• Top Line

    It's been a tumultuous New Year for Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Chris Chocola hasn't been making it any easier. As president of the conservative group Club for Growth, Chocola works to elect anti-establishment Republicans to Congress, such as freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who recently voted against Hurricane Sandy aid because it would raise the national debt.

    Chocola, a former congressman from Indiana, says it is his job to make things difficult for the country's policy makers at a time when the country is $16 trillion in debt.

    "Dysfunction is not new in Washington," Chocola told Top Line. "So if people like Tom Cotton and others can show up and make life uncomfortable for the folks that have put us in that position, then we think we're doing our job."

    The Club for Growth, which supports lower taxes and limited government, opposed to the recent fiscal cliff deal. And as Congress quickly approaches another deadline to raise the debt ceiling, Chocola says its

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  • BOTTOM LINE

    President Obama is rolling out several top picks for his new cabinet this week. On Monday he announced that he was nominating former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense and counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan as CIA Director, and on Thursday he announced his nomination to head up the Treasury department- current White House chief of staff Jack Lew. Many of you had questions about the president’s selections, including a question that’s generating a lot of buzz right now- where are the women?

    Scott Lara tweeted: “Where is the diversity in the Obama administration? We need more minorities and women?”

    Susan Danzig asks: “Any rumors as to who would replace Lew as Chief of Staff? Just curious…”

    And Midge Daniels Lee wrote in on Facebook about a topic getting some buzz- Lew’s signature, which will appear on all U.S. dollar bills if he’s confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury.

    “Lew needs a new signature” Midge Daniels Lee said.

    Thank you for all of your great

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  • Meet America’s first openly gay senator

    Politics Confidential

    Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., has only been a U.S. Senator for a few days, but she's already made history. Not only is Baldwin the first female senator from Wisconsin; she is also the country's first openly gay senator. Baldwin says her sexual orientation will "absolutely" be part of her identity as a U.S. Senator.

    "None of us leave our life experiences at the door when we come into our job, we bring them with us, and they inform our participation in debates, and all sorts of things," Baldwin told Politics Confidential.

    The freshman senator says she is excited about her assignment to the Budget Committee and is ready to "roll up her sleeves" to fix the nation's fiscal problems.

    "A balanced budget requires a balanced approach," says Baldwin. "Revenue is hugely important, spending cuts are hugely important, but the way you approach spending cuts, we have to make sure that we don’t you know, cut off our nose despite our face, that we don't impede economic growth and

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