THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
TIME – Obama Picks Foreign Policy Aide Denis McDonough as Chief of Staff
President Barack Obama has chosen trusted adviser and national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff.
A White House official said in a statement that Obama will announce McDonough’s appointment Friday in the East Room. McDonough, 43, will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary.
THE WASHINGTON POST – Obama to name Denis McDonough as chief of staff
President Obama will name deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, a longtime trusted aide, as his new White House chief of staff Friday, officials said.
McDonough, 43, has spent the past two years as the No. 2 official in the National Security Council, helping guide some of the administration’s most high-profile decisions, including the military drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, the response to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September.
LOS ANGELES TIMES – Mary Jo White won’t be intimidated as SEC chief, Obama says
President Obama nominated Mary Jo White to be the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, saying her track record as a hard-nosed prosecutor means she won’t be easily intimidated as Wall Street’s new top watchdog.
"You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo," Obama said Thursday during a White House appearance with White.
Obama also announced he the renomination of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held since a controversial recess appointment last year.
USA TODAY – Mary Jo White has record of tough prosecutions
Mary Jo White, the aggressive New York attorney nominated by President Obama Thursday to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, is accustomed to tough legal challenges.
When Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and nine fellow Muslim militants were charged in a 1993 plot to bomb the United Nations and other New York landmarks, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office headed by White turned to a little-used seditious conspiracy statute from the Civil War era to prosecute the sprawling terrorism case.
SENATOR KAY HAGAN
THE WASHINGTON POST – N.C. Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has a task ahead in 2014 reelection campaign
Amid the Democratic celebrations in Washington this week, the Southern branch of the party began making long-term plans to increase its share of officeholders by improving the competition in local races. North Carolina’s Sen. Kay Hagan has a more urgent task. Hagan, voted into office in the Democratic wave of 2008 when candidate Barack Obama won the state, will be running for reelection in 2014 when the atmosphere looks to be less favorable, and Republicans know it.
WINSTON-SALEM JOUNRAL – McCrory weighing tax options
Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he was weighing four or five tax overhaul plans, but had not made a decision in which one to support.
“I will be playing a major role as chief executive in determining which tax reform model we will go after,” McCrory told a town hall meeting of the N.C. League of Municipalities.
He said it is important that North Carolina be competitive in its taxes, compared to surrounding states.
Later he told reporters, “we are looking at many different plans at this point in time. There are so many variables at this point, I am not at this point ready to make that decision.
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER – McCrory still undecided on tax reform details
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s still working through what tax reform plan he’ll support and hasn’t slammed the door on trying to eliminate the state’s income tax.
McCrory told reporters Thursday after a speech to North Carolina municipal leaders in Raleigh his administration is examining several tax overhaul options, but he hasn’t decided which one he’ll choose.
THE ROBESONIAN – McCrory supports placing wind turbines off NC Coast
Gov. Pat McCrory is telling the Obama administration he supports plans that could one day see wind turbine towers poking out of the Atlantic Ocean miles off the North Carolina coast.
McCrory expressed his support for wind power in a letter this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is gauging commercial interest in wind farms off North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks and Cape Fear. The three ocean blocks that may be leased for wind farms were selected because they’re gusty spots that don’t interfere with military operations, shipping and fishing.
The Robesonian – McCrory supports placing wind turbines off NC coast
RNC WINTER MEETING
ABC NEWS – RNC Winter Meeting: Prelude To A Party Makeover
Last September, Democrats gathered in Charlotte, N.C. to see Barack Obama officially accept their party’s presidential nominee for a second term.
Nearly five months later, the leadership of the Republican National Committee, state GOP chairs and party movers and shakers from around the country have descended on the same city — in the only swing state Mitt Romney won in November — for the RNC’s annual winter meeting.
NBC NEWS – Down but not out, Republicans regroup at RNC winter meeting
At the Republican National Committee’s post-mortem meeting in the wake of the stinging 2012 elections — between the strategy sessions and networking chats — attitude reigns.
Rather than the demoralized silence of the locker room after a stunning loss, Republicans here have the punchiness and resolve of long-pummeled team coming back to training camp after a particularly bruising season.
"Losing is not fun," said Sally Bradshaw, a member of the RNC’s Growth and Opportunity Project — the official review of what went so gut-wrenchingly wrong last year. "We want to win."
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