Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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The Big Five: Tuesday Edition

HALPERIN'S TAKE: The five most important people in American politics right now -- who aren't Barack Obama.      

Chicago Schools Chief to be Tapped as Ed Secretary Tuesday

Arne Duncan is Obama's choice to lead the Department of Education. Announcement expected during Obama's 11:45 am ET presser at the Dodge Renaissance Academy, a Chicago school Duncan helped turn around. Read the reports from the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and WSJ. CBN's Brody: Duncan pushed for gay high school in Chicago.      

Senate Roulette

If Colorado Sen. Salazar is chosen/confirmed as secretary of interior there would be yet another open Senate seat awaiting the governor's appointment. Check out the names being floated to replace Salazar here.      

Biden Fills Out Communications Team

The VP-elect announces Tuesday TIME's Carney as his communications director, Senate staffer Elizabeth Alexander as press secretary and transition staffer Annie Tomasini as her deputy. Get details on all the picks here.      

Obama Convenes With Economic Team Tuesday

The president-elect meets with key members of his team in Chicago Tuesday, including Geithner, Summers, Orszag, Volker, Carl Browner and others. VP-elect Biden and incoming chief of staff Emanuel also attend. Get all the details here.      

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Good points all. Joe. (Though the fact that two of those Udalls were elected to the Senate this year suggests that we have not put dynastic politics entirely behind us). And I like your idea of thinking beyond political circles for these jobs. Another candidate I might add is Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of [...]

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