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Question of the Day
‘INTENT TO OBJECT’
A senior Republican senator is determined to force the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic to give up his post over charges that the envoy misled Congress two years ago when he served as an adviser to President Obama.
Mr. Obama appointed Mr. Eisen in January during a congressional recess after Mr. Grassley had succeeded in blocking the nomination last year. However, the ambassador’s term ends on Dec. 31 unless the Senate confirms his nomination.
“I object to the … nomination because of Mr. Eisen’s role in the firing of the inspector-general of the Corporation for National and Community Service and his lack of candor about that matter when questioned by congressional investigators,” Mr. Grassley said.
In 2009, Mr. Eisen, then serving as the “ethics czar” in the White House, ordered Gerald Walpin to resign or be fired after the inspector general concluded that a politically powerful friend of Mr. Obama’s had misused a federal grant.
Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, Calif., and a former professional basketball player, was accused of improperly spending much of an $850,000 grant from AmeriCorps for St. Hope Academy, a nonprofit school he founded in the state capital. The academy later agreed to repay about half the grant in a settlement, and Mr. Johnson, who ran the school from 2004 to 2007, paid a portion of the settlement.
Federal investigators concluded that the misuse of the funds was not criminal.
IMAGE PROBLEM IN EGYPT
U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson realized Washington had a major image problem after a state-owned newspaper called her the “ambassador from hell” when she arrived in Cairo last month.
The U.S. image in Egypt is the “subject of some considerable frustration for those of us in the embassy and the U.S. government,” she told the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt last week.
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About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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