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Obama to name Julia Pierson as new Secret Service director

Julia Pierson

President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson, a veteran U.S. Secret Service agent and senior official, as the first female director of the agency, White House officials said Tuesday. Pierson, 53, began her career in the Secret Service as an agent in Miami three decades ago. She serves as the service’s chief of staff.


Obama nominates Tom Perez as Secretary of Labor

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Tom Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, as labor secretary, a cabinet member who will play a key role in the administration's efforts to raise the minimum wage and reform immigration laws.


Obama announces cabinet picks for budget office, EPA, energy

President Barack Obama announced three nominees for his second term cabinet on Monday, choosing a philanthropy expert to run the White House budget office, an air quality expert to run the Environmental Protection Agency and a scientist to lead the Energy department.


Obama to tap Walmart's Burwell for budget chief

A senior administration official says President Barack Obama will nominate Walmart's Sylvia Burwell as his budget chief.


President Obama to name Edith Ramirez head of Federal Trade Commission

President Barack Obama intends to name Edith Ramirez the chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Thursday.


Democrats confident they have votes to confirm Hagel

Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, has enough Senate votes committed to him to overcome a filibuster and secure the nomination, according to Sen. Carl Levin and an administration source working on the issue.


Senator vows to delay Obama's nominees over Libya

A leading Republican senator is threatening to hold up Senate confirmation of President Obama's nominees to lead the Defense Department and the CIA until the White House provides more answers about the deadly Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.


Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments and moved to curtail a chief executive's ability in the future to circumvent the Senate in such scenarios.


Obama picks foreign policy aide as chief of staff

President Barack Obama has chosen longtime trusted adviser and national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff.


Obama to nominate former prosecutor to lead SEC

Mary Jo White

President Obama will nominate Mary Jo White, a former prosecutor and one-time director of the Nasdaq stock exchange, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, a White House official said Thursday.


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