Jeffress, who had been Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s national security counselor, was said to be his pick to succeed Lisa Monaco, who replaced CIA Director John Brennan as the White House chief homeland security and counterterrorism adviser.
Appears now that the White House is looking closely at the rest of the field of possibilities, particularly John Carlin, former chief of staff and senior counsel to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and now the acting assistant attorney general for national security.
Meanwhile, the White House announced that Caroline Atkinson will be the new deputy national security adviser for international economics, replacing Michael Froman, who was recently confirmed as U.S. trade representative.
Atkinson, formerly a top official at the International Monetary Fund and the Treasury Department, began her career right here at The Washington Post and other publications.
Filling the Cabinet
Look for two more Obama Cabinet officials to be confirmed this week. As expected, the Senate has agreed to a vote on the nominations of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be secretary of transportation and Penny Pritzker to be secretary of commerce.
In a brief statement Friday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were working to find a time to take up the votes.
Given that both nominees got unanimous votes in committee, it’s unlikely that the full Senate votes will be close.
That leaves two nominees —
Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to head the agency and Assistant Attorney General
to be secretary of labor — waiting for votes in July.
Brett Loper, a top aide to House Speaker John A. Boehner, is leaving the Hill to head up the Washington office of American Express.
The loss is a blow to Boehner (R-Ohio), who relied on Loper to help navigate tricky policy issues, particularly budget battles — and with upcoming action expected on the debt limit and immigration, no doubt he’ll be particularly missed.
“Brett has been an invaluable asset, not just to my office, but also the entire House Republican team,” the speaker said in a statement.
Loper is a longtime GOP aide whose résuméincludes a stint in the office of former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.). He has spent time off the Hill, too, including jobs at Fannie Mae and AdvaMed, the Advanced Medical Technology Association.
Boehner did not immediately announce Loper’s replacement.
With Emily Heil
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