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Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

Republicans subpoena emails of Obama’s Labor nominee

GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week. The subpoena, issued Wednesday by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., to the Justice Department, seeks the emails as part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year […]

Obama uses recess appointment for Medicare chief

Obama uses recess appointment for Medicare chief

President Barack Obama appointed health expert Donald Berwick on Wednesday to run the Medicare¬† and Medicaid programs that provide care to seniors and the poor, bypassing the Senate¬† to fill a key job over Republican¬† objections. Obama had nominated Berwick in April to run the vast federal medical programs but his Senate confirmation was held […]