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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

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EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy, right, and States Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew arrive to give a press conference following a working session on April 8, 2013 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Lew in Europe: Call Me Jack

Call it diplomatic speed-dating. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, on his first trip to Europe since taking office five weeks ago, is getting to know a lot of the region’s top economic officials very quickly. Lew arrived in Brussels this...

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Foxx Eyed for DOT

President Barack Obama is considering Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx for secretary of transportation, according to two people familiar with the matter. Foxx, 41, has been a proponent of street car and light-rail projects as mayor of the city,...

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President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Nov. 28, 2012.

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President Barack Obama speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Nov. 28, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Cabinet Filling

President Obama fills out his second-term Cabinet today by selecting Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and Gina McCarthy to run the Environmental Protection Agency. He’ll also tap Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation, to head the...

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Attorney General Eric Holder during a news conference at the Justice Department in this file photo.

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Attorney General Eric Holder during a news conference at the Justice Department in this file photo.

Holder to Congress: No Respect

Attorney General Eric Holder has a message for the Republicans and Democrats who voted to hold him in contempt in 2012: You get no respect. Holder, who has never made a secret of his displeasure with the 255 lawmakers who...

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

Senator May Throw Speed Bump in Path of Interior Nomination

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department until it agrees to reverse a preliminary decision rejecting a...

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

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Chuck Hagel, nominee for U.S. secretary of defense, listens to a question during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on Jan. 31, 2013.

Panel Said to Plan Hagel Vote Tomorrow

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog: Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin will seek a vote by the panel tomorrow on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense secretary, according to a committee aide who asked not to be identified. Senate...

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Penny Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of PSP Capital Partners LLC, in Chicago.

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Penny Pritzker, chairman and chief executive officer of PSP Capital Partners LLC, in Chicago.

Pritzker’s Prize: Commerce Candidate

Written with John McCormick President Barack Obama is close to choosing Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker, who led fundraising for his 2008 campaign, as his next commerce secretary, according to three people familiar with the matter. Pritzker, whose family built the...

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Secretary of State John Kerry waves to employees in the C Street Lobby during his first day at the State Department on Feb. 4, 2013 in Washington.

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Secretary of State John Kerry waves to employees in the C Street Lobby during his first day at the State Department on Feb. 4, 2013 in Washington.

John Kerry: ‘Big Heels to Fill’

Secretary of State John Kerry allowed today that he has “big heels to fill.” Kerry, addressing employees at the State Department on his first formal day on the job, pledged to focus on the safety of diplomats who work around the world...

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Steven Chu at the Department of the Interior in Washington.

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Steven Chu at the Department of the Interior in Washington.

Energy’s Chu: Success Requires Failure

And another thing… Perhaps brevity is elusive for a man who once held the Theodore and Frances Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics chair at Stanford University and is credited with producing one of the earliest atomic physics confirmations...

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the end of the General Audience at the Paul VI Hall on Jan. 16, 2013 in Vatican City.

Pope to Panetta: ‘Thank You’

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is asking for a little divine intervention as he wraps up his service at the Pentagon. Panetta is spending this week on a trip to western Europe, with the official purpose of thanking NATO allies for...

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