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July 11, 2013
The Senate can show a modicum of civility this summer by confirming qualified nominees to a trio of important federal agencies. Senators should stop sitting on President Obama's March nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy joined the EPA in 2009 after many years as a state regulator. Also in limbo is the leadership of the Department of Labor. In March, Obama nominated Thomas Perez, whose background as head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division makes him well qualified to head the department.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved President Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to Libya, a post that has been vacant since insurgents attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi in September, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. With little discussion, the panel on a voice vote approved Deborah Kay Jones, a career diplomat who has served in Kuwait, Argentina, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.)
SPORTS
April 11, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
NASCAR CHAMPION Dale Jarrett headlined the 25 nominees announced Wednesday for next year's Hall of Fame class - a list that finally includes track magnate Bruton Smith . Only five nominees are new to the list, with the other 20 carrying over from last year. Joining Jarrett and Smith as the new nominees were engine builder Maurice Petty , five-time NASCAR weekly series national champion Larry Phillips and 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White . Five people will be selected for induction into the fifth Hall of Fame Class in May 22 voting by a 54-member panel.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School is one of three nominations made Tuesday by President Obama for appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Philip A. Miscimarra, a Penn law school graduate, serves as managing director of the Wharton Center for Human Resources Research Advisory Group and is the employment law adviser to Wharton's Financial Services Group. Miscimarra is a partner in Morgan Lewis's labor and employment practice in Chicago, a cochair of the firm's Workforce Change practice and is one of two Republican nominees to the five-member board.
NEWS
March 13, 2013 | By Lindsay Wise, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - Richard Cordray received polite questions - and even a few compliments - from a panel of U.S. senators at his nomination hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill. After two hours of testimony, however, his chances for being confirmed as director of Washington's newest consumer watchdog agency looked grim. Members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee did not dispute the former Ohio attorney general's background or his qualifications to serve as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday nominated MIT professor Ernest Moniz as energy secretary, Environmental Protection Agency official Gina McCarthy as EPA administrator, and Wal-Mart executive Sylvia Mathews Burwell as White House budget director. In a ceremony at the White House with all three nominees, Obama hailed their predecessors and said he was confident that their successors would pursue his administration's goals of achieving energy independence, creating more clean-energy jobs, fighting climate change and reigniting economic growth.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Want to get the most out of Sunday's Academy Awards? Take time out to watch some top nominees on disc. Many already are out on DVD and Blu-ray. Some are due in the next few weeks. Argo. Ben Affleck's third film as a director is an intense drama about a 1979 CIA operation to rescue six Americans who escaped the embassy in Tehran before militants stormed it, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. It has picked up seven Oscar nods, including best picture and best supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
FOOD
February 22, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: First, a big congrats goes out to all the local chefs and restaurateurs who were nominated as national semifinalists for James Beard Foundation Awards: Vernick Food and Drink (best new restaurant); Marc Vetri (outstanding chef); Vetri (oustanding service); Fountain Restaurant (outstanding service); Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (outstanding bar program); Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (outstanding pastry chef)
FOOD
February 21, 2013 | Craig LaBan
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: First, a big congrats goes out to all the local chefs and restaurateurs who were nominated as national semifinalists for James Beard Foundation Awards: Vernick Food and Drink (best new restaurant); Marc Vetri (outstanding chef); Vetri (oustanding service); Fountain Restaurant (outstanding service); Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (outstanding bar program); Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (outstanding pastry chef)
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
I know from watching the recent Senate confirmation hearing what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) thinks of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, for once having used the words "Jewish lobby" in an interview. (Hagel has since said he regrets his word choice.) But Graham's testy questioning of Hagel made me wonder about someone else's reaction - the Middle East negotiator to whom Hagel had made the comment. So I asked Aaron David Miller, a distinguished scholar and vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
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