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Obama Formally Rolls Out Intelligence Team

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)

Obama Names Deputy Defense Secretary, Top Pentagon Officials

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)

Don Gips Selected as White House Director of Personnel as Obama Rounds Out Staff

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)

Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney General Named

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)

Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Replace Obama

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)

Obama Fills More Key National Security Slots

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)

Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State

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)

Lubchenco Will Helm National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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)

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)

Report: Holdren to Lead White House Science Policy

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)

Mary Schapiro Chosen to Head SEC

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 Chief Carrion Gets a Post After All

Bronx Borough President Adolfo CarriĆ³n 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)

Podesta Dips His Toe in the Jury Pool

John Podesta spends the morning doing his civic duty.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sutley to Chair Council on Environmental Quality

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)

Browner to Take White House Energy and Environment Job

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)

Incoming WH Press Secretary Gibbs Prepping for His New Job

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)

Obama Adds Two More to White House Staff

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)

Biden Picks Jared Bernstein as Economic Adviser

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)

One More Question...

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)

Dee Dee Meyers Offers Gibbs Some Advice

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)

Bill Gates Says He's Open to a Role Helping Obama Admin

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)

Obama Gives Political Ambassadors Their Pink Slips

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)

Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief Steps Down

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)

Holbrooke Under Consideration for South Asia Diplomatic Role

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)

Louis Caldera to Oversee White House Military Operations

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)

The Moral? Be Nice

Bayh aide newly powerful.

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

Former Rumsfeld Deputy Criticizes Gates

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)

Obama Appoints White House Speechwriting and Intergovernmental Affairs Heads

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)

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)

Orszag Hangs Up His Blog

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)

Biden Beefs Up Staff

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)

Ogden a Top Candidate for Justice Dept. No. 2

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)

The Foreign Policy Deputies

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)

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)

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)

Dunn Stays Out of the White House

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)

Obama Adds Brown and Lu to White House Staff

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)

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)

Emanuel Bids House Dems Farewell, Promises $600K from Obama for DCCC

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 Orszag on OMB Short List

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)

Greg Craig Selected as White House Counsel

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)

Transition Trail Mix

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 Takes on Key Congressional Liason Role in Obama Administration

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)

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)

Valerie Jarrett Named White House Senior Advisor

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)

Ron Klain Tapped as Joe Biden's Chief of Staff

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 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)

Six More Foreign-Leader Calls for Obama

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)

Black and Urban Groups Ponder an Obama Presidency

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)

Mark Warner Still Polling

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)

Clinton's Continuing Debt to Mark Penn

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)

Duberstein Abandons McCain

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)

Ken Adelman Backing Obama

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. Cleans Up His Act for McCain-Palin

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)

Palin Stays on the Offensive at Huge Va. Rally

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)

Conservative Columnist Turns on Palin

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)

Bill Clinton to Campaign for Obama Next Week

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)

Aristocrat Who Favored Clinton Endorses McCain

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)

Fiorina: Palin Lacks Experience to Run a Company

Top McCain adviser says Palin lacks experience to run a major company.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (331)

MoveOn Calls Out McCain's 'Friends'

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 Return of Jane Swift

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)

'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone

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 vs. the Balloons

Andrea Mitchell gets deluged by balloons.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (26)

McCain Spokesman Defends Palin, Previews McCain Speech

Excerpts from The Post's live television show.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM ET | Comments (25)

Joe Gibbs to Speak Tonight, Skins Fans Torn

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)

Ticket is Good, Says Dole, but That Crossword Puzzle...

Praises McCain-Palin ticket but has concerns about Post crossword puzzle.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Republican Women Turn to the Gender Card

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)

Donna Brazile Hit by Pepper Spray

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 Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens's 527 Group

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)

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Give La. Delegation Moral Support

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)

GOP Rallying the Rascals in Mo.

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)

Napolitano's Big Day Jitters

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)

Jesse Jackson, with No Role

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)

Casey Speaks to a Changed Party

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)

Party City, Colorado

Reports from the late night party scene at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (10)

Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson

"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)

Kennedy Passes the Torch

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)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

"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)

Gasolina! Daddy Yankee Endorses McCain

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)

No Red Meat from Warner Speech

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)

Young Evangelical Backs Out of Giving Convention Opening Prayer

A popular young evangelical backs out of the Democrats' Monday night program.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (74)

Pastor Who Opposes Abortion to Deliver DNC's Closing Prayer

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)

McCain's Chief Evangelizer, a Long Way from Home

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)

Obama Snaps Up Senior Clinton Policy Hands

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)

Obama Hires New Religious Affairs Adviser

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)

Obama Seeks out the Wise Old Men (and Women) of Foreign Policy

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: McCain Adviser Campaigned for War

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)


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