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June 11, 2011 | By Meera Louis, Bloomberg News
President Obama intends to nominate Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Vice Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg to succeed Sheila Bair as chairman, according to a White House statement issued Friday night. Gruenberg has been the agency's vice chairman since 2005 and was acting chairman for six months in 2005 and 2006. He would replace Bair, who was appointed by President George W. Bush and took office in June 2006. She led the agency through the worst wave of banking failures since the savings-and-loan crisis of the 1980s.
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April 17, 2010 | By James Osborne INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gov. Christie's nominee to head the state Department of Children and Families withdrew from consideration for the post on Friday. In a letter to the governor, Janet Rosenzweig said the confirmation process was "distracting from the important work of this department. " She did not offer further explanation. Last month, Rosenzweig faced tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, in particular about her past work for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
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October 7, 1987 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, Daily News Staff Writer
Jasmine Silva may be only 5 1/2, but she continues to make her small voice heard. The first-grader from North Philadelphia is best known as probably the youngest member of the press corps ever to interview President Reagan. Jasmine, representing the Children's Free Press, met Reagan at a fund-raiser in Philadelphia for U.S. Sen. John Heinz last month during the Constitution bicentennial. She asked Reagan, she said afterward, "if Judge (Robert) Bork would be good for the future, and he said 'yes.
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June 23, 1997 | By Donald Kaul Donald Kaul is a syndicated columnist
Ihave a confession to make. I was brainwashed by conservatives. I know, I know - next to telling the National Enquirer you've been kidnapped by alien creatures, it's the most embarrassing admission you can make, but there it is. I'm not sure how it happened. One minute, I was keeping my guard up against right-wing blather; the next, I'd fallen victim to a sucker punch, from Robert Bork, of all people. You remember Bork. After playing a Rosencrantz/Guildenstern role in the Watergate Follies, he hit big time when nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan.
NEWS
February 3, 1991 | By Jill Morrison, Special to The Inquirer
For most college-bound high school seniors, the last few months of the school year are a time of nervous waiting - waiting to find out what university sweat shirt they will don come August. But some Bucks County students who have been nominated to one or several military academies by U.S. Rep. Peter Kostmayer are especially anxious to find out their fate. They want to serve their country, and the war in the Persian Gulf has fueled their desire. "It's made me pursue this even more," said Timothy Komada, a senior at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Holland and nominee for the Air Force and Naval Academies as well as West Point.
NEWS
July 10, 2005
The Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to conduct one of the most important job interviews in decades. The senators shouldn't beat around the bush with the applicant. Even before President Bush nominates a candidate for the Supreme Court, partisans on both sides are trying to manipulate the ground rules. Some who want the court to outlaw abortion, for example, argue that it's inappropriate for lawmakers to press a nominee on his/her views about the subject. By trying to limit this line of inquiry, they hope to enable a conservative justice who's hostile to Roe v. Wade to be confirmed with a minimum of probing questions.
SPORTS
October 15, 2010
Nominations are being accepted for deserving high school football players for the Leonard Weaver/Daily News award. If you are a high school coach and wish to have a player considered, please send an e-mail to Daily News assistant sports editor Chuck Bausman at bausmac@phillynews.com . Please include information about the players' academic and athletic achievement, and contact information for us to reach him. Nominations will only be accepted from coaches.  
NEWS
February 9, 1987 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr., Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
Once again, most of the attention in the capital this week will focus on the Senate and its confirmation process of Gov. Casey's nominees for state treasurer and Cabinet positions. The House of Representatives, while in session, is not expected to consider any major legislation on the floor. So far this session, 232 bills have been referred to House committees, where they will be discussed first. Stephen C. MacNett, top aide to Senate Majority Leader John Stauffer (R., Chester)
NEWS
July 18, 1991 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in memory, the Senate has spurned a presidential nomination to the largest advisory panel of the National Endowment for the Humanities. In a 9-8 vote yesterday, the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee rejected the appointment of Carol Iannone, a professor in the Gallatin Division of New York University, to the 26-member National Council on the Humanities. The largely partisan vote climaxed a bitter and lengthy controversy pitting Lynne V. Cheney, head of the endowment, against many of the nation's largest scholarly groups, led by the 29,000-member Modern Language Association (MLA)
NEWS
March 24, 2012 | By Jim Kuhnhenn and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
WEST MONROE, La. - Facing heightened pressure to revive his presidential bid, Rick Santorum was forced to explain another apparent misstep as he courted Louisiana voters Friday, the eve of a critical contest in a Republican nomination battle that increasingly favors Mitt Romney. Santorum said he would support the eventual GOP nominee if it isn't him despite what he insisted were similarities between front-runner Romney and President Obama that make them indistinguishable on some issues.
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March 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - To many Democrats, Debo Adegbile was a renowned voting rights lawyer, the perfect pick to lead the Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights. To Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and the Fraternal Order of Police, he was a lawyer who took part in a widespread effort to lionize one of Philadelphia's most notorious criminals, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Because Democrats control the Senate, President Obama had the upper hand. But with a famous cop killer hanging over the vote, Toomey turned Abu-Jamal's celebrity status against him and rounded up Republicans and seven Democrats to block Adegbile's ascent last week.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
DISTRICT Attorney Seth Williams, typically an ardent supporter of President Obama, joined with congressional Republicans yesterday in opposing the nomination of Debo Adegbile to a top Justice Department post. Williams said in a news conference that Adegbile's role in defending convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is the crux of why he, too, objects to the nomination. Adegbile was Obama's top pick to head the Justice Department's civil-rights division. He was head of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund at the time it was fighting against the death penalty for Abu-Jamal.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - Mumia Abu-Jamal, a name that for more than three decades has stirred emotional divisions in Philadelphia and across oceans, was at the center of a stunning defeat for President Obama on Wednesday as the Senate blocked a presidential nominee who had worked on the convicted cop killer's death penalty appeal. By a 52-47 vote, Republicans and eight Democrats blocked a key procedural step in the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer whom Obama had tapped to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Carrie Rickey, For The Inquirer
Oscar angst typically besets nominees who attend the awards ceremony. This year, though, it's palpable onscreen as well. The anxiety coursing through the plots of the nine best-picture contenders promises to be higher than that among the human hopefuls Sunday night inside Hollywood's Dolby Theater. As freeman Solomon Northup, shackled into bondage by abductors in 12 Years a Slave , Chiwetel Ejiofor utters the emblematic line among those nine films: "I don't want to survive, I want to live!"
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.) said Friday he would vote against confirming an Obama administration nominee whose past efforts to overturn the death sentence of convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal have drawn Republican ire. Casey's decision, described in a statement he released late Friday, makes him one of the only Senate Democrats to have publicly opposed lawyer Debo Adegbile as the president's pick to lead the Justice Department's...
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A day before a key Senate vote on President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to head a key Justice Department post, civil rights leaders moved to defuse opposition based on his link to appeals filed on behalf of Philadelphia cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Adegbile is "one of the preeminent civil rights attorneys of his generation," Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, told reporters Wednesday in a news conference. Henderson said opponents of Adegbile's nomination as chief of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were using the always-volatile case of Abu-Jamal to "shout down" and "hijack" the nomination.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | staff
The nominees Best Picture: "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave," "The Wolf of Wall Street. " Actor: Christian Bale, "American Hustle"; Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"; Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club. " Actress: Amy Adams, "American Hustle"; Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"; Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"; Judi Dench, "Philomena"; Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Sesame Street viewers may remember him as Debo, the little boy who chatted with Grover about the letter S in the 1970s. But to the National Fraternal Order of Police, Debo Adegbile is a civil rights lawyer who "turned the justice system on its head" by providing legal assistance for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The police group is fighting Adegbile's nomination by President Obama to head voter-rights enforcement at the Department of Justice. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican, sent a letter to Obama calling Adegbile's nomination "a direct affront to the thousands of law enforcement officials who serve in harm's way to protect our families.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama's choice to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Homeland Security used his appearance before a Senate panel Thursday to adamantly deny allegations that he helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa. But the lawmakers who may need the most convincing - the eight Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security Committee - weren't in the room for the nearly two-hour confirmation hearing. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the panel's ranking Republican, said in a statement that he wouldn't participate in the hearing until allegations against Alejandro Mayorkas were resolved.
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