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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Can President Hollande turn things around?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Can President Hollande turn things around?

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The Takeaway

Chuck Hagel Provokes Senate Showdown

Friday, February 15, 2013

Senator John Kerry may have sailed through his confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, but a showdown is brewing over Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has the latest from Capitol Hill. 

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The One Trillion Dollars Gabfest

Friday, January 11, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: An embattled Chuck Hagel, a debt ceiling coin and Obama's white men problem.

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The Takeaway

Men Dominate President Obama's Second-Term Cabinet Picks

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

It's the season for a changing of the guard in Washington. Among the new faces being nominated by President Obama, there's no one of color nor any women. Marie Wilson, founder of the White House Project, a New York-based nonprofit group, has spent her career advocating for women’s leadership in the highest echelons of government.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Susan Rice Confirmation and Other Cabinet Openings

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ed O'Keefe, 2Chambers columnist for the Washington Post, will discuss the ongoing debate over Susan Rice's confirmation, and other open cabinet positions for Obama's second term.

Who'd be in your "fantasy cabinet." Nominate someone who you'd like to see Obama appoint for State, Defense, Education, or any other second-term post! Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Cabinet and Intervention in Libya

Thursday, March 24, 2011

President Obama made the decision to use U.S. military forces in Libya in his role as the top of American government's executive branch. But the president's cabinet and circle of advisers play an important role in policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates come from different areas of the political spectrum, and their positions on Libya have appeared to be quite different. Will the relationship between President Obama's advisers complicate the endgame in Libya?

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The Takeaway

Third time's the charm? Former Gov. Gary Locke may be pick for Commerce Secretary

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Former Washington State Governor Gary Locke is reportedly President Obama’s pick for Commerce Secretary. His third pick... but hey, who’s counting? In Locke, Obama has found a nominee with extensive U.S.—China trade credentials who is also an Eagle Scout. For more details on this new pick, we are joined by Tom Banse a regional correspondent for Northwest Public Radio who covered Governor Locke from 1996 - 2004.

Who will Gary Locke be sitting next to if he becomes Commerce Secretary? Check out our handy guide to President Obama's cabinet for the answer.

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The Takeaway

Washington eyes Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for head of HHS

Friday, February 20, 2009

There are reports that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is about to be selected as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services in President Obama’s cabinet. She has a history of involvement in health care reform in Kansas. And, as a Democrat in a largely Republican state, she’s developed a reputation for bipartisanship. We’re joined by Steve Kraske at KCUR in Kansas City, a political columnist for the Kansas City Star and public affairs talk show host in KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri, who has followed Ms. Sebelius' political career. We are also joined by Time Magazine's Jay Newton-Small for some Washington perspective.

Who else is in President Obama's cabinet? Check out our handy guide!

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The Takeaway

It's not you, it's me: Judd Gregg withdraws nomination

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican who was asked to join President Obama's Cabinet as Commerce secretary, has declined the invitation. He announced his decision at a press conference yesterday, claiming it would be "difficult day in and day out to serve in this cabinet." We are joined by Charles Mahtesian, national political editor for Politico.com for more details on Gregg's decision.

For a look at who is in the president's Cabinet, check out our handy guide.

Judd Gregg's press conference on his decision to withdraw:

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The Takeaway

Third times the charm? Judd Gregg withdraws as commerce secretary

Friday, February 13, 2009

There was more upheaval in the formation of President Obama's cabinet yesterday when New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, a Republican, withdrew his nomination to be commerce secretary. The Senator cited "irresolvable conflicts" on the stimulus and the census as reasons for his withdrawal. Josh Rogers, reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, analyzes this latest glitch in the President's efforts to be bipartisan.

For a look at who is in the President's cabinet, check out our handy guide.

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The Takeaway

The Idiot's Guide to vetting a cabinet nominee

Monday, February 09, 2009

Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Nancy Kilefer, Tim Geithner, and now Hilda Solis. What do all these names have in common? They were all named to top jobs in President Obama's administration. And all of them stumbled (or fell) due to questions that arose during the confirmation process. Does President Obama have a vetting problem? To answer that question we are joined by Kenneth Gross, a vetting expert who worked with President Bill Clinton.

To see more about President Obama's cabinet picks, see our guide to his inner circle.

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The Takeaway

The stimulus and Daschle make for a rough week for President Obama

Friday, February 06, 2009

It was a rough week for President Obama. He lost the candidates he had nominated for two important jobs in his administration and didn't achieve the bipartisan consensus he wanted on the stimulus bill. Takeaway Correspondent Andrea Bernstein and Todd Zwillich, Reporter for Capitol News Connection, join Adaora and John to take a look back at the second full week of the Obama presidency.

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The Takeaway

Shock on Capitol Hill as Daschle withdraws his nomination for HHS

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A day after President Obama announced he would stand by his man, Tom Daschle, the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department, has withdrawn his name for consideration. His abrupt decision left everyone from reporters to the Obama administration scrambling. In the end, President Obama made the media rounds last night taking full responsibility for the situation. For more we turn to Todd Zwillich of Capitol News Connection in Washington, D.C.

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The Takeaway

New Hampshire enters Senate appointment drama

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

After the dramatic appointments of replacement Senators in New York and Illinois, is the nation ready for another one? President Obama would like to nominate New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg, a Republican, as Secretary of Commerce. But, Sen. Gregg will only accept the nomination if the New Hampshire governor, a Democrat, will replace him with another Republican. It's party politics at its finest and Josh Rogers, a reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio, is here with all the details.

Click here for more on Obama's cabinet picks.

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The Takeaway

Today in Washington, the Senate will add amendments to the stimulus plan

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Amendments to the Obama economic stimulus plan will be offered in the Senate starting today. But, first there is more drama regarding President Obama's cabinet picks. Tom Daschle's confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services hit a road bump when it turned out that a driver from a friend is technically income and as we all know you have to pay taxes on income. How is this playing out on Capitol Hill? We’re asking Capitol News Connection’s Todd Zwillich.

For more of The Takeaway's coverage of President Obama's cabinet selections, click here!

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The Takeaway

The new EPA under the Obama administration

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Currently Lisa Jackson is the Commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection, but hopefully next week she will become the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. What lies in store for her in this role, especially since President-elect Obama is creating new environmental positions in his administration? With a new energy czar on staff, will the role of the EPA be diminished? Who better to answer these questions than Christine Todd Whitman, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Bush administration?

For on President-elect Obama's cabinet picks, check out our handy guide.

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The Takeaway

A new chapter for Senator Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Senator Hillary Clinton goes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today for confirmation hearings. For insight into what we might expect if Clinton takes the reins as Secretary of State, The Takeaway turns to Washington Post Group syndicated columnist Maria Cocco, who has covered Senator Clinton since 1993.

For more on the President-elect's cabinet selections, check out our guide to his inner circle.

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The Takeaway

Hilda Solis heads to the Hill for confirmation hearings

Friday, January 09, 2009

Confirmation hearings for Representative Hilda Solis, D-Calif., President-elect Barack Obama’s pick for Labor secretary are set to begin today. All eyes are on this confirmation as job creation is instrumental in executing Mr. Obama’s economic stimulus plan. Joseph McCartin, a labor historian and associate professor at Georgetown University, join us to share his impression of Rep. Solis and the job she will take on if she is confirmed.

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The Takeaway

Panetta appointment sparks grumbling

Thursday, January 08, 2009

When Barack Obama tapped Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, Leon Panetta, to be director of the CIA there was some grumbling in intelligence circles. And the grumbling hasn’t stopped. For an insider's take on the appointment we turn to Sam Faddis a retired CIA operations officer (we think that means spy) and author of the book, "Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War inside Iraq."

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The Takeaway

Hey big performer! A look at the new post of Chief Performance Officer

Thursday, January 08, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama has announced the appointment of a Chief Performance Officer to oversee… well, to oversee government performance. It’s unclear what is in store for former McKinsey & Co. consultant Nancy Killefer, who has accepted the new post. But one thing is sure: It’s going to be a really big job. For more on what the CPO gig may involve, we’re joined by Max Stier, the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.

Watch the press conference introducing Nancy Killefer.

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