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Appointees

They Deserve an Up-or-Down Vote

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

DREAM Act kids? They deserve a vote. Judicial nominees? They deserve a vote. As long as the "they" being referenced are sympathetic to the vast majority of the American public, then the logic works.

College and University Board Independence Strengthens the Nation

Richard D. Legon | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Richard D. Legon

Our institutions of higher learning have been governed by boards acting independently since our Colonial period. Let us not compromise that most essential (and historic) value--one that has largely worked well--for temporary political expediency.

DOJ Appointments: The Case for Dawn Johnsen's Confirmation

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Dawn Johnsen's appointment is a litmus test for the Senate confirmation process and for the recharged Obama political operation.

Why Bush's Burrowing Appointees Are Bad, Despite What Slate Says

Joshuah Bearman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joshuah Bearman

Slate's theory of patronage is overwhelmed by its own example. You can't make a case against the crusty civil service and not worry about the layer of crust Bush is leaving behind.

Looking for a Job in the Obama Administration?

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The thousands of people appointed throughout the Executive Branch set policies in everything -- you can be part of that.

Barack And His Shadow: Should He Appoint A Shadow Cabinet Now?

James Boyce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Boyce

We can contrast Secretary of State Rice with any number of Democrats who are better, smarter and more sophisticated. How about Secretary of Veterans Affairs? I vote for Max Cleland.