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Sunday shows: Boehner, W. Daley, Cameron, Clinton

New House Speaker Republican John Boehner of Ohio

(UPDATE: Due to the unfolding events in Egypt, a number of the Sunday programs have changed their lineup. Those changes are reflected below:

ABC "This Week with Christiane Amanpour": Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Egyptian Amb. Sameh Shoukry and Zbigniew Brzezinski with George Will, Martha Raddatz, Abderrahim Foukhara and Sam Donaldson.

Bloomberg "Political Capital with Al Hunt": Obama advisor David Axelrod.

CBS "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer: William Daley, Obama chief of staff, and Clinton.

CNN's "GPS" with Fareed Zakaria: British Prime Minister David Cameron.

CNN's "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley: Clinton, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), John Negroponte, Edward Walker and Alan Simpson.

"Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) with Brit Hume, Kirsten Powers, Bill Kristol and Nina Easton.

NBC's "Meet the Press" with David Gregory: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Clinton with Martin Indyk and Mike Murphy, Chuck Todd, Harold Ford Jr. and Katty Kay.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Obama State Department deletes 'Mother, 'Father' from forms for more correct 'Parent One, 'Parent Two'

current State Dept Passport application Parent Lines

No more "Mother" and "Father" for the Obama administration's State Department.

The department has announced that it is replacing the traditional parental designations on its passport applications (see above) with the more contemporaneously correct "Parent One" and "Parent Two."

This takes effect when new forms come out Feb. 1.

This might sound like some kind of psychotic cyber society eliminating family distinctions in favor of PC federal bureaucratic numbers. However, the State Department denies that this change is Democratic political correctness ignoring some obvious biological realities and distinctions. "Hello, Parent One? This is Child Three calling."

The State Department calls the changes "improvements," saying they're intended to provide "a gender neutral description of a child's parents" and to recognize "different types of families." A spokeswoman said the new terms "recognize changes in medical science and reproductive technology."

Regardless, the official federal change at the halfway point of Barack Obama's presidential term is delighting gay rights groups.

Deleting the customary "mother" and "father" terminology, says Jennifer Chrisler of the Family Equality Council, "allows many different types of families to be able to go and apply for a passport for their child without feeling like the government doesn’t recognize their family.” Chrisler's group has long lobbied for the changes.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council disagrees, you'll not be surprised to learn. "Only in the topsy-turvy world of left-wing political correctness could it be considered an ‘improvement’ for a birth-related document to provide less information about the circumstances of that birth,” he told Fox Radio.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Hillary Clinton and Hugo Chavez: the face of Obama's engagement

Democrat US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton shares a happy moment with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez 1-1-11 at the inauguration of Brazil's first female president Dilma Rousseff adrianomachadoafpgty

A fundamental tenet of President Obama's change to believe in is diplomatic engagement with countries that are less than friendly toward los estados unidos.

The friendly outreach hasn't produced much but embarrassing rebuffs from Iran, which continues down its dangerous path toward nuclear armament. Without receiving anything in return, Obama used a recess appointment last week to return an American ambassador to Syria, which assassinated Lebanon's president, arms militant groups there and continues to meddle in that country's affairs.

Now comes Venezuela's obstreperous President Hugo Chavez. Some will remember his United Nations speech a few years ago the day after President George W. Bush spoke. Chavez said that the sulfurous stench of Bush still hung over the podium, called him "the devil" and said he "came here, talking as if he owned the world."

Obama has since had a couple of pleasant encounters with Chavez at diplomatic affairs. Now, it's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's turn (see photo above). Hay buenos amigos.

The pair had met before to no beneficial end. But just days after each country booted the other's ambassador, Clinton and Chavez obviously shared another warm moment over the weekend in Brazil at the inauguration of that country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff. We'll see what this produces.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Adriano Machado / AFP / Getty Images

The 'lost' Hillary Clinton Afghan briefing transcript recovered and published here

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefs the White House press corps on Afghanistan policy review 12-16-10

Sorry for the delay. Some of you may remember an item here Thursday about, first, President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and also Defense Secretary Robert Gates giving a White House news briefing on the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy review that will shape what troop withdrawal, if any, comes next year.

We published Obama's complete remarks right here in this space you can click on with the large dark X.

The Afghanistan briefing came just days after another Obama briefing on his tax cut struggle with fellow Democrats in Congress. For reinforcement, Obama invited Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, in for a few helpful words on the subject.

But back in the White House, Clinton went on and on and on. And after a while Obama departed, claiming he had a party to attend.

But the watching world was treated to the strange spectacle of a current president disappearing while an ex-president seemed to take over this old White House. We published the entire Obama-Clinton White House transcript here. With full photo coverage and homemade captions. And much comment was uttered in the world of media and politics over the stark contrast between presidential personalities and the entertaining scene.

However, following Thursday's Obama-Clinton-Gates briefing, for some reason the words of Hillary Clinton did not appear on the official White House transcript with her former political competitor, Obama. Nor did Gates' remarks.

Well, thanks to the sharp eyes of loyal Ticket reader Tom and to the State Department, we have received those 'lost' remarks and are publishing the rest of that White House briefing below. Good job, Tom.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Briefing remarks by Secretaries Clinton and Gates, as provided by the State Department

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good morning. I appreciate very much the President’s....

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A Clinton takes over Obama's White House briefing again; this time it's Hillary

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton briefs the White House press corps on Afghanistan policy review 12-16-10

Another strange scene in the White House briefing room Thursday.

President Obama released his administration's annual review of strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- the unclassified version, not the WikiLeaks documents. This is the review the Democrat promised last year in his West Point troop surge speech that omitted any mention of victory (that Dec. 1, 2009, speech analysis and full text are available here).

These assessments will presumably fuel the discussions on troop withdrawals that Obama also promised would start next July 1. Like the Guantanamo Bay closure, that withdrawal deadline seems to be sliding somewhat into the distance, given that Al Qaeda and the Taliban continue to resist.

The policy review summary (full text below, along with reaction from House Speaker-elect John Boehner) states that the surge in troop strength plus aggressive Special Forces activities have halted the Taliban's momentum in many areas and reversed it in some. It repeats the withdrawal start deadline but warns, however, that military progress is fragile and that much depends on allied cooperation from improving Afghan security forces and Pakistan.

In his remarks, the president reminded, as he usually does, that the original reason for ...

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What Obama said about Richard Holbrooke just before learning of the diplomat's death (Updated)

Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke Holbrook who died December 13, 2010

(Veteran American diplomat Richard Holbrooke died today of complications from a torn aorta. He was admitted to hospital in Washington Friday complaining of not feeling well. The diplomat who served numerous presidents was 69. These Obama remarks were given shortly before he died.)

UPDATED 6:12 p.m.: 

Statement by President Obama on death of Richard Holbrooke 

Michelle and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Richard Holbrooke, a true giant of American foreign policy who has made America stronger, safer, and more respected. He was a truly unique figure who will be remembered for his tireless diplomacy, love of country, and pursuit of peace.

For nearly 50 years, Richard served the country he loved with honor and distinction. He worked as a young foreign service officer during the Vietnam War and then supported the Paris peace talks which ended that war. As a young Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, he helped normalize relations with China. As U.S. Ambassador to Germany, he helped Europe emerge from a long Cold War and encouraged NATO to welcome new members. 

As Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, he was the tireless....

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Sunday shows: Jindal, Durbin, Hatch, Kerry, Lugar

ABC "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour: R. Clarke Cooper, Wesley Clark, Tammy Schultz, Elaine Donnelly and Bob Maginnis with George Will, Zalmay Khalizad, Zbigniew Brzezinski and Sakena Yacoobi.Louisiana Republican governor bobby Jindal and his family

Bloomberg "Political Capital" with Al Hunt: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.).

CBS "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer: Sens. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) with Nancy Cordes and Jim VandenHei.

CNN "GPS" with Fareed Zakaria: Bill Maher, Richard Haass, Niall Ferguson and Gillian Tett.

CNN "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley: Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.).

"Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) with Newt Gingrich, Juan Williams, Dana Perino and Liz Cheney.

NBC "Meet the Press" with David Gregory: Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.), with Katy Kay, Mike Murphy and David Brooks.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Associated Press (Jindal and family).

Sunday shows: H. Clinton, Perry, Mullen and Jindal

Democrat Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Lisbon for NATO meetings 11-17-10 ABC This Week with Christiane Amanpour: Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, with George Will, Ed Luce, Robert Reich and Donna Brazile.

Bloomberg Political Capital with Al Hunt: Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security secretary, and Tim Geithner, Treasury secretary.

CBS Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

CNN GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Mohammad-Javad Larijani of Iran with Max Boot, Rachel Reid and Nir Rosen.

CNN State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Mullen and Rep. John Mica (R-FL).

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Clinton with Bill Kristol, Kevin Madden, A.B. Stoddard and Juan Williams.

NBC Meet the Press with David Gregory: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Clinton with Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL), Paul Gigot, Richard Wolffe and Robert Draper.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Weekly remarks: Mitch McConnell on jobs, tax cuts, debt; Obama wants start to START treaty vote

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Weekly remarks by Sen. Mitch McConnell, as provided by Republican Party leadership 

Good Morning. I’m Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky.

As Americans across the country prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this coming week, we’re reminded of the many blessings we enjoy as a nation.

We’re grateful for the sacrifices of the brave men and women in our armed forces who will not be home with their families next week, and who make these blessings possible. 

And we’re also conscious this Thanksgiving of the many Americans who are struggling with serious hardships, including the many millions of Americans who are struggling to find work.

At the moment, about 15 million of our fellow citizens are looking for jobs and can’t find one. The unemployment rate has remained stubbornly close to ten percent for a year and a half. We are experiencing what can only....

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Ticket pic of the week: Hillary Clinton sniffs a new opportunity

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Guinea exchanges a traditional Maori greeting with a fan

It is so very tempting to let this Ticket Photo of the Week stand as it is.

And allow loyal readers to write their own caption. (In fact, feel free to do that in the Comments section below.)

Our first thought when we saw this photo was, "Oh, yeah, where is she anyway?" So united are recent American elections and the face and voice of Hillary Clinton.

Those with long experience with the Clinton politicians have come to suspect there are no coincidences in their lives, so attuned to politics, appearances and opportunities are they both.

According to that interpretation, the secretary of State knew well in advance from her....

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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