Today at the White House President Obama will officially make Chief of Staff Jack Lew his choice to replace Secretary Geithner at the Treasury Department. Lew has been the favorite to receive the nomination, but his selection highlights the lack of diversity in the President’s second-term cabinet selections. In today’s Washington Post Ruth Marcus discusses what might have been for the Obama Cabinet and shines a light on the lack of women in the “Big Boy jobs.”
Representatives for the National Rifle Association are among the groups heading to The White House Thursday for a sit-down with Vice President Biden and the task force assembled in response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT. The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne calls on Republican lawmakers to become a positive force in the current gun control debate.
The toughest confirmation battle for the Obama Administration should still be the fight to make Former Senator Chuck Hagel the next Secretary of Defense. While The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof says Hagel is a terrific choice, Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Darren Samuelsohn wonder whether Hagel should have spent more time making a few friends during his Capitol Hill tenure.