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July 12, 2013 | By Larry Gordon and Kimi Yoshino
President Obama on Friday thanked Janet Napolitano for her four years of service as Homeland Security secretary and credited her with helping make the country safer before wishing her well in her new role as president of the University of California system. Napolitano announced Friday morning that she would leave Obama's Cabinet to take the UC post. Obama credited Napolitano with helping secure U.S. borders and "taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values.
July 8, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama has told his staff to use all the technology at their disposal to make the federal government “smarter, quicker and more responsive” in his second term. Presenting what he called a “new management agenda” at the White House, Obama noted Monday that his administration included experts from the private sector and charged them with a new task. “As anyone knows, dealing with the federal government is not always high-technology and it's not always user-friendly,” Obama told Cabinet secretaries and administration officials in the State Dining Room.
July 7, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israel's cabinet on Sunday approved changes to the country's draft law to increase conscription of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, putting an end to a decades-long exemption, but not the political debate surrounding the issue. The twofold move aims to increase ultra-Orthodox participation in the military and other avenues of national service, and advance their integration into the Israeli workforce. "This is an historic day," said Finance Minister Yair Lapid, adding that correcting the 65-year old "injustice" will benefit both the ultra-Orthodox, known as Haredim, and Israeli society at large.
July 2, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Facing an ultimatum from the army to end months of unrest, President Mohamed Morsi demanded that Egypt's military remain on the sidelines and declared he would defend the country's new constitution, even if it cost him his life.  Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement have been maneuvering to stay in power, squeezed by an army deadline  to form a coalition government by Wednesday or see the military impose a solution. The president responded in a rambling, defiant address that stretched into early Wednesday.
June 25, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown capped a massive, two-year reorganization of state government agencies on Tuesday by naming three new members of his Cabinet. The secretaries of the three new agencies have been serving Brown in an interim capacity for months. They include Marybel Batjer, the new secretary of the Government Operations Agency; Brian Kelly, who will head the new state Transportation Agency and Anna Caballero the new Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency secretary. All three will be subject to Senate confirmation after July 1, when the new government organization chart goes into effect.
June 3, 2013
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May 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Two of President Obama's second-term Cabinet nominees inched forward Thursday, while another was poised to win final confirmation by the Senate. Thomas E. Perez, Obama's choice to lead the Labor Department, and EPA nominee Gina McCarthy won party-line votes of Senate committees Thursday morning, after Republicans had employed various procedural tactics to delay progress in confirming their appointments. It is unclear at this point how soon, if at all, the full Senate would move to confirmation votes for either nominee.
May 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama's nominee to lead the Energy Department won unanimous confirmation by the Senate on Thursday while two other Cabinet choices narrowly advanced out of committee, amid complaints from Democrats over Republican delaying tactics. Ernest J. Moniz, an MIT physics professor who becomes the new Energy secretary, is the fifth Cabinet appointment confirmed since Obama won a second term, and the first without any Republican dissent. By comparison, all but one of President George W. Bush's 11 initial second-term appointments were confirmed by the end of April, even though his party held no more Senate seats than Democrats control now. Republicans had delayed consideration of Thomas E. Perez, Obama's choice to lead the Labor Department, and Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthy before Thursday's party-line committee votes to recommend them to the full Senate.
May 7, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO -- President Mohamed Morsi reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday, strengthening the Muslim Brotherhood's hold on power and angering the opposition amid Egypt's economic turmoil and political unrest. The naming of nine new ministers underlines the nation's troubling schisms and how powerless the opposition is in stemming the Brotherhood's grip on the government. Morsi ignored opposition demands for a consensus Cabinet and the removal of Prime Minister Hisham Kandil. Two of the new appointments -- Amr Darrag as planning minister and Fayad Abdel Moneim as finance minister - will preside over a sagging economy and critical negotiations for a $4.8-billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
May 6, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
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