Political Diagnosis: Confirmation, Nomination, Resignation and Party Switching

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

All in one week, Kathleen Sebelius was as HHS secretary, we learned Supreme Court Justice David Souter , Sen. Arlen Specter and President Obama hit his , causing some furor over on the Freedom of Choice Act. Moving right along …

Who Will Fill Souter’s Chair?: The New York Times looks at the Obama might nominate. The story features photos and short bios of the people whose names we’ve been hearing mentioned a lot lately — mostly women in high-level government, academic or legal positions. The Washington Post has a .

NPR’s Nina Totenberg Sunday on “Weekend Edition” that some of the names “are kind of a shout-out with no real chance that they’re going to be picked.” She wasn’t pressed on which ones. She also said this is Obama’s best shot to nominate someone who is very liberal.

Obama Picks Goosby For Global AIDS Position: Obama last week as head of the Office of Global AIDS Coordinator and Ambassador at Large. Goosby, CEO and chief medical officer of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, was director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy in the Clinton administration. He is also a medical professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Jodi Jacobson has .

Earlier this year, surrounding Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s to , who held the position as Global AIDS Coordinator during the Bush administration. Goosby was back then.

Budget Blueprint Gets Stamp of Approval: Congress on Wednesday approved a $3.4 trillion spending plan, “setting the stage for President Obama to pursue the first major overhaul of the nation’s health-care system in a generation along with other far-reaching domestic initiatives,” . Democrats also reached agreement on using budget reconciliation to advance health care reform, which ensures Republicans won’t be able to filibuster the legislation.

Tough Times Ahead: “How hard is it to remake the nation’s health care system? It’s so hard that even if policymakers do everything right, most observers still don’t give them read than a 50-50 chance of getting a bill passed,” .

Then there’s a , which only complicates matters.

Arlen Specter on Health Care: Ezra Klein on what Specter The Democrat .

Take Action

DFA/MoveOn: Take part in an emergency online briefing Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. ET with Dr. Howard Dean.  , “What We All Need to Know to Win on Health Care This Year,” Monday night.


National Women’s Law Center: One woman on the highest court in the land is not enough. Urge President Obama to nominate a woman committed to upholding and enforcing women’s legal rights and protections.

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