In the Loop: House


Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Why Obama’s chief of staff is anti-Blackberry, iPhone

Cybersecurity means checking your smartphones at the door.

By Al Kamen  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, White House, Denis McDonough, Buzzfeed, Bloomberg, BlackBerrys, cybersecurity, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Was Michigan Dem chief the Easter Bunny?

The names of those who’ve played Mr. Bunny apparently are being kept on “close hold.”

By Al Kamen  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lon Johnson, Michigan, Easter Bunny, Egg Roll, White House, Julianna Smoot, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/02/2013

President Lyndon Johnson did indeed attend an Easter Egg Roll

Turns out he was there at least in 1964 — and we have the photo.

By Al Kamen  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House, Easter Egg Roll, Lyndon Johnson, beagles, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, in the loop, William Eaton, Marilyn Eaton

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/28/2013

White House Easter Egg Roll bunnies of yore

Those large bunnies are now a key part of the event.

By Al Kamen  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House, White House Easter Egg Roll, Ursula Meese, Fred Fielding, Robert De Niro, Sean Spicer, Keith Hennessey, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Pelosi talks about political future Wednesday

Speculation is she may decide to step down from her leadership post.

By Al Kamen  |  05:36 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nancy Pelosi, pelosi press conference, House, House Democrats, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Graham and White House to clash over Susan Rice?

Lindsey Graham indicates opposition to Rice nomination as secretary of state.

By Al Kamen  |  07:54 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lindsey Graham, Susan Rice, Benghazi, Chris Stevens, John McCain, confirmation, Secretary of State, graham, opposition, Obama, White House, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Pelosi looks more likely to stay on as Dem. leader

New leadership vote date still leaves some time for a challenger to organize.

By Al Kamen  |  06:22 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, leadership, vote, House, Democrats, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Pelosi wants no distractions

A possible delay in votes for new House Democratic leadership after election prompts speculation on Rep. Pelosi’s future.

By Al Kamen  |  04:54 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nancy Pelosi, House Democratiic leader, Steny Hoyer, leadship elections, Peter Defazio, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 09/21/2012

GOP to yield on taxing the rich if Obama wins? Is the new iPhone worth getting? Wind power tax break is up for grabs (read-this roundup)

More on the iPhone 5 and wind power in the Loop’s read-this roundup

By Al Kamen  |  10:15 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iPhone 5, review, Taxes, House, GOP, Republicans, Obama, re-elected, wind power, credits, Lori Montgomery, Paul Kane, Juliet Eilperin, Hayley Matsunaga, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Korea set to reclaim former Logan Circle embassy

The Korean government is purchasing a house once used as its embassy here.

By Al Kamen  |  02:06 PM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Korea, Japan, Logan Circle, embassy, disputed islands, Hillary Clinton, Timothy Jenkins, Lauretta Jenkins, Joseon, Phelps House, Teamsters, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Biden: ‘a quote by any other name. . .’

Seems politicians often lay claim to good — or bad — prose.

By Al Kamen  |  03:14 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Biden, Neil Kinnock, plagiarism, Michael Dukakis, Democratic nominee, Jon Kyl, Michael Turner, Mary McGrory, House Armed Services Committee, Obama administration, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/30/2012

White House ambassador nominee withdrawn after drunken-driving arrest

Washington lawyer and major Obama campaign contributor Timothy Broas was charged after a Senate committee approved his nomination.

By Al Kamen  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Timothy Broas, Netherlands, ambassador, White House, President Obama, drunk driving, arrest, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Loop Missile Contest Winners!

The winners of the In the Loop contest to pick the best sites for a House-passed East Coast missile interceptor system are. . .

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missile Defense, East Coast, Interceptors, House of Representatives, Iran, North Korea, Fenway Park, Nationals Park, Yankees, Snookie, Jersey Shore, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Rep. Steve King seeks pro-life agriculture aide

By Al Kamen  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, pro-life, agriculture, Rep.Steve King, House Agriculture Committee, Iowa, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/16/2012

Missile Defense: Where to put the interceptors? (A Loop Contest)

A House bill scheduled for this week calls for a missile defense site to be built on the East Coast.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missile Defense, interceptors, North Korea, Iran, House of Representatives, Defense Department, Iran, North Korea, Hollywood, Epcot, Basball Hall of Fame, Wall Street, Joint Chiefs, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil, contest, Pick the Site, Fleetwood Mac

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Vito Fossella: Back in the House someday?

Former Staten Island Republican Rep.Vito Fossella, who quit in 2008 amid news he had fathered a child out of wedlock, is saying “not now,” but “not never” to a comeback bid.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Catching up with, Vito Fossella, Alfonse D'Amato, Park Strategies, House of Representatives, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2012

White House personnel moves

White House staff secretary Raj De moves to the National Security Agency. Associate White House counsel Douglas Kramer to replace him.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, personnel, White House, National Security Agency, NSA, staff secretary, Raj De, Douglas Kramer, Justice Department, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Obama and Clinton off to Cartagena gabfest

More than 30 Western Hemisphere heads of government are meeting at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia.

By Al Kamen  |  04:22 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Summit of the Americas, President Obama, Cartagena, Colombia, Hillary Clinton, The Texter, Hugo Chavez, Danny Ortega, Connie Mack, House Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio, John Edwards, Edwards trial, Edwards mistress, Bildeberg Conference, John Kerry, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 04/03/2012

House members meet with Muslim Brotherhood candidate

A congressional delegation traveling in Egypt raised a few eyebrows Monday when it met with Khayrat el-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood ’s new presidential candidate.

By Al Kamen  |  05:59 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Khayrat el-Shater, Khairat Al-Shater, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Arab Spring, Cairo, House delegation, congressional delegation, House Democracy Partnership, Gerry E. Connolly, David Dreier, Jim McDermott, David Price, Erik Paulsen, Kosovo, Macedonia, thedailynewsegypt.com

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Bobby Rush: A hoodie in the House? Someday, it might be all good.

Rep. Bobby Rush’s headline-making hoodie might someday be no biggie.

By Emily Heil  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trayvon Martin, U.S. Congress, U.S. House of Representatives

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Brett McGurk to be next Iraq envoy?

A foreign policy adviser for Bush and Obama, Brett McGurk is said to be the leading candidate for ambassador to Iraq.

By Al Kamen  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Baghdad, ambassador, Brett McGurk, McGurk, Jim Jeffrey, Coalition Provisional Authority, President Bush, President Obama, National Security Council, White House, Nouri al-Maliki, Turkey, Senate, confirmation

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Chemical plants: Still unsafe?

The five-year-old Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program has so far failed to approve a single chemical plant under stricter new safety guidelines.

By Al Kamen  |  06:13 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chemical plants, terrorism, terrorist attacks, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, CFATS, John Shimkus, Gene Green, Henry Waxman, Joe Barton, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Rand Beers, House Energy and Commerce

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Tom Gavin, Cabinet communications director, leaves White House for tech group

Tom Gavin, who coordinated Cabinet secretary activity, is joining the Information Technology Industry Council.

By Emily Heil  |  01:16 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Walter Isaacson leaving BBG, says he’s busy with ‘big writing project’

The best-selling author of Steve Jobs’s biography resigns as the chairman of the broadcasting agency to focus on another book.

By Emily Heil  |  05:17 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Walter Issacson, Broadcasting Board of Governors, White House