January 20, 2009
Senate Swiftly Confirms Six Cabinet Nominees After Inauguration
The Senate swiftly approved six members of President Barack
Obama's Cabinet Tuesday, just three hours after he took
the oath of office. The Senate confirmed Steven Chu as Secretary of Energy,
Arne Duncan for Secretary of Education, Janet Napolitano
for Homeland Security, Ken Salazar as Secretary of the
Interior, Eric K. Shinseki as Secretary of Veterans Affairs,
and Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture. Peter Orszag was also confirmed as Director of the office
of Management and Budget.
January 15, 2009
Senate Grills Holder on Torture, Guantanamo Bay
Attorney General nominee Eric Holder appeared before
the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday for what had been
expected to be the most contentious confirmation hearing
for any of President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees.
Analysts examine the Holder confirmation hearing and discuss
his responses to questions from senators on issues such
as wiretapping, Guantanamo Bay and interrogations.
Listen to Eric Holder's Opening Statement
January 13, 2008
Holds Clues to Clinton's Foreign Policy Approach
U.S. Senate committees began to consider the nominations
of several of President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet picks
in confirmation hearings Tuesday, including Sen. Hillary
Clinton's bid to become Secretary of State. Joseph Nye,
dean of the Kennedy School at Harvard, and Phyllis Bennis,
a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies examine what
Clinton would face if approved as the nation's top envoy.