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In the Loop: July, 2012

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/05/2012

BACKGROUND CHECK: National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis

The Loop chats with National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.

By Emily Heil  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Lawmakers head to Monaco for meeting

Lawmakers flock to the south of France for an interparliamentary meeting.

By Al Kamen  |  02:04 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monaco, John McCain, Dennis Cardoza, Ogranization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, Chris Smith, French Riviera, Fairmont Montecarlo, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012

White House releases annual list of staffers and salaries

How much does your favorite staffer earn?

By Emily Heil  |  05:55 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 06/29/2012

Senate approves slew of White House nominees on way out the door

The chamber approves a slate of White House nominations.

By Emily Heil  |  05:21 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Hyperbole on health care; that other Supreme Court case; DNC official apologizes for Tweet (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup: Doomsdayers should take comfort; Thursday’s other Supreme Court ruling; and a DNC official walks back on a Tweet.

By Emily Heil  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 06/28/2012

On health-care predictions, how did pundits’ crystal balls perform?

How well did the talking heads do in predicting the big health-care case?

By Emily Heil  |  10:52 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Scalia criticized by conservative jurist Richard Posner

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner faults Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the Arizona immigration case.

By Al Kamen  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Air Force may reward those who can stand the cold

The Air Force is looking for medals and ribbons and some can go to civilians.

By Al Kamen  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Air Force, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Medal of Honor, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, U.N., NATO, Andmiral Byrd, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 06/27/2012

FDA to regulate fine cigars, but foes say stogies breed bipartisanship

Advocates of exempting fine stogies from FDA rules say smoking brings people together.

By Emily Heil  |  02:01 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Tanning bed tax gets a tweak; will it survive Supreme Court health-care decision?

The provision was expected to pull in $2.7 billion over 10 years — nothing to sneeze at.

By Emily Heil  |  12:01 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Supreme Court doesn’t leak; Romney’s immigration squish; and Pentagon pride (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the Supreme Court doesn’t leak; Romney’s immigration squish; and the Pentagon’s gay pride.

By Emily Heil  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:22 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Barack Obama: The new book

An In-the-Loop summer book recommendation: the Obama biography by David Maraniss

By Al Kamen  |  07:22 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Obama vacation? Loop contest reminder

Don’t forget to enter the In the Loop contest to advise on the best vacation spot this summer for the Obamas.

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Obama vacation, Martha's Vineyard, GOP convention, Bush, Clinton, Lake Erie, Cedar Point, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Old guard on defense; book blamed for Edwards-Hunter split; Jesse Jackson Jr.'s ‘exhaustion’ (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup: Two congressional stalwarts face primaries; how a book ended the Edwards-Hunter romance; Jesse Jackson Jr.'s “exhaustion.”

By Emily Heil  |  10:16 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

50 things you didn’t know about women lawmakers

Players in the Congressional Women’s Softball Game gave interesting tidbits about themselves to the game’s announcers.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Ted Olson: On the expert express?

Former solicitor general Ted Olson, whose views on the high court are much sought after, was heading to New York when the Supreme Court’s rulings were coming down Monday.

By Al Kamen  |  05:49 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court, Arizona, Immigration law, Arizona law, Acela Express, Ted Olson, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/25/2012

CATCHING UP WITH . . . Webb Hubbell

The Loop checks in to see how the former associate U.S. attorney general is doing.

By Al Kamen  |  01:11 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Webb Hubbell, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Kenneth Starr: Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Obama’s summer vacation contest--last call for entries!

Submit your suggestions for where the Obamas should vacation this election-year summer.

By Emily Heil  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Obama family vacation: Where should they go? (A Loop contest)

Where should the first family spend their summer getaway this year?

By Emily Heil  |  11:40 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/25/2012

Lawmakers dial Treasury; the waiting game on health care; and Cory Booker in action (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, lawmakers call on Treasury; the waiting game on health care; and Cory Booker’s in action again.

By Emily Heil  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Govs’ sunny outlook; Clinton’s goofy glasses; ex-State official’s provocative essay (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, governors have a sunny outlook; Clinton wears goofy glasses; and an ex-State official pens a provocative essay.

By Emily Heil  |  08:46 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Federal officials beware! Lobbying for unsavory governments may be banned

A House Appropriations Committee-passed bill includes a provision banning

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Congressional trip to Monaco? Not happening

A possible congressional delegation trip to an international conference on the French Riviera is not going to take place.

By Al Kamen  |  06:44 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Monaco, Monte Carlo, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE, Bolivia, Jacob Ostreicher, Chris Smith, human trafficking, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 06/21/2012

Congress team, in wake of defeat, vows comeback

The softball team fielded by Members of Congress looks ahead.

By Emily Heil  |  02:57 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 06/21/2012

War on Terror creates buzz

An unmarked building in Northern Virginia is emitting a high-pitched whine that is driving some residents nearly crazy.

By Al Kamen  |  01:57 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Northern Virginia, Vienna, office building, FBI, CIA, GSA, buzzing, terrorist screening center, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Patrick Leahy close to milestone vote

Sen. Patrick Leahy is within spitting distance of his 14,000th Senate vote.

By Emily Heil  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 06/21/2012

‘Congress’? Never heard of it; a scramble on egg lobbying; (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Congress is the institution that dares not speak its name and a scramble over egg lobbying.

By Emily Heil  |  08:38 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Journalists’ mighty bats carry the day

The journalists carry the day, despite the confidence of the lawmakers. “Two times the age, three times the determination,” said Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), noting — and dismissing — the relative youth of the media team.

By Emily Heil  |  08:51 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Cabinet secretaries may want to rethink official portraits

Cabinet secretaries might want to consider foregoing the traditional portrait treatment.

By Emily Heil  |  03:24 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Romney’s money shot; a not-so-hot GSA property; and Harry Reid jumps the shark (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s Romney’s money shot; a not-so-hot GSA property; and Harry Reid jumps the shark.

By Emily Heil  |  08:27 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Judicial Zumba in Maui on taxpayer dime

A judicial conference in Hawaii has raised some senatorial eyebrows

By Al Kamen  |  05:09 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, Maui, Judicial Conference, judges, Charles Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Alex Kozinski, Zumba, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop, Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Women lawmakers, journos face off in softball game

Women lawmakers, journos prepare to face off in annual charity softball game.

By Emily Heil  |  02:21 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Congressional fundraisers don’t stop election day

Lawmakers can never stop thinking about hitting up contributors for cash, even if they’ve got a safe seat.

By Al Kamen  |  11:57 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pebble Beach Liinks, Golf, congressional fundraiser, Tom Reynolds, Pat Tiberi, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Romney’s new swagger; Bristol Palin’s show ends in tears; and more Rielle Hunter (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Mitt Romney’s new swagger; the tears of a Bristol; and more (really!) from Rielle Hunter.

By Emily Heil  |  08:57 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Pearlie Reed, top USDA official, departs

Pearlie Reed ends a 30-plus year career at the agency with his second retirement.

By Emily Heil  |  04:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Loop Missile Contest Winners!

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

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

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets few laughs; it’s GOP veep tryout time; Irish Embassy hails Joyce (read-this roundup)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets few laughs, it’s GOP veep tryout time, and the Irish Embassy salutes Joyce.

By Emily Heil  |  08:43 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 06/15/2012

McGurk invited then-mistress to be Harvard guest lecturer

Iraqi ambassador nominee Brett McGurk invited his then-mistress to be a guest lecturer at a Harvard course he taught.

By Emily Heil  |  03:41 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Inside Congress members’ mortages; fed humor; Bill Richardson tanks (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup: peeking at Congress members’ mortgages, funny feds and Bill Richardson tanks.

By Emily Heil  |  09:35 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Mari Carmen Aponte confirmed as ambassador to El Salvador

Senate voted Thursday to break a GOP filibuster and confirm Obama nominee Mari Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador.

By Al Kamen  |  04:46 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mari Carmen Aponte, el salvador, aponte, Marco Rubio, recess appointment Senate, filibuster, In the Loop, Al Kamen, Emily Heil

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Monte Carlo codel: Sign up now!

A conference official blames In the Loop’s inquiries for shrinking a congressional delegation headed to a gathering at the gambling mecca.

By Al Kamen  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  OSCE, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, NATO, Spencer Oliver, Nixon, Watergate, Congressional Delegation, Codel, Soviet Union, European Union, Chris Smith, Robert Aderholt, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Commerce Secretary: The Cabinet-level curse?

John Bryson is only the latest man to hold the job to suffer bad luck or scandal.

By Emily Heil  |  11:53 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Iraq ambassador nominee vote could be delayed

IN THE LOOP | Criticism of relationship with WSJ’s Gina Chon may push back vote on Brett McGurk.

By Emily Heil  |  08:48 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 06/14/2012

H.W.’s happy; Michelle Obama pins; and Romney’s out of the Fox-hole (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup: George H.W. Bush is content, Michelle Obama is pinning and Mitt Romney steps out of the FOX-hole.

By Emily Heil  |  08:15 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Army orders ‘hot pink’ burqas for Afghanistan

The Army has issued a solicitation for various Afghan national police and army uniforms as well as scarves and burqas in various colors for women.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Obama’s June designations

President Obama is giving June an identity crisis with a slew of commemorations.

By Timothy R. Smith  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Women face congressional district glass ceilings; who’s Bryson?; a spy mourned and a scribe resigns (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup: women in Congress, who’s Bryson?, a spy mourned and a resigned scribe.

By Emily Heil  |  08:37 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Obama nominates two for key appeals court

By Al Kamen  |  04:59 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, judges, appellate, Caitlin Hannigan, Sri Srinivasan, Patricia Wald, J. Harvie Wilkinson, Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor

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

White House softball team smoked by pot lobby’s bats

The White House team gets smoked by the pot lobby’s bats.

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

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 06/12/2012

After Asma al-Assad’s Vogue profile, more despot chic needed

Forget Asma al-Assad. The Loop has ideas for other wives of tyrants we’d like to see profiled in Vogue.

By Emily Heil  |  11:05 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Commerce secretary takes a break; bringing moderate back; texting donations (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the commerce secretary takes a leave; a candidate brings moderate back; and the FEC approves texting donations.

By Emily Heil  |  08:23 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Mari Carmen Aponte nomination to resurface in the Senate?

The Senate might take another vote on the nomination of Mari Carmen Aponte.

By Emily Heil  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Anti-Muslim bias at religious freedom commission?

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has been sued in federal court for discriminating against a Muslim lawyer.

By Al Kamen  |  05:11 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Muslims, discrimination, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, lawsuit, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/11/2012

BACKGROUND CHECK: Rick Knabb

In the Loop grills the Rick Knabb, the new director of the NOAA National Hurricane Center.

By Emily Heil  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rep. Steve King seeks pro-life agriculture aide

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

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Herman Cain accuser Kraushaar stays off the record

The federal spokeswoman who once accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment gave a talk on keeping your agency out of the news...and it was off the record.

By Emily Heil  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Super PACs for pals; Obama won’t take a hike; and and end to the ‘-gate’ trend?

In the Loop’s roundup, Super PACs for pals; Obama won’t take a hike; an end to the ‘-gate’ trend; and a fine red for Speaker Boehner.

By Emily Heil  |  09:45 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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