Oct 29, 2013 — The 2014 mid-term elections right now look like they could be a battle over the shutdown and Obamacare... a federal judge stopped parts of a Texas abortion law that would have decreased access to the procedure... Ohio's GOP Gov. Kasich defies his party to defend the social safety net for the poor.
Oct 11, 2013 — The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent nonprofit that defends press freedom, delivers a sharp critique of the Obama administration's "war on leaks and other efforts to control information."
Aug 2, 2013 — The Obama administration says it has solved a thorny issue that threatened the health insurance coverage of more than 10,000 congressional staffers. But critics say the administration is overstepping its legal authority.
Jun 5, 2013 — Rice, now the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., has been a lightning rod for Republican critics of how the administration responded to last September's attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya. She will replace Tom Donilon, who is resigning. Her new post does not require Senate confirmation.
May 2, 2013 — Penny Pritzker, a Chicago business executive, is one of the nation's richest people. She raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the president's campaigns. She also, Obama said Thursday, has "built companies from the ground up."
Feb 6, 2013 — Sally Jewell, REI's CEO, would succeed Secretary Ken Salazar. She's a former engineer at Mobil.
Jan 10, 2013 — The president has nominated his chief of staff. Jack Lew is also a former budget director in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He would replace Timothy Geithner, who plans to step down soon.
Jan 9, 2013 — Lew, who earlier was budget director in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, has long been thought to be the leading candidate to replace Timothy Geithner.