First watch: Pearl Harbor remembered, White House holiday, presidential doodles

McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 5, 2013 

Ornaments decorate a tree in the Blue Room of the White House.

TISH WELLS — McClatchy

This weekend marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As the country remembers, the wounds continue to heal for some California families.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is pre-emptively planning to cut 200 staff jobs in the next five years for a savings of $1 billion. "Every dollar that we save by reducing the size of our headquarters and back-office operations is a dollar that can be invested in war-fighting capabilities and readiness," said Hagel.

Congressional negotiators are working on a proposed budget to avert another government shutdown in January. At the moment, the group is considering discretionary spending of $1 trillion -- an amount squarely between what Republicans and Democrats want.

The White House showed off its holiday decorations Wednesday, at a reception where the most popular cookie was one of Bo the dog.

And finally, are these doodles the work of President Bill Clinton?

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