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Barack Obama Presidential Transition

The Gubernatorial Transition of Terry McAuliffe

Heath Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Heath Brown

On Tuesday, Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia. Following the lengthy campaign, the real work of the job begins Wednesday during the ten-week gubernatorial transition.

Mitt Romney's Pre-Election Transition

Heath Brown | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

Mike Leavitt is friendly with Mitt Romney and also a prominent Republican but his background is also unique. There has never been someone chosen to run pre-election transition activities with such a strong and public resume.

Mitt Romney and the Marketplace of Ideas

Heath Brown | Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics
Heath Brown

The future vitality of the U.S. democratic system of government and quality of our public policies should be based on broadening the array of ideas presidential candidates from both parties and the public can evaluate, debate, and ultimately base their political decisions.

Stakes Are Too High for Posts to Stay Vacant

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

One year into Obama's term, about 200 of the roughly 500 top Senate-confirmed administration positions are still unfilled. We've seen this play before.

A Masculine Stimulus Package: Where Are the Jobs for Women?

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

In attempting to craft a stimulus package... more consideration should be given to the everyday realities of working people, particularly single women heads of households.

Keeping Track of Change

(It Takes More Than Hope)

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

Let us not forget that it was Obama himself who invited each of us to fulfill our end of the contract between citizen and president in an historic effort to bring about change.

Don't Tell William Langewiesche to "Have a Safe Flight" (and Other Ways to Avoid Self-Destruction in the War on Terror)

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

Langewiesche thinks we are probably too scared for a president to reason with us -- about terrorism, about our self-defeating wish for total safety. I'm not so sure.

Barack: Talk To Us Like Grownups About Terrorism and Save Us From Ourselves

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

When we let shock or panic or a lust for vengeance guide us, we are a greater danger to ourselves than terrorists ever could be. Any terrorists. With any weapon.

Bush and Obama: What Really (Might Have) Happened

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Rotondi

"Yo, Barackulator -- you want a brew?" President-Elect Barack Obama looked up at George W. Bush, the lame-duck 43rd President of the United States, w...

After the (Grand Old) Party: Don't Go Home Just Yet

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

If the crowds celebrating Obama's victory go home in 2009, his Administration will achieve disappointing results. The President-Elect will confront a variety of national and global crises.

Obama Is Hiring: Job Change You Can Believe In

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Andrea Chalupa

Now that the election is over, campaign staffers, like some 2.8 million Americans, find themselves out of a job. What are their options?

Did We Really Think Barack Obama's "Change" Meant No Insider Experience?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

The reality is setting in this week that the change movement generated by Barack Obama does not mean that everything and everybody is going to be new.

Transitioning the Obama Movement

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The newly politically engaged youth -- groomed in an election campaign but not fashioned as a standing political force -- will be at loss as to what they can do.

Why We All Ought To Read The Book President-Elect Obama Has Been Reading

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

The second-best news I heard during these last few historic days didn't make tears stream like the moment Obama soared above 270, didn't cause me to g...

Seth Colter Walls

NOW President Questions Summers As Treasury Secretary | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since Barack Obama has signaled that his transition team will move quickly, it shouldn't come as a surprise that advocacy organizations are acting jus...

Thomas B. Edsall

What Obama's Victory Could Mean For Democrats | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama will take office facing economic collapse and wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan - a situation which could present him with an opportunity...

When I Worked at the White House: Advice on the Transition

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The utter and complete failure of the Bush Administration will make the upcoming transition to an Obama presidency even more challenging than usual.

Why Obama Should Be President

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Mr. Obama has, in my judgment, crossed the threshold of plausibility and credibility as both president and commander in chief.

Jason Linkins

Journalists Continue To Struggle With Basic Facts Of Presidential Transition | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Robert Pear has a process story in yesterday's New York Times that describes the Presidential transition process that's ongoing for both the McCain an...

McCain's Presidential Transition Gaffe

Paul C. Light | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul C. Light

The question is not why Obama has made the decision to launch a transition planning operation, but why Sen. John McCain has not. McCain assumes the presidential appointments process will somehow bend to his will.

Obama Team Starts Work On Presidential Transition

Marc Ambinder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With less than six months to go before he would be sworn in as the nation's 44th president, Sen. Barack Obama has directed his aides to begin planning...