Even the NYTimes gets it.
There are no Secret Service agents posted next to the barista and no presidential seal on the ceiling, but the Caribou Coffee across the street from the White House has become a favorite meeting spot to conduct Obama administration business.
...because the discussions are not taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are not subject to disclosure on the visitors’ log that the White House releases as part of its pledge to be the “most transparent presidential administration in history.”
On the agenda over espressos and lattes, according to more than a dozen lobbyists and political operatives who have taken part in the sessions, have been front-burner issues like Wall Street regulation, health care rules, federal stimulus money, energy policy and climate control — and their impact on the lobbyists’ corporate clients.
Oh, yah. Emails are from personal, rather than White House addresses; lobbyists are joining the Administration--after being "de-registered" of course--
Same sludge, different day.
Still wonder what the Tea Parties are all about?
HT: Beltway Confidential
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I'm surprised this isn't news. Maybe some bored journalist will do their job someday.
If this had been happening with the Bush Admin it would have been in 2" headlines on every fishwrap in the country, and the lead on every nightly newscast with the requisite calls for impeachment.
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