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Bowles still mentioned as possible Obama appointee

Erskine Bowles says he's not interested in an Obama administration cabinet post. But his name is still often mentioned. The Washington Post is listing the former UNC system president, big-time Democrat and two-time U.S. Senate candidate as a potential pick for Treasury Secretary:

"Given the still-struggling state of the economy, Obama’s pick to succeed Geithner could well be the most important one he makes heading into a second term. White House chief of staff Jack Lew seems to have the inside track, but if he is chosen, Obama would have to find a new chief — his fourth during his time in office. Former Clinton Administration official — and two-time failed North Carolina Senate candidate — Erskine Bowles appears to be a rising choice thanks to his work on the eponymous debt commission."

White House calls Sebelius' violation of Hatch Act 'inadvertent'

A comment from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggests Kathleen Sebelius is unlikely to face serious punishment for violating the Hatch Act earlier this year at a Charlotte event by campaigning while on official business.

When asked by a reporter on Wednesday if President Barack Obama considers the matter resolved, Carney said that "action has been taken by the Secretary and department to remedy what was the result of an inadvertent error based on extemporaneous remarks."

The controversy stems from a February speech to the Human Rights Campaign Gala in Charlotte.

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