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Obama nominates REI CEO as a 'capable leader' for Interior

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“Even as Sally spent the majority of her career outside of Washington, where I might add, the majority of our interior is located, she is an expert on the energy and climate issues that are going to shape our future,” Obama said.

“She knows the link between conservation and good jobs,” he said. “She knows that there is no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress, that in fact those two things need to go hand in hand.”

Jewell is the first new female cabinet nominee for Obama's second term. The president has come under some criticism for not nominating more women to his cabinet, though officials have said the cabinet will become more diverse as it is filled out.

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