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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is making many personnel changes as he enters into his 2nd term. Today, the Commander and Chief tapped long time aide Denis McDonough as his new Chief of Staff. McDonough's long been part of the President's inner circle.
"I have been counting on Denis for nearly a decade," says President Obama. "When I first came to D.C., he set up my Senate office."
Most recently, he was a trusted adviser and national security expert, even in the situation room during the Navy Seal raid that killed Usama Bin Laden. Now, McDonough will be the President's 5th Chief of Staff.
"Denis has played a key role in nearly every major national security decision in my Presidency," says President Obama.
McDonough takes over for Jack Lew, now nominated as Treasury Secretary, a position Timothy Geithner stepped down from today. The President announced 9 other senior personnel changes too, part of a wide ranging administrative shuffle.
"We made a number of announcements," says President Obama. "We have a great team."
In a big setback for the President, a Federal Appeals Court has ruled he violated the Constitution by bypassing the Senate with 3 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year when the Upper Chamber was officially in session, not in recess, a decision that could invalidate hundreds of other board decisions.
"The decision is novel and unprecedented," says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "We strongly disagree."
Some transitions may be smoother than others. John Kerry was warmly received at his confirmation hearing Thursday to head the State Department, but things are expected to get more contentious during Chuck Hagel's nomination hearing for Defense Secretary next week.
Friday, January 25 2013, 10:42 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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