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White House Staff Begins Ethics Classes

High time.... Will this change anything...!!

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WASHINGTON - White House staff members began attending mandatory briefings Tuesday about ethical conduct and the handling of classified information in the wake of the CIA leak investigation and the indictment and resignation of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff.

In the coming weeks, some 3,000 employees in agencies under the Executive Office of the President will attend the hour-long sessions conducted by the White House counsel's office. White House press secretary Scott McClellan said the classes were refresher courses and that the first attendees were staffers with security clearances.

The briefings began as President Bush got back to business after his trip to Latin America. He'll have less than a week to tend to problems at home before taking off for distant lands again.

Bush returned from Panama late Monday at the end of a five-day trip that included a hemispheric summit in Argentina and was leaving for an eight-day trip to Asia on Nov. 14. That gives him precious little time to work on his domestic agenda, help win support for replacement Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito and deal with the fallout from the CIA leak case that involved two of his top aides.

Between his foreign visits, a trip home to Texas for the Thanksgiving holiday and other domestic travel in between, Bush will spend roughly two-thirds of November away from the White House.

The trips largely will keep Bush's focus overseas while problems are mounting at home. But the president does not get to escape his woes by traveling abroad, as was obvious in Latin America. Protesters in Argentina drew attention to anti-Bush sentiment in the region, and leading South American nations were reluctant to move ahead with Bush's call for opening trade.

Meanwhile, reporters traveling with Bush dogged him about the CIA leak case that is contributing to his all-time low approval rating.

While he was away, Bush ordered mandatory ethics briefings for all staff with security clearances. The sessions come in the wake of the indictment against Vice President Dick Cheney's now-resigned chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Top Bush political confidant Karl Rove also remains under investigation for his role in revealing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, wife of an outspoken critic of the war against Iraq.

But while Libby has been charged with lying to investigators and a federal grand jury, Rove has not been charged with anything, and neither man has been accused of breaking the law against revealing the identity of an undercover officer.

On his trip, Bush would not respond to reporters' inquiries about whether he should apologize to Americans for his administration's assertion that Rove and Libby weren't involved or answer questions about whether Rove told him the truth or should remain in his job.

While there is an ongoing investigation, he will not comment, the president said.

Bush refused even to say whether he had lived up to his 2000 campaign promise that, "We will ask not only what is legal but what is right, not what the lawyers allow but what the public deserves."

Bush's foreign travel on this month's calendar were scheduled long ago to coincide with vital international summits. The Asia visit surrounds the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting and the Latin American trip began with the Summit of the Americas.

During his Asia trip, Bush plans stops in Korea, Mongolia, China and Japan. He will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Mongolia.

The APEC summit is in Busan, South Korea, and will include discussion on economic growth, security cooperation and once again the thorny issue of free trade.

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Will KKKarl be the instructor? [8)]

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RE: White House Staff Begins Ethics Classes

We used to have two jokes about teaching ethics. One, if you have to teach ethics, then it's already too late. Two, the biggest problem is that those who need it won't take the class.

Sadly it seems as though too many people who do attend such classes learn better how to skirt the rules than to comport themselves within the spirit -- as well as the letter -- of the rules. Sort of like how a criminal learns several things during incarceration, including how to be a better criminal should s/he choose that path upon release.
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