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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 ...

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...

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 Selects Anti-Tobacco Lobbyist William Corr For HHS Deputy Secretary

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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.

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 Appoints Openly-Gay Hochberg To Run Export-Import Bank

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A source tells me Fred Hochberg, an openly gay former Clinton Administration official, will be named to head the Export-Import Bank. Hochberg, who wa...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Obama To Keep Bair At FDIC

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration intends to keep Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair in her post, Democrat officials said Wednesday. Ms. Bai...

CIA Man: Spies' Reaction to Panetta "Overwhelmingly Negative"

Congressional Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A retired senior CIA operations officer who quit last summer after 20 years tracking terrorists says the rank-and-file reaction to President-elect Oba...

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.

Solis' History of Fighting for Workers

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Some of my colleagues have worked with her for decades. She has a deep and personal connection with working Americans that stems from decades working to help workers get their rights.

A Tame Regulator for the SEC

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If you have not heard of Mary Schapiro, it is because she has not been much of a player, much less a crusader, in the struggle for reform. She is the kind of Democratic appointment that allows Wall Street to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Vilsack Best Possible Secretary of Agriculture

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Gov. Vilsack has integrity through and through. He is impeccable with his word, and is open about his thoughts. He also has an incredibly unusual quality for a politician (if he even is one): he listens.

Interview with Steve Hildebrand; Steve, Did you tell Progressives to Shut Up?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Interview done on the Rob Kall Radio Show, live, on WNJC 1360 AM, December 10. 2008 To hear the interview, click this link (good until Jan 10): Con...

Education Attacks on Darling-Hammond Don't Fit Obama's Post-Partisanship

John Affeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Affeldt

Calling Darling-Hammond a defender of the status quo is like calling Lincoln a defender of slavery because he wasn't as absolute in opposition as were some on his team of rivals.