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  • McCain to hold up Obama nominees over copper mine [McCain resists The One?!?! omg!]

    07/11/2009 3:20:55 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,453+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-07-11 | Joan Lowy
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain intends to try to hold up two Obama administration nominees because of a dispute over land-swap legislation intended to pave the way for an Arizona copper mine, his spokeswoman said Friday. McCain spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan confirmed the Arizona senator will oppose the nominations of Bob Abbey as director of the Bureau of Land Management and Wilma Lewis as Interior assistant secretary for land and minerals management when they are voted on by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. She said he intends after that to place holds on the nominations when they come before the...
  • Report: Obama selects Frieden as CDC director

    05/15/2009 12:54:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies · 1,076+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2009 | N/a
    President Barack Obama on Friday will name Dr. Thomas Frieden as director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, administration officials told The New York Times. Frieden has served as New York City's health commissioner for the past seven years. In that time, he spearheaded a campaign to ban smoking in restaurants and bars, boosted the number of New Yorkers getting HIV tests and helped to distribute millions of free condoms. He will inherit a looming decision on how best to manage a swine flu outbreak, including whether or how to produce a swine flu vaccine. The virus...
  • Congressman Asks Obama to Withdraw Pro-Abortion Dawn Johnsen's Nomination

    05/11/2009 8:29:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 739+ views
    Life News ^ | April 21, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    A pro-life Congressman is pressing further with his request for President Barack Obama to withdraw his nomination of Dawn Johnsen. She is a former NARAL legal director Obama appointed to head the Office of Legal Counsel, which provides legal advice to the president. Johnsen has drawn strong opposition not only for her ties to the pro-abortion group but for filing a legal paper on its behalf with the Supreme Court equating pregnancy with slavery. Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, was part of a group of 63 lawmakers to previously ask Obama to withdraw the nomination and he sent his...
  • Obama forest nominee surprises conservationists

    05/08/2009 4:30:57 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 32 replies · 1,069+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | May 6, 2009 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration's pick to be the new undersecretary of Agriculture in charge of the U.S. Forest Service has surprised conservation groups. The White House announced late Tuesday that Mississippi state conservationist Homer Lee Wilkes, a 28-year veteran of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, is being nominated as the new undersecretary of Agriculture for natural resources and environment. Andy Stahl of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics says Wilkes is the first person in at least 30 years to be tapped for the job without any background in forest policy, indicating the Obama administration has...
  • Records violations ensnare housing nominee

    05/06/2009 10:38:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies · 562+ views
    Washington Timnes ^ | 5/6/2009 | Jerry Seper
    President Obama's choice for the government's No. 2 housing job is embroiled in the largest fine in U.S. history for "blatant violations" of open records laws after the Washington State Supreme Court chastised his office for withholding documents detailing taxpayer costs for a new professional football stadium in Seattle.
  • Obama picks congresswoman as arms control official

    05/05/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 854+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/5/2009 | ap
    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally nominated Ellen Tauscher, a seven-term member of Congress who is considered an expert on defense, as his top arms control official. Tauscher, who represents a California district, has a record of introducing arms control and counter proliferation legislation and has campaigned for greater oversight of the US Missile Defense Agency. She said in a statement in March, after details of her impending appointment emerged, that she
  • Putting MADD in Charge of America's Highways - President Obama's troubling nominee to head the...

    04/24/2009 10:19:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,255+ views
    Reason ^ | April 24, 2009 | Radley Balko
    President Obama's troubling nominee to head the National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationEarlier this month, President Barack Obama nominated Mothers Against Drunk Driving CEO Chuck Hurley to head up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Hurley's pending appointment is bad news for social drinkers, motorists, and anyone interested in freedom of movement and less hassle on the roadways. Hurley is an anti-alcohol zealot, and a longtime proponent of just about any highway regulation that's sold under the guise of public safety. He's a supporter of primary seat belt laws, which allow police to pull motorists over solely for seat belt infractions....
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK ( Harold Koh )

    05/03/2009 2:15:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 833+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | March 30, 2009 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international law should vanish. If Canada, the...
  • Pro-life, pro-Obama Catholics collide over Sebelius confirmation

    04/29/2009 9:14:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 633+ views
    CNA ^ | aPRIL 29, 2009
    Denver, Colo., Apr 29, 2009 / 09:44 am (CNA).- After the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to confirm Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic who strongly supports legal abortion, as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, pro-Obama and pro-life Catholics collided over the consequences of the appointment. Pro-lifers are promising to battle against the pro-abortion Dawn Johnsen, who awaits confirmation for the Office of Legal Counsel. “Catholics United,” a group that has so far justified all of President Obama’s pro-abortion decisions, issued a statement congratulating Sebelius and applauding the U.S. Senate “for today's decisive action.” Catholics United executive director Chris Korzen, who...
  • Sebelius Wins Senate Confirmation as Health Secretary Nominee

    04/28/2009 3:22:53 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 122 replies · 6,707+ views
    Fox News ^ | 4/28/2009
    The 65-31 vote came after Democrats urged quick action so that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak.
  • Sebelius Confirmation Expected Today (barf alert!)

    04/28/2009 3:07:27 PM PDT · by Baladas · 10 replies · 476+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04/28/09 | Shailagh Murray
    The Senate began debate this morning on the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services, with Democrats urging a quick vote on the Kansas governor as Congress and the Obama administration move ahead on health-care reform and seek to address the swine flu outbreak. "It is essential for the health of the nation that President Obama has in place, and the nation has in place, a strong secretary of HHS to make sure our federal efforts on this potential pandemic are able to coordinate," said Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Sebelius is the final member...
  • GAFFNEY: The questionable Mr. Koh. A transnationalist cannot 'uphold' the Constitution

    04/28/2009 3:24:32 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 660+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 28, 2009 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    This afternoon, members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will have an opportunity to demonstrate why the Framers gave the Senate the constitutional power to confirm presidential appointees. If they fail to exercise that power vigorously with respect to the nomination of Harold Koh to be the top State Department lawyer, they will not only have been derelict. They will be accomplices to an assault on our Constitution that ultimately will result in an unprecedented, and likely permanent, derogation of the Senate's vital role and responsibilities. After all, Mr. Koh is one of the nation's most prominent - and aggressive...
  • Obama's administration preparing to use headhunters to fill key positions

    04/27/2009 9:52:03 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 17 replies · 740+ views
    The Examiner.com ^ | April 27, 2009 | Tara Gowland
    Barack Obama has been notoriously tough in hiring lobbyists in Washington and therefore, headhunters have been retained to search for hard to fill positions. Obama's administrators have reportedly interviewed large search firms Korn/Ferry International, Russell Reynolds Associates and Heidrick & Struggles. (snip) Obama said, “A lot of people who we think are about to serve in the administration and Treasury suddenly say, ‘Well, you know what? I don’t want to go through some of the scrutiny, embarrassment, in addition to taking huge cuts in pay.’ ”
  • Democrats Chafe at Delayed Nominations

    04/26/2009 7:22:24 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 1,259+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | April 24, 2009 | Bart Jansen
    Tensions are rising in the Senate over President Obama’s nominees, as Republicans delay picks ranging from a Cabinet post to a U.S. Circuit Court judgeship, and Democrats complain that the disputes are slowing important legislation. Majority Leader Harry Reid , D-Nev., has raised concerns about burning time filing procedural motions to limit debate on a handful of nominees. The most notable, recent example: Obama’s nomination of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be Health and Human Services secretary. Although still expected to win confirmation in a vote scheduled for April 28, Sebelius, a Democrat, has been challenged by Republicans over her...
  • Is Napolitano the Worst Cabinet Choice Ever?

    04/22/2009 6:06:08 PM PDT · by sswenviron · 42 replies · 1,002+ views
    Environmental Republican ^ | 4/22/09 | sswenviron
    We have gone from a very smart administrator--Michael Chertoff--to a woman who doesn't have the first clue as to what security means and she's in charge of our national defense essentially. What qualification does she have? Answer: none. So now we have a DHS secretary who is absolutely unqualified for the position at a time that Obama is cutting our intel-gathering abilities and al-Qaeda is ramping back up to take us out. I feel really good about our national security right about now.
  • Obama Tells Cabinet to Trim Spending

    04/21/2009 8:15:01 AM PDT · by keep your powder dry · 31 replies · 658+ views
    Zero proposes a 3.6 trillion dollar budget, and hopes to pass another 700+ billion dollar 'stimulus' - and asks for a 100 million dollar spending 'trim'...... WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama told agency heads to trim spending by $100 million, a largely symbolic effort that foreshadows bigger budget fights down the road. Responding to Republican lawmakers -- and some ordinary voters -- who complained that his policy proposals are too costly, Mr. Obama told cabinet chiefs to find the savings in current operations and report back within 90 days. The president acknowledged at his first cabinet meeting that the new...
  • Senate Committee OKs Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius For Health Secretary

    04/21/2009 8:49:06 AM PDT · by julieee · 6 replies · 476+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 21, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- A Senate panel today approved the nomination of pro-abortion Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to become President Barack Obama's health secretary. The Senate Finance Committee voted 15-8 for her nomination and now it heads to the full Senate for a debate and vote. There is no timetable on when the Senate will vote to confirm Sebelius, but political observers expect the Democratic-controlled chamber to approve her.
  • DHS: The Department of Homegrown Stupidity

    04/19/2009 4:44:06 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies · 738+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 4/19/2009 | Doug Giles
    For someone in Obama’s cabinet to warn the nation about decent God and country loving people as being “extreme” is like Rosie criticizing chunky and obnoxious middle-aged white lesbian comics for being unfunny. Behold, the Audacity of Irony. Or hypocrisy. Both work for me. You choose. Uh, hello, Ms. Napolitano, you work for the Czar of the Extreme, Barack Hussein Obama. By the way, what’s up with all this Czar crap? What’s next, leopard skin fezzes? Eye patches? Geez, we have more czars in Barack’s Bizarroland administration than Russia had during the entire Romanov Dynasty. We’re not Russians yet, so...
  • Obama Names Two Officials and Vows to Cut Waste (LOL Alert)

    04/18/2009 6:21:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies · 750+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 18, 2009 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    President Obama said Saturday that he will soon announce “the elimination of dozens of government programs shown to be wasteful or ineffective,” and used his weekly radio address to name two new high-level officials to assist him in that effort. The president said he would use his Cabinet meeting on Monday — the first time the full Cabinet will meet — to ask department and agency heads to come up with specific proposals for cutting their budgets by eliminating inefficient programs. [Snip] “If we’re going to rebuild our economy on a solid foundation, we need to change the way we...
  • President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Rand Beers as Homeland Security Under Secretary....

    04/12/2009 5:10:22 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 800+ views
    DHS.GOV - News Release ^ | Release Date: April 8, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1239207536374.shtm President Obama Announces His Intent to Nominate Rand Beers as Homeland Security Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs Directorate President Barack Obama announced today his intent to nominate Rand Beers as U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), the Department’s primary risk-reducing division. Beers will oversee five major offices in this role, including Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), Infrastructure Protection (IP), Intergovernmental Programs (IGP), Risk Management and Analysis (RMA) and US-VISIT. “More than anyone I know, Rand Beers can be trusted with protecting...
  • Obama chooses MADD official to lead safety agency

    04/09/2009 9:18:53 AM PDT · by pissant · 43 replies · 908+ views
    Fox ^ | 4/9/09 | staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A top official with Mothers Against Drunk Driving is President Barack Obama's choice to lead the federal agency that oversees safety and fuel efficiency standards for automakers. Chuck Hurley was nominated today to become administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He's served as MADD's chief executive officer since 2005 and has worked for the National Safety Council and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Transparency Killer at HUD: Another Disastrous Obama Nominee

    04/08/2009 4:13:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 747+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    If you need a shining example of the utter disingenuousness of Barack Obama's commitment to government transparency, I have two words for you: Ron Sims. This lifelong political hack is to transparency what sunlight is to Dracula, what salt is to a slug, what kryptonite is to Superman, what "The View" is to intelligent debate. That is: lethal. In its press release announcing the nomination of the Seattle-area county executive to the No. 2 post at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the White House described Sims as a "visionary urban leader." The White House also touted Sims'...
  • HHS Nominee Faces No Questions from Senate Tax Committee About Her Tax 'Errors'

    04/03/2009 4:24:01 AM PDT · by Man50D · 12 replies · 581+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 03, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Just two days after she revealed that she owed nearly $8,000 in back taxes, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius faced largely friendly questioning from the Senate Finance Committee Thursday – with no questions at all asked about her tax situation. The committee has jurisdiction over tax issues. What’s more, only 11 senators – seven Democrats and four Republicans – out of a total 23 committee members had questions for Sebelius, who is President Obama’s choice to be secretary of health and human services. The sparse attendance and short, cordial exchanges between senators and Sebelius was surprising, since the same committee grilled...
  • Tax problems won't derail Sebelius nomination, senators say [Kyl, others: "not disqualifying"]

    04/02/2009 8:31:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 8 replies · 621+ views
    McClatchy / The Miami Herald ^ | 2009-04-01 | David Goldstein
    WASHINGTON -- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' nomination as health and human services secretary remained on course Wednesday, even as she became yet another Obama Cabinet candidate with the back tax blues. On the eve of her appearance before the Senate Finance Committee, news she had to pay $8,000 in back taxes didn't appear to trigger a sudden effort to derail her nomination. "We wouldn't be having this hearing if we didn't think the tax things were pretty well taken care of," said Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the committee's ranking Republican. Another committee member, Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona,...
  • OBAMA'S MOST PERILOUS LEGAL PICK (Obama will choose a Muslim)

    04/01/2009 1:37:30 PM PDT · by Paige · 16 replies · 1,080+ views
    New York Post ^ | 03/31/2009 | Meghan Clyne
    JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations' legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North Korea and Saddam-era Iraq. Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh. Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues from trade to arms control, and help represent our...
  • SHOCKER: Another Obama Tax Cheat, HHS Nominee Kathy Sebelius Admits Unpaid Taxes

    Good Grief! Who is vetting these people? Seriously? Another Obama failure. Can you say "free fall"? Remember: A tax cheat was confirmed, the tax cheat hired a lobbyist and violated the ethics rule, another lobbyist was hired that violated the ethics rule, a tax cheat withdrew her nomination, another tax cheat withdrew his nomination. Then a nominee violated House ethics rules and is married to a tax cheat. Then another tax cheat was nominated! Then another nominee withdrew over skeletons in the closet.... now this? From Breitbart: WASHINGTON (AP) - Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three...
  • McCain presses Sebelius on health care tax credit

    03/31/2009 9:24:23 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 551+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-31
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain is asking President Barack Obama's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary if she would support giving Americans a $5,000 tax credit for health insurance — the same plan he offered during his failed presidential bid. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said she supports Obama's plan.
  • Obama seeks Muslims for Whtie House posts

    03/29/2009 2:14:07 PM PDT · by AJ in NYC · 16 replies · 788+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 3/28/2009 | Uncredited
    Barack Obama is conducting his own affirmative action program to get more Muslims in the White House. The move began with Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, who took his oath of office with a hand on the Quran, to solicit the resume of what he considered to be the nation's most qualified adherents of Islam. According to the Denver Post, when White House officials heard about the program, it was put on overdrive. So far, 45 Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and government officials have been submitted for consideration. J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association,...
  • How Geithner Became Secretary of the Treasury

    03/29/2009 7:09:56 AM PDT · by AJ in NYC · 21 replies · 1,358+ views
    Commodity News Center ^ | 2009 | James Bibbings
    Tim Geithner's father, Peter, oversaw the Ford Foundation's micro finance program which was implemented in Indonesia during the 1980's. Barack Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, was involved in that same micro finance program from the Indonesian side. This is significant because Dunham, allegedly dealt with Geithner's father through the The United States Agency for International Development ("USAID"). I was also able to find information that stated that she met Peter in person at least one time during their efforts. After this, years later while with the IMF, one of Tim Geithner's biggest accomplishments was to rescue Indonesia from economic collapse. I...
  • Obama gets list of top Muslim Americans

    03/29/2009 7:53:27 AM PDT · by Leisler · 25 replies · 1,013+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 03/27/2009 | staff
    CHICAGO — In a bid to get more Muslim Americans working in the Obama administration, a book with resumes of 45 of the nation's most qualified — Ivy League grads, Fortune 500 executives and public servants, all carefully vetted — has been submitted to the White House. The effort, driven by community leaders and others, including U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was bumped up two weeks because White House officials heard about the venture, said J. Saleh Williams, program coordinator for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, who sifted through more than 300 names. "It was mostly under the radar," Williams...
  • Obama:My Administration Needs More Muslims

    03/28/2009 12:41:17 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 44 replies · 1,202+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | March 28Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    Just like in the UK we are now looking to put Muslims in positions of power, desperately hoping that this will actually make things better. Appeasement never works with them and suicide bombers in the UK were doctors and teachers, so their position in the country does not necessarily mean loyalty. This will come back to haunt us.
  • Key US Senator says won't block Hill from Iraq [Grahamnesty surrenders]

    03/24/2009 2:27:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 481+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-03-24
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Prospects for veteran US diplomat Christopher Hill's Senate confirmation as US ambassador to Iraq brightened Tuesday as one of his vocal critics pledged not to block the nomination. "There are better choices out there. But at the end of the day we need an ambassador and, you know, he has many talents," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters after "a good meeting" with Hill last week. "My concern is that this is a very important position. It would be better (to) have somebody who's knowledgeable in the area, knows the players, but we'll see," he said. "I...
  • Obama nominates federal housing commissioner

    03/23/2009 3:57:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,166+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has named a former Freddie Mac executive to head the federal housing commission.
  • President Obama Establishes New White House Cultural Post

    03/14/2009 6:57:32 PM PDT · by keepitreal · 76 replies · 2,001+ views
    Broadway World ^ | March 14, 2009 | BWW News Desk
    President Barack Obama has established a new staff position in his White House with the task of overseeing arts and culture, Kareem Dale. Dale, a partially-blind lawyer previously served as national disability director for Obama's campaign and served on the arts policy committee for Obama in Illinois. No details have been provided about the specific job duties as of yet, but it's been described as "a big step forward in terms of connecting cultural and goverment with mainstream administration policy."
  • Obama nominee to meet with lawmakers [McCain]

    03/13/2009 3:38:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 3 replies · 388+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-03-13
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Hill, President Barack Obama's pick to become the top diplomat in Iraq, will meet privately next week with John McCain after the Republican senator said he opposes the nomination. Three other Republican senators have joined McCain in saying they were disappointed in Obama's choice. Sens. McCain, John Ensign of Nevada, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Sam Brownback of Kansas say Hill does not have enough experience in the Middle East.
  • 'Weak' Barack Obama loses another nominee (Freeman - Hussein's list of failures)

    03/12/2009 7:45:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 793+ views
    Times Online ^ | 3/13/09 | Tom Baldwin
    'Weak' Barack Obama loses another nomineeTom Baldwin in Washington March 13, 2009 President Obama is facing accusations that he failed his first test on the Middle East by allowing America's pro-Israel lobby to force out the nominee for a top intelligence post. Charles Freeman, picked to chair the National Intelligence Council (NIC), withdrew after an internet-led campaign branded him as harbouring Arabist sympathies or being influenced by foreign governments. In a furious message posted to friends and colleagues, Mr Freeman said that the “tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonour and indecency and include character assassination, selective...
  • Tough Going for Tim Geithner on Capitol Hill [Grahamnesty compares USMC with Treasury jobs]

    03/12/2009 3:18:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies · 747+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2009-03-12
    Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner got such a torrent of angry criticism from Republican senators today that by the end of the hearing some Republicans were feeling sorry for him. "Thank you for taking the job," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told him. "I know it's tough."Graham added, "If you're looking for a way to serve the country, join the Marines or go to Treasury. I think they're both very difficult."
  • McCain Threatens to Oppose Interior Nominee Over Reagan Remark [but not Bush remark]

    03/12/2009 3:12:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 729+ views
    Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain today denounced as “highly offensive” remarks about Ronald Reagan made by President Barack Obama’s nominee for the number two spot at the Department of the Interior. At a nomination hearing for David Hayes for deputy secretary of Interior, the former Republican presidential candidate read aloud from an article that Hayes wrote in April 2006 which drew unfavorable comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Reagan.
  • Obama to name Seattle police chief as U.S. drug czar

    03/10/2009 11:00:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 1,445+ views
    Reuters ^ | march 11, 2009 | n/a
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to be U.S. drug czar and remove the job's Cabinet designation, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Kerlikowske would head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which was elevated to Cabinet level under former President George W. Bush. The nomination of Kerlikowske would end a long search for a candidate to oversee U.S. efforts to fight illegal drugs. Kerlikowske was long speculated to be the front-runner, but revelations about his stepson's arrest on drug-related charged complicated the nomination process,...
  • Obama White House Discloses Two More Lobbyist Waivers Granted

    03/10/2009 6:18:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 3,077+ views
    ABC ^ | 3/10/2009 | Jake Tapper
    The White House Tuesday evening disclosed that almost three weeks ago the Obama administration granted ethics wavers for two additional officials who had previously worked as lobbyists. On February 20 the administration signed waivers for Jocelyn Frye, former general counsel at the National Partnership for Women & Families, and Cecilia Muńoz, the former senior vice president for the National Council of La Raza, allowing them to work on issues for which they lobbied. These two are in addition to deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn, a former Raytheon lobbyist whose waiver was granted two days after President Obama announced on...
  • Howard Dean, Not Sanjay Gupta, for Surgeon General?

    03/06/2009 7:44:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 821+ views
    Following Sanjay Gupta's surprise decision to withdraw from consideration to be the U.S. surgeon general under President Obama, allies of former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean are dusting off a previous effort to win him the post. Associates say that the campaign is just beginning, and they believe that they have time since Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, sprang the decision only yesterday. Dean is a practicing family doctor who has proposed a major infant care program that he is looking to pilot in a New York school. He wanted to run the Health and Human Services Department but wasn't...
  • President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointments

    03/07/2009 9:33:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 973+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | March 6, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/President-Obama-Announces-Key-State-Department-Appointments/ THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2009 President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointments WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals for key State Department posts: Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organizations; Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. President Obama said, "Each of these individuals brings a deep knowledge and expertise in their field, along with a commitment to strengthen American diplomacy to...
  • Gupta opts out of surgeon general consideration

    03/05/2009 5:43:48 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 33 replies · 2,023+ views
    CNN ^ | Mar 5, 2009 | n/a
    CNN) -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has withdrawn his name from consideration as surgeon general of the United States, an administration official said Thursday. "Sanjay Gupta was under serious consideration for the job of surgeon general," the official said in an e-mail. "He has removed himself from consideration to focus more on his medical career and his family. We know he will continue to serve and educate the public through his work with media and in the medical arena." Sources said in January that Gupta met then-President-elect Obama in Chicago, Illinois, in November to discuss the post....
  • Obama to Tap Tech Adviser as FCC Chief

    03/03/2009 8:12:30 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies · 843+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JANUARY 13, 2009 | By AMY SCHATZ and LAURA MECKLER
    President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate his technology adviser, Julius Genachowski, to head the Federal Communications Commission, a Democratic source close to the Obama transition team said.
  • Sebelius at HHS

    03/02/2009 3:41:56 PM PST · by Cindy · 13 replies · 493+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 1:11 pm | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/09/03/02/Sebelius-at-HHS/ THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Monday, March 2nd, 2009 at 1:11 pm Sebelius at HHS Overhauling our health care system is going to take the will to fight entrenched special interests and lobbyists, the patience to work across party lines, and a little Kansas common sense. "Kathleen Sebelius has a remarkable intellect, unquestioned integrity, and the kind of pragmatic wisdom you’ll tend to find in a Kansan," President Obama said as he announced the Kansas Governor as his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. "I know she...
  • More Back Tax Issues for an Obama Nominee

    03/02/2009 2:40:04 PM PST · by jessduntno · 50 replies · 3,871+ views
    abcnews ^ | Today
    This time it's United State Trade Representative nominee Ron Kirk who owes back taxes, joining the ranks of other tax-addled Cabinet nominees such as Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, former Health and Human Services Secretary designate Tom Daschle, and former chief performance officer nominee Nancy Killifer. Kirk owes $9,975 in back taxes, most of that from speaking engagement honoraria. Kirk had told organizations to give speaking fees directly to his alma mater, Austin College. In all, $37,750 of honoraria were not reported as income for tax years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Senate Finance Committee reported, saying that Kirk should...
  • Ron Kirk is latest Cabinet pick hit by tax woes; he owes $9.975

    03/02/2009 2:29:10 PM PST · by BGHater · 28 replies · 815+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 02 Mar 2009 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    Add former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to the list of Obama Cabinet picks with tax problems. The Senate Finance Committee says he underpaid by $9,975 in the last three years. Senate aides uncovered the shortfall during weeks of vetting, and Kirk – the administration’s designated point person on trade -- has promised to pay the Internal Revenue Service in full. The problems: Kirk deducted too much for season tickets to the Dallas Mavericks and too much for tax preparation fees, and failed to report as income speaking fees that he donated to his alma mater, Austin College. The full political...
  • Obama's USTR Nominee Latest to Face Tax Problems

    03/02/2009 1:48:10 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 03/02/2009 | Jessica Brady
    USTR Nominee Latest to Face Tax Problems By Jessica Brady Roll Call Staff March 2, 2009, 4:32 p.m. Former Dallas Mayor Ronald Kirk, President Barack Obama’s pick for U.S. trade representative, misfiled taxable income and owes about $9,975, according to a Senate Finance Committee report released Monday.... Developing...
  • Governor Of Kansas Tapped to Lead HHS

    03/01/2009 10:16:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 941+ views
    Wahington Post ^ | 3/2/09 | Michael A. Fletcher and Ceci Connolly
    Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius yesterday accepted President Obama's request to become his secretary of health and human services, stepping into a central role in the new administration's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's health-care system.
  • President Obama Insults Catholics, Nominates Gov. Sebelius to HHS

    03/01/2009 7:00:07 AM PST · by tcg · 60 replies · 1,258+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/1/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    This Secretary designee will make the major decisions concerning health care right when major changes in the delivery of health care services loom. She is an absolutely WRONG choice for Catholics and for the true common good. Under her leadership this administration will insist that the voluntary taking of innocent human life in the first home of the whole human be considered a “medical procedure” and covered in health programs. This Governor vetoed legislation to limit abortions and held a fundraiser for abortionist George Tiller who is on trial for 19 criminal charges related to his performance of late term...