44: The Obama Presidency



In the Loop

Rice and Hadley enter world of consulting

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Council chief Stephen Hadley are teaming up as the latest big-time entrants in the endless battle of the groups -- as in the Kissinger Group, the Scowcroft Group, the Chertoff Group (with former CIA director Michael Hayden) and so many others.

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM ET | Comments (48)

Summers Exhausted by Credit Crisis

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Summers nods off while President Obama talks to...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 04:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

The End of the Global War on Terror

The end of the Global War on Terror -- or at least the use of that phrase -- has been codified at the Pentagon.

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 04:08 PM ET | Comments (83)

Tauscher to State

By Al Kamen Word is that Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.), chair of the House Armed...

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 06:06 PM ET | Comments (7)

The 50-Year Recovery Plan

By Al Kamen The White House is pledging to make sure all taxpayers know exactly...

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (15)

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)

EEOC Chairman Butts?

Cassandra Butts is a leading candidate to head the troubled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has been beset by shrinking staff, a growing backlog of job discrimination cases to investigate and plummeting morale.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

William Lynn to Deputy Secretary of Defense?

Credible buzz has it that William J. Lynn, a former top Pentagon official in the Clinton administration and more recently senior vice president of government operations and strategy at Raytheon Company, is the pick to be deputy secretary of defense.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 07:48 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Moral? Be Nice

Bayh aide newly powerful.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Change is Coming to FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Administration, a tragicomic disaster since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 -- and even before then -- looks to be getting a facelift under the Obama administration, sources tell us.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 04:37 PM ET | Comments (7)

Hatch Supports Holder, but...

Orrin Hatch is backing Eric Holder for AG. Tell that to Zoe Baird.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Michelle Obama Taps Jackie Norris for Chief of Staff

Incoming first lady Michelle Obama has tapped Jackie Norris, President-elect Barack Obama's Iowa state director, to be her chief of staff.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 02:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

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)

The Battle for Energy and Commerce

By Al Kamen An intense intraparty battle between Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Rep. Henry...

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

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)

Cathy Russell Expected to Get Jill Biden Chief of Staff Nod

Cathy Russell, formerly administrative assistant to Sen. Joe Biden and staff director on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior Justice Department official in the Clinton administration, is expected to be tapped to be chief of staff to second lady-elect Jill Biden.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

White House to Establish Office of Urban Policy

Plans are underway to establish a White House Office of Urban Policy in order to better coordinate federal efforts to help America's cities.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

Holbrooke: Not in Ohio, Not in D.C.

By Al Kamen It appeared for the past week or so that opponents of former...

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Aide Instructs Policy Advisers: Avoid the Press

Obama communications dept. asks policy committee to decline all requests from reporters.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (18)


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