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Clinton critic Samantha Power gets White House job

Samantha Power, who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a "monster" while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.

Officials say Obama has tapped Power to be senior director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, a job that will require close contact and potential travel with Clinton, who is now secretary of state. White House officials wouldn't provide details of Power's new role. Power, a Harvard University professor and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has specialized in global humanitarian issues, made headlines last March when she told a Scottish newspaper that Clinton would stop at nothing to defeat Obama in the presidential primaries.

"She is a monster, too," Power said. "She is stooping to anything."

President Barack Obama's decision to waive his own ethics requirements for Pentagon nominee William Lynn caused problems anew yesterday, as Republicans sharply demanded more details on Lynn's lobbying ties.

While the fresh challenges by GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Charles Grassley of Iowa were unlikely to derail the nomination - at least just yet - the effort is forcing the administration to publicly reconcile its decision to appoint a defense lobbyist as the No. 2 Pentagon official with its crackdown on the "revolving door" between government and big business.

Lynn is a former Pentagon comptroller who until July was registered as a lobbyist for Raytheon Co., a top military contractor that attracted more than $18 billion in government business in 2007.

An advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton's legitimacy to serve as secretary of state because she was in the Senate when it voted to raise the salary for the cabinet job.

Judicial Watch, which sued Bill Clinton on various matters when he was president, claims his wife should be disqualified from being secretary of state because the Constitution bars members of Congress from benefiting by serving in any government position that got a salary raise during the lawmaker's term. President George W. Bush signed a law in December to provide a remedy by reducing the secretary of state's salary to its previous level.


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