A nomination fight at ATF; McDonough’s swearing skills; fed offices brave the snow (read-this roundup)

January 17, 2013

Acting ATF Director Todd Jones is President Obama’s pick to permanently lead the agency. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

Oh, #@**! — Denis McDonough, who’s likely to be named White House chief of staff, has at least one thing in common with another guy who’s held that job. He is “is not adverse to cursing those who have frustrated or angered him,” which sure reminds us of Rahm Emanuel.

Open for business — Washington is doing the predictable pre-snow freak-out routine, but federal offices are bravely staying open, despite a small chance there will be a light blanketing of the white stuff.

Meanwhile, the scramble for inauguration tickets is on.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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