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Inaugural Short Circuit

So Tsunami

This wire just in from Reuters:

"BC-RNS-TSUNAMI-BUDDHISTS Fixing CQ spelling of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya (sted Mahachulalongkornrajavidalay)"

_____In the Loop_____
Shipping Out for Inauguration Day (The Washington Post, Jan 12, 2005)
Gonzales Witness Under Their Noses (The Washington Post, Jan 10, 2005)
Wolf at the Door (The Washington Post, Jan 7, 2005)
Gonzales's Curtain Call (The Washington Post, Jan 5, 2005)
Al Kamen on Vacation (The Washington Post, Dec 24, 2004)
More In the Loop

We knew there was something amiss. Just didn't look quite right the other way.

They Say Swann Went Too Wide

First came news that Pro Football Hall of Famer Lynn C. Swann, who chairs the President's Council on Physical Fitness in Sports, was teaming up with vending-machine folks worried about efforts to curb the sale of junk food in schools.

Naturally, nutrition and watchdog groups demanded that Bush fire Swann, saying the former Steelers wide receiver's accepting money from a vending-machine group was "unseemly" and a conflict of interest. Swann had appeared at a news conference to launch a plan to label vending-machine food by nutritional value.

The nutrition groups noted that two other council members, longtime Dallas Cowboys, now Arizona Cardinals, star running back Emmitt Smith and Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, have also made commercials for junk-food manufacturers.

Bush Loses Hernandez

Word is Israel Hernandez, one of President Bush's longest-serving aides -- starting 11 years ago as an assistant when Bush was an owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team -- is leaving to, as they say, explore opportunities in the private sector.

Hernandez also worked for Bush when he was Texas governor. He's been one of counselor Karl Rove's most valued deputies in the White House, having started working for Rove in the 2000 presidential campaign, helping to develop campaign themes and strategy.

New Chief for Reed

Hill moves . . . Neil D. Campbell, longtime aide to Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and since 1995 his director of legislative affairs, moves up to be chief of staff, replacing J.B. Poersch Jr., who moves to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, where he is executive director.

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