Obama names two for top Justice, State Department jobs

September 17, 2013
Richard Stengel (Getty Images/ Kris Connor) Richard Stengel
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President Obama said Tuesday that he would nominate Time Magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel to replace Tara Sonenshine as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Stengel had also been president and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia from 2004 to 2006 and had been senior adviser and chief speechwriter for former senator Bill Bradley’s 2000 presidential campaign.

As expected — although we thought it was going to be last week — Obama tapped former Enron prosecutor Leslie R. Caldwell to head the Justice Department’s criminal division. Caldwell, who led the Enron Task Force, is in private practice in New York. She has also been chief of the criminal division and the securities fraud section in the U.S. attorney’s office for the northern district of California.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.
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