Political Headlines January 25, 2013: US Court of Appeals DC Circuit: President Barack Obama’s Labor Board Recess Appointments Are Unconstitutional

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

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Court: Obama appointments are unconstitutional

Source: AP, 1-25-13

In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president’s ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies….READ MORE

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Full Text Obama Presidency January 25, 2013: President Barack Obama Announces Key White House Posts

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

President Obama Announces Key White House Posts

Source: WH, 1-25-13 

Today, President Barack Obama announced the following individuals will serve in key White House posts:

• Denis McDonough – White House Chief of Staff
• Rob Nabors – Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Policy
• Antony Blinken – Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
• Danielle Gray – Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary
• Katy Kale – Assistant to the President for Management and Administration
• Lisa Monaco – Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor
• Jennifer Palmieri – Assistant to the President and Communications Director
• Dan Pfeiffer – Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
• Miguel Rodriguez –Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs
• David Simas – Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

President Obama said, “The challenges we face as a country, from rebuilding middle class security to strengthening our national security are complicated, and require thoughtful, comprehensive solutions.  That’s why I am proud to announce a team with the deep expertise necessary to move our country forward.  From growing the economy and shrinking our deficits, to keeping our country safe and addressing the dangers of climate change, these are people who will not rest until we get the job done. Led by Denis, this team is an extraordinary group of talented individuals with whom I will be honored to work.”

Political Headlines January 25, 2013: President Barack Obama Names Denis McDonough His New Chief of Staff

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Obama to Name Denis McDonough as His New Chief of Staff

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-25-13

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President Obama on Friday will introduce Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough as his next chief of staff, according to a White House official.

McDonough will replace Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.  If confirmed by the Senate, Lew will replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, the longest-serving member of Obama’s economic team….READ MORE

Full Text Obama Presidency January 25, 2013: President Barack Obama’s State on the Departure of Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 113TH CONGRESS:

Statement from the President on the Departure of Chris Lu

Source: WH, 1-25-13 

The White House today announced the departure of Chris Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.

President Obama said, “Chris Lu is one of my longest-serving and closest advisors, first crafting my legislative agenda in the Senate, then leading my Presidential transition, and most recently, managing my relations with the Cabinet.  Through his dedication and tireless efforts, Chris has overseen one of the most stable and effective Cabinets in history – a Cabinet that has produced extraordinary accomplishments over the past four years.  For that reason, I have asked Chris to consider other opportunities to serve in my Administration, and after he enjoys some time off, I hope he will consider those opportunities.  I know I speak on behalf of the entire Cabinet in thanking Chris for his friendship and exceptional service to our nation.”

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