For Elizabeth Warren, finally, a way in
ELIZABETH WARREN. the Harvard Law School professor may be to be recess-appointed to be head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. No, wait, she might be nominated as the interim director. No, she should go the Senate. No, she’s going to be appointed to an advisory position in the White House that doesn’t require Senate confirmation. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Her title will be Assistant to President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
“under the law, the Treasury maintains responsibility for setting up the new regulator until the president nominates a director, subject to approval by the Senate,” reports Brady Dennis. “By appointing Warren to a post within the administration – much as the White House did with ‘car czar’ Steven Rattner and ‘compensation czar’ Kenneth Feinberg – Obama would free her to act as the bureau’s director almost immediately while avoiding a confirmation battle. ”
JACOB LEW. “President Obama’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget faces two Senate confirmation hearings on Thursday. Jacob ‘Jack’ Lew will discuss the ‘B’ of OMB with the Senate Budget Committee starting at 10 a.m., and the ‘M’ with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at 3 p.m. both panels must refer his nomination to the full Senate, where Democrats hope to quickly for a vote. but Republicans are likely to stall, despite Lew’s three previous confirmations as deputy and top boss at OMB during the Clinton years and for his current job as deputy secretary of state for management,” reports the Federal Eye.
AFGHAN WOMEN. Women in America’s remaining theater of “combat operations” are not having as much luck, as the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated to such an extent that campaigning for the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections has become a high-risk activity for women, the Global Post reports.
In many districts outside the main cities, women have not been able to campaign at all. In Herat province, 10 campaign workers for prominent female lawmaker Fawzia Gailani were kidnapped; five were released, but the others were killed.
“In Badghis province, female candidates are sending out CDs with recorded messages,” Saqeb said. “This is not enough, they need contact with the people.”
Five years ago things were different, she said. Women campaigned openly even in provinces like Kandahar and Helmand.
“I could not believe that women were able to put up their posters in those areas,” Saqeb said. “But they conducted campaigns and they won. Now — forget about it.”
MICHELLE RHEE. It might be hard for the D.C. Schools chief to stick around past November now that she’s called the victory of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty “devastating for the schoolchildren of Washington, D.C.”
Of course, Gray also has refused to say — despite the shouted pleas for a yes or no answer of the audience at one debate, even — whether he would retain Rhee in her role, which became an electoral flashpoint for dissatisfaction with the Fenty administration’s imperious style.
PEOPLE IN FORECLOSURE. “a record number of homeowners lost houses to their banks in August as lenders worked through the backlog of distressed mortgages, real estate data company RealtyTrac said Thursday,” reports MSNBC.
JOHN BOEHNER. How obsessed is the DNC with the minority leader? Press Secretary Hari Sevugan has turned Boehner into his latest Twitter wallpaper screen.
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