Veteran reporter to become Obama consigliere . . . President Obama will name Shailagh Murray, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reporter, to serve as his new senior adviser, and has tapped Jason Goldman, a Silicon Valley veteran, to become the White House’s first-ever chief digital officer. Murray replaces Dan Pfeiffer as a member of the president’s core team of advisers. Politico
Obama snubs NATO chief . . . President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House. Bloomberg
Obama goes to war against Redskins . . . The Washington Redskins’ name is commercial speech and isn’t the kind of freeexpression protected by the First Amendment, the Obama administration told a federal court this week in defending a ruling that has stripped the football team of trademark protections. Washington Times
House moves against White House secrecy habit . . . The White House’s reluctance to open itself up to any scrutiny has been a major source of frustration for Republicans. It’s getting on the nerves of some Democrats, too, as evidenced by the fact that a bill to expand the Freedom of Information of Act has generated a rare show of bipartisan support. Washington Examiner
A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on Obama’s immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced Tuesday.
White House florist was escorted from the premises . . . Peremptorily fired, that is. Laura Dowling had a very specific look, pointedly French, which lent itself to loose garden-style arrangements that were still quite formal. “She wanted to create a look,” said the source, “and that’s the look she’s had for the past six years.” But recently the first lady has debuted a different aesthetic at the executive mansion. Washington Post
Experts: Iran could cheat . . . Experts are saying that the reported outlines of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran aren’t sufficient to guarantee Tehran won’t be able to develop a weapon, posing a serious credibility problem for the Obama administration just days before the deadline for international negotiators to reach agreement. Washington Examiner
Arab media lash out at Obama over Iran . . . Unlike Israelis, who are focused on the danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of a regime calling for their country’s elimination, citizens of Arab states are concerned about Iran’s imperial ambitions. The nuclear threat is seen as a tool to further those ambitions rather than a direct threat. Washington Free Beacon