The First Draft: tax torture
Confirmation hearings today: Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary; Lisa Jackson for the Environmental Protection Agency; Peter Orszag at the Office of Management and Budget; and Erik Shinseki at Veterans Affairs.
Keep an eye on Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. He’s the one who revealed that Timothy Geithner, who as Treasury Secretary would oversee the IRS, made a hash of his tax returns. Will Grassley make the issue more than simply an embarrassment for the Obama administration’s top money man?
Things are looking better for Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State nominee. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry said on NBC’s “Today Show” that he expects his Foreign Relations Committee to approve her tomorrow.
They’re not twiddling their thumbs over in the House of Representatives. Expect votes on expanding children’s health insurance, which Bush has twice vetoed, and tougher oversight for the banking bailout program.
And finally, Human Rights Watch releases its annual report at 10 a.m. The nonprofit group has not had nice things to say about the Bush administration, but perhaps it will go easier on the United States now that Obama has vowed to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.
Photo credit: REUTERS/John Gress (Geithner in Chicago, Nov. 24)
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