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Huntsman Expected to Resign to Make Bid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 31st, 2011 5:36 am by HL

Huntsman Expected to Resign to Make Bid
White House officials tell Politico and ABC News that they expect U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman (R) to resign his post this spring to explore a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

“GOP allies of Huntsman have already begun laying plans for a quick-start campaign should the former Utah governor decide to enter the ill-defined Republican field.”

Axelrod’s Influence
The AP has a must-read profile of top Obama adviser David Axelrod, who left the White House last week to focus on President Obama’s re-election bid.

“Axe, as he is known, has had a huge internal influence. He and press secretary Robert Gibbs, who also is leaving, were at Obama’s side daily in his campaign and have been among the most trusted keepers of a remember-what-we-promised perspective. The whirling force of Rahm Emanuel also quit the chief of staff’s job in October to run for Chicago mayor.”

“Axe, Gibbs and Rahm. Few major conversations in or about Obama’s first two years didn’t include those words.”

Carter Guesses Mubarak “Will Have to Leave”
Former President Jimmy Carter is guessing that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak “will have to leave” in the wake of “the most profound situation in the Middle East since I left office,” the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.

Carter “brokered the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He brought Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin together for an agreement that still stands today. As the Egyptian unrest has escalated, Carter said he has been watching closely on his computer the coverage on Al Jazeera, an international news network headquartered in Qatar.”

“Carter knows many of the players well. Mubarak — the man at the center of this storm — was vice president at the time the peace accord was signed and became president in 1981 when Sadat was assassinated. Carter, 86, called Sadat’s assassination ‘one of the worst days of my life.'”

Added Carter: “The United States wants Mubarak to stay in power, but the people have decided.”

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