President Obama praised outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base-Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., saying Hagel's greatest impact has been his own "example."
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, said she does not agree with Obama's views on marijuana legalization saying, "It is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization."
With their ranks severely depleted and with no control over the chamber’s agenda, they are now the most tangible symbols of the party’s recent electoral defeats. And the wreckage has made discussions about the future difficult and divisive.
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the administration's proposal to end tax benefits for college savings accounts known as 529s "was a distraction" and that it hoped to move forward with other parts of its plan.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) praised attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch Wednesday and urged members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider her qualifications, not the Obama administration's policies, when voting on her nomination.