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Obama Tells Congress He’s Keeping His Czars

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had a message for Congress Friday: his so-called “czars” aren’t going anywhere.The budget bill that passed Congress Thursday also included a provision to defund a number of White House czars — the high-l…

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama had a message for Congress Friday: his so-called “czars” aren’t going anywhere.

The budget bill that passed Congress Thursday also included a provision to defund a number of White House czars — the high-level presidential appointees whose ranks have swelled in recent decades as a means of skirting Senate confirmation hearings.

There is a long history of complaints about czars by whichever party does not occupy the White House at the time, but the advisers have become a particular target of the right wing during the Obama adminisitration, and the 11th-hour budget deal eliminated his health care, climate, urban affairs and auto-industry czars.

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