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Meet your new cabinet

The Obama team was wise to send two nominees to Capitol Hill today. Clearly, the focus will be on Hillary Clinton’s quest to become Secretary of State – which should be smooth, despite questions about her involvement in issues concerning foreign donors to Bill Clinton’s Presidential library. (That’s a pretty big deal for a Secretary of State, but at this point a Clinton scandal barely moves the needle. Plus most conservatives seem to think this is a spot where the erstwhile Senator from New York can do the least damage.)

But Secretary of Energy nominee Steven Chu has already pledged to shake down energy companies with a cap-and-trade scheme that would force them to pay extra for carbon emissions – and thus raise energy rates. Common sense dictates that these extra charges will only make utility bills more expensive – thus hurting the people who pay them. I’ll add this as an winnable issues conservatives should press in the Obama administration.

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