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September 23, 2014

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September 22, 2014

Obama Won’t Withdraw Boggs Nomination (Updated)

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:20 p.m. | President Barack Obama still supports the nomination of Michael P. Boggs for a federal judgeship in Georgia, even though Sen. Patrick J. Leahy told The New York Times there aren’t enough votes for confirmation.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at Monday’s briefing that the president still supports Boggs and said the president was not considering withdrawing the pick despite the report quoting Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a Vermont Democrat.

Leahy confirmed his statement to CQ Roll Call Monday, and said he also spoke to the two Georgia Republican senators backing Boggs — Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.

“After talking with Judiciary Committee members, I advised the Georgia Senators that Judge Boggs does not have the votes in committee to be reported. His nomination should be withdrawn,” Leahy said in a statement late Monday.

The nomination of Boggs, a Democrat, has been extremely controversial, with numerous liberal groups blasting the pick as well as Georgia Democrats, led by Rep. David Scott, who has ripped Boggs’ record as a state legislator on the Confederate flag, abortion and other issues. Full story

May 30, 2014

Ahead of Meeting With Obama, Shinseki Apologizes for VA Scandal, Asks Congress for Help

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10 a.m. | Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for the scandal rocking his department Friday, but he did not resign ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama this morning.

“I apologize,” to Congress, the public and to the veterans, Shinseki said — calling the findings of systemic shortcomings in VA health care unacceptable.

“Leadership and integrity problems can and must be fixed, and now,” he said, announcing a series of changes that include plans to remove any leader who tolerated deception in scheduling practices.

Obama said in a taped interview airing this morning on “Live With Kelly and Michael” that he plans to have a “serious conversation” with Shinseki about whether he has the capacity to fix the VA’s problems.

“I don’t want any veteran to not be getting the kind of services they deserved,” the president said.
Full story

May 23, 2014

Julián Castro Gets Nod at HUD, Shaun Donovan to OMB

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Julián Castro gave the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Julián Castro is going to Washington. President Barack Obama will make it official Friday afternoon, when he will announce his intent to nominate Castro to be the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan taking over at the Office of Management and Budget.

Castro has already been seen as a potential national player in Democratic politics, getting tapped by Obama as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, although the housing post hasn’t generally been a stepping stone to greatness. He will add another Latino to the president’s Cabinet, joining Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. Like Obama, he has a Harvard law degree.

He’ll still have to navigate the Senate confirmation process, but Republicans will not be able to filibuster either nomination after Democrats last year detonated the “nuclear option” getting rid of the 60-vote rule for nominations. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 9:24 a.m.
Nominations

May 12, 2014

White House, Boehner Rebuff Calls for Shinseki to Resign

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Despite calls from GOP lawmakers, Shinseki has the support of Obama and Boehner. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner agree on something — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should not resign, despite calls from a number of Boehner’s fellow Republicans for him to go.

On Monday, 16 House Republicans, led by Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski, wrote to Obama asking him to remove Shinseki and two others in the VA’s top leadership.

“Recent revelations about avoidable patient deaths, delayed treatments, falsified records, secret waiting lists, and cancelled appointments, coupled with systemic IT security failures, project cost overruns, and a backlog that has more than doubled since 2009, clearly demonstrate widespread incompetence and a lack of transparency within the Department of Veterans Affairs. … Enough is enough,” the lawmakers wrote. Full story

May 6, 2014

Senators, Not Public, Get to See Secret Drone Memo

The White House is letting senators view a classified drone memo justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, Niels Lesniewski reports. But the public won’t get the same opportunity.

The White House told Niels that the memo would only be viewable in a classified setting.

Read Niels’ story at #WGDB.

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