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Ballpoint Reruns Its been a year since I last took a sabbatical from Drawing On Observations to visit London and Paris. This year we have something special planned. I'll tell you about it when I return. In the mean time, I'm reposting some of my favorite portraits doodled over the past year Due to spam issues all comments will be turned off until I return. ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint Obama chooses former Clinton Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, to head the CIA. Was the intelligence appointment handled with intelligence? Well, this was a no win situation for Obama. For years Democrats have railed against the CIA and it's tactics. Word was that no one wanted the job. Should Obama have appointed someone that had intel experience and presided over torture or someone with a clean slate but had no experience? Panetta graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Santa Clara University. He also received a Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University Law School. Panetta was elected to the U.S. Congress to represent California's 16th congressional district. Hewas reelected for nine terms before being tapped by the Clinton administration to serve in the Management and Budget Office and as Chief of Staff. ...

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