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Rahm Emanuel "B.S." to story he is leaving White House


White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had this to sat about a story in a British paper speculating on his leaving the Obama administration: "This is B.S. And if you need it for translation, it is baseless."

Emanuel issued the statement after the Daily Telegraph's suggesting he was out the door. Actually, Emanuel may well be staying in Washington longer than thought. Emanuel promised Obama to stay for two years (so did senior advisor David Axelrod) but now I'm told he has made family plans to remain in Washington next year, a signal he's not moving back to Chicago any time soon.

With one exception: Emanuel has been open about wanting to be mayor one day. If Mayor Daley decides not to run next year--and he has not made public yet his decision --folks I've talked to think he's in for another term--then watch for an Emanuel return.


The continuing health problems of people involved in cleanup of the Exxon Valdez spill present urgent lessons for the Gulf cleanup crews. This alert has been posted since day one of the Gulf crude oil spill, and I will continue posting until BP supplies beach oil cleanup workers respirators.

Dear Gulf Residents.

The crude oil is toxic.

My name is Merle Savage, a female general foreman during the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) beach cleanup, and one of the 11,000+ cleanup workers, who is suffering from health issues from that toxic cleanup, without compensation from Exxon.

Dr. Riki Ott visited me in 2007 to explain about the toxic spraying on the beaches, and informed me that Exxon's medical records that surfaced in litigation by sick workers in 1994, had been sealed from the public, making it impossible to hold Exxon responsible for their actions.

Beach crews breathed in crude oil that splashed off the rocks and into the air -- the toxic exposure turned into chronic breathing conditions, central nervous system problems, neurological impairment, chronic respiratory disease, leukemia, lymphoma, brain tumors, liver damage, and blood disease.

My web site is devoted to searching for EVOS cleanup workers who were exposed to the toxic spraying, and are suffering from the same illnesses that I have. Our summer employment turned into a death sentence for many — and a life of unending medical conditions for the rest of Exxon’s Collateral Damaged.

I truly hope Mr. Emanuel does not leave, he probably has more a grasp on whats going on in the Capital than anyone.

Asked to respond to Palin, White House spokesman Bill Burton noted:
"We're satisfied that we're doing everything we can to take care of the folks in the Gulf region," Burton added, "and if she doesn't want to own Congressman Barton's comments, that doesn't surprise me."

Bill, you’re as much of a spinmeister as Obe & Rahm. Must be the Kool-Aid you all drink. Nice deflection though from the real message that Sarah tweeted. Rahm – u lie. YPODS

Chicago politics needs to stay in Chicago. Good riddance whenever he leaves.

The one thing I know about business and politics...beleive the rumors you hear because for the most part they ARE true.

He is so so hot. Emanuel can do whatever he wants because he is so fine.

Rahm to go out the door, hope there will be many more. Halleluiah!

Chicago is messed up enough that even Rahm could not hurt it and the USA would win big time.

Rahm, the foul, needs to go home. His kids need to learn how to intimidate others via yelling obscenities. Who the heck named him Emanuel? Boy, was that a tragic mistake! Can you imagine Jesus walking around mouthing four letter words.....

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