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Obama's Pick For EPA Head The Most Likely To Cause Controversy

Gina McCarthy could find herself on the hot seat in the battle over global warming.

Obama Announces His Picks For EPA, Other Cabinet Posts

President Obama rounds out his Cabinet for his second term, nominating three new leaders Monday: Walmart Foundation's Sylvia Mathews Burwell for budget chief, MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and veteran regulator Gina McCarthy to run the EPA — a post that's likely be a lightning rod during Senate confirmations.

Wealth Gap: Wide And Getting Wider

The wealth gap between white and black families is growing — and that's especially apparent in the housing market. Host Michel Martin talks to Washington Post correspondent Michael Fletcher about the financial disparities facing black families.

'Sequestions' And Answers

Lawmakers failed to avert across-the-board spending cuts to the federal government, and they officially kicked in last week. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax, and The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy about what it all really means.

Obama Taps Nominees For EPA, Budget Office And Energy Department

The president continues to fill vacancies in his cabinet that have been created by second-term departures. All three are subject to Senate confirmation.

Sequestration Cuts Will Build Slowly

Since Congress and the White House were unable to find an alternative route to reduce the deficit, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect Friday. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the impact of the cuts.

Will Emergency Manager Help Or Hurt Detroit?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced last week that he'll appoint an emergency manager for the city of Detroit. That means an unelected person will have sweeping powers to try to stop Detroit's financial hemorrhaging.