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Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Obama judge withdrawn, a slate of nominees, plus some embassy shuffles (Revolving Door)

The White House on Monday ended the twisting-in-the wind nomination of Charles Bernard Day to be federal district judge for the District of Maryland. Day’s nomination hung around the Senate for ten months, but he never got a Judiciary Committee hearing.

Meanwhile, the administration also named a few other nominees, including Rebecca Blank to the perch of Deputy Secretary at the Commerce Department (on the heels of the confirmation of new Commerce head John Bryson). Blank was acting deputy.

Jessica Rosenworcel, a top Democratic Senate aide, was tapped to be commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission.

And retired Army Special Forces officer Michael Sheehan got the White House nod to be the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for SOLIC (that’s Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict to us civilians).

Catching up on some embassy moves in recent weeks. . . Florida real estate developer and mega-donor Robert Mandell has been confirmed to be ambassador to Luxembourg and Mark Francis Brzezinski to Sweden.

Mandell replaces another generous Obama donor, Cynthia Stroum, who quit after a State Department report found the tiny embassy in Luxembourg in chaos because of her “aggressive, bullying, hostile, and intimidating” behavior. Loop fans may recall that two career officers took assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan rather than stay in Luxembourg.

And yes, Brzezinski, a Washington lawyer and former National Security Council aide, is the son of Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and brother of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski.

By  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/01/2011

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