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The GOP Giveth, and the IRS Taketh Away

To the Private Sector

Speaking of Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, the former ambassador there, in Afghanistan and more recently at the United Nations, has found a home. Loop Fans wanted him to run for president of Afghanistan or at least to take a fine investment-banking job in the Middle East. But Afghanistan is no picnic, and investment banking has fallen on hard times.

Khalilzad has landed a gig at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a major foreign policy think tank.

Also finding a perch is former homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff, who has taken up offices at the Howrey LLP law firm in downtown Washington. The sublease arrangement is a temporary landing pad for the former federal appellate judge as he thinks through his next move, associates said. "He's exploring all options," said Chertoff's former chief of staff Chad Sweet.

And Kenneth L. Wainstein, who has served as homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush and U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, is joining O'Melveny & Myers as a partner.

Sounded Even Better With the Accent

Ah, the "special relationship" between the Yanks and the Brits. First we had that odd coziness between then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and then-British Foreign Minister Jack Straw.

Yesterday, the current holders of those positions, Hillary Rodham Clinton and David Miliband, met and then chatted with reporters.

"Madam Secretary," Miliband said, "on a personal note, I hope you know the admiration and respect with which you are held in the United Kingdom. The record of public service and achievement that you have built up is a unique résumé to bring to the task of . . . being America's chief diplomat.

"For many years, you have not just been an ambassador of America; you've been an ambassador for America and everything good that it stands for in the world. And I look forward to working very, very closely with you in the months and years ahead to make sure that our shared aspirations for a safer, more secure, more just planet are delivered."

Even Clinton seemed taken aback.

Duckworth to VA

It's official: Disabled Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, who directs the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, is the pick to be assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Iraq veterans applauded Duckworth's nomination yesterday. "Tammy is a fierce advocate for her fellow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans," said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "She understands the challenges facing this generation of wounded warriors as few others possibly can."

With Philip Rucker

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