Transition Talk

Biden Has Panetta Regret

In the face of criticism from lawmakers that D.C. power broker Leon Panetta might not be the most qualified person to head the CIA, vice president-elect Joe Biden told reports that he regrets Senators were not consulted before Obama's selection was leaked to the press. "I think it was just a mistake," he said. "I'm still a Senate man and I always think this way. I think it's always good to talk to the requisite members of congress." Yesterday, Sen. Diane Feinstein had complained: "My position has consistently been that I believe the agency is best served by having an intelligence professional in charge at this time."