Nation Digest: Salazar won't run for Colorado governor
Gates to stay in post for another year
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration, will remain in his Cabinet post for at least another year, his spokesman said Thursday.
Gates's tenure in the Obama administration was never spelled out but was assumed to be for at least one year.
Keeping Gates on for another year means he will be in place to manage the expansion of the Afghanistan war through the summer and to look toward the first U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, planned for the summer of 2011. He also would oversee the halving of U.S. forces in Iraq to about 50,000.
-- Associated Press
Salazar stays out of governor's race: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that he will not run for governor of Colorado, and he endorsed Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for the job. Salazar's decision increased the chances that Hickenlooper will be the Democratic candidate to replace Gov. Bill Ritter (D), who announced his retirement this week.
N.J. Senate defeats same-sex marriage bill: New Jersey's state Senate defeated a bill Thursday that would have legalized same-sex marriage, a move that probably stalls the measure for several years. Backers had hoped to get it signed into law before Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D) leaves office Jan. 19.
-- From staff and news services