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Trump Announces His New Labor Secretary Pick

It's Alexander Acosta, former NLRB member

(Newser) - A day after Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration as Labor secretary, President Trump has announced his replacement pick, Reuters reports. Trump will nominate Alexander Acosta, who served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under former President George W. Bush and has also served as a... More »

Old Oprah Tape May Scuttle Labor Nominee's Chances

Senators view decades-old domestic abuse allegations against Andrew Puzder

(Newser) - Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder's chances of becoming the next labor secretary appear to be in real jeopardy, and one reason is a tape of an Oprah Winfrey show from the 1990s. Senators have viewed the episode, called "High-Class Battered Women," in which Puzder's ex-wife appears in... More »

Trump to Name Hardee's Exec as Labor Secretary

Andy Puzder opposes higher minimum wage, overtime protections, wants to repeal ObamaCare

(Newser) - Donald Trump's latest Cabinet pick is Andy Puzder, the CEO of fast-food chains including Hardee's and Carl's Jr. , who is widely expected to be named labor secretary, reports the Wall Street Journal . The AP frames the pick as adding "another wealthy business person and elite donor... More »

Obama Gets His EPA Chief

Senate approves Gina McCarthy, and labor chief Thomas Perez, too

(Newser) - Two of President Obama's long-stalled nominees cleared the Senate today, thanks to this week's filibuster deal : Gina McCarthy is the new EPA chief, and Thomas Perez is the new labor secretary, reports the Hill and Wall Street Journal . The big question on Perez is how aggressive he will... More »

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Resigns

But Eric Holder is staying on as attorney general

(Newser) - President Obama's second-term reshuffling increased again this afternoon with the resignation of labor secretary Hilda Solis, reports Politico . Obama, who sang her praises in a statement here , already is replacing his treasury secretary , secretary of state , defense chief, and CIA director . So who's staying put for sure? The... More »

Time for Big Business to Squash Tea Party

Corporate America must battle extremism

(Newser) - Big business may see the Tea Party as harmless, or perhaps even helpful, but it's time to “take a closer look:" the movement’s aspirations aren’t in its interests, writes Robert Reich in the Christian Science Monitor . Some 60% of Tea Partiers want, for example, to dump... More »

Husband's Tax Trouble Snags Labor Nominee

(Newser) - Is another Obama nominee in trouble? A Senate panel today postponed a vote on his nominee to be labor secretary, Hilda Solis, after USA Today laid out her husband’s tax problems. The newspaper reported today that Sam Solis paid $6,400 to settle liens dating back 16 years against... More »

Obama Picks Solis for Labor

Calif. Congresswoman has pushed for creation of 'green jobs'

(Newser) - Barack Obama will nominate Hilda Solis, a daughter of Latin American immigrants who’s currently a California Congresswoman, for secretary of labor, the Washington Post reports. Elected in 2000, Solis currently sits on the House Energy and Commerce committee and the Natural Resources committee, among others. She, like Obama, has... More »

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