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In the Loop: A guide to grudges for holiday hosts in official Washington

The president and the former president patched things up, but plenty of Washington feuds still smolder.
The president and the former president patched things up, but plenty of Washington feuds still smolder. (Charles Dharapak/associated Press)

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From: O'Reilly, Patrick J LTG MDA/D

To: MDA ALL

Internal Sent: Thu Nov 19

Subject: Friday, 20 November

All, MDA's pace of activities has been high for an extended time this year and we have achieved many accomplishments that benefit our Nation. I am very grateful for your hard work and dedication, but we are moving into the holiday season, when our family activities have a special meaning. Often in our business we don't realize the holidays are here till the last minute and have not taken the time for the planning, preparations, or just getting into the mental state of mind for some "down time" till the very last minute. Thus, we truly do not get the benefit of the holiday season with our families. Therefore, in recognition of our high operating tempo, I am authorizing 59 minutes tomorrow, Friday, 20 November, for the MDA workforce to depart work early. I'm announcing this today so that all schedules and meetings can be adjusted accordingly.

Thank you for your dedication to our Nation's missile defense.

These are not rollover minutes, so don't waste them.

Too hot for the press

Noon Monday is the sign-up deadline for what looks to be an exciting seminar on climate change that evening at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our invite, from the AAAS and the Fulbright Association's National Capital Area Chapter, says an international panel will discuss matters such as the scientific support for the reality of climate change, how to deal with it, who pays, and "what are the consequences of inaction?"

Panelists include Thomas Wagner, NASA's cryosphere program manager; Richard Engel, director of the National Intelligence Council's climate change and stability program; Jill Duggan, the British government's head of international emissions trading; and Paul Bodnar of the State Department's office of global change.

Don't forget to visit Gary Braasch's Photographs of Climate Change exhibit, we're advised, and remember, "drinks and canapes will be provided." We would like to attend the seminar, which is partly underwritten by a Fulbright program funded by the State Department, but it's "Closed to Press."

Must be some secret photographs?


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