March 9th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Rahm Emanuel in the political cross hairs

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Ed Hornick

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is accustomed to working in the shadows, but he now finds himself the subject of newspaper stories.

From the New York Times to the Chicago Sun-Times, the focus is on palace intrigue surrounding Emanuel's effectiveness as one of President Obama's top advisers. It comes as the administration is fighting to get the president's health care reform plan passed in Congress.

While some of the stories question whether Emanuel is effectively pulling off the behind-the-scenes work a chief of staff does - including wrangling members of Congress and dealing with White House staff - there are others that point out the speculation as Washington hype.

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Filed under: Health Care • President Barack Obama
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  1. Tim Gibson

    Emanuel is TROUBLE. The days of the school yard bully are over and when push comes to shove, I think Emanuel will find himself outnumbered.

    March 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm |