President-elect Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats make final plea for voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown Biden nominates Jane Hartley as ambassador to UK To boost economy and midterm outlook, Democrats must pass clean energy bill MORE's national security team won instant praise from both sides of the aisle Monday.

Obama announced Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as secretary of State, Defense Secretary Robert Gates as his own secretary of Defense, retired Gen. Jim Jones as national security adviser, Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderState courts become battlegrounds in redistricting fights New Hampshire Republicans advance map with substantially redrawn districts Michigan redistricting spat exposes competing interests in Democratic coalition MORE as attorney general, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) as homeland security secretary and Susan Rice as ambassador to the United Nations. Each choice still needs to win confirmation from the Senate.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John KerryJohn KerryA presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day Equilibrium/Sustainability — Dam failures cap a year of disasters Four environmental fights to watch in 2022 MORE (D-Mass.) released a statement Monday praising the "terrific" national security team as one that can keep the country safe and "help restore America's rightful place in the world."
"General Jones and Governor Napolitano are bright, strategic thinkers dedicated to the security of the nation.