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Obama's Missing Secretaries

President Obama chose his cabinet with record speed, but getting it confirmed is proving a good deal trickier: He will enter his second week of office without his Treasury, Labor, Health and Human Services, or Commerce secretaries, as well as his attorney general. Bill Clinton, on the other hand, had all but one of his secretaries confirmed by the end of his first day. Since Jimmy Carter, only George H.W. Bush has hit more hitches. Obama’s team insists it’s not a big deal, since Congress has an unusual amount of business on its plate, but The Wall Street Journal suggests that this slowness is a sign that “the shrunken Republican Party—with its core of determined conservatives intact—won't be a pushover for the new president.”