A few items that caught our attention today:
Congressional Black Caucus questions Obama’s Cabinet diversity. The chairman of the group wrote to the White House on Monday, saying she is disappointed by the president’s all-white slate of second-term nominees, according to In the Loop.
A geyser of discontent at Yellowstone. The effects of sequestration are expected to take a heavy toll at the national park, with seasonal workers, small businesses and the public all feeling the cuts, according to a front-page article in Monday’s Washington Post.
Republicans “want what’s best for the country.” Believe it or not, those were the words of President Obama, who has tried to make nice with GOP leaders during the past week while urging Congress to reach deals over the budget, immigration and gun control. Politico provided the analysis.
Obama likely to nominate Thomas Perez for labor secretary. Reports say the president will probably nominate the Justice Department civil rights official, who used to serve as Maryland’s labor secretary, as early as Monday. Learn more about Obama’s pick with a profile of Perez from The Washington Post.
Federal workers owe billions in back taxes. The IRS on Friday said that 312,000 federal workers and retirees owed more than $3.5 billion in back taxes as of Sept. 30, 2011. Those numbers were up from the previous year, according to an article from The Associated Press.
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