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UPDATE: Obama announces new cabinet members


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is announcing his picks for three Cabinet-level jobs -- nominees to run the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office.

Obama says energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz is a "brilliant scientist" who knows how the U.S. can produce more energy and grow the economy. Moniz will work with EPA nominee Gina McCarthy, whom Obama calls a "straight-shooter."

The president also lauded Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his nominee for budget chief, as someone who not only knows how "to make the numbers add up" but also understands the need for strengthening the middle class.

The president announced the nominations at a White House ceremony Monday.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama is expected to appoint a new energy secretary and a new head of the EPA Monday.

Obama is nominating MIT scientist Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department and EPA veteran Gina McCarthy to run the Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy is currently the EPA's assistant administrator for air and radiation.

Obama will announce the nominations during a White House ceremony Monday morning. Both posts require Senate confirmation.

The official requested anonymity in order to confirm the nominations ahead of the president's formal announcement.


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