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It's Debt-Ceiling Madness Again. Why You Should Stay Calm (Sort Of)

April 10, 2013 The nation’s borrowing limit will be reached once again on May 19. Even though the Treasury Department can take so-called extraordinary measures to push the real deadline for default out to sometime this summer, it sounds an awful lot like 2011 when the country stood ready to default. But a...

Four Things to Know About Gina McCarthy, Obama's Pick to Head the EPA

February 21, 2013 President Obama is poised to pick Gina McCarthy, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, to head the EPA, Reuters reports. Here’s a few things you should know about McCarthy: She’s a tough-talking and enthusiastic Bostonian. McCarthy, who hails from Dorchester, Mass., is Irish...

A Look at Obama's Remaining Cabinet Picks

February 7, 2013 President Obama on Wednesday chose Sally Jewell, chief executive of the outdoor retailer REI, to succeed Ken Salazar as Interior Secretary and may be on the verge of picking hotel heiress and longtime supporter Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary. Here is a look at the changes Obama has made to...

Who is Sally Jewell, Obama's choice for Interior Secretary?

February 6, 2013 Here is what you need to know about Sally Jewell, President Obama's pick to replace Ken Salazar as Interior secretary: She’s a businesswoman. Jewell is president and CEO of Recreational Equipment Inc., an outdoor and recreational retailer. REI is ranked 17th on FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work for” list,...

Obama's Cabinet and other top jobs

February 5, 2013 President Obama has already announced many of the most high-profile posts in his second-term Cabinet, but he still has many decisions left to make. Here are the positions left to fill and the leading contenders: Commerce Secretary. The Commerce Department has been run by an acting secretary ever since John...

Super Bowl blackout could energize a debate on power grid

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Questions remain over what caused the half-hour power outage during Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Orleans. What is clear is that advocates of improving the nation’s energy infrastructure see it as a metaphor. “I think any of you who watched the Super Bowl last night know that energy is not...

The perils of bypassing Congress

January 29, 2013 If a president's first term is about reelection, his second is about history. And as President Obama made clear in his inaugural address last week, he is hoping to make history by tackling climate change. But as he butts up against Congress on gun control, immigration reform and a slew...

Obama kicks off new fight over consumer watchdog

January 25, 2013 President Obama’s re-nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reignites the battle that raged last year over the structure of the regulatory agency created under the landmark Dodd-Frank financial-reform law. Republicans have criticized the consumer watchdog agency, which regulates products ranging from home mortgages to credit...

Economists Pan Debt Ceiling’s Very Existence

January 16, 2013 Congressional Republicans may enjoy the leverage the debt ceiling gives them, but economists dislike its very existence. The University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s Initiative on Global Markets regularly polls economists on major public policy issues. This week’s statement, “Because all federal spending and taxes must be approved by...

Your guide to Obama's staff reshuffling

January 7, 2013 With the inauguration coming up in a few weeks, President Obama has begun shuffling top administration jobs for his second term. Here is National Journal's guide to the expected changes: The Upcoming Appointments Attorney General. Eric Holder doesn’t plan to be the “Janet Reno of the Justice Department,” he said...

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