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Senate Republicans to block vote on Holder

Texas lawmaker says Obama pick for attorney general is "ambigious" on whether he will prosecute Bush officials for conducting torture.

Obama issues sweeping ethics orders

White House staff subject to strict rules on gifts, interaction with lobbyists; civil servants face more scrutiny as well.

Air Force announces possible locations for nuclear and cyber organizations

Officials plan to make final selections by the end of June, after considering criteria such as resident nuclear expertise and bandwidth capacity.

Self-Destructive Conservatism

The GOP is a party in danger of cannibalizing itself.

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Obama is sworn in, emphasizes need for effective government

In inaugural address before massive crowds on the National Mall, the new commander in chief says “programs will end” when they don’t work.

Senate confirms seven Cabinet-level nominees

Those approved after inauguration ceremony include heads of Energy, Education, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Interior and Agriculture.

More OMB, White House picks announced

Obama unveils nominees for a handful of key positions on the eve of the inauguration.

Obama inherits a much-improved FEMA

Outgoing administrator wasn’t sure the agency could be salvaged when he took over after Hurricane Katrina.

Obama then and now: Confirming an attorney general

President-elect's Senate votes on Bush nominees show his views on the position.

Former FBI chief supports AG nominee as 'man of integrity'

Ex-director says he believes Holder would be politically independent.