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Obama Appointees

Pentagon No. 2 Could Earn $500K Lobbying Pentagon

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The man nominated to be the Pentagon's second-in-command could make at least a half-million dollars next month with vested stock he...

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.

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 ...

Geithner Confirmation Hearing Postponed To Next Wednesday

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama labeled the tax problems of his choice for Treasury chief an embarrassment Wednesday, but said Timothy...

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

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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...

Obama To Maintain Practice Of Naming Donors To Ambassador Posts

Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama will uphold at least one of Washington's old ways: the appointment of campaign donors to plum ambassadorships. "There pr...

CIA: The Panetta Pick and the Feinstein Factor

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Feinstein's call for the appointment of a CIA director who can be linked to the practices Obama has made clear must end demonstrates how out of touch she is on intelligence.

Speaking Truth to Intelligence

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Cleaning out our stable of intelligence officials is a Herculean task. We are lucky to have men like Dennis Blair and Leon Panetta willing to sacrifice for the good of the nation.

Leon Panetta Right Choice for CIA

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Leon Panetta is a patriot, a veteran, and a consensus builder, and he will lead the CIA forthrightly and in full respect for the law and the Constitution. I frankly cannot think of a better choice.

What Spies Think of Panetta

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

I conducted a poll about what spies thought of the Panetta choice. The results: "Obama was wise" to choose someone out of the torture loop to run the CIA. But there's a problem.

Lessons of Obama's First Cabinet Controversy

Gordon Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Goldstein

Despite a nearly flawless transition period of astute, substantive and widely praised cabinet appointments, the Obama administration has unintentionally provoked its first controversy.

New CIA Chief Must Be Anti-Torture

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Leon Panetta certainly understands intelligence. But, most importantly, he understands the importance of our intelligence apparatus operating on the moral, ethical, and legal high ground.

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.

The Bad Democrats Begin to Surface

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

The next time you find yourself getting pissed off at Obama, say these words out loud,"George Bush."

Fuss Over Panetta Should Remind Hill Dems: It's Not About You

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

Obama comes into office with a clear election mandate, and the last thing he needs is the public view of a bunch of squabbling Democrats (see: Burris, Roland) doing the GOP's work for it.

Sorry Dianne: Panetta's a Great Choice for CIA Director

Phil Trounstine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Trounstine

Having frozen Panetta out of the California governor's race in 1998 by not deciding whether to run until he had no chance of lining up financial backing, now would be a good time to stand aside and let him rise to the occasion.

CIA: Parsing The Panetta Pick

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.

Elena Kagan: Obama's Solicitor General

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-Elect Obama has announced his intention to nominate the dean of the Harvard Law School as the first female solicitor general, the government...

Obama's Global Challenge

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Marco Trbovich

America's energy future is a goods news, bad news joke. The good news is that America has enough domestic resources to meet its energy needs. The bad news is, the resource is coal.

Anti-War Activists Worried Obama Betraying Them With Hawkish Cabinet

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama's national security team will be dominated by appoint...