In the Loop: transition


Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Former WH staffer Sarah Feinberg to DOT?

Sarah Feinberg is under consideration to be chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Foxx.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Senate plans votes on White House nominees

White House picks to get votes — including a controversial pick for the ATF.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Caroline Kennedy named ambassador to Japan

Obama taps the former first daughter and key 2008 ally to the important posting.

By Al Kamen  |  05:02 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Obama’s new Cabinet to have fewer minorities

The 2009 Cabinet much more diverse than the current cabinet.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 07/22/2013

New civil rights chief will be pressed to charge Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin killing

Demands for federal charges fall to new acting civil rights chief.

By Al Kamen  |  04:02 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Obama renominates Broas to Netherlands post

Washington attorney’s nomination a year ago was withdrawn after speeding, drunk-driving arrest.

By Al Kamen  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  in transition, washingtoniintransition

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Senate confirms Perez for Labor and McCarthy for EPA

Party line 54-46 for Thomas Perez and 59-41 vote for Gina McCarthy.

By Al Kamen  |  03:55 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013

London and Rome go to Obama bundlers

Former finance chair Matt Barzun and mega-bundler John Phillips land plum ambassadorships.

By Al Kamen  |  06:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 07/09/2013

White House taps Tom Malinowski for human rights post

The White House names Tom Malinowski, a longtime human rights lobbyist, to the State Department.

By Emily Heil  |  12:13 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013

IBM heiress said in the mix for Paris post

Jane Watson Stetson, daughter of a former ambassador to France, is being eyed for the post.

By Al Kamen  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Obama moves to fill top sub-Cabinet openings

The president nominates State IG and deputy secretaries for Agriculture and Homeland Security.

By Al Kamen  |  01:09 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Anthony Foxx unanimously approved as DOT secretary

The Senate unanimously votes to confirm the Charlotte mayor as secretary of transportation.

By Emily Heil  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Senate confirms Pritzker for Commerce

Chicago billionaire businesswoman and former Obama 2008 finance chair approved 97 to 1.

By Al Kamen  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Foxx, Pritzker confirmation votes likely this week

Senate has agreed to take up votes early this week.

By Al Kamen  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Obama donors, career diplomats get ambassadorship nods

It’s Friday afternoon, so it must be time for another wave of ambassadors.

By Emily Heil  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Justice Department national security job update

White House names one, considering others for the senior posts.

By Al Kamen  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Moniz taps veteran environmentalist as chief of staff

Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, to be Moniz gatekeeper.

By Al Kamen  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Obama taps Daniel Baer for ambassadorship

State Department official is one of as many as five openly gay envoys likely to be named

By Al Kamen  |  07:20 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, in transition

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Sapiro moving up to be acting U.S Trade Rep

Deputy U.S. Trade Rep. Miriam Sapiro said to be taking over pending confirmation of pending nominee.

By Al Kamen  |  02:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Obama fills jobs under streamlined process

Streamlined federal job appointments process showing results.

By Al Kamen  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Senate confirms Moniz as secretary of energy

Former MIT scientist and professor approved unanimously, 97 to 0.

By Al Kamen  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2013

VA deputy secretary Scott Gould departs Friday

The agency’s No. 2 had been in the post for four years.

By Al Kamen  |  03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Kerry team starting to fill in at State

Department veteran and top National Security Council aide Danny Russel is tapped for East Asia post.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Pelosi aide joins Facebook’s D.C. lobby shop

Catlin O’Neill, chief of staff in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, joins the social media giant

By Al Kamen  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/13/2013

John Kerry’s brother Cam is ‘Mr. Secretary’ too

Cameron Kerry named acting Commerce Secretary.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Key Cabinet jobs still open

While most of the Cabinet jobs are filled or have nominees, nearly half the deputy slots are open.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Twitter legal director to White House tech post

Silicon Valley lawyer Nicole Wong is in line to be senior adviser to the White House chief technology officer.

By Al Kamen  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Obama’s second-term Cabinet in one graphic

Who’s in the inner circle, and what the diversity breakdown looks like.

By Emily Heil  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Beirne lands a West Wing office

Katie Beirne, a top Senate aide, is moving in as White House deputy communications director.

By Al Kamen  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Obama’s second-term Cabinet: Fewer women, minorities

With the addition of two more nominees, Obama’s second-term Cabinet is less diverse than his first.

By Emily Heil and Al Kamen  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2013

State Department public diplomacy post still unfilled

Sources said Charles Rivkin was likely pick for job — State Department says not happening.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Wintour in Paris Embassy?

Vogue editor may be the pick after mega-bundler Marc Lasry’s withdrawal.

By Al Kamen  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Feingold headed to State Department?

Former three-term Sen. Russ Feingold may be named special envoy to troubled Central African region.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Anthony Foxx will be youngest Cabinet secretary

The Charlotte mayor gets picked to be transportation secretary on his 42nd birthday. If confirmed, he’ll be the youngest secretary — and one of the youngest in recent history.

By Emily Heil  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Lasry drops out of running for ambassadorship

Hedge fund billionaire cites business reasons for not taking job in Paris.

By Al Kamen  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 04/24/2013

More State Department senior officials exiting

Undersecretaries for economic and energy matters and public diplomacy and public affairs leaving in summer.

By Al Kamen  |  03:31 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 04/22/2013

Trade, Commerce and Asia spots still vacant

With North Korea and trade with Asia on the front burner, key positions are still open.

By Al Kamen  |  01:26 PM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/16/2013

New ‘power couple’ at State?

Chatter at Foggy Bottom is that Dan Sepulveda may be tapped to deal with international communications.

By Al Kamen  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Miami lawyer Wagar is leading pick for Singapore

Mega-bundler raised more than $1 million for Obama 2012 campaign.

By Al Kamen  |  04:47 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Obama said to pick mega-fundraiser Bruce Heyman for Canada

IN THE LOOP | Chicagoan Bruce Heyman of Goldman Sachs is a member of Obama campaign finance committee.

By Al Kamen  |  06:29 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Obama names Deese deputy OMB director

Brian Deese had been the auto czar and deputy director of the National Economic Council.

By Al Kamen  |  05:00 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  in Transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Obama team’s firmer grip on foreign policy slots

The Kerry-Hagel team won’t have leeway afforded Clinton-Gates duo.

By Al Kamen  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Ron Kirk’s last day is today as U.S. Trade Rep

Former Dallas mayor said to be heading home to a private sector job.

By Al Kamen  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Clinton photos slowly leaving State Dept. walls

Kerry photos expected to be hung soon.

By Al Kamen  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Psaki still in training for State Department job

Diplomacy requires fluency in diplospeak and perhaps land-mine sensors

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Black Caucus chair questions Cabinet diversity

Rep. Marcia Fudge, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, calls all-white slate of nominees ‘disappointing.’

By Emily Heil  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Obama’s West Wing: the seating chart

IN THE LOOP | Proximity to power is power, in any administration.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013

OPM chief in mix for ambassador to Australia

OPM director John Berry is said to be the leading candidate for the Canberra post.

By Al Kamen  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Team Hagel starting to assemble at Pentagon

A former Leon Panetta aide, two former Hagel Senate staffers are in the mix.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Washington’s a hard place to leave

Seems that former State Department policy planning chief Jake Sullivan just can’t leave town.

By Al Kamen  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Tom Nides back at Morgan Stanley as vice chairman

Nides had left the investment bank two years ago to be deputy secretary of state for management.

By Al Kamen  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Another woman for the Cabinet, but fewer chances for diversity

As President Obama prepares to announce another female Cabinet nominee, the chances for racial diversity among his top advisers are narrowing.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics | Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/20/2013

White House could name Gina McCarthy to EPA Wednesday

The White House is expected to name assistant administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.

By Emily Heil  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate | Tags:  transition, washingtonintrannsition

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama fundraising director said to be headed to Denmark

Rufus Gifford would be second openly gay ambassador to a NATO country.

By Al Kamen  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Veteran Kerry aide to head policy planning at State

David McKean takes over a plum position at the State Department.

By Al Kamen  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013

DNC chief likely pick as ambassador to South Africa

Democratic National Committee executive director and former Obama White House aide said to be in line for the Pretoria job.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Acting Labor secretary Seth Harris taking prominent role

Do efforts to grab the spotlight indicate that Seth Harris wants the nomination to replace Hilda Solis?

By Emily Heil  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Justice Department spokeswoman heading out

Tracy Schmaler, who led the public affairs operation at Justice for the past four years, departs in March.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama’s Cabinet: What’s the state of the union?

Eight open seats, only one confirmation — where Obama’s efforts to restock his Cabinet stand.

By Emily Heil  |  03:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Daalder to Chicago, Psaki to State and more. . .

Ambassador to NATO to head think tank; Obama spokeswoman said to be headed to State.

By Al Kamen  |  02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Ex-governor Granholm heading to Pew Charitable Trusts job?

The former Michigan governor says confirmation for a cabinet job might be too difficult.

By Al Kamen  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Small-biz chief Karen Mills stepping down

The head of the Small Business Administration could announce her resignation as soon as Monday.

By Emily Heil  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Deputy OMB director Higginbottom to State Department

Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate aide Heather Higginbottom is to become a counselor at State.

By Al Kamen  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013

John Brennan’s gifts: crystal clock, tequila

The nominee to head the CIA had to disclose gifts he’s received, which include a horse-shaped lamp and a bottle of tequila.

By Emily Heil  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Top Clinton aide headed to Georgetown University

Ambassador for women’s issues Melanne Verveer to run Institute on Women, Peace and Security.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington, washingtonin transition

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Sally Jewell can’t be president

The British-born CEO of REI will be a fixture at State of the Union speeches.

By Al Kamen  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama chief speechwriter leaving White House

Jon Favreau, the talented wordsmith, is leaving March 1 after the State of the Union address.

By Al Kamen  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Foreign policy aide Samantha Power leaving administration

Human rights champion and long-time Obama aide leaving National Security Council.

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigning

Chu, a Nobel Prize winner, never seemed comfortable in intensely political Washington.

By Al Kamen  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013

REI chief Sally Jewell in the mix for Interior

Enviros buzzing that successful head of outdoor gear and clothing company is in contention.

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Obama Cabinet musical chairs update

More names said to be in the mix for top administration jobs.

By Al Kamen  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Obama donor Pritzker for Commerce Secretary?

Chicago hotel heiress and Obama campaign bundler said to be a top candidate to lead Commerce.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving the administration

LaHood, the only Republican in the President Obama’s Cabinet, said Tuesday he plans to leave as soon as a successor is confirmed.

By Al Kamen  |  10:25 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Ash Carter to stay on as deputy secretary of defense

Carter says President Obama called him after nominating Hagel and asked him to remain as No. 2

By Al Kamen  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Kerrys to divest energy and other holdings as part of State Department agreement

The secretary of state nominee is following an ethics agreement to avoid conflicts of interest if confirmed.

By Al Kamen  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Afghan special rep returns to the private sector

Afghan-Pakistan rep Marc Grossman heads back to The Cohen Group.

By Al Kamen  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/23/2013

What to expect when you’re expecting a plum political appointment

The process of getting a political appointment is a delicate dance. Experts offer a few do’s and don’ts.

By Emily Heil  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013

U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk is leaving administration

The former mayor of Dallas is likely to head to a private sector job back in Texas.

By Al Kamen  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Tom Udall’s name added to the mix for Interior post

Sen. Tom Udall’s name sent to the White House for consideration — but other candidates might have an edge.

By Emily Heil  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Nides to leave State; embassies being filled

Deputy secretary leaves next month.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Obama promises diversity in White House, Cabinet

The president’s picks so far have been male, but he says to wait until he’s finished assembling the team.

By Al Kamen  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Hillary Clinton leaves John Kerry some places worth visiting

Outgoing secretary of state missed some excellent stops during her tenure.

By Al Kamen  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Hilda Solis seems to enjoy post-Cabinet life

The departing Secretary of Labor seems to be enjoying her post-Cabinet life.

By Emily Heil  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Obama taking heavy fire from women’s groups over cabinet nominations

IN THE LOOP | The lack of a woman or minority in the first three nominations has raised concerns.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  06:10 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Obama Cabinet in flux

IN THE LOOP | A White House official’s listing of three Cabinet members who are staying raises concerns.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Hillary Clintonophiles take note

IN THE LOOP | She’s only saying she’s “off the very fast track for a little while.”

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Cabinet musical chairs continues

Labor Secretary Solis goes, three others staying put.

By Al Kamen  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Obama’s possible picks for counterterror adviser?

IN THE LOOP | Undersecretary of Defense Michael Vickers may lead the field.

By Al Kamen  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks

The slate of White House picks expected this week are overwhelmingly white and male.

By Emily Heil  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Is Washington Gov. Gregoire front-runner for EPA?

IN THE LOOP | Reports last week put the outgoing governor atop the list.

By Al Kamen  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Obama transition — with Hagel, Brennan — may finally pick up steam

IN THE LOOP | After a very slow start, President Obama may finally start filling some top jobs.

By Al Kamen  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Obama Mideast and terrorism policy team changes

IN THE LOOP | Two key departures from State and the National Security Council.

By Al Kamen  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Favreau deputy eyed as possible replacement

If Jon Favreau leaves the West Wing, his deputy, Cody Kennan, is being talked about as a likely successor.

By Emily Heil  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Obama transition tracker: Who’s going, who’s staying

An interactive chart reflects Team Obama’s second-term moves.

By Emily Heil  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012

AmEx chief Chenault to Cabinet?

The business leader is reportedly under consideration for possible post at Treasury or Commerce.

By Emily Heil  |  04:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Is Obama’s secretary of energy list shortening?

IN THE LOOP | Chatter is the lengthy list may be getting narrower.

By Al Kamen  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Inauguration could suffer Obama’s weather curse

What if nasty weather hits on the big day? There’s a plan in place.

By Emily Heil  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/12/2012

White House musical chairs — the beat goes on

No white smoke on a new chief of staff.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Ambassador chasers?

IN THE LOOP | A powerhouse Washington law firm offers advice to administration jobseekers.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson to step down

Department of Defense general counsel Jeh Johnson is returning to private practice.

By Emily Heil  |  04:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Favreau, Obama speechwriter, weighing White House exit

IN THE LOOP | His departure may come after inaugural speech and State of the Union.

By Al Kamen  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

With women leaving Cabinet, advocates want even more top jobs

IN THE LOOP | With female Cabinet members poised to leave, advocates want even more women in top jobs.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City | Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Vilsack seen likely staying for second Obama term

IN THE LOOP | Latest word is that Christie Vilsack may be heading this way after losing tough House race.

By Al Kamen  |  03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, Transition, Tom Vilsack, Christie Vilsack, Steve King, President Obama, Agriculture, Cabinet, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/19/2012

The Holder Watch continues

Officials say he’d like to stay on another year.

By Al Kamen  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, Transition, Eric Holder, attorney general, Justice Department, Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Romney presidential transition team closes headquarters

The offices are to be closed by the end of day Friday.

By Al Kamen  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Romney, Romney transition office, office closes, General Services Administration, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Romney and Obama thinking about transition

A new federal law kicks in right after the conventions to allow the government to provide earlier support for both candidates to work up a plan before settling, or resettling, into the Oval Office.

By Al Kamen  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Romney, Obama, Bush, Clinton, transitions, planning, Clay Johnson, John Podesta, Ted Kaufman, 9/11, Presidential Transition Act, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop