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Stories with subject: Cabinet appointments and nominations
  • Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 4:51 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday.

  • AP sources: Work to free US soldier disorganized 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:30 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Critics of the U.S. government's nearly five-year effort to seek the release of the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan claim the work suffers from disorganization and poor communication among numerous federal agencies involved, leaving his captors unclear which U.S. officials have the authority to make a deal.

  • Emails show little work by Iowa official after cut 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 3:14 pm
  • IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's chief deputy conducted virtually no state business by email during his final seven months of employment after learning his job was eliminated, according to records released Thursday.

  • Coakley 1st to submit signatures for governor 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 3:33 pm
  • BOSTON - Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday became the first candidate for Massachusetts governor to formally submit nomination signatures to the secretary of state's office, and said she was taking nothing for granted despite recent polls suggesting she is the early front-runner.

  • UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 9:28 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides.

  • Chelsea Clinton expecting 1st child 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:59 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.

  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 5:53 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry.

  • US optimism ebbs over Myanmar reforms 
    Updated: Apr-04-14 4:05 am
  • WASHINGTON - Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over the nation's embrace of democracy is waning and concern over the plight of minority Muslims is growing.

  • Walker ally Jim Villa gets new UW job 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 3:48 pm
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - Gov. Scott Walker's former chief of staff at the county level has been selected for a new high profile job at the University of Wisconsin System.

  • Governor's tactic delays Senate cabinet approval 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 11:41 am
  • SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Pat Quinn used a procedural move sidestepping a deadline to have two cabinet members reappointments approved by the state Senate.

  • Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger dies 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 7:27 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Onetime economics professor and longtime nuclear strategist James R. Schlesinger was a political man for all seasons, holding a long string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three administrations. He was hired - and dismissed - by presidents of both parties.

  • Field for South Dakota US Senate seat set 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 6:29 pm
  • SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Five Republicans, one Democrat and one independent have been approved to appear on the ballot for the South Dakota U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by Tim Johnson.