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art.van.jones.giVan Jones’ Resignation Puts Focus on Criticism of Obama’s ‘Czars’
As one so-called White House czar resigned over the weekend, President Obama announced the appointment of another one Monday, much to the frustration of Republican critics. By some accounts, Obama has nearly 30 czars, who are officially called special advisers. The czars cover issues from AIDS and health care to Middle East peace. Czars are nothing new. They date back to early presidents, including Franklin Roosevelt. Republicans also had czars: Richard Nixon had an energy czar, and George H.W. Bush appointed the first drug czar. But the positions are not subject to congressional oversight or Senate confirmation, which rankles critics of the administration. “What you see with President Obama is this reliance on czars,” GOP strategist Kevin Madden said. (Continue Reading…)

Jay-Z Bumps Up Album Release to Monday
Jay-Z will release his much-anticipated album “The Blueprint 3” on Monday, three days ahead of schedule. The new date was posted on the Web sites of such retailers as Amazon.com, Best Buy and Rhapsody.com. Representatives for the rapper and his Roc Nation label could not be reached for comment. The contents of the album were recently leaked online, although Jay-Z did not seem to be worried. He will perform at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Release dates are seemingly becoming more fluid as the ailing music industry marches toward the all-important holiday shopping season. (Continue Reading…)

Obama to Tell Students to Take Responsibility
Take responsibility for your education. Go to class and listen. Don’t let failures define you. That’s the advice President Barack Obama will give schoolchildren Tuesday in a speech that drew fire even before he delivered it. “We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems,” Obama said. “If you don’t do that — if you quit on school — you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.” The White House posted Obama’s remarks on its Web site Monday. The president was to deliver the talk at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb. The speech will be broadcast live on C-SPAN and on the White House Web site. (Continue Reading…)

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