposition for leaders here, China is moving to impose tighter fuel-efficiency rules on cars and SUVs than the U.S. requires, while Congress is adopting an opposite approach - boosting domestic production of fossil fuels to meet all-but-unchecked demand.
NEWS
By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 9, 2002
WASHINGTON - On the eve of a major speech he will deliver on corporate responsibility, President Bush defended himself yesterday against a flurry of questions about his own lucrative stock sale in 1990, when he was a director of a Texas energy company. Bush spoke at a hastily called news conference one day before he will call for stronger business ethics and a more aggressive Securities and Exchange Commission to monitor corporate behavior and punish those who break the rules. His comments came as the Senate opened debate on a Democratic bill to tighten regulation of the accounting industry.
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