Monday in politics: Obama to name OMB nominee, Kerry on Iran, and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket

President Barack Obama will announce the nomination of Walmart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

Burwell served as OMB's deputy director in the Clinton administration and chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. She currently runs the Walmart Foundation, the retail giant's philanthropic wing, and previously served as president of the Gates Foundation's Global Development Program.

If confirmed by the Senate, an Associated Press story points out, Burwell would bring more diversity to Obama's second-term Cabinet following criticism that many top jobs were going to white men.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who is on a nine-country, 11-day trip, said Monday during a stop in Saudi Arabia that the window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear problem "cannot by definition remain open indefinitely."

Kerry said he and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal "discussed our shared determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."

Also worth noting on Monday: President Obama holds a Cabinet meeting, and first lady Michelle Obama discusses healthy families via Google+ Hangout.

And then there is this: There are no public meetings scheduled Monday regarding the sequester--the $85 billion in spending cuts that went into effect late Friday--but the cuts are certain to dominate buzz in Washington. Questions about the sequester include: What happens next and when? Who will feel the impact of the cuts and when?

And this: Former Rep. Ron Paul speaks on the future of American liberties, fiscal policy and his experience in government at a Monday evening event hosted by George Washington University College Republicans.

Sources: Yahoo News’ The Ticket, Associated Press and Reuters.