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Senate Confirmation

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

Let's Make Fixing Political Institutions the Political Issue of 2016

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Barbara J. Nelson

Let's make campaign finance reform the question candidates cannot escape. Let's move from grumbling at meetings and Tweeting about fresh outrages. Instead, every citizen, journalist, researcher and pollster can repeatedly ask candidates how they plan to make the institutions they hope to serve in stronger.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."

Kate Sheppard

Top Interior Official To Take Over At Helm Of Environmental Group | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Department of Interior official is leaving the Obama administration to take over as the new president of the Natural Resources Def...

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice... Cory Booker?

Scott Porch | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Scott Porch

The former mayor of Newark, N.J., and a sitting United States senator, has an academic background and relevant experience for the job. He is a Democrat, but not a fire-breathing partisan.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid On Filibuster Reform: Maybe Democrats Should Have Gone Further | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scuffled with Republicans Thursday over delayed action on President Barack Obama's nominees, ...

Senate Confirms Nominee To No. 2 Homeland Security Post

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed immigration director Alejandro Mayorkas to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Homleand Security. ...

Senate Confirms Another Noncontroversial Nominee

Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

By HENRY C. JACKSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to serve as Secretary of the A...

Shutdown Redux

George Goehl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
George Goehl

As Republicans continue to block highly qualified nominees like Rep. Watt from receiving an up-or-down vote, Senator Reid must make good on his threat to change the Senate rules.

Dave Jamieson

Ousted Obama Nominee To Land Safely | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After losing his nomination to the National Labor Relations Board this week as part of the Senate filibuster deal, Richard Griffin is ex...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader On Weak Senate Dems: 'We're Done' With Them | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a major labor union is warning Senate Democrats that those who aren't willing to take on Republicans over the obstruction of...

Droning On: The Need to Establish a New Norm

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

Let us remember that the measure of a democratic society is not how it treats its best, but its worst.

John Kerry, Male Secretary

Marie Woolf | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Marie Woolf

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.

Permitting Legislative Repeal by Blocking Nominations: The DC Circuit Recess Appointment Disaster

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Of course, the Senate is not intended to be a rubber stamp. But stalling nomination votes simply to keep laws from being enforced -- effectively repealing the laws that cannot be enforced without the nominees in place -- is utterly inconsistent with the Senate's proper confirmation role.

WATCH: Huntsman Makes Prediction On Chuck Hagel Nomination

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Former Republican presidential candidate Gov. Jon Huntsman discussed the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Monday, sayi...

Presidential Appointments Shouldn't Require Senate Approval

Scott Blakeman | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Blakeman

Presidential appointments, from cabinet secretaries to department heads to judges, should not require the "advice and consent" of the increasingly partisan and obstructionist Senate.

Why the Senate Should Confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

Brian Levin | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Aside from the political points Republican senators might score with their constituents by vocalizing disagreement with President Obama and obstructing his agenda, what do they hope to accomplish?

Rice Nomination Fight Won't Drain President Obama's Political Capital

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Susan Rice will continue to be a handy and cynical whipping person for the GOP to hector Obama. But the political reality is that the legislative business that Congress and the White House must do never has been shut down by any political squabble over a presidential appointee.

GOP Tired of Obstructing Judges, Pledges to Stop Working on them Altogether

Marge Baker | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Marge Baker

Mitch McConnell's strategy has been simply to stall and sabotage as many of Obama's initiatives as possible, regardless of the consequences. Last week's judicial nominations decree signals his intention to continue that strategy to the bitter end.

Andrea Stone

Time For Him To Go: Temporary Customs And Border Commissioner Resigns | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time's up for the head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, who announced Thursday he is stepping down at the end of the year when...

Memo to American Consumers: You Just Got Screwed... Again

Adam Levin | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

Just like we experienced with Elizabeth Warren, whose potential nomination as CFPB director was derailed by the same band of robber barons, Mr. Cordray is the newest roadkill on the conservative superhighway, and the American people have been hosed yet again.

Cantor Takes Unexpected Stance On Obama Nominee

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's Medicare nominee Tuesday got unexpected support from one of Congress' Republican stars. House Majority Lea...

Senate Confirms David Petraeus As CIA Director

AP | By KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to confirm Gen. David Petraeus to be the nation's CIA director. The vote was 94-0....