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Duckworth recalls Obama at Walter Reed

President Obama made his first visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as commander in chief on Friday, but one administration official recalls seeing him there several times as a senator.

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (7)

Cabinet Will 'Retreat' to Blair House to Hand Out Report Cards

President Obama's Cabinet will gather Friday and Saturday to mark the administration's sixth month in office with a high-level retreat.

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (42)

Sebelius Confirmed as Secretary of HHS

Sebelius was confirmed by a 65-31 vote this afternoon.

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 06:29 PM ET | Comments (27)

GOP Stymies Vote on Sebelius

Senate Republicans refused today to allow a confirmation vote on his health secretary nominee Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.). She is the last Cabinet member awaiting Senate approval.

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (75)

Panel Approves HHS Nominee

A divided Senate Finance Committee today voted in favor of the nomination of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Ks.) to be secretary of health and human services.

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (28)

Obama Plans First Full (Almost) Cabinet Meeting

By Ceci Connolly Three months into his tenure, President Obama seems eager to sit around...

Posted on April 19, 2009 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Two Potential Deputy Secretaries Bowing Out

Top candidates for the No. 2 slots at the Energy and Transportation Departments have begged off.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

Tax Problems Surface for Trade Rep. Nominee Kirk

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk failed to pay almost $10,000 in taxes during the past three years.

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (88)

Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kathleen Sebelius Announced to Lead Obama Health Effort

President Obama today named Nancy-Ann DeParle to be the director of the White House Office for Health Reform and also formally named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his secretary of health and human services.

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (29)

Gibbs: HHS Secretary 'Possible' by Next Thursday

It is "entirely possible" that President Obama will pick a Secretary of Health and Human Services before convening a health care summit next Thursday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Friday.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 06:01 PM ET | Comments (9)

Attorney General Reflects on His Visit to Gitmo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters this afternoon that he remains determined to shutter the scandal-plagued facility within a year, despite a series of legal and diplomatic hurdles in his path.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 04:18 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Formally Nominates Locke for Commerce

Locke, the former governor of Washington State, was Obama's third choice for the post.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (25)

Locke Will Be Named to Commerce Weds.

President Obama will announce on Wednesday that he has chosen former Washington governor Gary Locke to be the nation's Commerce secretary.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Solis Confirmed as Labor Secretary

Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) was confirmed by the Senate to be labor secretary later today, more than two months after she was nominated to the post by President Obama.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 05:27 PM ET | Comments (34)

Sebelius Record Raises Operation Rescue Ire

Conservative religious activists have launched a scathing campaign against top HHS contender Kathleen Sebelius.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 05:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Emissions Rules for Cars in the Works

The Obama administration is considering establishing national rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles, according to White House officials, a move backed by both auto manufacturers and some environmentalists.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 07:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holder Goes to Gitmo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this morning to get a "first hand look" at the facilities he will help shutter as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Mary Wakefield Picked as HRSA Chief

Mary Wakefield, a nurse who most recently directed the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, will run HRSA, which oversees community health centers across the nation.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 04:21 PM ET | Comments (6)

DeParle, Lew Under Consideration for Top Health Jobs

Also under consideration for the HHS job: Nancy-Ann DeParle, former administrator of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid and before that at the Office of Management and Budget; and Jack Lew, who has been confirmed as deputy secretary of state for management.

Posted on February 19, 2009 at 06:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Attorney General: America a 'Nation of Cowards' on Race

Eric H. Holder Jr. today urged employees to take advantage of black history month to begin a frank dialogue about race.

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 06:39 PM ET | Comments (24)

Reid Signals Aggressive Focus on Energy Bill

Harry Reid said today he will work to pass a new energy bill within a matter of weeks.

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 05:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Attorney General To Visit Guantanamo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel Monday to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (46)

Judd Gregg Reconciles with White House

By Anne E. Kornblut Just yesterday, it seems, Sen. Judd Gregg had irreconcilable differences with...

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 02:38 PM ET | Comments (17)

Former Attorney General Mukasey Joins Law Firm

Mukasey will join Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner, starting later this month.

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 03:26 PM ET | Comments (7)

Emanuel: 'There's Not Hard Feelings' Over Gregg Withdrawal

"It's better we find out now than later," Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told a small group of reporters who were originally scheduled to talk with him about the stimulus package.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 07:20 PM ET | Comments (45)

Gregg Steps Aside as Commerce Secretary-Designate

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Posted on February 12, 2009 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Solis Nomination Sent to Full Senate

The full Senate could vote on her long-stalled nomination as soon as this week.

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

Facebookers Back Howard Dean for HHS Secretary

Thousands of Facebook members who want physician and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean to serve as the next HHS secretary.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Census Director to Work Directly with White House

By Philip Rucker President Obama has decided to have the director of the U.S. Census...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (9)

Solis Senate Session Postponed in Wake of Husband's Tax Lien Revelations

A Senate committee canceled a session on Rep. Hilda Solis's nomination to be labor secretary in the wake of a report saying that her husband yesterday paid off about $6,400 in tax liens.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 02:21 PM ET | Comments (395)

Ogden Coasts Through Confirmation Hearing

David W. Ogden, the nominee to serve as the Justice Department's second in command, this morning easily brushed aside questions from GOP lawmakers about his positions on abortion, sexually explicit images and other social issues.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Labor Department Union Objects to Obama Choice of Acting Director

The union for federal employees at the Department of Labor complained this morning about Obama's choice of Edward Hugler to be acting secretary of labor while the president's nominee for the job, Hilda Solis, struggles through her confirmation process.

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Stepping Down, Daschle Sends Shockwaves Through Health Policy Arena

Updated 3:18 p.m. By Ceci Connolly Proponents of overhauling America's health care system expressed shock...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (69)

Daschle Withdraws

In a stunning reversal, Tom Daschle withdrew from the process to become secretary of Health and Human Services on Tuesday, citing the distractions that followed his failure to pay $146,000 in back taxes.

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (108)

Gregg Nominated for Commerce Job

President Obama nominates Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) as commerce secretary.

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (157)

Baucus, Committee Democrats Line Up in Support of Daschle

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (Mont.) leads a united front of Democrats from his committee in pledging unstinting support for Thomas A. Daschle's Cabinet nomination.

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 09:12 PM ET | Comments (9)

Gibbs Continues Obama Defense of Daschle

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs defended embattled HHS secretary-designate Tom Daschle Monday, casting the controversy as nothing more than another innocent mistake by a Cabinet nominee.

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Stands By Daschle, 'Absolutely'

President Obama repeated his support on Monday for Thomas A. Daschle.

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 01:21 PM ET | Comments (11)

Daschle Pays $100k in Back Taxes Over Car Travel

Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, paid more than $100,000 in back taxes and interest this month for the use of a car and driver over the past three years.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 07:41 PM ET | Comments (156)

Gregg Under Consideration for Commerce

Republican New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg is among several leading contenders, including Symantec Corporation chief executive John Thompson, for the job that became open earlier this month after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew as Obama's nominee.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM ET | Comments (9)

Hearing Set for Deputy Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Feb. 5 on the nomination of David W. Odgen to serve as the Justice Department's second in command.

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Salazar Attacks the Bush Administration

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar vowed on Wednesday to clean house at his department, ridding it of the "ethical transgressions, the blatant conflicts of interests, wastes, and abuses that we have seen over the last eight years."

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 05:55 PM ET | Comments (7)

Salazar Snags Helen Thomas Seat at White House

The Interior Secretary took possession of her high-profile front-row seat in the White House Briefing Room this afternoon, becoming the first Obama administration Cabinet secretary to appear at a press briefing.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holder Approved by Judiciary Panel

By Carrie Johnson The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning approved the nomination of Eric H....

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (13)

Specter Announces a Vote for Holder

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), ranking member on the Judiciary Committee, announced this afternoon that he would vote for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr. after weeks in which the lawmaker advocated for intense vetting of Holder's credentials.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 03:24 PM ET | Comments (4)

Clinton Welcomed at State Department

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a rousing welcome this morning when she arrived at Foggy Bottom for the first time.

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 09:56 AM ET | Comments (32)

LaHood Gets a Warm Welcome on the Hill

Former representative Ray LaHood was warmly received at his Cabinet confirmation hearing.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (11)

Holder Markup Postponed

By Carrie A. Johnson The markup on the nomination of Attorney General designee Eric H....

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 10:04 AM ET | Comments (2)

Daschle Tends to Ill Family Member

Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, skipped the inauguration of his close friend Barack Obama in order to be with an ailing family member.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Clinton Nomination Vote Delayed

The Senate delayed a vote on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's nomination to become secretary of state after a Republican lawmaker objected to a planned voice vote today.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Fills Key OMB Posts

Away from all the inaugural pomp, the Obama administration is continuing to fill key posts -- including, on Monday, at the Office of Management and Budget, where several new senior aides were installed.

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Susan Tierney to Become Energy Dept. Number Two

Susan F. Tierney, assistant secretary of energy for policy in the Clinton administration and more recently an energy and economics consultant with Boston-based Analysis Group, is expected to be named deputy secretary of energy.

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live From the Holder Confirmation Hearing

Liveblogging the Senate confirmation hearing for Eric H. Holder Jr., the nominee to serve as attorney general.

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

Senate Cmte. Votes a Strong Yes on Hillary Clinton

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) this morning won overwhelming backing from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next Secretary of State.

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Napolitano Testifies on Protecting Homeland

Full text of her opening statement at her Senate confirmation hearing.

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

LaHood Confirmation Hearing Postponed

The confirmation hearing for Ray LaHood to be Barack Obama's secretary of transportation was postponed until at least next week, the committee announced just before the hearing was to begin this afternoon at 3 p.m.

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 04:34 PM ET | Comments (10)

Geithner Confirmation Hearing Postponed

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said the confirmation hearing for Timothy F. Geithner would be held by next Wednesday.

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 11:36 AM ET | Comments (32)

Live from the Clinton Confirmation Hearing

Live-blogging Clinton's confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State.

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 04:29 PM ET | Comments (12)

Richardson on N.M. Lt. Governor: Her Day Will Come

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's decision to withdraw his name as President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary-designee disappointed not only people in Washington but also in Albuquerque.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (4)

Richardson Withdraws Name as Commerce Secretary-Designee

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn from consideration as commerce secretary for President-elect Barack Obama, citing an ongoing investigation about business dealings in his state.

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (205)

Ron Kirk Likely to Head USTR

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk is likely to pick up the U.S. Trade Representative portfolio.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Calif. Congresswoman Solis Tapped to Head Labor

Barack Obama has selected Los Angeles congresswoman Hilda Solis to run his Labor Department.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 01:59 PM ET | Comments (26)

LaHood Accepts Transportation Secretary Job

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) last night accepted an offer to become President-elect Barack Obama's transportation secretary and the nomination will be made official in coming days, senior Democratic officials said.

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 05:04 PM ET | Comments (31)

Interior and Agriculture Secretaries Named

President-elect Barack Obama today announced his selections for the agriculture and interior secretary Cabinet posts at a news conference in Chicago.

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

Vilsack and Salazar Nominations Expected Weds.

sident-elect Barack Obama has tapped former Iowa governor Thomas J. Vilsack to be his secretary of agriculture and will introduce Vilsack tomorrow at a news conference in Chicago, where he will also name Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) as his secretary of interior, a senior Democratic official said.

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 05:19 PM ET | Comments (44)

Chicago Schools Chief to be Education Secretary

Chicago schools executive Arne Duncan was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama this morning to be the nation's next education secretary.

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Expected to Name Education Secretary on Tuesday

President-elect Barack Obama will name Chicago public schools superintendent Arne Duncan as his secretary of education at a news conference tomorrow at a Chicago elementary school, a senior Democratic official said.

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 06:12 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Rolls Out Energy and Climate Team

President-elect Barack Obama said he plans to tap his choice for secretary of the interior later this week, a move that will round out the climate change and energy team he rolled out on at news conference this afternoon.

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 06:10 PM ET | Comments (19)

Grand Jury Investigation into Richardson Donor Heats Up

A federal grand jury is investigating how an investment company won more than $1.5 million in work advising the state of New Mexico after making contributions to the political action committees of Gov. Bill Richardson, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be commerce secretary.

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 05:31 PM ET | Comments (36)

Obama Nominates Daschle for HHS

By Ceci Connolly President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated Thomas A. Daschle to become the next...

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM ET | Comments (12)

Dust Up over Holder Confirmation Hearings

A plan by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) to hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. on Jan. 8 is coming under fire from committee Republicans, who want more time to review Holder's record.

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Daschle's Formal HHS Nomination Expected Tomorrow in Chicago

The announcement is no longer a surprise, but should give the former senate majority leader an unusually broad health care portfolio.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Selects Nobel Winner Chu to Run Energy Dept.

By Steven Mufson and Philip Rucker President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel...

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 06:36 PM ET | Comments (45)

At DoD, Gates Works on Transition to Himself

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is "recalibrating" President-elect Barack Obama's transition team efforts at his department in light of the fact that he will be "transitioning to himself," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 05:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Holder Confirmation Hearings to Begin in Early Jan.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont) said today he would hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr. the week of January 5.

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Clinton Pays a Call on the State Department

By Glenn Kessler Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the nominee for secretary of state, today...

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (10)

Shinseki Slated to Head VA, Obama Confirms

Retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki is best known for his four-year tenure as Army chief of staff, and in particular his response to congressional questioning in February 2003 about troop levels necessary to protect a presumed military victory in Iraq.

Posted on December 6, 2008 at 06:19 PM ET | Comments (26)

Choice to Head VA Coming Sunday in Chicago

Obama plans to announce his pick for veteran affairs secretary during a news conference at which he will commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Posted on December 6, 2008 at 04:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dorgan Won't Be Energy Secretary

Sen. Byron Dorgan (N.D.) is no longer under consideration to be secretary of energy in President-elect Barack Obama's administration, according to transition officials.

Posted on December 6, 2008 at 11:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Becerra in Chicago to Meet with Obama About USTR Job

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who's a top candidate to be U.S. Trade Representative in the incoming administration, is in Chicago today to meet with President-elect Barack Obama to discuss the job.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Napolitano Calls Fighting Terror 'Top Priority'

Homeland security secretary-designee Janet Napolitano called the elimination of global terrorism the top priority of the incoming administration before a private briefing today by a new congressionally chartered commission on weapons of mass destruction, presided over by Vice President-elect Joseph Biden.

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 07:38 PM ET | Comments (9)

Richardson Appointed Commerce Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama today announced New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his commerce secretary at a news conference in Chicago.

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM ET | Comments (18)

Gates Echoes Obama Call for 'Responsible' Troop Drawdown, Stops Short of Backing Timetable

A day after President-elect Barack Obama announced the decision to keep him on as secretary of defense, Robert M. Gates stopped short of fully endorsing Obama's plan to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq in 16 months, but said he subscribes to his new boss's call for a "responsible" drawdown based on the advice of U.S. commanders.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 07:19 PM ET | Comments (7)

Richardson to Be Nominated Tomorrow as Commerce Secretary

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be formally nominated by President-elect Barack Obama as commerce secretary tomorrow in Chicago, according to a transition official familiar with the decision.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (17)

A Diverse War Cabinet for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama today introduced a war cabinet that is more diverse than any other president's in recent history, appointing three women and two African Americans to his top national security and foreign policy posts.

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Nominees Pipe Up

There was one instant difference in today's Obama news conference versus the three he held last week. The nominees opened their mouths -- and spoke.

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (5)

Clintonistas Return, But Obama Says Vision Is His

Barack Obama defended himself this morning against charges that his campaign mantra of "Change We Can Believe In" is being undermined by his decision to fill his administration with familiar faces.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Gates Expected to Remain at Defense

President-elect plans to announce members of his national security team early next week

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 07:59 PM ET | Comments (7)

Vilsack Says He's Not in the Running for Ag. Sec. Spot

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack said yesterday he is not a candidate for agriculture secretary, telling the Des Moines Register that he had never been contacted by aides to President-elect Barack Obama about any administration position.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hillary Clinton Nomination Is On Track

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is on track to be nominated for secretary of state in the Obama administration, transition aides said on Thursday night.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 10:23 PM ET | Comments (92)

Latino Leaders Looking Beyond Richardson

Anxiety is high among Latino leaders that Obama has not yet named a Latino to a top White House or Cabinet position.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 07:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Pritzker: I Am Not a Candidate for Commerce Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama's campaign finance chairman and longtime friend Penny Pritzker will not seek the job of commerce secretary, she said in a statement released today.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Leahy Backs Holder

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) just appeared on the Senate floor to declare his support for Eric H. Holder Jr., the leading candidate to become the next attorney general.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 02:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hillary Clinton's Fix

Section Six of Article One of the Constitution may impede Clinton's ascension to the secretary of state post.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:20 PM ET | Comments (25)

Defense Secretary to Meet with Transition Agency Review Team Thursday

"We are totally committed to ensuring the transition of leadership in this department is as smooth and seamless as can be. The troops on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve it and our nation's security demands it," said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell during a press briefing this morning.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Picks Daschle for HHS

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen his close confidant and former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, according to several sources close to the transition.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 01:18 PM ET | Comments (97)

Bill Clinton Offers Concessions to Obama Team

Former president Bill Clinton has agreed to several concessions requested by President-elect Barack Obama's transition lawyers that could pave the way for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to become the next secretary of state.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (60)

Holder Top Prospect for Attorney General

Eric H. Holder Jr., a former second in command at the Justice Department who served as President-elect Barack Obama's campaign co-chairman, is almost certain to be selected as U.S. attorney general, according to knowledgeable Democratic sources.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (102)

All Eyes on Bill Clinton

Former president Bill Clinton's business and international work is being closely examined in hopes of clearing the way for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to become secretary of state.

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 03:15 PM ET | Comments (107)

Team of Rivals, Indeed

Obama aide and former State Department official Greg Craig ripped Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experience during the Democratic primaries.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Clinton, Richardson on Short List for Secretary of State

After an under-wraps meeting with President-elect Barack Obama in Chicago on Thursday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is now considered a top contender for the role of Secretary of State in the Obama administration, several people involved in the process said on Friday.

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 01:24 PM ET | Comments (157)

Duckworth a Leading Contender for VA Secretary

Those searching for tea leaves about Barack Obama's favored picks for his Cabinet should look no further than the president-elect's Veterans' Day photo op. Joining Obama at a wreath-laying ceremony in Chicago was Tammy Duckworth, a former National Guard helicopter pilot who lost both legs in combat in Iraq and now directs the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 07:07 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State?

There's talk that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) may now be under consideration by the Obama transition.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 02:46 PM ET | Comments (238)

Lobbyists Predict Obama Short Lists

Lobbyists circulate a memo speculating on who will be in the Cabinet.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (6)

Jarrett to HUD? Friends Render a Verdict of Unlikely

"Never going to happen," said one longtime Clinton official offering guidance to the transition team.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hispanic Cabinet Members? Claro Que Si.

Citing the growing influence of Hispanic voters, Latino political advocates are pushing President-elect Barack Obama to appoint at least two and as many as four Hispanics to his administration's 20 cabinet-level positions.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Aide: Media Is Guessing With Cabinet Short Lists

Valerie Jarrett, transition co-chairman for President-elect Barack Obama, told an organization of black columnists today to be wary of published reports and speculation about Cabinet appointments.

Posted on November 9, 2008 at 07:28 PM ET | Comments (15)

Women's Group Not Hot on Summers

By Garance Franke-Ruta A group founded by supporters of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary...

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 11:23 AM ET | Comments (18)

 

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