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  1. GOP Senator Explains Party’s Disarray: Nobody Expected Trump to WinPat Toomey spills a secret: Republicans didn’t have a policy plan because they didn’t think they’d have the power to enact it.
  2. Trump Says He’s Deliberately Refusing to Fill Hundreds of Top Agency JobsIt’s a strange — one might even say dumb — move for someone who has promised major changes in D.C.
  3. Trump Loyalists Gumming Up the Works in Federal AgenciesAmong other problems affecting efficiency, it seems the White House is embedding top campaign aides in the agencies, with veto powers over hiring.
  4. bill de blasio’s new york
    De Blasio Is Pretty Touchy Over Slow Commissioner Appointments“You know better.”
  5. the most important people in the world
    Is Cynthia Nixon Being Considered for De Blasio’s Cabinet?That’s the rumor.
  6. appointments
    Obama Picks Funny Guy As New Economic AdviserAusten Goolsbee will replace Christina Romer.
  7. appointments
    Obama Appoints Health Official, Avoids Senate Confirmation“He would have faced a long, difficult struggle to win Senate confirmation.”
  8. appointments
    Bloomberg’s Deputy Mayor to Also Run His CharitySecond-most powerful City Hall official gets more put on her plate.
  9. early and often
    Obama Nominates Kathleen Sebelius for Health SecretaryPro-life groups are gearing up to fight the confirmation of the ardently pro-choice governor.
  10. early and often
    Obama Names a New Commerce Secretary, AgainNot like we actually need one, but still.
  11. early and awful
    Another Obama Nominee Resigned TodayObama’s ‘chief performance officer’ steps down, and we wonder what we shouldn’t be paying taxes on.
  12. it just happened
    You Won’t Have Tom Daschle to Kick Around AnymoreDaschle withdraws his nomination for secretary of Health and Human Services after an outcry over his unpaid taxes.
  13. early and often
    New Commerce Secretary Nominee Voted to Abolish the Commerce DepartmentWeird.
  14. early and often
    Maverick Governor Expected to Blow Democrats’ 60-Seat HopesAnother dream dries up like a raisin in the sun.
  15. early and often
    On CIA Pick, Obama Is So Far Outside the Box, He Can’t Even See the BoxIf you thought Obama would pick a spook for the head of the CIA, well, you don’t know Obama.
  16. early and often
    Obama’s Newly Picked Environmental and Energy Team to Beat Back Global Warming, Liberal GripingFinally, Obama’s own supporters can’t find anything to complain about.
  17. early and often
    Critics Point to Obama Cabinet Paradox: It’s Too White, Yet With Too Few RepublicansCould the first black president be appointing too many whites? And … Democrats?
  18. early and often
    Bill Richardson, Ever Diplomatic, Settles for Commerce SecretaryThe consummate team player joins the team of rivals — but Hispanic leaders want more!
  19. early and often
    Is Obama’s National-Security Team Liberal Change in Moderate Hawk’s Clothing?Or are progressives just looking for the silver lining in a not-so-liberal national-security team?
  20. instant politics
    Matt Bai and Patricia J. Williams Argue Over Religion in Government and Homeowners’ Role in the Financial Crisis’New York Times Magazine’ writer Matt Bai and ‘The Nation’ columnist Patricia J. Williams argue over what an Obama presidency might mean for the judiciary and abortion, the current role of religion in government, and whether homeowners aren’t partly to blame for the financial crisis.