A story that has dominated American news and political discourse for months and weeks is the story of how the Obama White House got to the point where it took eminent domain for companies that were building roads and bridges.
The story was so explosive that it caused the president to issue a presidential statement, and it caused an uproar in Congress, which is supposed to be the purview of Congress.
Yet there is no evidence that anyone in the Obama Administration, or anyone on his team, ever saw the story or considered whether it was credible or not.
That is a shame, because the story was a clear case of government overreach and an egregious misuse of the power of the federal government.
But it is also a story that can help us understand why we have the government in the first place.
It is not that the president’s office never considered the story; in fact, there was at least one meeting with the president, in January 2011, to discuss the story.
It was a private meeting.
That meeting was the only public appearance that the White House has made of the story since the story broke in March, when the Associated Press reported that it had been published.
The meeting was not the only time that the administration has discussed the story, though.
On March 2, the Washington Post reported that the Trump White House had “quietly” discussed the issue with the Obama team.
The Trump White Houses press office did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider about whether the Trump team had discussed the article.
So what happened?
In March 2011, the AP reported that two Obama administration officials were meeting privately to discuss whether the story should be published.
This was not just a meeting, though; it was a meeting that the AP did not identify as such.
It took place on a day when the administration was under pressure to take down a story about the use of eminent domain.
But the AP was not referring to a formal meeting, and the meeting did not take place under the auspices of the White Houses Office of Public Liaison.
Instead, the meeting was private.
This is how the story has been covered in the mainstream press.
On the first day of the AP’s reporting on March 2 and March 4, the Associated White House Correspondents Association, a pro-Trump lobbying group, sent a letter to the White HOUSE press office asking if the story would be made public.
The White House replied that it would not.
“As we said, we were never told what was discussed during the meeting, nor will we comment further,” the White house press office wrote.
“We have no interest in publicizing the meeting or in releasing it publicly.”
In a separate letter to AP, the National Association of Realtors asked the Whitehouse to keep the story from the AP.
“The AP is an important source of accurate and objective news and analysis for consumers and businesses,” the association wrote.
The letter went on to state that “the AP is not an adversarial outlet.”
But in the days since, the story seems to have become a source of partisan interest.
Republicans and Democrats have pushed back against the AP story, and a bipartisan group of senators wrote to the president on March 16 demanding that the story be kept quiet.
That letter came after the Washington Times reported that there had been a meeting with Obama officials to discuss a story published in March.
On April 16, the Trump administration announced that it was releasing the story in full, which included interviews with three White House officials and a White House employee, and an interview with one of the executives who negotiated the deal for the road project.
On May 15, The New York Times published an op-ed by one of those officials, David Plouffe, who said that he and his colleagues met with officials from the Obama administrations Office of Management and Budget, who “advised the White [House] that they were not going to be publishing the story.”
Plouffes article went on, citing unnamed sources who said the president was worried about the impact of the report.
The president was concerned, Plouffer wrote, that if the report was published, “the news would go out that a White house official had been discussing the matter with the AP and the WhiteHouse.gov website, in the belief that it might cause a rift between the WhiteHousing and the Obama government.”
A White House official told the AP that the two meetings took place, and that the official did not know why Ploufe asked them to keep quiet.
The official told AP that Ploufy was told that if he wanted the story to be published, he needed to agree to not discuss the issue publicly.
The Washington Times story did not cite any specific discussions about the story being published.
It did, however, note that a “White House official” told Ploufce that he was not interested in the story at the time.
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