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  • U.S. Education Secretary Says He Is Concerned About Homeschooled Kids

    09/25/2016 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 73 replies ^ | 21SEP2016 | SHANE VANDER HART
    U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King said that he has concerns about children who are homeschooled according to a story published in Politico Pro (paywall) today. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said today that he’s concerned that homeschooled students aren’t “getting the range of options that are good for all kids.” But King also said he’s aware of homeschooling families “doing it incredibly well” and he knew of students in college who had “very tremendous academic success.” “Obviously, it’s up to families if they want to take a homeschool approach,” King said, when asked about the topic during...
  • Nuclear accident in New Mexico ranks among the costliest in U.S. history

    08/22/2016 1:33:39 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | 08/22/2016 | Ralph Vartabedian
    When a drum containing radioactive waste blew up in an underground nuclear dump in New Mexico two years ago, the Energy Department rushed to quell concerns in the Carlsbad desert community and quickly reported progress on resuming operations. The early federal statements gave no hint that the blast had caused massive long-term damage to the dump, a facility crucial to the nuclear weapons cleanup program that spans the nation, or that it would jeopardize the Energy Department’s credibility in dealing with the tricky problem of radioactive waste. But the explosion ranks among the costliest nuclear accidents in U.S. history, according...
  • Yet Another Good Reason To Abolish The Department Of Education

    03/06/2016 4:41:54 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2016 | George Leef
    Creating the Department of Education in 1979 was certainly one of the worst blunders the nation made in that whole blunder-filled decade. Having neither a constitutional warrant nor any rationale except to reward the teachers’ unions for backing Jimmy Carter, the Department barely made it through Congress. (Even the New York Times thought it a bad idea, as Richard Vedder notes in this Pope Center article in which he explores the damage this agency has done.) Since then, we have wasted billions on the Department but educational results are worse than ever. And now it’s evident that the bureaucrats have...
  • U.S. expected to be largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013

    10/06/2013 12:51:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    US Department of Energy ^ | October 4, 2013 | Hannah Breul and Linda Doman
    Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration Note: Petroleum production includes crude oil, natural gas liquids, condensates, refinery processing gain, and other liquids, including biofuels. Barrels per day oil equivalent were calculated using a conversion factor of 1 barrel oil equivalent = 5.55 million British thermal units (Btu). The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the United States will be the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2013, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. For the United States and Russia, total petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbon production, in energy content terms, is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural...
  • Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education ( Common Core )

    08/10/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Larry Grathwohl, who had just come back to Cincinnati from Vietnam, was infiltrating the domestic terrorist group Weatherman, the only one to have done so. Larry saved potentially hundreds of lives when he alerted the FBI to a bomb placed near a Detroit police station and a restaurant. Bill Ayers, Education Secretary of Weatherman, told him that in the revolution, lives would have to be sacrificed. ... My interest in Bill Ayers began a few years ago when I learned about his career as a “Distinguished Professor of Education.” In reality he was working to destroy everything that was good...
  • Shuttered nuclear plant marks retirement milestone

    07/25/2013 6:50:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 34 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Associated Press
    Workers at the San Onofre nuclear power plant have finished removing highly radioactive fuel from its Unit 2 reactor... Southern California Edison announced last month it was closing the twin-reactor plant between Los Angeles and San Diego. That ended a long and costly battle with environmentalists over whether it was safe to operate. Removing the fuel clears the way for operator Edison to formally surrender the plant’s operating license to federal regulators.
  • Special Report: Bad Karma: How Fisker burned through $1.4 billion on a 'green' car

    06/17/2013 6:05:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 17, 2013 | By Deepa Seetharaman and Paul Lienert
    Fisker Automotive hasn't built a car in nearly a year. It fired most of its workforce, hired bankruptcy advisers and is seeking a buyer. Co-founder Henrik Fisker resigned in mid-March in a dispute with some of the directors. And despite raising $1.4 billion in private and public funds since its founding in 2007, the company is out of cash. For months, key investors have been footing the car maker's day-to-day expenses to keep it alive in diminished form. The Energy Department has repeatedly defended its handling of the Fisker loan. Nicholas Whitcombe, who previously led the DOE loan program, told...
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • Busted: DOE Altered Solyndra-Related Documents

    10/19/2011 3:03:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/19/11 | Andrew Stiles
    It appears as though the Obama administration has been caught red-handed trying to cover up evidence in relation to the “green” loans programs that helped finance Solyndra. CNBC reports that a number of press releases posted by the Department of Energy have been retroactively altered to remove the name a solar company thought by many to be the next “green” failure: The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program — the same program that has been the center of controversy surrounding the failed solar company Solyndra. Both were changed to remove the name...
  • Solyndra employee to Mark Levin: “Everyone knew that the plant wouldn’t work”

    09/15/2011 6:54:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2011 | Allahpundit
    Yes indeed. Everyone knew. That was the point of last night’s post. And in fact, what you’re about to hear isn’t the first case of a Solyndra employee insisting that the whole enterprise was widely known to be a bust inside HQ. Remember this snippet from a recent Mercury News story? One former employee, Mohammed Walahi, who began working as a process technician for Solyndra in 2005, showed up at the company Thursday morning to file a workers’ compensation claim for a repetitive stress injury and was surprised to see FBI agents instead of security guards. Solyndra’s employees were laid...
  • Solyndra to Declare Bankruptcy

    08/31/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    NBC bay Area ^ | August 31,2011 | Scott McGrew
    Solyndra, a major manufacturer of solar technology in Fremont, has shut its doors, according to employees at the campus. "I was told by a security guard to get my [stuff] and leave," one employee said. The company employs a little more than 1,000 employees worldwide, according to its website. Shortly after it opened a massive $700 million facility, it canceled plans for a public stock offering earlier this year and warned it would be in significant trouble if federal loan guarantees did not go through. Solyndra Worker Speaks The company has said it will make a statement at 9am California...
  • title:Video: SWAT team raids house over … unpaid student loans

    06/08/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 06/08/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Via JWF and Reason, we now present this instructional video from the Department of Education. Now that the government has for all practical pruposes nationalized the student-loan industry, the DoE would like to educate recipients on new loan-collection processes. The banks used to send bill collectors and file claims in court, but the Obama administration doesn’t like those kind of harsh private-sector measures to retrieve lost capital. Instead, they’ll send a SWAT team to kick in your door and frighten your children — even if you don’t live with them anymore: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Kenneth Wright does...
  • Schmitt Named Energy Secretary (NM)

    01/07/2011 6:10:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 18 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 7, 2011 | Dan Boyd
    Former U.S. Sen. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, a geologist and Apollo astronaut who bucks conventional theory on human-caused global warming, was named Thursday by Gov. Susana Martinez to head the state's Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department. Schmitt, a Silver City native who was elected to the Senate in 1976 and defeated after one term by current officeholder Jeff Bingaman, is one of the last people to walk on the moon. His appointment drew immediate fire from environmentalists. "We are disheartened to see the selection of a climate change denier," said Sandy Buffett, executive director of the Santa Fe-based Conservation Voters...
  • Energy Secretary Chu's War On Business

    10/12/2009 6:16:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,837+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 12, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Public Discourse: Our energy secretary applauds and encourages companies to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its position on climate change. Should any Cabinet secretary, with the powers of government behind him, be threatening U.S. companies? Part of the climate-change mantra is that the debate is over and the science is settled. Just to make sure, environmental groups have sought to pressure businesses to go green or at least keep silent. Now it would appear the whole weight of the federal government is being thrown behind this campaign to coerce and silence real and potential opposition. On Thursday, Steven...
  • Energy Secretary Chu and the Toll of Silly Physics

    09/29/2009 11:22:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,149+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 30, 2009 | Claude Sandroff
    Many of us had just the grandest time conducting worthless research for the old monopolistic phone companies.  Dr. Steven Chu, our Secretary of Energy was one of the typical products of that era of unfocused industrial research.  He nurtured his career in what had become the most arrogant and unfocused lab of them all, Bell Laboratories.   If you landed one of those storied jobs as a newly minted Member of Technical Staff, you could expect to conduct research indistinguishable from that of any academic scientist supported by government agencies like the National Science Foundation. That a once glorious Bell Labs...
  • Latest in Stimulus: 'Cash for Refrigerators' (They CAN'T be serious!!!)

    08/24/2009 7:35:21 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 66 replies · 1,711+ views
    A $300 million cash-for-clunkers-type federal program to boost sales of energy-efficient home appliances provides a glimmer of hope for beleaguered makers of washing machines and dishwashers, but it's probably not enough to lift companies such as Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR - News) and Electrolux out of the worst down cycle in the sector's history. Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct....
  • Energy Secretary Chu warns of climate change

    06/27/2009 9:02:16 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 28 replies · 906+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/26/09 | Suzanne Bohan
    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned an audience of 800 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park that "business as usual" would lead to a dramatically changed world in the coming decades...he described a world with more severe storms and droughts, far more hot summer days exceeding 90 degrees, rising sea levels and species extinctions if carbon emissions aren't markedly scaled back. Chu focused on a chart from a report released this month from the NOAA [that] tracked atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over an 800,000-year period, measured from an Antarctic ice core. In it, a red line ranged between...
  • Energy Dept. to lend $8B to Ford, Nissan, Tesla

    06/23/2009 8:44:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 498+ views
    breitbart ^ | 6/23/09 | KIMBERLY S. JOHNSON and KEN THOMAS
    The Energy Department said Tuesday it would lend $5.9 billion to Ford Motor Co. and provide about $2.1 billion in loans to Nissan Motor Co. and Tesla Motors Inc., making the three automakers the first beneficiaries of a $25 billion fund to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.
  • US Energy Dept Reveals Strings Attached (Palin Ping! - No.19 - June 5, 2009)

    06/06/2009 1:20:25 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 19 replies · 1,030+ views
    Office of Governor Palin ^ | June 5, 2009 | Office of Governor Palin
    Energy Department Reveals Strings Attached, Asks States to Comment June 5, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) confirmed today there are strings attached to stimulus package funds. DOE is now inviting states to comment on a draft document that they developed for measuring and demonstrating compliance with those strings attached to universal building code provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Last month, Governor Sarah Palin vetoed the $28.6 million in federal stimulus funds tied to adoption of building codes by municipalities. DOE has repeatedly stated some energy funds are directly tied to the...
  • Obama Team Pushes for White Rooftops to Fight Global Warming

    05/28/2009 11:14:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 1,108+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 28, 2009
    "If you look at all the buildings and make all the roofs white, and if you make the pavement a more concrete type of color rather than a black type of color, and you do this uniformly, it's the equivalent of reducing the carbon emissions due to all the cars in the world by 11 years."
  • Chu's Whitewash

    05/27/2009 7:41:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies · 1,125+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 27, 2009
    Energy Savings: Steven Chu sees a dark roof and wants it painted white. Are we to understand that the U.S. secretary of energy believes that a function of his office is to bat about impractical ideas?Chu, a Nobel-winning physicist running the Obama Energy Department, suggested this week that — in terms of the greenhouse effect — painting roofs and bleaching road surfaces worldwide would have the same impact as taking every car off the road for more than a decade. "If you look at all the buildings, and if you make the roofs white, and if you make the pavement...
  • Obama plan: Paint roofs white to save world

    05/27/2009 7:45:38 PM PDT · by FromLori · 56 replies · 2,608+ views
    wnd ^ | 5/27/09
    Steven Chu, who directed the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and was professor of physics and molecular and cell biology at the University of California before being appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Energy Secretary, says white paint is what's needed to fix global warming. Chu, who according to the federal agency's website, successfully applied the techniques he developed in atomic physics to molecular biology and recently led the lab in pursuit of new alternative and renewable energies, has told the London Times that by making paved surfaces and roofs lighter in color, the world would...
  • Obama Energy Secretary: Paint World White to Fight Global Warming

    05/27/2009 9:19:08 AM PDT · by greatplains · 42 replies · 1,198+ views
    The Times (uk) ^ | May 27, 2009 | Mark Henderson, Science Editor
    As a weapon against global warming, it sounds so simple and low-tech that it could not possibly work. But the idea of using millions of buckets of whitewash to avert climate catastrophe has won the backing of one of the world’s most influential scientists. Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday. Speaking at the opening of...
  • Obama's green guru calls for white roofs (This is not satire alert)

    05/27/2009 9:30:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 1,894+ views
    President Obama's energy adviser has suggested all the world's roofs should be painted white as part of efforts to slow global warming. Professor Steven Chu, the US Energy Secretary, said the unusual proposal would mean homes in hot countries would save energy and money on air conditioning by deflecting the sun's rays. More pale surfaces could also slow global warming by reflecting heat into space rather than allowing it to be absorbed by dark surfaces where it is trapped by greenhouse gases and increases temperatures. In a wide-ranging discussion at the three-day Nobel laureate Symposium in London, the Professor...
  • US wants to paint the world white to save energy

    05/26/2009 4:08:44 PM PDT · by StandUpChuck · 43 replies · 1,451+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 5/26/2009 | AFP
    LONDON(AFP) (AFP) – US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday the Obama administration wanted to paint roofs an energy-reflecting white, as he took part in a climate change symposium in London. The Nobel laureate in physics called for a "new revolution" in energy generation to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  • US Senate committee may ask DOE to collect futures trading data

    03/23/2009 11:53:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 437+ views
    Platts ^ | 23 Mar 09 | Jessica Marron
    The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing Wednesday to address draft language that would give the Department of Energy the authority to collect information on the ownership and trading of crude oil and natural gas supplies. The proposed language will require the Energy Information Administration, DOE's statistical division, to collect company-specific data on volumes of gas and oil owned and storage and transportation capacity. Further, it will require anyone who trades energy futures or swaps contracts for a physically delivered commodity to also report the amount of its physical stocks, its fixed-price purchase and...
  • Rep. Wamp, DOE & the Nuclear Weapons Complex

    03/01/2009 4:45:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 580+ views
    The Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | March 1, 2009 | Frank Munger
    I'd been trying unsuccessfully, in recent weeks, to catch up with Congressman Zach Wamp to see what he thought of the Obama administration's apparent push to move the Nuclear Weapons Complex out of the Dept.of Energy and over to the Dept. of Defense. Few members of Congress are more intimately knowledgeable of the nuclear weapons program than Wamp, and he's been a big supporter, in part because of the Y-12 warhead plant in his home district. On Friday, at an event at Y-12's New Hope Center, I had a few minutes to talk with Wamp, and I asked him for...
  • Obama's Budget Ends Nuclear Storage at Yucca (Tax Coal/No Drill/No Nuke/Destroy America Energy Plan)

    03/01/2009 8:30:01 AM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 57 replies · 1,435+ views
    Engineering Tips - From Phil. Enquirer ^ | 02-28-2009 | Robert A Cook
    President Obama won't allow radioactive waste to be buried at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, rejecting the long-controversial project after 20 years of planning at a cost of at least $9 billion. Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu "have been emphatic that nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain is not an option, period," said department spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller. The budget plan Obama released yesterday "clearly reflects that commitment," she said. "The new administration is starting the process of finding a better solution for management of our nuclear waste," she said in an e-mail. The decision leaves unresolved a long-term plan for...
  • Obama Orders Costly Energy Standards on Appliances

    02/05/2009 2:45:23 PM PST · by shielagolden · 51 replies · 1,284+ views ^ | Thursday, February 5, 2009 | Associated Press
    Obama Orders Costly Energy Standards on Appliances Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:56 PM WASHINGTON – Eager to show action on the energy front, President Barack Obama ordered his government on Thursday to establish higher efficiency standards for everyday household appliances such as dishwashers, lamps and microwave ovens. "This will save consumers money, this will spur innovation, and this will conserve tremendous amounts of energy," Obama declared during a visit to the Energy Department, where he touted his economic jobs plan. Obama announced he had signed a presidential memorandum directing the Energy Department to get moving on energy standards for appliances,...
  • US DOE to issue new annual plan for advanced oil, gas research

    01/27/2009 6:02:40 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies · 284+ views
    Platts ^ | 26 Jan 2009 | Derek Sands
    The US Energy Department hopes to fund almost $32 million in projects aimed at finding ways to better exploit unconventional sources of petroleum, such as coalbed gas, as well as oil and gas in ultra-deep waters, the department intends to announce on Tuesday. In its 2009 Annual Plan for Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research and Development, DOE said the $32 million would also include funding for projects to overcome technological challenges faced by small producers. The plan should formally roll out in Tuesday's Federal Register. This is the third annual plan under the program, which...
  • Obama taps California's political talent (Clinton ReDuX)

    12/28/2008 9:04:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 1,158+ views ^ | 12/28/08 | Joe Garafoli
    California's intellectual pipeline to the White House is again open wide and flowing, as the Golden State will have key advocates bending President-elect Barack Obama's ear on its behalf. Naturally, the nation's most populous and electorally rich state (which is also rich with campaign contributors) would have a great deal of influence. But the Democratic stronghold mattered less to the Bush administration. As Chris Lehane, a former Clinton administration official and San Francisco political consultant, said: "Before, the door was slammed in our face. Now, the welcome mat is out. The access issue is a big deal." "You have an...
  • Salazar & Chu Recommendations for Energy & Water.

    12/17/2008 9:02:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 285+ views
    Water Desalination R&D | 12/17/08 | Charles
    Sen. Ken Salazar DOI Steven Chu DOE In my last post, I mentioned a number of popular ideas to advance alternative energy development. But I didn’t attribute them because nothing had been written of incoming administration officials as yet. A couple of days later several major newspapers mentioned ideas of incoming administration officials which included ideas I talked about. So I inserted these in my last post. If you went to my last post early check back. (Just skim down and check  the writing in block quotes.) This week’s post includes a piece from the Wall St Journal which mentions another...
  • Steven Chu: ‘Coal is My Worst Nightmare’ (Likely to head DOE)

    12/12/2008 8:49:37 AM PST · by CedarDave · 46 replies · 1,355+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 11 2008 | Keith Johnson
    So Steven Chu, President-elect Obama’s likely choice to head the Department of Energy, is a proponent of energy efficiency and conservation as the first step in rejigging America’s energy mix. But since conservation alone won’t do it, what are his ideas about finding new supplies of energy? Dr. Chu’s marquee work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is the Helios Project. ... Helios has focused largely on biofuels ... is looking to make second-generation biofuels more viable. ... What about other energy sources? Big Coal won’t be very happy if Dr. Chu gets confirmed as head of the DOE—he’s really,...
  • Obama energy pick strong green voice: experts

    12/11/2008 7:50:03 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 28 replies · 954+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 11, 2008 | Ayesha Rascoe
    U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has backed up campaign promises to focus on green energy with an Energy Secretary nominee who experts say will provide scientific expertise and pragmatism to the search for new clean sources of fuel. Obama's pick, Nobel physics laureate Steven Chu, has been a strong advocate for making buildings more efficient to cut energy use to counter global warming and climate change. "If I were emperor of the world, I would put the pedal to the floor on energy efficiency and conservation for the next decade," Chu told Reuters in an interview last year. Chu has led...
  • Obama to nominate Steven Chu as energy secretary: reports

    12/10/2008 3:22:06 PM PST · by twistedwrench · 60 replies · 2,781+ views
    Market Watch ^ | Dec. 10, 2008 | By Sue Chang
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Nobel laureate Steven Chu as energy secretary and Lisa Jackson to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to media reports Wednesday. Obama is also expected to name Carol Browner as energy 'czar,' the reports said. Chu, a Chinese-American, won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997.
  • Dorgan Won't Be Energy Secretary (Schwarzenegger under consideration for Obama cabinet)

    12/07/2008 12:28:17 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 24 replies · 1,102+ views
    Dorgan Won't Be Energy Secretary Sen. Byron Dorgan is no longer under consideration to be secretary of energy in President-elect Barack Obama's administration, a decision based on a belief within the former Illinois Senator's inner circle that the North Dakota Democrat is more valuable to them where he is, according to transition officials. "Senator Dorgan would be a fantastic Energy Secretary but because he is too important as a red state senator and a powerful ally, he is best suited to help advance President-elect Obama's agenda in the Senate," said a transition official granted anonymity to speak candidly about internal...