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Valerie Jarrett, top Obama adviser, working on book

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Valerie Jarrett, one of Barack Obama’s closest and longest-serving aides during his presidency, has a book deal. Viking told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jarrett is working on a book that will combine personal history and civic advice. The book is currently untitled and scheduled for 2019.

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Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other

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The first cocktail party at Barack Obama‘s new office last month was certainly more casual than any he had hosted in recent years. The wine bore a random assortment of labels, as if assembled potluck-style. The self-serve appetizers were set out in the narrow hallway. The host, tieless, eschewed formal remarks, as a few dozen of his old administration officials – Joe Biden and former chief of staff Denis McDonough, as well as more junior ones – mingled in a…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.7.16 — Florida academic fired for unpopular (and um, questionable) views?

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James Tracy was fired last month, though the Florida Atlantic University communications professor still can file a grievance to maintain his job. Although he would certainly dispute being labeled a conspiracy theorist, that’s essentially how I learned about him when I wrote a story about conspiracy theories in Creative Loafing. Tracy claimed the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was fake. He also suggested that the Boston Marathon bombing and San Bernardino shooting were bogus as well. It’s when he got into a public dispute with the…

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Jeb Bush joins LinkedIn as it seeks to engage campaigns, voters

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Sometimes the jokes write themselves. Last week, Jeb Bush joined LinkedIn, the global professional networking site and a place that attracts employers and job seekers worldwide. The jokes came easy, since the former Florida governor is indeed looking for a new job – president of the United States. Beyond simply creating a new profile, however, Bush used LinkedIn to publish a lengthy epistle on the culture of “disruption” coming from Silicon Valley, writes Elise Viebeck of The Washington Post PowerPost…

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Rick Perry continues his bromance with Rick Scott in Orlando

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Everyone knows that Rick Scott and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have had something of a bromance going over the past few years, much of it regarding their competition to see which state has added more jobs over the past four years. Perry praised Scott several times during his 30-minute presentation, including a shout-out about half way through that Scott knew health care, and that he was doing the right thing in not wanting to expand Medicaid. While Scott was…

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Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House

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Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to “bang heads together” to get policy pushed through. Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term. Friends say he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his young family due to the pressure of one…

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Rod Blagojevich compares himself to Charlie Crist

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From The Hill: “I could’ve named my wife if I wanted to,” Blagojevich said of his Senate appointment, adding that his team had looked into such possibilities as Oprah and Valerie Jarrett. “Look at what Gov. [Charlie] Crist (R) did in Florida — he put his chief of staff in there to hold the seat warm for him so he could run for the U.S. Senate. I didn’t do any of those things.”

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