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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Makes Statement on Secretary of the Interior 2:00p EST

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Quickie- President Obama will nominate Sally Jewell to replace Salazar at Interior

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Well, she looks crunchy granola so that's a good thing.

(CNN) - Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor gear company REI, will be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior, a senior administration official tells CNN.

Salazar announced in mid-January that he was stepping down from his post. He did not intend to serve another term in Obama's Cabinet, he said.

The senior administration official said Jewell is "uniquely qualified" for the new post because of her management in the private sector and understanding of energy and conservation issues.

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Interior Secretary Salazar Issues "Scientific Integrity" Order

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Wow, this just tickles my tickley place. Imagine, respecting scientific findings instead of trying to bend them to fit Bush's your world view.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has issued an order directing the department and all its bureaus, including the National Park Service, to ensure the integrity of science conducted in those agencies. There also is a provision within the order to protect whistle blowers who believe the integrity is lacking.

The directive applies to both employees and political appointees.

Over the years there have been many questions raised over the integrity of government science, and reports of researchers being asked to slant their conclusions in one direction or another. Secretary Salazar is hopeful that his order will give the public more confidence in the science that goes into decision-making.

“The American people must have confidence that the Department of the Interior is basing its decisions on the best available science and that the scientific process is free of misconduct or improper influence,” Secretary Salazar said in prepared comments. “This policy clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of all department employees, including career staff and political appointees, in upholding principles of scientific integrity and conduct.”

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