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Columbus, Ohio?

Yes, Columbus, Ohio, home of the fearsome Buckeyes. But there was no choice. The plane's two windshields had suddenly cracked. "They were both completely cracked in a sort of spider-web fashion," Daniels said in an interview.

An Ohio State Police trooper escorted Daniels from the airport to the local CBS News affiliate studio so he could make his scheduled appearance with Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation."

Meanwhile, Daniels said his aides booked him on a commercial flight to Washington. He arrived at the J.W. Marriott hotel downtown, home base for the National Governors Association meeting, just minutes before his scheduled interview with The Washington Post.

"It was not your ordinary day," Daniels quipped.

Names Named

After a long drought on the nomination front -- apparently to allow White House vetters to recheck candidates' taxes and nannies and such -- President Obama yesterday announced his picks for several top administration jobs:

Kathleen A. Merrigan, former administrator of the agricultural marketing service at the Agriculture Department, was tapped to be the department's deputy secretary.

Jon Cannon, former Environmental Protection Agency general counsel, is to be deputy EPA administrator.

New York Law School professor Seth Harris, who had been a senior Labor Department official in the Clinton administration, is the pick for the No. 2 job at Labor.

John Morton, acting chief of the Justice Department's domestic security section, is to be nominated as the assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security.

Ashton Carter, former assistant secretary of defense for international security policy, is the pick to be undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

April Boyd, chief of staff to Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif.), is the pick to be assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs at the Commerce Department.

And Denver lawyer Tom Strickland, a twice-unsuccessful Senate candidate in Colorado, was picked to be assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

With Philip Rucker


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