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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/28/2014

In the Hot Seat: Congress returns

Congress returns from a two-week recess. Check out who will take a turn in the hot seat.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:14 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2014

A parasite named Obama

There are a lot of different types of Obamas.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Today in codel selfies: Schock (and awe) on the Great Wall

Rep. Aaron Schock takes a selfie on the Great Wall of China because of course he did.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:27 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/24/2014

The day after Ted Cruz posed with a tiger skin rug

Senator from Texas posts a picture of him and a tiger skin rug, and the Internet goes crazy.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Big week for Ben F. Kerry, ‘diplomutt’

Secretary of State John Kerry’s yellow lab got a taste of the public stage this week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/24/2014

What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common?

They don’t share a lot, but Sens. Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell do have at least one thing in common.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Defying ‘Veep’ advice, female Senate candidate declares herself a woman

GOP Senate candidate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land declares herself a woman in a new TV ad, which is exactly what Selina Meyer says not to do.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014

After stowaway, congressman seeks airport security perimeter review

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) seeks GAO review of airport security perimeter after teen stowaway in jet wheel well.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 04/23/2014

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A national wildlife refuge named a rare red wolf after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell after she visited the site back in December.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:40 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Cory Booker, leading man

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) returns to Los Angeles this week for a fundraiser.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/22/2014

President Jed Bartlet joins public debate over sentencing reforms

Played by Martin Sheen, “West Wing” character says the country’s goal should be to have a “justice system that avoids unnecessary incarceration and irresponsible spending.“

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:35 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sentencing reform

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Moniz and McCarthy to throw first (and second?) pitch at Red Sox game

In honor of Earth Day, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will throw the first pitch(es) at Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:21 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Who wore the bunny suit? That’s classified.

Was a senior Obama staffer in the Easter bunny costume on Monday? We may never know.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  09:45 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014

N.J. elite ‘walk’ to Washington, Christie to meet them there

Gov. Chris Christie heads to Washington Tuesday to mix and mingle with New Jersey movers and shakers.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Bacardi’s small hiccup on FEC form

Bacardi USA PAC leaves two sections of a campaign finance form blank, gets gentle reminder from FEC.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:56 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 04/18/2014

Top Obama adviser e-mail from nearly two decades ago

Two decades ago, a young diplomat who would eventually become a top Obama administration official wrote a colorfully-worded e-mail about an African American summit.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:21 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings, picks one previously used

Hillary Clinton chooses a memoir title without the help of Loop fans, instead borrowing from another former secretary of state.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Lame ducks’ wings not yet clipped

Three retiring members of Congress spent their recess traveling to South Asia and Europe.

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/17/2014

Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is this week’s Loop Quote of the Week winner.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Putin: Obama would ‘save me’ from drowning

Vladimir Putin is asked during a televised question and answer session about his relationship with President Obama.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Career diplomat discusses gay rights in foreign service

Richard Hoagland speaks candidly about experiences both abroad and within the walls of the State Department.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Congressman’s town hall is for the birds

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) holds town halls in his district about a pressing local issue.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Dee Dee Myers to Los Angeles to head Warner Bros. communications

The former White House press secretary has taken a top job with Warner Bros.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for and wins a U.S. Senate seat, she’d join a long list of Cabinet secretaries turned senators.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls still owe money

The 2012 GOP presidential primary ended two years ago, but most of the failed candidates remain in the debt.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Christie outshines McConnell at dueling fundraisers

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not as big a draw as another notable Republican politician.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Obama ivory ban: Traveling musicians fearful instruments will be taken

A young musician was scared to take his $10,000 instrument across the Canadian border for fear it would be confiscated.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014

McMorris Rodgers’s legal fees are pricey for her campaign

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, under an ethics investigation, paid out costly legal fees from campaign account.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/14/2014

A Rand Paul idea that Scott Brown is sure not to like

Sen. Rand Paul’s comments at a New Hampshire fundraiser isn’t going to make Scott Brown very happy.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/14/2014

State debunks Putin part dvah

The State Department, for the second time, makes a top 10 list of Russian lies.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Bill Burns, a ‘diplomat’s diplomat’ retires

Burns is retiring after staying on longer than he intended at the urging of President Obama.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:24 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Bundler to Ambassador 101?

The State Department is in the market for experts to teach how to handle Congress, a course that could come in handy for would-be ambassadors.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Loop Quote of the Week winner: Sebelius

Another busy week for classic quotes, but as a parting gift, the Loop awards Kathleen Sebelius with the Quote of the Week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Let my people go? TSA prepared

TSA issues travel advisory that it’s prepared for Jewish passengers over Passover carrying “unique items.“

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

What up, Bro? Obama’s latest nominee

President Obama nominates a guy named Bro to lead National Endowment for the Humanities.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/10/2014

How to start a Super PAC because you can

The Because We Can Super PAC was terminated this week after only being around a few months. Find out who started it.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Hillary Clinton Memoir Title Contest: The winners are . . .

Clinton’s new memoir is coming out June 10, but it could use a good title.

By Al Kamen  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/09/2014

How a six-year-old left Hillary Clinton speechless

Many reporters have asked Hillary Clinton about her future plans, but this six-year-old may have done it best.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Toomey, Manchin back together on a background checks bill

Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin are working together again on background check laws.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:12 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

McAllister: First D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McCallister (R-S.C.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

McAllister: First D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/09/2014

There’s no ‘Get Out of FEC filing’ card

The campaign committee for former Rep. Rick Renzi, who is facing three years in jail on public corruption charges, is nearly $500,000 in debt.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Senate confirms Neil Kornze as BLM director

Senate confirms two White House nominees, including one to head the Bureau of Land Management.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:51 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Kerry: ‘When did the comedians go to India?’

The State Department sent an Indian-American comedy-trio to India in 2012.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:41 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Staffer caught on camera kissing McAllister was paid to clean campaign office

Federal Election Commission filing shows Vance McAllister’s campaign paid a staffer he was caught kissing to clean.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:44 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Senate confirms Obama deputy for ambassadorship

The Senate unanimously confirmed three White House nominees Monday night, including deputy chief of staff Mark Childress to be U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:03 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Holder: Scout’s honor on Gitmo transfer

Attorney General Eric Holder makes a Boy Scouts pledge on not transferring Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Will that satisfy a Republican congressman?

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Filling Seats: EPA and Air Force

The White House announces several more nominations.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Scott Brown, pick a party

Scott Brown’s campaign left an important box blank on an FEC form.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/07/2014

In the Hot Seat: More Cabinet secretaries

Cabinet secretaries return to Capitol Hill this week for more appropriations and budget hearings.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014

What to do with all that post-White House free time?

President George W. Bush’s artwork left us pondering, what exactly do presidents do to fill their days when they leave the White House?

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Once-confidential ambassador nominee documents to go public

After a series of embarrassing ambassadorial confirmation hearings, Obama administration agrees to post future nominees’ credentials online.

By Al Kamen  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/04/2014

For Coats, ’twas a brief but unforgettable appearance

Sen. Dan Coats’s spokesman says his boss was at the hearing only several minutes before a staffer realized he was at the wrong one.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Coats: ‘I’m at the wrong hearing’

Sen. Dan Coats was ready for his hearing, just not the right one.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/03/2014

A new winner of the Loop Obamacare contest: Not all fans are pessimists

There is a new winner in the Loop Obamacare Contest!

By Al Kamen  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Passport boss’s departure intricately planned

State Department consular affairs chief’s last day includes a parade.

By Al Kamen  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Franken: So sorry for that terrible law 100 years ago

Sen. Al Franken seeking legislation to apologize for 100-year-old anti-women’s rights law.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Senate confirms top human rights official

The Senate confirms State Department’s top human rights official.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:05 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/02/2014

The Winners in the Loop Obamacare Contest!

None of the winners of the Loop’s contest to predict the total enrollees in Obamacare guessed more than 7 million, but some came close.

By Al Kamen  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

John Philip Sousa great-grandson’s Super PAC for Ben Carson ready to go on air

The man behind the “draft Ben Carson for president” movement is the great grandson of composer John Philip Sousa.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Lu confirmed for Labor #2; Whitaker for Colombia

Senate confirms former Obama cabinet secretary to be deputy secretary of Labor and a new envoy to Bogota.

By Al Kamen  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/01/2014

The federal judiciary in a post-nuclear world

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s move to restrict filibusters may give some temporary benefit to Obama’s nominees.

By Al Kamen  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/01/2014

So the Obamacare goal was 7 million?

Obamacare technology team counted down to midnight and celebrated 7 million enrollments by deadline.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Dem congressman: Cut the luxury government rides

Democratic congressman introduces bill to cut federal government limo fleet in half.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/31/2014

U.S. ambassador to India resigns

Nancy Powell, U.S. ambassador to India, announced her resignation Monday, amid ongoing tensions between India and the United States.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Bahrain official wants U.S. ambassador out ‘immediately’

The head of the national assembly called for “immediate” recall of Tom Krajeski, but the State Dept. is standing by him.

By Al Kamen  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Politicians fundraise to beat the buzzer

Campaign March Madness ends Monday with desperate pleas for last-minute funds.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:19 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/31/2014

In the Hot Seat: Holder and NSA

Attorney General Eric Holder is among the many cabinet secretaries and government officials testifying on Capitol Hill this week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/29/2014

Imagine a world with no lines

A Clinton adviser dreamed of a new millennium without lines

By Colby Itkowitz  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Official Loop Quote of the Week winner: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill’s honest assessment of her relationship with Hillary Clinton wins Loop Quote of the Week

By Colby Itkowitz  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Making sure FBI can pay its (legal) bills?

A Democratic congressman faces the FBI director the same week his son sues the agency.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Call for permanent portrait ban revived

Official portrait reveal of former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff spurs senator to renew her effort to ban federal funding for the oil paintings.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2014

Don’t forget! Obamacare contest deadline!

How many will enroll in Obamacare insurance when open enrollment ends on the original March 31 open enrollment deadline?

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

To get his ambassadors, Obama may need to travel to some rough places

“Post-nuclear” Senate approves ambassador nominees -- if Obama and Biden are going to those countries.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 03/26/2014

A first? GOP majority vote on Obama judge nominee

Perhaps for the very first time, Republicans, not Democrats, shepherd an Obama nominee through confirmation.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:08 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Take your Obamacare delay and raise you another two weeks

Democratic congressman in Oregon introduced bill to extend open enrollment by “one bloody month,” two weeks before White House announced delay.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Obama heads to empty embassy in Saudi Arabia

By Al Kamen  |  03:07 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Franz Kafka meets the National Security Agency

NSA missives sometimes take a bit of deciphering

By Al Kamen  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Cabinet officials who beat the oil-portrait ban await their big reveal

Official taxpayer-funded oil portraits are banned for now, but Thursday former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has his unveiled.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Wanna host Obama? It’ll cost you.

Brussels incurs huge expense to have President Obama in town.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Victoria Nuland loves the EU, really, she does

Assistant Secretary of State’s profane slap at the European Union didn’t create hard feelings, it seems

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Quote of the Week Winner: Sen. Mark Kirk maybe

Republican senator from Illinois won’t practice “partisan jihad” against Democrat Durbin.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:02 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 03/24/2014

What should Hillary call her memoir?

Hillary Clinton’s still looking for a title for her new memoir. She liked the ones that won our contest last year, so we’re repeating the contest!

By Al Kamen  |  12:48 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/24/2014

In the Hot Seat: More budget hearings

Lawmakers will resume their round of Fiscal 2015 budget and appropriations hearings this week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Spy chief James Clapper wins not-so-coveted Rosemary award

James Clapper receives an award named for Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods, whose spectacular stretch allegedly erased 18 1/2 minutes of a Watergate tape.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2014

A reporter’s guide to dealing with the White House

White House commonly evades reporters’ questions, here’s a list of the most overused responses.

By Al Kamen  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Loop Quote of the Week winner: Joe Biden

Vice President Joe Biden wins Loop Quote of the Week with tangent about raising daughters.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:45 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 03/21/2014

As if it hasn’t been cold enough here

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) off to the Arctic for a not so cushy overseas trip.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:38 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Can’t I be sanctioned by Putin, too?

National Security Adviser Susan Rice attended White House briefing, fielding questions from reporters about Russia conflict.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/21/2014

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Gainer stepping down

Terry Gainer was the longest-serving sergeant-at-arms since World War II.

By Al Kamen  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Irony alert: First tweet from Putin account congratulated Obama?

Was Putin’s first ever tweet to congratulate Obama on his 2012 reelection? This Twitter account says so.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:44 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Sanctions envy on the Potomac?

The dueling Obama and Putin sanctions lists must leave some in Washington trying to figure out how to anger Putin enough to get on the list

By Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014

Scott Brown campaigns in New Hampshire, raises cash in Mass.

Former Bay State Sen. Scott Brown (R), now running for the Senate from New Hampshire, is still helping pals raise money for their races back in Massachusetts.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Hillary Clinton reads ‘In The Loop’

In a speech Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited an entry from a Loop reader contest to name her memoir title.

By Al Kamen  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Smooth sailing for Biden in Europe, save for a minor. . .

Vice President Joe Biden, on a quick trip to Eastern Europe to reassure NATO allies jittery over Russia’s “land-grab” in Crimea, made one slip-up.

By Al Kamen  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/19/2014

Iraqi ambassador to run Boston Marathon

Iraq’s ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, plans to run the Boston Marathon next month in part to show support against terrorism.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 03/18/2014

Loop contest: Guess Obamacare’s final first-year enrollment number

How many will enroll in Obamacare insurance when open enrollment ends on March 31?

By Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen  |  01:32 PM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Air Force budget hearing debates religious freedom

Debate over religious freedom in the Air Force is hashed out during a congressional hearing.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:41 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014

LBJ on Broadway is excellent. . . with one exception

In the Loop further refines its review of “All the Way,” the new Broadway hit about Lyndon Johnson

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 03/17/2014

If not Carney, then who will be nominated for Russia post?

Rumor had it that the White House press secretary was angling for the Moscow post, but he denied it.

By Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen  |  06:03 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Despite promises, Obama’s open government record found wanting

Despite promises to be the most transparent administration ever, a study finds that it refused a record number of times to quickly release newsworthy files.

By Al Kamen  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2014

CIA spying on other U.S. officials — nothing new?

Accusations that the CIA spied on a Senate investigation into alleged agency torture of detainees echoed an earlier accusation of CIA surveillance of another department.

By Al Kamen  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014

Colin Powell: Original selfie taker

Colin Powell revealed himself as an original selfie taker. Also, Clinton adviser perceived Powell to be political threat.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Clinton adviser thought Russia ‘doctored’ JFK papers

New Clinton memos reveal advisers’ discussions on Russia’s release of JFK papers.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:42 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Filling seats: Netherlands and Morocco get U.S. ambassadors

Timothy Broas heads to the Netherlands, and Dwight L. Bush will be on the road to Morocco as U.S. ambassadors.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014

Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) says people who criticize billionaire contributors to Republicans should be prosecuted under federal anti-racketeering laws.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/13/2014

Disgruntled HHS official pens caustic government take down

Director at an HHS agency details grievances with federal government in a scathing resignation letter

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Senate confirms U.S. ambassador to Canada

The Senate confirms Obama bundler Bruce Heyman as U.S. ambassador to Canada

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Not all Obama bundlers blunder at Senate hearings

While some Obama ambassadorial nominees fared poorly in Senate hearings, his pick for Switzerland turned in a smooth performance

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 03/12/2014

Feta up with imitations, Europeans start food fight

If it’s not produced in its native country, then the EU wants it called something else.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:56 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014

House Obamacare vote makes extra sure Treasury keeps its word

In rare bipartisan agreement, the House tries to protect firefighters from something that Treasury says won’t happen.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  01:42 PM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/12/2014

Vlad Putin craves Crimea, nephew Roman consults

Despite incursion and economic sanctions, Vladimir Putin’s nephew sees a great opportunity for international investment in Russia.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:55 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

U.S. envoy’s residence in Moscow empty during Ukraine crisis

The U.S. has no ambassador to Russia during the Ukraine crisis -- though just-departed envoy Mike McFaul apparently told the administration last summer he was going to leave.

By  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

LBJ staff raves about Cranston’s portrayal of their boss

The ex-”Breaking Bad” star goes from Walter White to the White House in his new role on Broadway.

By Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014

NSC a.k.a. White House beer distributor

National Security Council says White House beer bet with Canada was a “significant diplomatic commitment.“

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:19 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/11/2014

U.S.-Iran relations thawing somewhat glacially

Word in Tehran is that their designated ambassador to the United Nations is having some difficulty getting a visa.

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Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 03/10/2014

President Obama makes good on Olympic beer bet with Canadian prime minister

After short delay, two cases of White House brew are sent to Canadian Embassy to make good on wager.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:54 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Brief history of Senate majority-led overnighters

The last overnight session by Senate majority was by Republicans in 2003 over judicial nominations.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Foreign Service leaders ask Senate to reject Obama nominees

They said their selection continued an “increasingly unsavory practice” of money over qualifications.

By Al Kamen  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014

In the Hot Seat: Cabinet members face Congress

It’s an especially busy week for scheduled Cabinet secretary appearances on Capitol Hill as every congressional committee angles to have its say on the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request and next year’s spending.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2014

Paul Ryan’s four Pinocchios yarn echoes an old Jack Kemp story

Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Four Pinocchio” story Thursday remind us of something his old boss, Rep. Jack Kemp, did in 1996.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/07/2014

Filling seats: Campaign bundler nominated to be U.S. ambassador to Czech Republic

White House announces new nominations including campaign bundler to be U.S. ambassador to Czech Republic.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:18 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/07/2014

How the sequester affected federal agencies, in one chart

What did each agency cut under the sequester?

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Donald Trump

By declaring President Carter dead, Donald Trump wins Loop Quote of the Week

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Senate confirms seven Obama nominees

Ahead of Joe Biden trip to Chile, Senate confirms U.S. ambassador Michael Hammer

By Colby Itkowitz and Al Kamen  |  05:07 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Sen. Roberts, there’s no place like home?

Sen. Pat Roberts tells Sec. Jack Lew he’s always asked about the IRS scandal when he’s home in Kansas. He’s not there very often.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  01:34 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/06/2014

When Reagan met Putin in Red Square?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea has re-surfaced a 1988 photo of President Reagan in Red Square with a “tourist” who looks an awful like. . .

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Taking down Putin with Russian literature

The State Department in unusually bold terms takes down Putin using Russian literature

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 03/05/2014

State Department employees union demands documents on embattled ambassador nominees

AFSA demands Obama justifications for three bundlers nominated for posts in Hungary, Norway and Argentina.

By Al Kamen  |  06:32 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 03/05/2014

“Let the Sunshine in?”

The government put out a guidance memo to push agencies to stop being so annoyingly secretive

By Colby Itkowitz  |  01:23 PM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014

The Shusters: All in the family

When a transportation company needs some help on the Hill, who better to turn to than Robert Shuster, whose brother Bill runs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Rep. Lou Barletta, from small-town mayor to illegal-immigrant basher to

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) vows to continue anti-illegal immigrant push despite a setback Monday in the Supreme Court.

By Al Kamen  |  01:54 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/04/2014

McCain vs. Kerry, the nasty feud goes on

John McCain has hit his “friend” John Kerry over policy issues and butterflying all over the world. But McCain isn’t exactly averse to foreign travel.

By Al Kamen  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Supreme Court disrupted by protest over campaign finance ruling

A video has surfaced of a rare public disturbance where a protester urged justices to overturn their 2010 campaign finance ruling.

By Al Kamen  |  05:58 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014

BACKGROUND CHECK: Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

He reveals that “The Wire” was his favorite TV show and he longs to be baseball commissioner.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Nanny State Department runs amok

The State Department’s spring break travel advisory urges kids not to get drunk or carry weapons abroad -- and, oh yes, remember to call your parents.

By Al Kamen  |  06:57 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Here’s why the Chinese government hated Gary Locke

Outgoing ambassador’s persistent criticism of Beijing’s human-rights record got under the communist regime’s rather thin skin.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Karaoke: The latest arrow in Washington’s diplomatic quiver

Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar uses his skills at Karaoke to show people the greatness of American culture.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014

State Department union may oppose Obama ambassador nominees

Recent hearings on Obama ambassador nominees have cause the State Department union to weigh a rare move to publicly oppose some of them.

By Al Kamen  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama goes long on diversity in top agency posts

In what may be a historic first, two cabinet agencies could have minorities as secretary and deputy secretary

By Al Kamen  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Former Rep. Tom Perriello headed for the State Department

Former one-term congressman Tom Perriello is going to the State Department to head a long-term review of operations.

By Al Kamen  |  06:03 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

At the Pentagon, once a secret, always a secret -- even if everyone knows

Top-Secret documents from the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are still secret -- even if they’ve been revealed long ago.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/20/2014

New guidelines won’t change pay-for-play ambassadors

The foreign service’s new guidelines on picking ambassadors won’t do much to keep bundlers from getting coveted posts.

By Al Kamen  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Former Rep. Betty Sutton to head highway safety administration? Not happening.

Enviros worried that former Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) might run the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. But she says it’s “absolutely” not happening.

By Al Kamen  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Is Taiwan’s government more open than ours?

Taiwan’s foreign ministry releases the names of the Republicans on a delegation traveling to Asia this week.

By Al Kamen  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/18/2014

NSA will ‘keep peeping while you’re sleeping’

NSA and DHS withdraw letters threatening legal action over parody t-shirts and mugs and such.

By Al Kamen  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Schapiro reportedly tapped for Czech Republic ambassador post

Andrew Schapiro is a top corporate lawyer whose mother was a Czech Holocaust survivor.

By Al Kamen  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

USAID: High-quality photos could turn the tide in Afghanistan

What to do about the public’s misperceptions? Get your own photographer.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Senate confirms Obama nominees at State and Veterans Administration

Senate confirms nominees Richard Stengel; Sarah Sewall; Charles Rivkin and Sloan Gibson.

By Al Kamen  |  07:31 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Lawmakers beat the cold with a tour of Asia

House lawmakers and spouses stop in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and, of course, Hong Kong.

By Al Kamen  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama’s ambassador picks fumble the ‘been there’ question

Is the Senate going to routinely ask nominees for ambassadorships whether they’ve ever been to the country?

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Jason Chaffetz is going around the world in six days

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/06/2014

White House names Mike Boots acting head of enviro council

It could be a sign that the administration is taking some time finding a replacement for outgoing CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley.

By Al Kamen  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Eric Holder: Staying for the long haul?

Relentless GOP attacks and Democratic grumbling sparked reports last year that Eric Holder was on the way out -- maybe not.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Former GAO head Dave Walker meets the Hatch Act

Former comptroller general Dave Walker solicits campaign contributions from federal workers.

By Al Kamen  |  11:53 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Gay rights group urges Obama to name openly gay ambassador to Russia

Human Rights Campaign urges Obama to name openly gay ambassador to Russia to replace Michael McFaul, who’s leaving after Sochi games.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Pentagon IG dings department historian for using ‘public office for private gain’

Pentagon’s inspector general faults agency historian for “unprofessional conduct,” misusing government resources and “using her public office for private gain.”

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Administration point man for Syria likely to retire later this year

Syria policy point man Robert Ford, nixed by the Egyptian military for an ambassadorship there, is telling friends he’s probably leaving at the end of the year

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Presumptive ambassador to China Baucus: ‘I’m no real expert on China.’

Obama’s ambassadorial nominees have had a tough time this month during their confirmation hearings.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Obama close to picking new White House counsel

The two top contenders for the job, we had heard, were Tom Perrelli and Neil Eggleston.

By Al Kamen  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Convicted CIA impersonator John Beale heads to Cape Cod for weekend

A federal judge is allowing convicted CIA impersonator John Beale, who has been sentenced to 32 months in prison, to talk to contractors at his Cape Cod home this weekend before he reports to the slammer.

By Al Kamen  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Some officials have the best perks around

Some government officials rate home to office airplanes, including stops on the way

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Robert Reich: For ‘fast track’ before he was against it?

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/28/2014

The NSA has a new, first time ever, privacy officer

The NSA, reeling from Eric Snowden’s revelations of the agency’s international snooping, has named a new privacy officer.

By Al Kamen  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Feeling foggy? Intelligence chief James Clapper is brewing a $12 million elixir for you!

The intelligence community has a plan to improve analysts’ abilities to deal with tough issues.

By Al Kamen  |  10:36 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Kissinger: The gift that keeps on giving

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger prepared to ship Nobel Peace Prize for 1973 Vietnam peace accord back to Norway, but the Norwegians wouldn’t accept it.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/23/2014

George Washington could have taught the SEC a thing or two

Cold weather forces SEC to postpone trip to Mt. Vernon to learn from George Washington.

By Al Kamen  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Now say: I am the greatest! Say it again!

The State Department gives out commendations for those who can write the best self-evaluations

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Washington’s finest head to Swiss Alps mega-gabfest

The World Economic Forum, the premier global conclave of the uber-rich and famous, gathers in Davos in the Swiss Alps this week.

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Minnie Lou awaits Obama

President Obama’s speech Friday at the Justice Department on surveillance policy will be under Minnie Lou’s watchful eye.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Kerry’s ‘Home Alone’ at Foggy Bottom

John Kerry, with a third of his senior staff jobs still vacant, implores Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to confirm nominees.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Things that are certain: Death, taxes. . . and congressional bereavement payments?

Time to end six-figure “bereavement” payments to the families of lawmakers who die in office?

By Al Kamen  |  06:01 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Christie joins elite group of American leaders

Christie starts off his State of the State speech Tuesday with classic “mistakes were made” line.

By Al Kamen  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Huntsman on Christie: How could he not know?

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), wonders how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), didn’t know of the four-day bridge-lane closure in Fort Lee.

By Al Kamen  |  12:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Bob Gates: undermining the sales surge?

Note to Bob Gates: Don’t start issuing clarifications on the day before your book hits the stores.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Blooper of the week, and it’s only Monday morning!

Vice President Biden’s office temporarily moved the Israeli parliament from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

By Al Kamen  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rights groups: Be careful going to the U.S. embassy in Yemen

The State Department regularly issues travel warnings. Now the ACLU has issued one.

By Al Kamen  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Gates of Wrath

Bob Gates’s new memoir is an important lesson for any president picking top officials to serve in his first term cabinet.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Obama picks his first Asian American deputy secretary of cabinet department

Chris Lu, a top White House aide in the first term, has been chosen to be deputy Secretary of Labor.

By Al Kamen  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Will domestic assault conviction help Sen. Susan Collins’s primary challenger?

GOP challenger to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) says his “fraudulent” 2003 conviction for assaulting his then- wife speaks to his integrity.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014

White House seeks enviro policy council chair

The White House is looking for someone to succeed Nancy Sutley as head of the Council on Environmental Quality.

By Al Kamen  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Counter terror calendar 2014 is out!

National Counterterroism Center’s 2014 day planner can be a fine belated Christmas gift for that person you forgot to put on the list.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Colorado pot smokers start 2014 on a high note

Federal bill to legalize marijuana is most-read on government site

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2013

Don’t miss this excellent job possibility!

Despite federal job cutbacks, there may be some good jobs to be had.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Dennis ‘The Worm’ Rodman back to see his pal in North Korea

Dennis Rodman’s back in North Korea to talk basketball and see his pal Kim Jung Un -- less than a week after Kim had his uncle executed.

By Al Kamen  |  04:52 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Bachmann, King and Gohmert tour Egypt, Lebanon and Libya

As best we can figure, they even flew commercial.

By Al Kamen  |  02:19 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/17/2013

White House musical chairs

New aides arriving at the White House and more changes are expected

By Al Kamen  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013

BACKGROUND CHECK: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz reveals he’s a Monty Python fan and identifies with The Black “it’s just a flesh wound” Knight.

By Al Kamen  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Supreme Court gets a fancy lift

The Architect of the Capitol is soliciting bids to refurbish -- with lots of bronze and dark wood -- a private elevator at the Supreme Court.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Where the ‘new’ Team Obama will be

Proximity is power in Washington. New Obama aides John Podesta and Phil Schiliro have offices that put them close to the oval one.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Former Romney, Obama aides bury the hatchet for the private good

By Al Kamen  |  02:37 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Obama bundlers find a shrinking job market

Obama bundlers, confronting fewer open ambassadorships, may need to find different slots.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 11/26/2013

Meet John Kerry’s new puppy

Look out Bo and Sunny -- the secretary of state and his wife are adopting an adorable yellow lab.

By Emily Heil  |  01:36 PM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Bill Delahunt’s a medical marijuana entrepreneur (potrepreneur?)

Former Massachusetts Democrat Bill Delahunt heads a nonprofit that’s applying to open three medical-marijuana dispensaries.

By Emily Heil  |  11:13 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Another Carnahan in mix for Irish ambassador

Businessman Tom Carnahan is reportedly in the mix -- after his brother, Russ, was rumored to be a top choice.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Filibuster rules fight leaves nominees dangling

The filibuster rule fight may have blocked the traditional Senate approval of nominees before a long recess.

By Al Kamen  |  02:38 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/25/2013

Best and worst federal jobs: readers’ nominees

What do Loop fans consider the worst federal job? Spoiler: they involved bat guano, VD clinics... and the Oval Office.

By Emily Heil  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 11/22/2013

Filibuster reform may not open confirmation floodgates

Despite the Democrats’ “nuclear option” move eliminating most filibusters, hurdles ton Senate confirmation remain.

By Al Kamen  |  02:04 PM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Lawmakers plan to rough it on codel to Philippines

A group of lawmakers plan a none-too-cushy trip to to the typhoon-ravaged country.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 11/21/2013

First ‘nuclear’ Senate casualty: a hearing on nuclear safety

Coincidence? The first casualty of the dramatic Senate rule change was a hearing on nuclear safety.

By Emily Heil  |  03:34 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)