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Obama's Political Nominees for Ambassadorial Positions

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The United States is the only major country that still nominates non-career persons as its ambassadors to foreign countries. These persons' main qualification is that they raised large sums of money for the president's electoral campaigns.

EPA Nomination: Another Hostage in the Senate

William S. Becker | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

In picking Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA, Obama sent the Senate a nominee who should satisfy, if not delight, Republicans as well as Democrats. But these days, the Senate rarely stumbles in the right direction. Senate Republicans are playing games with Obama's selection.

GOP Senator Demands Resignation Of Controversial Obama Appointees

The Huffington Post | Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics

A Republican senator is demanding that officials appointed by President Obama last year step down from their posts on the National Labor Relations Boa...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Picking His Fights

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is basing a large part of his campaign on what he can manage to accomplish without dealing with the congressional gridlock, and this is quite likely a winning political strategy.

Obama Appointee May Have Bashed President In Online Forums

ABC News | Rick Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"On a Washington Post blog, djlndc wrote last February, "the leftist media [are] covering for Obama -- just like during the campaign." [...] Last mont...

After Waiting 14 Months Obama Finally Chooses To Show Up, Govern

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

After being in office for 14 months President Obama is finally choosing to begin to govern the country. Today, for example, he finally decided it would be a good idea to put a few people into vacant offices.

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.

The Case for Recess Appointing Bernanke

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Barack Obama should announce plans to circumvent Senate obstruction and recess appoint Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair while the Senate debates whether to hold a timely confirmation vote.

Amanda Simpson, Transgender Candidate, Appointed To Commerce Post

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson, a transgender woman, to be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department. "I'm truly honored ...

Obama Has Fewer Than Half of His Top Appointees In Place | PETER BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still playing without most of his own team. Seven months ...

Phil Bredesen: Health And Human Services Secretary?

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Few governors know the pitfalls of soaring health costs better than Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, which helps explain why President Barack Obama is re...

A Team of Zombies, and Zombies Defending Zombies

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Obama's national security team includes not a single opponent of the Iraq War. It is chock full of Bush administration political appointees who are -- somehow -- being held over.

Obama Foreign Policy Transition Criticized For Zinni Mess: "Amateurish"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic foreign policy hands say that a senior Marine general's public frustration with Obama's top aides is a symptom of a national security trans...

Obama Issues New Vetting Standards!

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Stanton Peele

New Vetting Standards: 6. Must not display prominently in their offices the slogan, "Only the little people pay taxes."

Chris Hill Named Ambassador To Iraq

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Hill has been named as the next ambassador to Iraq and will oversee a crucial moment for the nascent democracy, following provincial elections t...

Holder To GOP: I Won't Prosecute "Enhanced Interrogations"

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appoin...

Obama's Regulation Czar Nominee Sunstein Faces Scrutiny

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein, a widely admired intellectual and friend of President Obama, has spent years delving into the obscure i...

Obama Makes a Bad Choice, America Trembles

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

I wish Obama had not named William Lynn the Deputy Secretary of Defense. It was a wrong decision. Though however wrong it was, it's a quality appointment that aids America.

McCain Flipflops: Votes Against Geithner

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed former New York Federal Reserve president Timothy Geithner as the new Treasury Secretary with a vote of 60 to 34. Geit...

Obama Names Disaster Response Expert To Head CDC

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has appointed an infectious disease and disaster preparedness expert as acting director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Contr...

Senate Republicans: Did Panetta's Oversee Clinton-Era Extraordinary Rendition?

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama's choice for CIA director, Leon Panetta, served as White House chief of staff during the time the Clinton administration ...

Enviro Group Slams Obama's EPA Pick

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only a few of Obama's cabinet nominations have received any criticism during this transition period; most have been fuss-free. But Lisa Jackson, commi...

Obama Transportation Secretary Pick LaHood Is An Unapologetic 'Earmarker': WaPo

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The former Republican congressman chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to direct billions in federal highway spending has been an unapologetic advoc...

Obama Selects Anti-Tobacco Lobbyist William Corr For HHS Deputy Secretary

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Sunstein's Past Record Of Lax Regulation

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How would progressives respond if President Bush nominated as "regulatory czar" a person who: - Once called for changing the Clean Air Act to require...