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  • Obama nominates economist Kathryn Dominguez to Fed board

    July 20, 2015 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is nominating economist Kathryn Dominguez to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors. In a statement, Obama says Dominguez's deep knowledge of the financial system, monetary policy and international markets qualifies her to serve at "this important time for our economy." The White House... more »
  • LSU WR Travin Dural named to Biletnikoff Award Watch List

    July 15, 2015 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Junior LSU wide receiver Travin Dural has been named to the 2015 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, according to an announcement from the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Wednesday. The distinction is presented every year to college football's most outstanding set of hands. Dural racked up three 100-yard receiving... more »
  • Senate panel OK's Obama attorney general pick

    February 26, 2015 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general, sending it to the full Senate. The vote was 12 to 8, with three Republicans joining all committee Democrats in voting in favor of Lynch. She is also expected to win approval by the full... more »
  • 'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with 9 nods each

    January 15, 2015 7:53 AM

    Two extravagant comedies, "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. They were joined in best-picture nominations by "Boyhood," ''Whiplash," ''The Theory of Everything," ''The Imitation Game," ''American Sniper" and "Selma." "The Imitation Game" trailed close behind... more »
  • Senate approves Obama-pick McCarthy to head EPA

    July 18, 2013 2:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, hours after it also approved a new secretary of labor. McCarthy was approved 59-40. Minutes earlier, senators voted 69-31 to overcome Republican objections against her nomination, nine votes more than are needed to end filibusters. McCarthy... more »
  • Senate Committee clears nomination of new FBI head

    July 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of James Comey to be director of the FBI, clearing the way for a full Senate vote. The 18-0 committee vote will send Comey's nomination to the Senate floor. The soonest a vote could take place would be early... more »
  • Obama's ATF nomination sent to full Senate

    July 11, 2013 5:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nomination of B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been sent to the full Senate. Obama picked Jones to lead the ATF following the mass shooting in December at a Connecticut elementary school where 26 people, including 20... more »
  • Obama nominates Polite to be US attorney in NO

    June 27, 2013 12:05 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - President Barack Obama has nominated Kenneth Polite Jr. to serve as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The White House announced the nomination Thursday. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, had announced in February that she was recommending Polite for the New Orleans-based position. If... more »
  • Senator vows to block Labor Dept. nominee

    March 18, 2013 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. David Vitter says he will block President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Labor Department until he gets a response to his letter complaining about the enforcement of voting rights laws in his home state of Louisiana. Vitter's comments came just hours after Obama formally nominated... more »
  • Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

    February 12, 2013 7:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination. The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss and vote on President Barack Obama's choice... more »
  • Defense nominee Hagel defends his record in Senate

    January 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary is defending himself against critics who have seized on his past statements about Israel, Iran and nuclear weapons. Chuck Hagel says he cannot be defined by a single vote or quote. He insists that his worldview hasn't changed and the United... more »
  • Graham calls for delay on Brennan nomination

    January 8, 2013 10:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator is calling for a delay in confirming President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director until the administration provides answers on the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he has tried repeatedly to get answers on raid on the... more »
  • Lawyer re-nominated for federal judgeship in B.R.

    January 4, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - President Barack Obama has re-nominated Shelly Deckert Dick to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Baton Rouge. Dick, a Baton Rouge attorney, originally was nominated in April 2012. She is one of 33 candidates for federal judgeships who were re-nominated Thursday by Obama. Obama said... more »

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