Until the summer of 2008, Obama had insisted that he was taking advice from both Wall Streeters and progressives -- from "both Bobs" -- Reich and Rubin. But when he picked his team, it was clear that Wall Street had won. Hillary looks to be playing something of the same game. In 2008, her advice came from the same people who had staffed her husband's administration. Today, she likes to say that she has been in touch with more than 200 economic experts, representing a broad spectrum of views. But assuming she gets the nomination, who will the power players be? And who will she appoint if elected? Progressive leaders and organizations have been thinking in terms of extracting commitments from Clinton on the issues. But even more crucial are the senior appointments: Who she will name to key positions -- and, more importantly, who she will not appoint.
Through the years, I have met other secretaries who do not have their own cards, but this was the first time I had been given that explanation for not having one. What she said really bothered me -- implying that being "only a secretary" she was not important enough to have a card.
What do California, Nevada, Florida and Texas have in common? If you guessed that they are all states highly populated by Latinos you are correct. And if you guessed that all of these states also have dismal records of appointing Latinos to executive level positions, correct again.
Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.
Our President has said many of the right things about improving the lives of working Americans, but Commerce Secretary nominee stands in stark contrast to his positions.
The president's cabinet should be judged for their ideology, experience, and character, not because of what boxes they check off on their census form.
Tom Perez is exactly what the Labor Department needs to continue its important work of expanding opportunity for all Americans. Although the Civil Rights Division will no doubt feel his loss, he will leave it a much more effective and professional office than when he arrived.
On Monday, President Obama nominated Thomas Perez to serve as Secretary of Labor. Immediately, conservative lawmakers and commentators began pushing back, calling Perez a radical, political choice.
If we do not slow our reckless pollution of the atmosphere and invest in new, clean sources of energy, we risk dangerously destabilizing our climate. I hope Obama's nominees will help our nation lead the world through the difficult challenges that lie ahead.
Republican senators like Chuck Grassley may ask some excellent questions, but some of his colleagues are likely to be in attack mode. Here are eight lines of constructive senators should pursue, along with some specific questions for each of them.
Yet in the midst of wonderful inaugural events spiced with Latino sabor, an underlying concern emerged -- what future will America see if we have zero Latinos serving in the Cabinet?
The 94-3 Senate vote confirming John Kerry as our new Secretary of State is, in that regard, a remarkably unifying, indeed affirming, action as I see it. Not a thing to do with gender, race, God, age or political party: simply the most qualified American for the job.
Barack Obama arrived in Washington in 2009 buoyed by the slogan "change we can believe in." The bitter Hagel hearings will be a fierce reminder that, when it comes to foreign policy, old is new, and the words "change" and "Washington" don't belong in the same sentence.
Whether a chief executive sits in the White House, corporate headquarters or elsewhere, having a top leadership team of highly competent professionals to execute key strategic and policy goals is absolutely critical to mission success.
The president has weathered a good deal of criticism for a lack of women in high-level appointments. The administration has defended its mostly white-guy picks, and told the girls to wait -- more female appointments are coming. Here are a few entries to get them started.