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In the Loop: February, 2012

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Franklin Raines surfaces...at jury duty

The former Fannie Mae exec is spotted at jury duty.

By Emily Heil  |  02:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Romney recipe challenge: Tom Sietsema weighs in

Food critic Tom Sietsema judges which Romney woman’s recipe reigns supreme.

By Emily Heil  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012

‘Hilarity’ not so funny; Mormons and race; and a congressman’s beer duties (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, ‘Operation Hilarity’ isn’t so funny; the Mormon church’s racial history is complicated; and a congressman swills beer for the Post.

By Emily Heil  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/28/2012

The Capitol Dome: Who should we thank?

The glorious Capitol building owes much to one unusual lawmaker.

By Al Kamen  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Freedom's Cap, Guy Gugliotta, the Capitol, Jefferson Davis, civil war, Confederacy, Dred Scott, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Know-Nothing Party

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 02/28/2012

In a Mitt Romney culinary challenge, it’s mother vs. wife

The Loop conducts a culinary challenge: Lenore Romney vs. Ann Romney.

By Emily Heil  |  01:14 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Pravda: Hillary Clinton ‘despicable’

Moscow newspaper fires back after Clinton condemned Russian and Chinese vetoes of U.N. resolution on Syria.

By Al Kamen  |  12:26 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Syria, China, U.N. Resolution, Gulf Royals, Abu Ghraib, torture, Guantanamo, Libya, Hungary, Poland, Chechnya, Tibet, Michael McFaul

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/28/2012

No white knight for GOP; Kid Rock gives Romney Michigan edge? (read-this roundup)

In today’s Loop roundup, we learn that the GOP shouldn’t expect a white knight — but Mitt Romney has an unlikely savior in Michigan.

By Emily Heil  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Mitt Romney in Michigan: Loving the trees

Midwesterners know what the GOP candidate may have meant when he said “the trees are the right height.”

By Al Kamen  |  02:53 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, trees, Michigan primary, Rick Santorum, Fox News, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, tree-huggers, car on the roof, Romney dog

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Jeanne Shaheen to read Washington’s farewell speech, in Senate custom

The chamber marks the first president’s birthday with the reading of a speech, a tradition that began in 1862.

By Emily Heil  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Santorum’s delicate rhetoric; Mormons stay mum; and the Romney women and politics (read-this roundup)

In the Loop roundup, Rick Santorum’s using high-minded rhetoric; Mormons are staying mum; and the Romney women take the trail.

By Emily Heil  |  08:56 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012

State Department to Congress: Better late than never

The State Department’s just getting around to answering questions from the Hill ... from last year.

By Al Kamen  |  11:51 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Santorums bare all to Beck. Lawmakers have mail. Senators don’t use business cards (read-this roundup)

In the Loop roundup: The Santorums confess to Glenn Beck; lawmakers get suspicious mail; and an ex-senator gets his first business card.

By Emily Heil  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Rick Santorum: The devil was in the details

Seems Rick Santorum heeded former GOP presidential candidate Steve Forbes’s advice that he stop talking about Satan.

By Al Kamen  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, Steve Forbes, the devil, Lucifer, Arlen Spector, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, CNN, Michigan, Michigan primary, crossover voting

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Mitt Romney’s geography goof

His claim that Syria is Iran’s “route to the sea” is all wet.

By Emily Heil  |  02:11 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/23/2012

John Ensign, Bob Bennett, dogs, cats and K Street

Former lawmakers find life after the Senate in some usual — and some unusual -- places.

By Al Kamen  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  K Street, lobbyists, John Ensign, veterinarian, CNN, sex scandal, Utah Sen. Bob Bennett

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 02/23/2012

GOP debate features Syria over jobs; Adlestein for president?; and a final fact-check (read this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, we parse debate words; learn who wants Sheldon Adelstein to run; and enjoy a “blizzard” of fact-checking.

By Emily Heil  |  10:36 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Forbes to Santorum: Stop talking about Satan

Publisher Steve Forbes, during a phone interview, reflects on the GOP candidates.

By Al Kamen  |  04:35 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Steve Forbes, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, GOP, Republican primary

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/22/2012

House staffers find K Street homes; Financial Services Committee tops list

A new study shows that K Street treats congressional staffers like the farm team—and we know which committee is the elite AAA .

By Emily Heil  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lobbying

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Darrell Issa, subpoena machine; Santorum’s Nazi preoccupation; and GOP donors have their say (read-this roundup)

In today’s Loop roundup, Darell Issa is a subpoena machine; Rick Santorum has a Nazi preoccupation; and GOP donors have their say.

By Emily Heil  |  10:36 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Gen. Clapper channels Westmoreland?

Intel chief James Clapper raised an eyebrow by comparing optimistic views on Afghanistan to those of Vietnam days.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, National Intelligence Estimate, Gen. John Allen, Ryan Crocker, Gen. James Mattis, Adm. James Stavrides, Carl Levin, Emily Heil, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Gen. William Westmoreland, Vietnam

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Rick Santorum and the Nixon playbook

Political candidates increasingly heed the advice of former President Richard Nixon on how to handle the media: “More contempt.”

By Al Kamen  |  01:48 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Department of Justice official Tony West on the rise

Tony West is poised to take the agency’s number-three slot, and another official leaves for the private sector.

By Emily Heil  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Department of Justice

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Political ads are relatively nice; the First Family gets a close-up; and the Supes are jet-setters (read-this roundup)

In today’s Loop roundup, political ads are relatively nice; the First Family gets a close-up; and the Supes are jet-setters.

By Emily Heil  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 02/17/2012

‘Fast and Furious’ probe shows Burke called DOJ officials ‘chuckleheads’

The probe into Operation Fast and Furious shows a state attorney grousing about DOJ’s “chuckleheads.”

By Emily Heil  |  12:53 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Read-this roundup: Everyone’s an expert; who’s the most charitable candidate; questions about ‘severely conservative’

In the Loop’s roundup: everyone’s an expert; the most charitable candidate; why Romney’s ”severe” claim is bogus.

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 01:46 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Jon Huntsman’s plastic-fantastic gig

Former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is headlining a plastics convention.

By Emily Heil  |  01:46 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Michigan primary: Democratic mischief?

The critical Michigan GOP primary may be affected by Democrats voting against Romney.

By Al Kamen  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michigan Republican, Michigan primary, Santorum, Romney, John McCain, George W. Bush, Rick Snyder, Democrats, crossover voting, GOP, Daily Kos, Operation Hilarity

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Vitter’s return; vintage Newt; Trump trumped (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, we examine David Vitter’s re-emergence; vintage Newt Gingrich; and how the GSA trumped Trump.

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Chinese officials meet wrestlers

The delegation of Chinese dignitaries will have unusual hotel-mates: Iowa high school wrestling champs.

By Emily Heil  |  01:20 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Meet the judges for the Loop’s embassy-naming contest

In the Loop’s embassy-repurposing contest has an impressive panel of judges.

By Emily Heil  |  12:52 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Obama, Santorum go west, Nixon secretary gets ink, and Mitt’s Mormonism comes up (Read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, both President Obama and Rick Santorum go west, but for different reasons; Nixon’s secretary is getting ink; and Mitt Romney fields a request.

By Emily Heil  |  10:31 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Justice Department: Tops in secrecy?

The Justice Department has won the tongue-in-cheek 2011 Rosemary Award, named for President Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, for keeping government actions secret.

By Al Kamen  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Whitney Houston tribute comes to Congress

Honoring the late singer Whitney Houston isn’t just for the Grammys.

By Emily Heil  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Valentine’s Day at the RNC

The RNC bashes Democrats in its new batch of V-day cards.

By Emily Heil  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Newt Gingrich, idea factory; hashtag recycling; and Grassley’s on a mission (Read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Newt Gingrich plans an idea barrage; the White House recycles a Twitter campaign; and Sen. Grassley eyes the Smithsonian again.

By Emily Heil  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/13/2012

George W. Bush: Auto bailout was mine!

President George W. Bush again claims credit for auto industry bailout

By Al Kamen  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Michigan Primary, Auto bailouts

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Rep. Tom Petri’s fundraiser offers flight to nowhere

Fundraiser attendees can live out their “Top Gun” fantasies.

By Emily Heil  |  01:01 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tom Petri, fundraisers

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Retro scandals; Obama comes up short; and Supreme Court funnies (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, what’s old is new, Obama comes up short, and the Supreme Court is funnier than we thought.

By Emily Heil  |  10:53 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Mitt Romney’s CPAC speech isn’t conservative in its use of the word ’conservative’

Mitt Romney said some variation of the word “conservative” dozens of times.

By Emily Heil  |  03:13 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Baghdad embassy ideas include Trump hotel, car dealership (Loop contest)

The entries to the Loop’s “embassy for sale” contest are pouring in.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/10/2012

State Department: Love, booze and visas.

The State Department sponsors “leadership day” for the passport office.

By Al Kamen  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lima, Peru, El Parque Del Amor, Love Park, El Beso, The Kiss, Victor Delfin, Consular Affairs Bureau

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Conservatives’ secret language and Obama’s hip-hop omission (read-this roundup)

In this morning’s Loop roundup, we ponder the meaning of conservative ‘code words’ and learn that Obama left hip-hop songs off his playlist.

By Emily Heil  |  10:53 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/09/2012

New Aviation Bill: The pork barrel lives

Efforts to end the $200 million subsidy for small airports failed in new FAA authorization bill.

By Al Kamen  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/09/2012

Romney’s musical flip-flop; polygamy’s more popular than Congress; and a McCain birthday to remember (read-this roundup)

In this morning’s Loop roundup, we examine Mitt Romney’s musical makeover, Congress’ unpopularity, and a McCain birthday.

By Emily Heil  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Richard Lugar, the gloved one of Ukraine

The author of a recent book on the senator says Lugar’s huge in Ukraine.

By Emily Heil  |  01:53 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 02/08/2012

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: What would you do with it? (A Loop Contest!)

What should the United States do to downsize the embassy in Baghdad?

By Al Kamen  |  12:56 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Santorum’s not Minnesota nice; chimps in Congress; and Trump’s D.C. digs (read-this roundup)

In this morning’s Loop roundup, Santorum calls Romney a loser; chimps take over Congress; and Trump has D.C. digs.

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/07/2012

The State Department: Better at diplomacy than real estate?

Did the State Department low-ball the spectacular Chelston estate in Bermuda?

By Al Kamen  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Louie Gohmert: Best caribou wingman ever

Rep. Louie Gohmert is the patron saint of amorous wildlife.

By Emily Heil  |  11:55 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Lawmakers’ sweet properties inspire house envy (read-this roundup)

In today’s Loop roundup, we drool over lawmakers’ sweet digs, get a guide to the caucuses, and miss Rep. Michele Bachmann.

By Emily Heil  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In the Loop Roundup

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Clint Eastwood’s Super Bowl ad: What do political ad folks say?

Political admakers weigh in on the Clint Eastwood Super Bowl spot.

By Emily Heil  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Gingrich moon shot: Polling well

Voters seem to like Newt Gingrich’s spacey ideas.

By Al Kamen  |  12:15 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Romney’s patriot act; Gingrich flashbacks; and a postal regulator’s globe-trotting (read-this roundup)

In this morning’s Loop roundup, Mitt Romney does a red, white and blue performance; Newt Gingrich gives us deja vu all over again.

By Emily Heil  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Senate Democrats to Nationals Park for retreat

Senate Democrats plan a more-exciting-than-usual retreat at Nationals Park.

By Emily Heil  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Snowe takes to Senate floor for tribute to beer

Sen. Olympia Snowe evidently a fan of Maine brewski.

By Emily Heil  |  12:19 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Komen foundation flap stirs Hill; Trump power; and Roseanne Barr looks to politics (read-this roundup)

Komen foundation funding; Donald Trump’s endorsement, and another quasi-celeb is eyeing office.

By Emily Heil  |  10:30 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Judicial Nominees: Beware the Thurmond Rule

The Senate may approve some judges in early 2012 but then comes the Thurmond Rule.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Dan Burton’s Greatest Hits

In the Loop says a fond goodbye to one or our alltime favorite lawmakers.

By Al Kamen  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Jack Abramoff’s comeback looks complete

Jack Abramoff’s redemption makeover looks complete.

By Emily Heil  |  12:10 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Ron Paul workers hide tattoos; Newt wins big casino bucks; and Obama’s got Hollywood support (Read-this roundup)

In this morning’s Loop roundup, we learn that volunteers for Rep. Ron Paul are told to cover their tats while campaigning.

By Emily Heil  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Senate ethics panel says it imposed no sanctions in 2011

The chamber’s annual report says no complaints merited a slap on the wrist--or worse.

By Emily Heil  |  12:50 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Florida primary means...more of the same; Colbert gloats, and Newt gets sued (read-this roundup)

In this morning’s roundup, we’re reading the tea leaves in the GOP race and seeing more of the same; Colbert takes a victory lap; and Newt gets sued.

By Emily Heil  |  11:35 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen COlbert, Florida primary

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Steve Jobs biographer’s next book is a ‘history of the digital age’

Walter Issacson will follow up his bestselling bio of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs with a book chronicling the history of the digital age.

By Emily Heil  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Broadcasting Board of Governors, Walter Issacson

 

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