Obama's choice for attorney general was approved on a 17-2 vote.
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Tax and real estate data collection for secretary-designate Tom Daschle has taken longer than anticipated.
Efforts have focused too heavily on achieving narrow targets and earning good marks on OMB assessments, author says.
Academic says every new administration hopes to convey "competence and mastery of issues" to the public.
There are two Americas -- one that watched the inauguration with hope, and another that looked on with skepticism.
Concerns about delinquent taxes not enough to block Treasury chief's nomination.
Appropriations Committee's portion of the package contains $365 billion in discretionary spending.
Hacked information could be used for targeted phishing attacks and other scams.
Defense secretary vows to combat a culture that hinders effective procurement practices.
Even the Pentagon will need to cut back in the face of the economic crisis.