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NEWS UPDATE December 11, 2013

Ex-Clinton Aide Expected to Join Obama

By JACKIE CALMES, New York Times  •    •  Posted December 11, 2013

President Obama, after a rocky year that leaves him at the lowest ebb of his presidency, is bringing into his White House circle the longtime Democratic strategist John D. Podesta, a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. Mr. Podesta, who has agreed to serve as counselor for a year, led Mr. Obama‚Äôs presidential transition in 2008 and has been an outside adviser since then. He also has occasionally criticized the administration, if gently, from his perch as the founder and former president of the Center for American Progress, a center-left public policy research group that has provided personnel and policy ideas to the administration. [ read more … ]

Prominent Keystone XL foe set to advise Obama on climate

Elana Schor and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted December 11, 2013

Amid an exodus of White House environmental advisers, greens got reason to cheer late yesterday as Democratic heavy hitter John Podesta, a longtime critic of Canadian oil sands development, signed on as a White House adviser with a focus on climate change. A former chief of staff to President Clinton and founder of the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, Podesta is a crucial ally of environmentalists pushing Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. His new job on Obama’s team, confirmed by a CAP colleague and first reported by The New York Times, comes nine days after an anti-KXL forum co-hosted by an arm of Podesta’s think tank. The appointment inspired activists to recirculate a speech he delivered more than three years ago blasting the Canadian oil sands as “polluting, destructive, expensive and energy intensive.” [ read more … ]

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