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President-elect Barack Obama announced Leon Panetta as his next Central Intelligence Agency director today.
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM ET | Comments (6)
President-elect Barack Obama officially named William J. Lynn III as deputy secretary of defense today and also announced several other top Pentagon officials who will work under Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Posted on January 8, 2009 at 03:04 PM ET | Comments (3)
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to round out their White House staff this afternoon, naming seven new appointments.
Posted on January 5, 2009 at 04:22 PM ET | Comments (1)
The new Justice Department began to take shape this morning as President-elect Barack Obama announced he would nominate a quartet of well known lawyers to key posts including the department's chief operating officer, its top representative to the U.S. Supreme Court and the chief of the Office of Legal Counsel.
Posted on January 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (15)
Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today selected a former state attorney general to take the Senate seat previously held by President-elect Barack Obama over the objections Democratic leaders who vowed to refuse the appointment.
Posted on December 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM ET | Comments (181)
President-elect Barack Obama began filling out the rest of his national security team today, naming long-standing Democratic foreign policy figures -- plus a former White House budget director -- to key posts at the State Department and National Security Council.
Posted on December 23, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)
James B. Steinberg, a top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues that he expects to be nominated Tuesday as deputy secretary of state.
Posted on December 22, 2008 at 11:54 PM ET | Comments (4)
President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco, one of the nation's most prominent marine biologists, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Posted on December 18, 2008 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (12)
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)
President-elect Obama will announce this weekend that he has selected physicist John Holdren, who has devoted much of his career to energy and environmental research, as his White House science adviser, according to a published report today.
Posted on December 18, 2008 at 02:46 PM ET | Comments (8)
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a veteran financial regulator as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the beleaguered overseer of Wall Street that has been pilloried for failing to prevent the global economic meltdown, senior Democratic officials said yesterday.
Posted on December 17, 2008 at 07:42 PM ET | Comments (12)
Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. is slated to direct the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy, sources familiar with the appointment said last night.
Posted on December 13, 2008 at 10:24 PM ET | Comments (3)
John Podesta spends the morning doing his civic duty.
Posted on December 10, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)
President-elect Barack Obama has selected Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los Angeles for energy and environment, to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a Democratic source said.
Posted on December 10, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (6)
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce -- perhaps as early as Wednesday -- that Clinton administration Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner will take a new White House position as head of environmental, energy, climate and related matters, according to Democratic sources.
Posted on December 9, 2008 at 06:22 PM ET | Comments (18)
Gibbs is conducting practice briefings and studying up on issues, Obama aides said, with the help of Anita Dunn, who was a senior communications adviser during the campaign.
Posted on December 8, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (29)
President-elect Barack Obama continued to round out his staff today by naming two lawyers with Chicago roots to positions in his White House.
Posted on December 5, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)
Bernstein is a well-known skeptic on free trade and has worked for years as a senior official at the Economic Policy Institute, a labor-funded think tank which advocates for low and middle-income workers.
Posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (10)
Awkward pictures pop up on Facebook of incoming White House director of speechwriting Jon Favreau.
Posted on December 4, 2008 at 08:55 PM ET | Comments (539)
Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Meyers offered some words of advice to incoming Barack Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs about how to keep cool in the hot seat in an interview with a women's interest Web site while promoting her book, "Why Women Should Rule the World."
Posted on December 4, 2008 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is in Washington this week to press his foundation's education and global health agenda, said he is keeping an open mind about taking a role aiding the incoming Obama administration.
Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM ET | Comments (21)
By Glenn Kessler The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must...
Posted on December 3, 2008 at 10:04 AM ET | Comments (100)
Jonathan "Jock" Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services since April, stepped down yesterday to take a position in the private sector, continuing the Bush administration transition exodus.
Posted on December 2, 2008 at 06:26 PM ET | Comments (8)
President -elect Barack Obama is seriously considering appointing former ambassador Richard Holbrooke as his special envoy for south Asia, a move that would put one of America's most prominent diplomatic troubleshooters in charge of trying to resolve the thorny and interrelated problems surrounding India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Posted on December 2, 2008 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (10)
President-elect Barack Obama announced today he has tapped Louis E. Caldera, a former Army secretary, lawyer, politician and university president, to serve as director of the White House Military Office.
Posted on December 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM ET | Comments (2)
Bayh aide newly powerful.
Posted on November 26, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)
In a blog posting on National Review Online, Di Rita, who served in several Pentagon jobs under Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2006, writes that Gates focused on Iraq and Afghanistan at the cost of carrying on Rumsfeld's efforts to bring about "the most rapid and profound transformation" of the defense establishment since 1947.
Posted on November 26, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (18)
President-elect Barack Obama continued rounding out his White House staff today, naming Jonathan Favreau director of speechwriting and Cecilia Munoz director of intergovernmental affairs.
Posted on November 26, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)
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)
Peter Orszag has been hailed as the first blogger to join the White House at Cabinet rank, as well as for his fiscal acumen. Having been named by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Office of Management and Budget, he has now hung up his blogging hat over at the Congressional Budget Office, where he was director.
Posted on November 25, 2008 at 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)
Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to fill top positions in his office today, naming three new senior staff members with broad portfolios.
Posted on November 25, 2008 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)
David W. Ogden, who oversees the Justice Department transition for President-elect Barack Obama, has emerged as the top candidate to become the department's second in command.
Posted on November 24, 2008 at 04:08 PM ET | Comments (2)
By Al Kamen With the top slots at the State Department and the National Security...
Posted on November 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (8)
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)
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)
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)
Anita Dunn, one of Barack Obama's closest political advisers, is returning to her media consulting practice -- bypassing the chance to serve in the first incoming Democratic White House in more than a decade.
Posted on November 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM ET | Comments (1)
President-elect Barack Obama continued assembling his White House team today, naming Lisa Brown, a former counsel to Vice President Gore, staff secretary and tapping his former Senate legislative director, Christopher P. Lu, to be Cabinet secretary.
Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:49 PM ET | Comments (0)
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)
In a farewell address to House Democrats, outgoing Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) promised the incoming White House would sweeten the coffers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $600,000.
Posted on November 18, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (9)
Peter R. Orszag, who has headed the Congressional Budget Office for nearly the past two years, has emerged as a top choice to be the next director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, sources said.
Posted on November 18, 2008 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (1)
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who served as President Bill Clinton's lead attorney during the impeachment proceedings against him, to be his White House counsel, according to an individual involved with the transition.
Posted on November 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (103)
By Chris Cillizza It may be Sunday morning, but with only 65 days left before...
Posted on November 16, 2008 at 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)
Phil Schiliro will be Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, the Obama-Biden presidential transition office announced today.
Posted on November 15, 2008 at 01:44 PM ET | Comments (2)
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)
As a senior advisor, Jarrett may serve a similar role for Obama to that played by Karen Hughes during President Bush's first term -- providing political advice while keeping him grounded.
Posted on November 14, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)
Washington insider and former vice presidential chief of staff Ron Klain has been tapped to reprise his Clinton-era White House role and will be Joe Biden's chief of staff, a Democratic official familial with the agreement confirms.
Posted on November 13, 2008 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (1)
Lobbyists circulate a memo speculating on who will be in the Cabinet.
Posted on November 13, 2008 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (6)
"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)
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)
President-elect Barack Obama continued his round of congratulatory calls with foreign leaders today, speaking briefly with six more leaders, after chatting with nine on Thursday.
Posted on November 7, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (24)
For one group of policy advocates, the election of the first black president has turned politicking on its head. How do black advocacy groups push a black agenda to a black president?
Posted on November 7, 2008 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (11)
The wealthy Virginia Democrat, triumphant in the Senate election on Tuesday, had Peter D. Hart Associates, the polling firm for his campaign, phoning Virginians Thursday evening.
Posted on November 7, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (2)
As the Obama campaign has helped Clinton retire her primary campaign debt, the amount owed to former chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn's firm has not changed by a single penny since July.
Posted on November 1, 2008 at 01:14 PM ET | Comments (11)
Former White House chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein said today he was abandoning his support of John McCain and instead would back Barack Obama for president.
Posted on October 31, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (19)
Adelman is the latest Republican foreign-policy heavyweight to endorse Sen. Barack Obama.
Posted on October 20, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (30)
Hank Williams Jr. sang an ode to "McCain-Palin tradition" at a rally here today, but the song's original lyrics don't quite mesh with the campaign's family values theme and were altered for the campaign event.
Posted on October 13, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (28)
By Juliet Eilperin RICHMOND -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin continued attacking Democratic nominee...
Posted on October 13, 2008 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (324)
Kathleen Parker, after a scalding critique of Palin's readiness for high office, begs the Alaska governor to step down from the Republican ticket.
Posted on September 26, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (153)
Former president Bill Clinton will hold events in Florida, Nevada and Ohio, as well as host fundraisers in New York, California and Ohio.
Posted on September 22, 2008 at 07:36 PM ET | Comments (62)
By Matthew Mosk John McCain's election strategy has for weeks involved an aggressive push for...
Posted on September 17, 2008 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (233)
Top McCain adviser says Palin lacks experience to run a major company.
Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (331)
A new 30-second message by the liberal group MoveOn.org targets some of McCain's closest associates.
Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (26)
The former acting Mass. governor returns to the political scene as a defender of Sarah Palin.
Posted on September 12, 2008 at 12:54 PM ET | Comments (20)
Lieberman, who had previously agreed not to attend party meetings where Iraq War strategy was discussed, will now not attend any of the Democrats' weekly caucus lunches or the biweekly lunches of committee chairmen.
Posted on September 9, 2008 at 04:37 PM ET | Comments (44)
Andrea Mitchell gets deluged by balloons.
Posted on September 5, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (26)
Excerpts from The Post's live television show.
Posted on September 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM ET | Comments (25)
The Redskins coaching legend and current NASCAR impresario is slated to speak at the Xcel Energy Center between 8 and 9 p.m., EST.
Posted on September 4, 2008 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (35)
Praises McCain-Palin ticket but has concerns about Post crossword puzzle.
Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:23 PM ET | Comments (3)
Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, defending Sarah Palin's experience against "sexist" attacks.
Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (335)
Incident occurred as she walked to the Xcel Center at the start of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
Posted on September 1, 2008 at 08:13 PM ET | Comments (118)
Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors.
Posted on September 1, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (214)
First Lady and wife of GOP presumptive nominee meet with Louisianans in Minn.
Posted on September 1, 2008 at 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)
Romney and Huckabee stump with McCain and Palin in the home of the River City Rascals.
Posted on August 31, 2008 at 08:03 PM ET | Comments (27)
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.
Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (10)
His string of six straight political conventions in which he was given a coveted speaking slot has come to an end.
Posted on August 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM ET | Comments (24)
By Shailagh Murray DENVER -- It was two lines in a speech. But Sen. Robert...
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (11)
Reports from the late night party scene at the Democratic National Convention.
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (10)
"With people who have a lot of gifts, it's hard for people to identify with them," the governor said.
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (174)
Ted Kennedy speaking during day one of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug....
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (138)
"He's definitely not performing," says a source privy to The Boss's schedule.
Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (11)
Daddy Yankee, one of the country's top Latino music stars, backs the Arizona senator.
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (152)
Former Va. governor Mark Warner says his convention keynote speech will forgo aggressive attacks on Republicans.
Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (8)
A popular young evangelical backs out of the Democrats' Monday night program.
Posted on August 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (74)
Joel C. Hunter, a Florida megachurch pastor who will deliver the convention's closing prayer following Obama's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.
Posted on August 21, 2008 at 05:39 PM ET | Comments (31)
By Alec MacGillis Things may seem tough at the moment for Sen. John McCain. But...
Posted on July 28, 2008 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (11)
The Obama campaign hires Neera Tanden, Clinton's long-time policy aide, and Melody Barnes, the executive vice president for policy of the Center for American Progress.
Posted on June 27, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (20)
Shaun Casey has been hired by the Obama campaign to focus on outreach to evangelical voters.
Posted on June 27, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (70)
By Perry Bacon Jr. Interviewed in April about his role advising Barack Obama on foreign...
Posted on June 18, 2008 at 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)
Randy Scheunemann, the foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain who today accused Sen. Barack Obama of a "policy of delusion" toward terrorism, in late 2002, Scheunemann helped create The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. --Peter Slevin
Posted on June 17, 2008 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)