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Obama Cabinet Nominees

December 14, 2012 by  

Obama Cabinet Nominees, President Obama is expected to make the first picks for his Cabinet and other high-ranking posts in the coming weeks – with national security nominees likely to be first.

Obama reportedly could name the next defense secretary by Dec. 31, with former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska thought to be on the short list.

The nomination would likely follow those for secretary of state and Central Intelligence Agency director.

The president must make an unexpected change at the CIA, following the resignation last month of Director David Patraeus, the retired four-star Army general who quit last month after admitting to an extra-marital affair.

Obama immediately filled the position with then-Deputy Director Mike Morell. Though no names have emerged as a possible permanent replacement. Morell, who was acting director between Leon Panetta and Petraeus, is trusted and well respected within the administration.

“A slate of nominations could come soon,” a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Tuesday.

The most intriguing guessing-game on potential nominees appears to be who will be the next secretary of state when Hillary Clinton resigns as planned.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice was considered a front-runner. But Senate Republicans upset over her inaccurate statements following the recent deaths four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, appear likely to vote against her nomination.

The president last week commended Rice’s diplomatic work but has yet to make a decision, complicated by Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s purported interest in the post.

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