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Obama Appointments

Federal CTO Makes the Case for Open Government and Innovation

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Aneesh Chopra makes sure that the technology, data and innovation aspects of any given policy that comes before the president are thought through and are considered in a little more aggressive way.

Obama Bypassing Senate To Fill Medicare Post

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama intends to use the congressional recess to bypass the Senate and appoint Dr. Donald Berwick, an expert on pa...

The Blagojevich Trial Begins -- So Should The Clearing of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Name

Tamara N. Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tamara N. Holder

Yesterday, we heard the opening statements in the public corruption case against former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his brother, Robert.

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.

Elena Kagan and the Limits of Executive Power

Andrew Sargus Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sargus Klein

Kagan may very well prove to be an albatross around the Obama administration, both in real time and in the textbooks, as she represents the Executive Branch far outpacing the courts.

Rashad Hussain: Obama names U.S. envoy to the Muslim world

Reuters | 31 Mins Ago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was naming a special envoy to the Muslim world....

Jason Linkins

Hatch: Super-Minority Is 'The Will Of The Senate' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama appointed a man named Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board. Since Becker does not plan to have the sort of National Rela...

Ben Bernanke Deserved Confirmation

Neil K. Shenai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Neil K. Shenai

Responsibility for the financial crisis can't be pinned on one man and one institution, anymore than we can blame repressive Arab governments exclusively for terrorism, or Obama for the failure to close Guantanamo.

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.

Industry Lobbyist Is the Wrong Choice to Head Truck Safety Agency

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The FMCSA head should not come from the very industry the agency is required to regulate, especially given the trucking industry's obstructionist positions on commonsense health and safety issues.

Senate Republicans Holding Up Key Obama Nominees

Washington Post | Ruth Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Miriam Sapiro was nominated to be deputy U.S. trade representative in April. The Senate Finance Committee voted -- unanimously -- to confirm her in Ju...

Obama Judicial Appointments Barely Moving Because Of GOP Blocks

Washington Post | Michael A. Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has not made significant progress in his plan to infuse federal courts with a new cadre of judges, and liberal activists are beginning...

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 ...

Obama Names Fay Hartog-Levin Ambassador To Holland, Third Chicagoan Picked For Ambassadorship

Chicago Tribune | John McCormick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama has picked his third Chicagoan for an ambassadorship, naming a consultant from a politically connected public affairs and media...

A Muppet in President Obama's Court

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder why a man associated with the Muppets should be ambassador to France?

Post-Decision Day in California: What's next in the battle against Prop 8?

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

What gives, Mr. President? You can commend yourself for nominating a Latina to the Supreme Court while you totally ignore another minority group that desperately needs leadership?

What the Supreme Court Appointment Could Mean for Gay Rights

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The debate over whether Sullivan or Karlan could make it through the approval process given their sexual orientation is an important one, and it illustrates just how far America has to go towards tolerance and equality.

Some advice for Aneesh Chopra, Obama's New CTO

Don Tapscott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Tapscott

President Obama has announced the long awaited choice for his Chief Technology Officer -- Aneesh Chopra. Says Tim O'Reilly "Aneesh Chopra is a rock s...

Duckworth Nomination Held Up By GOP Senator

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Republican senator has delayed President Barack Obama's nomination of Tammy Duckworth, an injured Iraq war helicopter pilot, to b...

Newt Gingrich Got It Right: The Battle Over the Courts

Martin Garbus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Garbus

Isn't it clear by now that bipartisanship is and always has been an illusion?

FBI Raids Obama Technology Chief's Former Office, Worker Arrested

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT and NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An aide to President Barack Obama is on leave from his White House job after the FBI raided his old District of Columbia government...

My Appointments for the Supreme Court

Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Nwachukwu, Jr.

Here is my wish list for Supreme Court justices. Is this list biased? Doubtless. I did not undertake this exercise as either journalist or adviser, but rather, as citizen.

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...

Danger: Creeping Puritanism

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Tom Daschle's resignation should have been accepted, however, that of Nancy Killefer should have been refused. Responses must be tailored to the "sin." Not all imperfections make a person unfit for office.

Obama Needs a New Brain Trust

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

Obama is in danger of seeing his first 100 days derailed. So far, he's been on the defensive, apologizing for the ways of old Washington. He wasn't elected to restore the Clinton era, but to usher in his own.