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Cabinet Appointments

The Proven Perils of Rolling the Dice on Trump

Janai S. Nelson | Posted 12.18.2016 | Politics
Janai S. Nelson

From the moment he began assembling his administration, president-elect Donald Trump has confirmed the worst fears of the 75 percent of the electorate...

Barack Needs a Binder of His Own

Martha Burk | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.

Honey Boo Boo for Secretary of State

Daryl Rowland | Posted 02.03.2013 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Sure, there's strong precedent for confirming presidential cabinet appointments and valuing competence and credentials. But McCain and Graham in their infinite wisdom are pointing to a way more entertaining path.

While We're Sitting on the Cabinet, Let's Bring Something to the Table

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

Within a matter of months, if Obama's proposed merger is successful, small businesses will once again be unrepresented on the president's cabinet, and even worse -- they will no longer have a federal agency to assist them.

Obama Gets Gender Right in First 100 Days: Women in Top Spots, Policies Signal Shift toward Equality

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

What is also significant is about Obama's appointments is that more than half are women of color -- this is more than any other president in the history of the country.

CIA: Thinking Outside The Fraternity

Geri Spieler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geri Spieler

We've been hearing a lot about change lately -- but the question here was about changing an organization like the CIA, with its special functions and rules and strong internal cohesiveness.

Salazar at the Interior Department: So Much at Stake

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

As Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar has to send a powerful signal that the era of unethical behavior and unchecked industry influence is over.

Change Can Be Scary

Aram Khayatpour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aram Khayatpour

Bush's cabinets were an array of lobbyists, partisan hardliners, and warmongers. There was no one to expand ideas or bring a different perspective, just a bunch of yes men.

David Brooks Made Me Wring My Hands: Obama and His Education Secretary Pick

Dan Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Brown

In his most recent op-ed, David Brooks offers Americans a false choice between two distinct camps of education interests. Here's hoping our new president will sweep aside that brand of discourse.

Obama Right to Reassure Wall Street Markets With Rubinauts But Also Needs Econ Advisors Who Stand for Main Street

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

We can only hope that Obama balances the smart Rubinauts whom he has picked to lead his economic team with some equally smart pro-Main Street economic minds.

From the Office of the President-Elect, PEOTUS

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

The control the Obama campaign and now transition have demonstrated over the media is as sophisticated and as groundbreaking as Lee Atwater's use of multimedia developments for Richard Nixon.

Obama Appointments: Time for a Coal-Onoscopy

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

If President-elect Obama is truly serious about affecting climate change... then we must end the appointment of coal and other extraction industry executives.

Can President Obama Save the Environment?

Steve Fleischli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steve Fleischli

President Bush has left a regulatory wasteland in his wake these last eight years, and it won't be easy for President Obama to undo all of the Bush ro...

What A President Obama's Cabinet Might Look Like?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Here is one Democrat's assessment of who might be seated around the Cabinet Room table shortly after January 20, 2009 if Obama is elected president.

Sam Stein

Tammy Duckworth Being Pushed For Veterans Affairs Secretary | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A grassroots effort is underway for Barack Obama to appoint Tammy Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq War and onetime congressional candidate, as Secreta...

Why Obama Should Announce Key Cabinet Members When He Announces His VP Choice

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Putting Obama at the center of a team of rivals, all of them familiar, even venerable, pieces of political furniture would dampen the he's-not-one-of-us factor that is still his greatest danger.

Sam Stein

Author Lashes Out At Romney's Explanation Of Anti-Muslim Rant | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The author of a much-discussed op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor -- which charged that former Gov. Mitt Romney said he would likely not appoint a...