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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:14 AM
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*Squeak, squeak* Another rat jumping off the ship
Bush economic adviser to step down today
Hubbard joins list of advisers leaving; Hennessey to be successor

WASHINGTON - Al Hubbard, chairman of President Bushs National Economic Council, will announce on Wednesday that hes leaving his post, joining a growing line of top presidential advisers exiting the White House as the Bush administration heads into its final year.

Bush will promote Keith Hennessey, deputy director of the U.S. National Economic Council, as Hubbards replacement.

Hubbards departure comes as Bush faces one of the biggest economic challenges of his presidency, a severe slump in housing and a credit crisis that have roiled financial markets and triggered fears of a recession.

Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy, will submit a letter to the president later in the day to make official his decision to leave the White House after three years, according to a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

His departure, by the end of the year, continues an exodus of key Bush aides and confidants. Earlier this month, Fran Townsend, Bushs terrorism adviser, announced she was stepping down after 4 1/2 years. Top aide Karl Rove, along with press secretary Tony Snow, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and senior presidential adviser Dan Bartlett, have already left.

Hubbard, of Indiana, was a low-profile economic adviser to the president whose strength came from his closeness to Bush. The two both attended Harvard University. Hubbard also has close ties with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. Hubbard accompanied Paulson on some of his trips to China to lend White House support to efforts to get China to reform its economy and narrow the huge trade imbalance between the two nations.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22004799/
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:17 AM
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1. I wonder if all the little rats will be helping King Rat (K.R.)

craft *'s "legacy" by telling outrageous lies such as "Congress rushed * to attack Iraq."
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:30 AM
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2. Hmmm, wasn't anyone who was going to go supposed to get out
by Oct? or STAY until January 09? I guess the more recent deserters just don't pay aention to orders huh?
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