More nominees; an assistant AG departs; and more questions remain on the Clarence Thomas quip (read-this roundup)

President Obama with Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

The moneymen (and women) — More nominations: President Obama has picked former federal prosecutor Mary Jo White to head up the Securities Exchange Commission and plans to nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for a full term (his recess appointment to the job is set to expire at the end of this year).

DOJ moves — As expected, Lanny Breuer, head of the criminal justice division at the Department of Justice, is leaving the agency after a tenure marked by the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking controversy.

Supremely funny? — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas shed more light on the joke he made from the bench last week — breaking a seven-year silence — but mysteries still remain. Who, exactly, was the target of the barb? Clearly, this is one for the ages...

Hear this — And here’s the highlight reel from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Guess we should rethink that prediction we made that the hearings would be a snoozefest...

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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