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Another Obama Nominee With Tax Problems

by @ Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

This time, it’s Ron Kirk, who has been nominated to be U.S. Trade Representative: Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, who is President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. trade representative, failed to pay almost $10,000 in taxes during the past three years because of a series of mistakes, the Senate Finance Committee said yesterday. Kirk’s […]

Judd Gregg Appointed To Cabinet Post He Voted To Eliminate

by @ Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

Barack Obama’s new pick for Secretary of Commerce once voted to eliminate the department he will now head: President Obama’s new candidate to run the Commerce Department voted in favor of abolishing the agency as a member of the Budget Committee and on the Senate floor in 1995. Sen. Judd Gregg , R-N.H., whose nomination […]

Daschle Withdraws as HHS Nominee

by @ Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

As I suspected, Tom Daschle came to a quick end today: (CNN) — Former Sen. Tom Daschle has withdrawn his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a statement Tuesday from the White House. Daschle had been fighting to save his nomination as HHS secretary following controversy over his tax […]

The Beginning Of The End Of Tom Daschle

by @ Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

It starts with an editorial in today’s New York Times: When President Obama nominated former Senator Tom Daschle to be his secretary of health and human services, it seemed to be a good choice. Mr. Daschle, as the co-author of a book on health care reform, knew a lot about one of the president’s signature […]

Democrats About To Obtain 60 Seat Senate Majority ?

by @ Sunday, February 1st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats, Politics, Republicans, Transition Issues

If the rumors are true, then the Democrats are one appointment away from having a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate: WASHINGTON — Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire, is the top contender to be President Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary, the White House said Saturday, a move that could strengthen Democrats’ control of Congress. […]

Daschle’s Tax Problems Get Deeper

by @ Sunday, February 1st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

It’s beginning to look like Tom Daschle has a problem: WASHINGTON — President Obama’s choice for health secretary, Tom Daschle, was aware as early as last June that he might have to pay back taxes for the use of a car and driver provided by a private equity firm, but did not inform the Obama […]

Tom Daschle: Tax Cheat

by @ Saturday, January 31st, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

It looks like Tim Geithner isn’t the only Obama nominee with a tax problem, former Senator Tom Daschle has an even bigger one: Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, did not pay more than $128,000 in taxes over three years, a revelation that poses a potential […]

Secretary Of State Biden

by @ Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Politics, Transition Issues

Jill Biden spills the beans: During the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show today, Dr. Jill Biden said that her husband, the vice president-elect, was given a choice of being either vice president or secretary of State. This revelation came after Vice President-elect Joe Biden told Oprah that after then-Sen. Obama offered the job of […]

So, How’s That Change Thing Working Out Barack ?

by @ Friday, January 16th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

Not so well, apparently: The Obama Administration: Change We’ve Seen Before !

Not So Smart There, Huh ?

by @ Wednesday, January 14th, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Transition Issues

Maureen Dowd makes a surprisingly good point about Tim Geithner’s tax problems: How does a guy on the fast track to be Treasury secretary fail to pay $34,000 worth of federal taxes ($43,200, including interest), or forget to check on the immigration status of a house cleaner — the same sort of upstairs-downstairs slip-up that […]

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