Obama is failing his first hard choice as President by pushing for Geithner despite his serial cheating on his taxes and his utter failure in his previous job as head of the New York Fed.
This week's confirmation hearing of Hillary Clinton was a promising sign that Team Obama will mean a return to prepared, knowledgeable, fact-based leadership. Maybe Justin Timberlake can do a remix for the Inauguration: Bringing CompetenceBack! The one glitch belonged to Timothy Geithner. Four words, Tim: H & R Block. Elsewhere, David Vitter's lone anti-Hillary vote appeared to be a desperate ploy to gain notoriety for something other than his history with hookers. And George Bush and Dick Cheney smirked and snarled their way through their final days, rewriting the history of Katrina (W), and expressing long-held aggravation that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for exposing the administration's warrantless wiretapping program (Dick). They clearly are devotees of the Erich Segal school of leadership: running the country into the ground means never having to say you're sorry.
To be sure, the nomination of Steven Chu -- like almost all of the Obama appointments -- represents a striking and hopeful departure from the approach we've seen under President Bush.
The history of veterans funding is so consistently poor that even when Congress has gotten the funding level right, it has been late. Imagine trying to run a private sector health care system without knowing your budget.
The idea of treating substance abusers as disease sufferers is tremendously appealing. But, like other disagreements steeped in divergent bedrock values, there's no getting around this one.
There is no question that Bashir has earned his day in Court. But the world must take Bashir's threats of "more violence and blood in Darfur" seriously and prepare accordingly.
In 2005, California Congresswoman Hilda Solis contributed $15,000 of her own campaign money to fund a successful movement to raise the minimum wage in California.
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.
Howard Dean has to be given credit for kick-starting the Democratic Online Machine. Online fundraising, blogs, social networks -- these were all part of Dean's big new way of campaigning.
This is nuts. No doubt Democrats have a tradition of tearing down their own presidents, but usually it takes a few years. Not now. The GOP must be chortling.
We've been hearing a lot about change lately -- but the question here was about changing an organization like the CIA, with its special functions and rules and strong internal cohesiveness.
Is it a coincidence that in the world's largest economy, whose military expenditure accounts for half the global total, the most senior posts dealing with money and war are still reserved for men?
In a speech Dennis Ross gave to the Seeds for Peace organization, he refused to use the universally accepted word "occupation".
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.
It is perhaps not widely known that there has been a major change in the intelligence agencies' personnel since 9/11. Some 50% of intel community staffers have joined since 9/11.