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Obama Appointments

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.

The Bad Democrats Begin to Surface

Tom D'Antoni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom D'Antoni

The next time you find yourself getting pissed off at Obama, say these words out loud,"George Bush."

Fuss Over Panetta Should Remind Hill Dems: It's Not About You

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Brodsky

Obama comes into office with a clear election mandate, and the last thing he needs is the public view of a bunch of squabbling Democrats (see: Burris, Roland) doing the GOP's work for it.

Sorry Dianne: Panetta's a Great Choice for CIA Director

Phil Trounstine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phil Trounstine

Having frozen Panetta out of the California governor's race in 1998 by not deciding whether to run until he had no chance of lining up financial backing, now would be a good time to stand aside and let him rise to the occasion.

CIA: Parsing The Panetta Pick

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

To say Panetta is a Clinton retread is to ignore his actual background. He comes out of a tradition which is almost forgotten today, that of the liberal Republican.

New CIA Chief Must Be Anti-Torture

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Leon Panetta certainly understands intelligence. But, most importantly, he understands the importance of our intelligence apparatus operating on the moral, ethical, and legal high ground.

Solis' History of Fighting for Workers

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Some of my colleagues have worked with her for decades. She has a deep and personal connection with working Americans that stems from decades working to help workers get their rights.

A Tame Regulator for the SEC

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

If you have not heard of Mary Schapiro, it is because she has not been much of a player, much less a crusader, in the struggle for reform. She is the kind of Democratic appointment that allows Wall Street to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Vilsack Best Possible Secretary of Agriculture

Jennifer Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Donahue

Gov. Vilsack has integrity through and through. He is impeccable with his word, and is open about his thoughts. He also has an incredibly unusual quality for a politician (if he even is one): he listens.

Interview with Steve Hildebrand; Steve, Did you tell Progressives to Shut Up?

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Interview done on the Rob Kall Radio Show, live, on WNJC 1360 AM, December 10. 2008 To hear the interview, click this link (good until Jan 10): Con...

Education Attacks on Darling-Hammond Don't Fit Obama's Post-Partisanship

John Affeldt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Affeldt

Calling Darling-Hammond a defender of the status quo is like calling Lincoln a defender of slavery because he wasn't as absolute in opposition as were some on his team of rivals.

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.

Nancy Sutley Leading Obama's Environmental Council

AP | LIZ SIDOTI and DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama intends to round out his environmental and natural resources team with a Nobel Prize-winning physicist...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Change?

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.

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.

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.

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 th...

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.