1. FEDERAL AGENCIES:
Top jobs vacant as nominees languish in confirmation limbo
Richard Engler has been in nomination purgatory for a long time. He's not alone. Engler is one of a spate of Obama nominees living in limbo. Across the government, there are more than 200 posts awaiting Senate confirmation -- including some like Engler who have been waiting for years, according to White House data. That includes more than two dozen key nominees for high-ranking energy and environmental gigs.