More WH staff and other nominations expected; DOJ official’s pronoun problem; and feds’ lost vacation day (read-this roundup)


(Charles Dharapak/AP)

More nominations afoot? — The White House seems poised to announce more Cabinet names this week, in addition to Chuck Hagel for secretary of Defense and John Brennan for CIA chief. Officials say to ready for “a busy week of announcements about who will fill Obama’s second-term Cabinet and senior staff positions.”

O h, what a difference a pronoun makes — The ambiguous use of the word “it” in an e-mail about a gun-walking program caused Justice Department official Jason Weinstein to get caught up in the “Fast and Furious” controversy. In a profile, he bemoans that he “got more press for a bad pronoun reference in one e-mail than all the murder cases in my career.”

Inauguration consternation — Some folks might be excited about the pomp and circumstance of an inauguration, but it’s costing federal workers a holiday.

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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