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In the Loop: May, 2012

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 03:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Senate stalls even GOP nominees

The completely dysfunctional Senate is holding up Republican nominees as well.

By Al Kamen  |  03:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, National Mediation Board, Federal Labor Relations Board, Obama, confirmations, Senate, Delta Airlines, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012

Predict Romney’s veep pick, win a Loop T-shirt!

The deadline is approaching for your chance to win a coveted Loop T-shirt for picking Mitt Romney’s running mate.

By Emily Heil  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Boehner as Obama adviser; leftovers from WHCD; and doubts on Watergate (read-this roundup)

Boehner has advice for Obama; dinner leftover’s from the big correspondents’ night; and doubts on Watergate.

By Emily Heil  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Romney and Obama stump for the youth vote

Both campaigns see students as critical in the November election.

By Al Kamen  |  05:38 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Senate confirms top Pentagon and Justice nominees

The Senate confirmed former Obama National Security Council chief of staff Mark Lippert as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs along with several other top picks.

By Al Kamen  |  01:28 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, Obama, nominees, confirmed, Ecuador, Defense Department, ambassadors, Agriculture Department, Bob Woodward, Obama's Wars, Adam Namm, Mark Lippert, Jim Jones, Michael E. Horowitz, Clinton, Bush, Kathryn Keneally, Michael Scuse, Deborah S. Delisle, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil, Hugo Chavez

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Dueling hashtags; an easy fix for hooker scandal; no ‘Girls Gone Wild’ in the Senate (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, dueling hashtags, a simple solution to the Secret Service’s problem, and no ‘Girls Gone Wild’ in the Senate.

By Emily Heil  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Tim Geithner’s dollar-bill dilemma

The treasury secretary says he had to watch his penmanship on the dollar bill.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/26/2012

‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ at State Department gets awkward with hooker talk

At the State Department, ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’ gets awkward with talk of ... hookers.

By Emily Heil  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Rep. Lynn Jenkins discovers Congress’ witness-scaring secrets

Rep. Lynn Jenkins discovers Congress’ secrets to scaring witnesses when testifying before a committee.

By Emily Heil  |  02:57 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Afghanistan: English that Americans can understand

Afghan interpreters with the troops work on translations Americans can grasp

By Greg Jaffe  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, interpreters, Combat Outpost Sayad Abad, Soviets, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil, Greg Jaffe

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Blue Dogs lose their bite, Albright’s new memoir, and a despot’s First Lady (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Blue Dogs lose their bite, Albright’s new memoir, and a despot’s First Lady.

By Emily Heil  |  10:17 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Obama, Japan’s prime minister to meet

Next week’s meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda should prove more productive than the last time a prime minister from Japan was in town.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Japan prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, Obama, Senate Armed Service Committee, Yukio Hatoyama, Okinawa, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Marco Rubio sets off scheduling scramble at summit

Sen. Marco Rubio’s meeting with the Chilean President bumps the House delegation.

By Emily Heil  |  04:35 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Don’t cry for Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti

Vice President Biden’s new counselor might have taken a pay cut, but his firm earned him a pretty penny.

By T.W. Farnam  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Steve Richetti, Lobbyists

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Condi Rice and the Loop veep contest

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, leading in a recent poll of who GOP voters would like to see as Romney’s pick for his running-mate, raised some eyebrows recently when she spoke to a prominent Brigham Young University business group.

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Condoleezza Rice, Mitt Romney, vice president, BYU, Brigham Young University, BYU Management Society, Marriott, Loop Veep contest, Loop Contest, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Romney camp’s growth spurt; a flack’s tweets are forever; and a Giffords sighting (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the Romney camp’s growth spurt; a flack’s tweets are forever; and a Giffords sighting.

By Emily Heil  |  08:14 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Foreign Service pets score big

United Airlines has told the State Department and the foreign service association that it will extend the military waiver for transporting pets overseas to Foreign Service pets as well.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  State Department, American Foreign Service Association, United Airlines, AFSA, pets, military pet travel, Gary Locke, China, Patrick Kennedy, Susan Johnson, Chris Van Hollen, Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly, Donna Edwards, Nita Lowey, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012

Baltimore law school gets new dean

Assistant attorney general Ron Weich, former counsel to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Edward M. Kennedy, will become dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law in July.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ron Weich, Harry Reid, Edward M. Kennedy, University of Baltimore School of Law, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Fox news (the animal kind) from embassy row

A fox family has made its home on the grounds of the Belgian ambassador’s residence — and it might be behind some international mischief.

By Emily Heil  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Winks in the GSA scandal; a soldier’s touching gift; and a Veepstakes game (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, a warning sign in the GSA scandal; a soldier’s touching gift; and a Veepstakes game.

By Emily Heil  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In the Loop, GSA, John Edwards

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Rohrabacher says Clinton made ‘reasonable request’

The California Republican says he deferred to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ‘reasonable request’ that he not travel to Afghanistan.

By Emily Heil  |  12:45 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Romney’s pick for veep? A Loop Contest

Some are secretly hoping GOP candidate Mitt Romney will pick them as his running-mate. Readers can weigh in with their guess and maybe win an In the Loop T-shirt.

By Al Kamen  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Condoleezza Rice, vice president, CNN/ORC, poll, Romney vice president, Rick Santorum, Rick Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell, Rob Portman, Mitch Danies, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Allen West, John Thune, In the Loop Contest, Veep contest, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 04/23/2012

GOP frosh headaches, escorts are the pride of Colombia, and McCaskill’s a ‘pain’ (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the GOP frosh caused headaches, hookers are the pride of Colombia, and McCaskill is a ‘pain.’

By Emily Heil  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 AM ET, 04/22/2012

Eric Cantor flies business class

Two easily recognizable congressional leaders found themselves on a Delta flight Monday afternoon from Atlanta to Washington.

By Al Kamen  |  03:34 AM ET, 04/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Marist pollster plays hero during call

A Marist College pollster saves a New York woman from diabetic shock during a call.

By Emily Heil  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Romney’s war on cookies; fed shame; and a fictional Veep (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Romney’s cookie gaffe; the shame of the fed; and a funny fictional Veep.

By Emily Heil  |  10:27 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 04/19/2012

State Department ceremony for Malta ambassador a ‘rocking’ affair

An ambassador’s swearing-in at the State Department isn’t your usual stuffy affair.

By Emily Heil  |  04:43 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Tim Scott repays AEI for pal’s meals

Rep. Tim Scott has reimbursed a conservative think tank for a pal’s meals at a posh resort.

By Emily Heil  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 10:49 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Dinner with Mitt; golf courses and massage parlors; and Hillary says ‘no’ (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, voters want business advice, not chit-chat, from Romney; golf courses are like massage parlors; and Hillary on VP rumors.

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Fawn Hall: from WHCD to book store (Catching Up With...)

Where’s the star of the 1987 WHCD these days?

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Catching up with

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 04/18/2012

House honors Dick Clark as a ‘proud taxpayer’

Clark is honored on the House floor for being only too happy to pay his taxes.

By Emily Heil  |  06:21 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Mark Twain on Congress: idiots, criminals, dumber than fleas

Congress is honoring author Mark Twain today. Twain didn’t return the favor: he once called Congressmen “idiots,” dumber than fleas, and a “criminal class.”

By Emily Heil  |  11:46 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/18/2012

GSA’s birthday gift; Romney’s got hope; and the Secret Service’s blind spot? (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the GSA’s birthday gift to an official; Romney’s got hope; and the Secret Service might have a blind spot.

By Emily Heil  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Foreign service officers have claws out for United

Foreign Service officers want the same pet-transport discount that the military gets.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Google’s teensy FCC fine

The microscopic $25,000 fine on Google for impeding a federal investigation has some lawmakers talking about enhanced penalties.

By Al Kamen  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal Communications Commission, FCC, fines, Google, privacy, slap on wrist, pro publica, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012

EEOC offers feds a phrase to justify attending conference

A federal agency offers a sample phrase for attendees to use to justify attending a conference.

By Emily Heil  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Panetta’s commute; Romney’s popularity; and a Barney witticism (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Panetta doesn’t fly coach; Romney’s popularity matters; and a Frank witticism.

By Emily Heil  |  08:01 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Acting GSA chief clamps down on travel

Acting GSA administrator Dan Tangherlini issued new restrictions on travel and conferences Monday afternoon in the wake of a controversy over lavish agency spending.

By Al Kamen  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA, General Services Administration, GSA scandal, GSA new travel restrictions, GSA travel, GSA conferences, Las Vegas, Dan Tangherlini, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Clinton to ambassadors: Don’t move!

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, citing a difficult political climate on the Hill, has told the 60 or so ambassadors to stay in their posts until a successor is confirmed. Could be a long time.

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, ambassadors, confirmations, political ambassadors, foreign policy, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Romney might nix HUD; Clinton lets her hair down; and a working woman flashback (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Romney might nix the agency his dad led; Hillary Clinton lets her hair down; and a Romney flashback.

By Emily Heil  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/13/2012

GSA scandals shows watchdogs needed

The recent scandals over wasteful GSA conferences in Vegas and other places highlights the need for independent inspectors general at all government agencies.

By Al Kamen  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  GSA, GSA conferences, Inspector General, Christy Romero, TARP, SIGTARP, special inspector general, Project on Governt Oversight, State Department, Interior Department, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Labor, Charles Grassley, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2012

GSA gave out bogus ‘Jackass Award’ to justify dinners

A GSA employee says the agency gave out a bogus “Jackass Award” to justify taxpayer-funded dinners.

By Emily Heil  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Kucinich flirts; iPads in the Oval Office; and Edwards courtroom drama (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Kucinich flirts — with a new district; iPads in the Oval Office; and Edwards courtroom drama.

By Emily Heil  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Voting body is leaderless

Months before voters step into booths, the commission tasked with federal-election standards has zero commissioners.

By Emily Heil  |  04:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Jeanette Hanna reassigned at Bureau of Indian Affairs

There’s more shuffling within the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

By Emily Heil  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012

DHS, FEMA, TSA flacks moving on

Considerable movement of late at the agencies that make you take off your shoes at airports, give you half a border fence and offer hazardous trailers for hurricane victims.

By Al Kamen  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hilary Rosen, Hillary Rosen, Greg Soule, Transportation Security Agency, TSA, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, Brent Colburn, Obama re-election, Rachel Racusen, SDK Knickerbocker, Kristen Lee, Microsoft

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Edwards defensive; Romney’s busy day; and more communist claims (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, John Edwards is defensive; Romney's got a busy day; and more communists-in-Congress claims.

By Emily Heil  |  10:19 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 02:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Bush: Don’t call them ‘rich’

George W. Bush reminds us the “so-called rich” are really hardworking “job creators.”

By Al Kamen  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George W. Bush, tax policy, taxes, job creators, class warfare, Obama class warfare, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/11/2012

‘Texts from Hillary’ photographer didn’t LOL— at first

The photographer who shot the ‘Texts from Hillary’ image wasn’t credited—at first.

By Emily Heil  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Etch-a-Sketch time?; Bush on branding; Romney as story-teller (read-this roundup)

In the Loop's roundup, it’s time for the Etch-a-Sketch; Bush on branding; and Santorum’s future

By Emily Heil  |  08:56 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/10/2012

GSA conference featured real-life ‘Rudy’

At another GSA conference in Vegas, federal workers heard from the real-life “Rudy.”

By Emily Heil  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Rick Santorum faces reality

The GOP presidential nomination race is over and, as we told you in mid-January, former governor Mitt Romney will face President Obama in the fall.

By Al Kamen  |  02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, suspending, GOP, GOP race, President Obama, Mitt, Mitt Romney, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012

GSA nixes Vegas conference in wake of scandal

The agency was slated to go back to the scene of the proverbial crime later this month.

By Emily Heil  |  01:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Harry Reid: the new Carl Sandburg?

A new book puts politicians’ and celebrities’ odd musings into verse. Here’s one they left out by the Senate majority leader.

By Al Kamen  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Anthology, poetry, Harry Reid, Bob Dole, Mitch McConnell, Barbara Mikulski

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Dark ages for Commerce; Lugar stays old school; and why pols shouldn’t have to hug it out (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, commerce employees go old school, Lugar won’t change his stripes; and politicians shouldn’t have to hug.

By Emily Heil  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Obama, Biden and Snooki: Poets at heart

A new “modern poetry” anthology puts the oft-bizarre utterances by politicians and celebrities in poetry form. A fun read.

By Al Kamen  |  05:02 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Charles Schumer, John Boehner, poetry, Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, Israel, Harry Reid, Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras, Silvio Berlusconi, Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich, Hugo Chavez, Ann Coulter, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Forest Service committee on tree paint: obscure or most obscure?

A committee devoted to overseeing paint used on tree markings might be the most obscure body.

By Emily Heil  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Eggs roll; feds can’t write clearly; and two justices are on the hunt (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup, eggs roll; feds can’t write clearly; and two justices are on the hunt.

By Emily Heil  |  10:34 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012

David Vitter hosts Derby fundraiser — mint julep alert!

Sen. David Vitter asks donors to pony up for a Derby weekend extravaganza.

By Emily Heil  |  11:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Goats and the Vegas video; whose war on women?; and Paul Ryan’s hairy advantage (Read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the guy in charge of that Vegas conference pinched pennies elsewhere; a viral video; and the maybe-war on women.

By Emily Heil  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  General Services Administration

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Obama approval’s up — among liberals

Maybe some of what’s happening is that liberal Democrats are drifting back to the Democratic base

By Al Kamen  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, presidential polls, CNN/ORC, CNN poll, Obama approval, Obama improved, Etch A Sketch, Ralph Nader, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Burma aide says Suu Kyi win a shocker

A Burmese presidential adviser says the landslide victory of pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi surprised the ruling party.

By Al Kamen  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi, elections, landslide victory, Aung San, George Washington, Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Clinton 2008 campaign, Mark Penn, Loop Campaign Guru of the Week Award, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Tim Ryan meditates; Romney’s courtship; and a DC-set show (Read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Rep. Tim Ryan meditates; the courtship of Mitt Romney; and a new DC TV series.

By Emily Heil  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  In the Loop

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 04/04/2012

GSA scandal makes ‘conference’ a dirty word

Thanks to tales of decadence at a GSA confab, the word “conference” is verboten.

By Emily Heil  |  04:32 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Muslim Brotherhood meets State Department officials? Maybe.

In Washington, sometimes simple questions seem to prompt elliptical answers

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Muslim Brotherhood, State Department, Pentagon, Marwan Muasher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, William Burns, Robert Hormats, Jeffrey Feltman, Victoria Nuland, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Rubio for vice-president, oddsmakers bet

Sen. Marco Rubio is the favorite vice-presidential pick of betting types.

By Emily Heil  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Santorum cites George Washington; BlackBerries still fresh; and how liberals spawned the tea party (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Santorum cites Gen. George Washington; retro BlackBerries are still hot in D.C.; and liberals caused the tea party movement.

By Emily Heil  |  09:26 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 02:27 PM ET, 04/03/2012

On Obama’s recess appointees, buyer’s remorse?

The White House might have another reason to regret those controversial recess appointments.

By Emily Heil  |  02:27 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Obama ‘soon’ to pick ambassador to Burma

The weekend’s huge election victory of democracy champion and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi opens the door for a new ambassador to Burma.

By Al Kamen  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, Burma, Rangoon, Hillary Clinton, Luc Besson, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, Melanne Verveer, Kurt Campbell, Derek Mitchell, Motion Picture Association of America, In the Loop

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Are there other ritzy getaways for feds? Plus, drinking buddies and Mitt unzipped (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, fed conferences, electing a drinking buddy, and Mitt Romney unzipped.

By Emily Heil  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Some Obama nominees missed the confirmation train

Most of the White House’s nominees were confirmed last week before the Senate recess. Some were left waiting for a vote.

By Al Kamen  |  06:11 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Senate, nominees, confirmation, Mari Carmen Aponte, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Al Franken, ‘math genius,’ warns of GOP equation

The Minnesota Democrat’s fundraising pitch is all about equations.

By Emily Heil  |  09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 04/02/2012

GOP voters in Maryland love policy; April Fool’s political pranks; and FLOTUS avoids greed slime (read-this roundup)

GOP voters in Maryland hungry for policy; April Fool’s political pranks; and FLOTUS avoids green slime.

By Emily Heil  |  08:50 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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