President Obama's second-term Cabinet is beginning to take shape — that is, if the Senate confirms his nominees. It only takes one senator to put the brakes on a nomination, or at least to slow it down.
Many Republicans have criticized President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. Some Democrats are uneasy about their president's pick as well. But former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker tells Steve Inskeep that Hagel is the right man for the job.
Timothy Geithner presided over Treasury at a particularly tumultuous time. The banking system was still in a crisis, and people were soon calling for his head. Naming his replacement four years later, President Obama said Geithner will be remembered "as one of our finest secretaries of the Treasury."
The National Rifle Association accused the White House of having "an agenda to attack the Second Amendment" Thursday, after representatives of the group attended meetings on gun control hosted by Vice President Biden.
After trying to help remove fellow Republican John Boehner as House speaker, Rep. Justin Amash got a very warm reception upon returning to his Michigan district. For a conservative Republican from a conservative district, being labeled a Washington troublemaker is not necessarily a bad thing.
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