car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page

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Filling the New Cabinet,Part III:Attorney General

President-elect Obama has asked Eric Holder,former Deputy Attorney General (1997-2001),to head up the Justice Department in his upcoming administration. From 20 January to 02 February 2001 Mr. Holder served as Acting Attorney General. The formal vetting process is pending.

Mr. Holder has been President-elect Obama’s senior legal adviser since late 2007 and was Read on…

Rubin’s Treasury Chances Liquidated

Robert Rubin,the former Treasury Secretary under President Clinton,has been mentioned as potentially reprising his role in the Obama administration. I profiled Mr. Rubin (along with others) last week,noting at the time:

Just days before Rubin resigned as Treasury Secretary and joined Citigroup as a top advisor,Congress passed (and President Clinton Read on…

Filling the New Cabinet,Part II:State

The Contenders: –Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM,2003-present):Democratic Primary Candidate for President (2008);Secretary of Energy (1998-2001);United States Ambassador to the United Nations (1997-1998);US Representative from New Mexico (1983-1997);Staff,United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1975-1978);Staff,United States Department of State (1973-1975)

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Filling the New Cabinet,Part I:Treasury

Picking a New Treasury Secretary:Balancing Culpability and Expertise

This is the first post in an ongoing series highlighting potential Cabinet appointees for the Obama Administration. Future posts will follow the same form,first listing pertinent information from each individual’s CV,then analyzing the blend of pertinent past performance in other positions and Read on…

Conscience Round

From the Wikipedia entry Execution by firing squad:

In some cases,one member of the firing squad may be issued a weapon containing a blank cartridge instead of one with a bullet,without telling any of them to whom it has been given. This is believed to reduce flinching Read on…