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GOP ready to block key Obama court nominees

President Obama announces the nominations of, from left, Robert Wilkins, Cornelia Pillard, and Patricia Ann Millet, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit June 4 in the Rose Garden at the White House. (AP Photo/File). by Alan FramAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans seemed ready to block another of President Barack Obama’s picks for one of the nation’s top courts on Tuesday, the latest skirmish in a nominations battle that has intensified partisan tensions in the Senate.

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New leadership style coming to NYC City Hall

New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray exit Methodist Hospital after visiting a patient in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Jonathan LemireAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio does not just offer a sharp contrast to the policies of predecessor Michael Bloomberg — he will run the nation’s largest city with a very different leadership style: a hands-on approach that draws upon two decades in politics, with significant input from his poet-activist wife. “I think it’s fair to say the most important voice in my life is Chirlane McCray,” de Blasio said this week after a landslide victory that made him the city’s first Democratic mayor since 1989. “In terms of a formal role, in terms of what kind of specific issues she may focus on, that will take some time to work out.”

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GOP blocks Obama nominees, Dems weigh response

In this May 1, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Federal Housing Finance Authority director Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., waves during the announcement of his nomination in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Alan Fram Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama’s picks for a powerful federal court and a housing regulatory agency, prompting Democrats to threaten curtailing the GOP’s ability to derail nominations. “Something has to change, and I hope we can make the changes necessary through cooperation,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after the votes.

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Obama taps Black former Pentagon senior attorney to head Homeland Security

President Barack Obama stands with Jeh Johnson, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Avis Thomas-LesterFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–President Barack Obama has selected Jeh Johnson, a graduate of Morehouse and Columbia Law School, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Johnson, who retired from government to go into private practice, would come to the position with substantial experience, officials said.