• Politics Confidential

    The White House Situation Room may be the most famous conference room in the world. It is the place where the commander-in-chief wrestles through the presidency’s toughest decisions on matters of war and peace.

    Michael Bohn, who managed the Situation Room during President Ronald Reagan’s second term and has since dedicated much of his life to studying presidential crisis management, sat down with “Politics Confidential” to give an insider’s perspective of what really happens in the government’s most important meeting room.

    “It’s really the president's intelligence center that has a conference room,” Bohn explained during an interview across the street from the White House at Off the Record in the Hay Adams Hotel.

    “It’s a complex,” he continued. “It's the president's alert center, intelligence center, and it used to have just one conference room. … Now they have three. And when you saw the picture of the president on the [Osama] Bin Laden raid, he was in one of the

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  • Power Players

    Most voters will likely never know her name, let alone cast a vote for her at the ballot box, but that’s not deterring Dr. Jill Stein from running for president in 2016.

    Stein was the Green Party’s presidential nominee in 2012 and is expected to announce Friday the she’s exploring another White House bid in 2016.

    Prior to making the announcement, Stein sat down exclusively with “Power Players” to explain why she’s stepping forward as an alternative to the current field of likely presidential contenders that she characterizes as “corrupt and sold out.”

    “There are rules that make it possible for the very rich to buy politicians -- that's what's going on,” Stein said. “There's a horse race around grabbing the money right now, and I think it speaks volumes about what a really sorry state our political system has come to.”

    In her 2012 campaign, Stein received fewer than half a million votes across the country – less than 1 percent of the total popular vote – and was even

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  • How a man with only 1 suit is rebooting the federal government

    Politics Confidential

    After eight years working for Google in Silicon Valley, Mikey Dickerson got comfortable wearing a T-shirt and jeans to work. So, when he took a top White House job last year, he saw no reason to change wardrobes.

    “I have exactly one suit,” Dickerson told “Politics Confidential” in the White House Executive Office Building, dressed in a casual button-up shirt and pants for the occasion. “I put it on when I know I'm going to see the president.”

    Dickerson leads a newly created agency within the executive branch called the U.S. Digital Service. But he’s more commonly known as “the guy who fixed Healthcare.gov.”

    It was Dickerson, along with a team of engineers, who rebooted the government’s healthcare exchange website following a failed rollout in 2013. And soon thereafter, the White House called Dickerson back to take on a mission of replicating the results of the Healthcare.gov rescue team across rest of the federal government’s clunky IT network.

    “This is not going

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