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Live Streaming Video- President Obama taps Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx to run Transportation 2:10 ET



Source: Charlotte mayor to be nominated for transportation secretary



With PBO's ears and now this guy, I'm sensing a "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" vibe in the Obama cabinet.

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will tap Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday to become his next transportation secretary, a White House official with knowledge of his decision said Sunday.

If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would replace Ray LaHood, who said in January he wouldn’t serve a second term. Foxx, first elected mayor in 2009, helped lead last summer’s Democratic National Convention in the Queen City.

He also championed the completion of an additional runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, though Foxx doesn’t have any specific experience as a transportation executive.

Foxx will be the first African-American Cabinet nominee of Obama’s second term. Currently, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is the only African-American to lead a Cabinet agency.


John Kerry's Nomination Out Of Committee, Ray LaHood To Step Down



Shuffling the cabinet continues.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the 68th secretary of state, by a unanimous voice vote. The full Senate will vote on Kerry’s nomination later today.

The unanimous vote is not much of a surprise; Kerry sailed through his four-hour confirmation hearing.

The last Republican in the cabinet calls it quits-

It’s official — Ray LaHood has finally acknowledged what transportation-watchers have known for some time: He’s leaving the administration.

In a letter to DOT employees sent this morning, LaHood said he would stay on until President Barack Obama names a successor, putting an end to the cat-and-mouse game he’s played with the media for months.

“I’ve told President Obama, and I’ve told many of you, that this is the best job I’ve ever had,” LaHood wrote.


Ray LaHood: Why Republicans should support health care reform


By GottaLaff

Look who's going to be the next one to get attacked by his own party.

None other than Ray LaHood, former Republican congressman from Illinois, secretary of transportation in the Obama administration:

If I were still a member of Congress, I would proudly vote for the bill that President Barack Obama is championing and I would urge my colleagues to do the same, not because I don't believe in fiscal discipline, but because I do.

We do not need to look that far down the road to see the pain that failure to pass health care reform will cause. Americans of every background, class, race and political persuasion are suffering.





Why I....


The bill that will be voted on will reduce the deficit by about $1 trillion over the next two decades, and will reduce waste, fraud and abuse in the health care system. It will slow the rate of growth in health care costs and put America back on the path toward fiscal sustainability.


The bill will give families and small business owners greater control over their own health care.


While the ultimate vote on health care may not be bipartisan, the ultimate bill certainly is.


I also feel compelled to remind my former colleagues that contrary to what many people have been saying, the bill explicitly prevents federal dollars from being used to fund abortion.

Double-dealing, two-timing turncoat!

Go ahead, Michele Bachmann, I dare you.