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Obama's Political Nominees for Ambassadorial Positions

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The United States is the only major country that still nominates non-career persons as its ambassadors to foreign countries. These persons' main qualification is that they raised large sums of money for the president's electoral campaigns.

EPA Nomination: Another Hostage in the Senate

William S. Becker | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

In picking Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA, Obama sent the Senate a nominee who should satisfy, if not delight, Republicans as well as Democrats. But these days, the Senate rarely stumbles in the right direction. Senate Republicans are playing games with Obama's selection.

GOP Senator Demands Resignation Of Controversial Obama Appointees

The Huffington Post | Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 01.26.2013 | Politics

A Republican senator is demanding that officials appointed by President Obama last year step down from their posts on the National Labor Relations Boa...

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Picking His Fights

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is basing a large part of his campaign on what he can manage to accomplish without dealing with the congressional gridlock, and this is quite likely a winning political strategy.

Senate Moves To Free Presidential Appointees Held Hostage By Confirmation Process

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Many would-be federal office holders would be freed from nomination limbo with legislation to exempt some 200 presidential appointe...

Quiet Deal On Obama Judicial Nominees Unfolds In Senate After Prolonged GOP Blockade

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After a monthslong blockade, Senate Republicans have agreed to let at least 19 of President Barack Obama's non-controversial judici...

Obama's Openly Gay Appointees Smash Record

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Less than halfway through his first term, President Barack Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than any other president i...

Obama Judicial Appointees BLOCKED By GOP: President Getting Fewer Nominees Confirmed Than Nixon

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Oba...

Obama Appointee May Have Bashed President In Online Forums

ABC News | Rick Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"On a Washington Post blog, djlndc wrote last February, "the leftist media [are] covering for Obama -- just like during the campaign." [...] Last mont...

After Waiting 14 Months Obama Finally Chooses To Show Up, Govern

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

After being in office for 14 months President Obama is finally choosing to begin to govern the country. Today, for example, he finally decided it would be a good idea to put a few people into vacant offices.

DOJ Appointments: The Case for Dawn Johnsen's Confirmation

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Dawn Johnsen's appointment is a litmus test for the Senate confirmation process and for the recharged Obama political operation.

The Case for Recess Appointing Bernanke

Victor Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Victor Williams

Barack Obama should announce plans to circumvent Senate obstruction and recess appoint Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair while the Senate debates whether to hold a timely confirmation vote.

Obama Naming Hispanics To Top Posts At Record Pace

AP | LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI — President Barack Obama is on track to name more Hispanics to top posts than any of his predecessors, drawing appointees from a wide rang...

Amanda Simpson, Transgender Candidate, Appointed To Commerce Post

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama has appointed Amanda Simpson, a transgender woman, to be the Senior Technical Adviser to the Commerce Department. "I'm truly honored ...

Obama Has Fewer Than Half of His Top Appointees In Place

nytimes.com | PETER BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As President Obama tries to turn around a summer of setbacks, he finds himself still playing without most of his own team. Seven months ...

FBI Raids Obama Technology Chief's Former Office, Worker Arrested

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT and NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An aide to President Barack Obama is on leave from his White House job after the FBI raided his old District of Columbia government...

Phil Bredesen: Health And Human Services Secretary?

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Few governors know the pitfalls of soaring health costs better than Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, which helps explain why President Barack Obama is re...

Obama Foreign Policy Transition Criticized For Zinni Mess: "Amateurish"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democratic foreign policy hands say that a senior Marine general's public frustration with Obama's top aides is a symptom of a national security trans...

A Team of Zombies, and Zombies Defending Zombies

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Obama's national security team includes not a single opponent of the Iraq War. It is chock full of Bush administration political appointees who are -- somehow -- being held over.

Obama Issues New Vetting Standards!

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Stanton Peele

New Vetting Standards: 6. Must not display prominently in their offices the slogan, "Only the little people pay taxes."

Tammy Duckworth: Obama's Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs director, was nominated by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to serve ...

Chris Hill Named Ambassador To Iraq

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Chris Hill has been named as the next ambassador to Iraq and will oversee a crucial moment for the nascent democracy, following provincial elections t...

Holder To GOP: I Won't Prosecute "Enhanced Interrogations"

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won't prosecute CIA officers or political appoin...

Obama's Regulation Czar Nominee Sunstein Faces Scrutiny

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Harvard Law School professor Cass R. Sunstein, a widely admired intellectual and friend of President Obama, has spent years delving into the obscure i...

Obama Makes a Bad Choice, America Trembles

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

I wish Obama had not named William Lynn the Deputy Secretary of Defense. It was a wrong decision. Though however wrong it was, it's a quality appointment that aids America.