Barack Obama is filling his administration’s top ranks more quickly than any of his recent predecessors.
Representative Xavier Becerra, Democrat of California, would punch several political tickets at once as the president-elect’s chief trade negotiator.
In another regulatory action in the waning days of the Bush administration, the Interior Department unveiled a new rule that challenges Congress’s authority to prevent mining planned on public lands.
The Obama transition team, moving along smartly to fill Cabinet posts, is planning to trot out nominees as early as next week for three jobs much watched by enviros: the secretaries of energy and the interior and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Chris Matthews has always admitted that his life dream was to be a senator. But now that the MSNBC host is actively exploring a run in his native Pennsylvania, he has created a thorny dilemma for his network.
The Justice Department dealt a blow to the Pentagon this week, saying it has no legal authority to resist orders from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up Fort Meade in Maryland and two other military sites that have been contaminated by chemicals.