Monday in politics: Obama expected to nominate Charlotte mayor to run Transportation, and more

Phil Pruitt

President Barack Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx to run the Transportation Department, the Associated Press reports.

Foxx will be the first black nominee among Obama's picks for second-term Cabinet spots.

Also worth noting on Monday:

• Obama will speak at the National Academy of Sciences annual meeting.
• Republican former Gov. Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of political satirist Stephen Colbert, face off in a debate leading up to a May 7 special election to fill South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District seat.
• U.S. Senate chaplain Barry Black speaks at the Heritage Foundation on “Bridging the Religious and Secular Divide.”

And then there is this: Newt Gingrich will begin a three-day “Thank You South Carolina Tour.” It is the first time Gingrich has returned to the Palmetto State since winning the Republican presidential primary last year.

Sources: Yahoo! News Politics, ABC News, Reuters and Associated Press.