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Obama Appointments

We Need Change at Interior, Not More of the Same

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Obama faces a choice between a new direction that would place environmental conservation above corporate interests, and a pick similar to past selections at the Department of the Interior.

Whom Will He Choose?

Martin Carnoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

With government as the investor of last resort, Obama has broad support to implement major changes in the educational, health care, and energy systems using federal money.

A Message to Obama's Progressive Critics

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

This is not a time for the left wing of our Party to draw conclusions about the Cabinet and White House appointments that President-Elect Obama is making.

Shinseki for VA Secretary: A Bold Choice

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Shinseki has always put patriotism ahead of politics, and is held in high regard by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sam Stein

Obama's National Security Team: Questions All About Clinton | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama rolled out his national security team on Monday morning, bringing together a group of highly qualified stars tasked with carrying out his...

Krugman: Centrist Obama Appointments "Unavoidable"

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A thought I've had: there have been some complaints from movement progressives about the centrism/orthodoxy of Obama's economics appointments. To some...


Bernard Rowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Rowan

It's time to bring in a new generation of leaders to the White House, not just a new version of the same.

Who Should Be Secretary of Defense?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

At this critical juncture, we don't need someone at the head of the Pentagon who is satisfied with the status quo. Here's a suggestion: Antonio Taguba.

Richard Clarke for CIA Director

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Why is John Brennan, who worked "the dark side" with Dick Cheney over at the CIA in contention for running the CIA but Richard Clarke isn't?

Obama Appoints Berkeley Professor Christina Romer to Chair Council of Economic Advisers

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

Romer wrote, if not the book, at least the chapter for Encyclopedia Britannica on the Great Depression.

Glenn Greenwald "Mystified" By Progressive Reaction To Obama Cabinet

Salon | Glenn Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I've been genuinely mystified by the disappointment and surprise being expressed by many liberals over the fact that Obama's most significant appointm...

It's Official: Axelrod Joining Obama White House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President-elect Barack Obama made David Axelrod's White House post official Wednesday, naming his chief campaign strategist as a senior advisor to the...

The Trouble with Hillary

Chez Pazienza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chez Pazienza

The question is whether the good to be had by appointing Hillary Clinton to a high position in the incoming government outweighs the bad. Is she really worth all the baggage? No, she isn't.

A Job With Obama? First, a Few Questions

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

When did you realize that Barack was The One? Provide exact month, day, and year of your enlightenment, and the names of at least two (2) witnesses.

Top Intel Officials Expect To Lose Jobs

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's top two intelligence officers expect to be replaced by President-elect Barack Obama early in his administration, according to senior inte...

Why Rahm Is Right

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

Though I don't know Rahm Emanuel personally, I know those who deal with him. He's a ball-buster, to put it bluntly and, as Chief of Staff, can keep Democrats thinking long-term.