Jewell nomination roadblock; McCain may hold up Brennan; and Arne Duncan deployed in sequester fight (read-this roundup)


President Obama’s pick to be Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, could face a Senate obstacle. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Road to somewhere — Nominations often face roadblocks, but this one’s a bit more literal than most: Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski is holding up Interior Secretary nominee Sally Jewell over a “20-mile gravel road” in Murkowski’s home state of Alaska.

More questions — Sen. John McCain renewed his threat to hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director. The Arizona Republican also predicted former senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary would get a vote this week, but only if “questions are answered.”

Duncan deployed — Education Secretary Arne Duncan joins Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as one of President Obama’s sequestration Cabinet Cassandras with an appearance on the Sunday talk-show circuit.

Stay classy — A former congressional candidate got kicked out of a high-school wrestling match for badgering the referee.

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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