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Tauscher leaving House seat for Clinton's State Department

March 19, 2009 Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., announced on Wednesday that she was leaving her House seat to accept the Obama administration's nomination as undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department. This could be an interesting choice for several reasons. The position was filled by an acting head, John...

McCain draws some union support

September 3, 2008 Skip Roberts is assistant director for the Service Employees International Union, a huge labor group that represents public service workers, nurses, and security guards. In the Twin Cities this week as he has entered elevators and receptions and talked to GOP delegates about where he works, the Vietnam veteran often...

Key agency posts remain empty

April 7, 2008 Woody Allen sagely observed that 90 percent of life is just showing up. At key federal offices, nobody is doing even that as upper-level positions go unfilled in the waning days of the Bush administration. In February, President Bush chastised the Democratic-controlled Senate for failing to confirm his choices for...

Younger generation redefines public service

November 21, 2007 President Kennedy's call for young people to serve their country once energized an entire generation, and government institutions such as the Peace Corps and the Foreign Service were often the beneficiaries. If a president made a similar appeal today, young people might respond by asking not what they could do...

Groups raise concerns about increased classification of documents

October 27, 2004 "The Bush Administration Is Secretive" has become a familiar story line in the press. And since the September 11 attacks, much of the media attention on secrecy has focused on the Justice Department's detainee policy and the murky legal issues involving the administration's labeling of terrorism suspects as "enemy combatants."...

NASA veteran a key player in global warming debate

May 28, 2004 James Hansen, a 37-year NASA veteran who directs the agency's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is the kind of expert whom presidents turn to for scientific briefings on climate change. Shortly after George W. Bush moved into the White House, for instance, he invited Hansen to talk to top administration...

FBI intelligence chief quietly beefs up agency's role

May 24, 2004 The Sept. 11 attacks and the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq have convinced many policy makers of the urgent need for intelligence reform. By July 26, the 9/11 commission is expected to reach conclusions about what changes are necessary and who should drive them. The White...

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