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In the Loop: November, 2012

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012

With women leaving Cabinet, advocates want even more top jobs

IN THE LOOP | With female Cabinet members poised to leave, advocates want even more women in top jobs.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City | Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Vilsack seen likely staying for second Obama term

IN THE LOOP | Latest word is that Christie Vilsack may be heading this way after losing tough House race.

By Al Kamen  |  03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, Transition, Tom Vilsack, Christie Vilsack, Steve King, President Obama, Agriculture, Cabinet, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Senate staffer’s pay $1.12 shy of disclosure minimum

A Senate aide whose husband is running for office in Virginia doesn’t have to disclose financial records.

By Emily Heil  |  02:58 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 11/29/2012

Federal Diary turns 80; awkward White House lunch; and an inaugural theme (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, the Federal Diary’s birthday; an awkward White House lunch; and an inaugural theme.

By Emily Heil  |  10:46 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 11/28/2012

FCC chief’s successors-in-waiting

IN THE LOOP | Federal communications chief’s likely departure touches off successor talk.

By Al Kamen  |  06:31 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jTransition, ulius genachowski, federal communications commission, Blair Levin, Reed Hundt, Jessica Rosenworcel, Mignon Clyburn, Lawrence Strickling, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Federal contractors told it’s okay for workers to sign secession petitions

IN THE LOOP | Defense agency says its contractors don’t have to report workers who sign secession petitions — for now.

By Emily Heil  |  05:34 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 11/28/2012

Al Franken sometimes can’t resist

IN THE LOOP| The former SNL comedian works to shed that image, but sometimes. . .

By Al Kamen  |  12:17 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al Franken, Saturday Night Live, Martin Heinrich, Patrick Murphy, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, Senate

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Naked protesters, an exiting FCC chair, and honoring Tip O’Neill (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, naked protesters at the House Speaker’s door; an exiting FCC chair; and Tip O’Neill gets his due.

By Emily Heil  |  10:27 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Andrew W.K.: ‘I would have done a great job’

IN THE LOOP| Rocker responds to the State Department’s cancellation of his Bahrain trip.

By Al Kamen  |  05:55 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andrew W.K., Party til you puke, Bahrain, State Department, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, in the loop

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Marc Grossman resigning Afghan-Pakistan post

IN THE LOOP | Special representative had taken over after Richard Holbrooke’s death.

By Karen DeYoung  |  05:41 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marc Grossman, Afghanistan, pakistan, Turkey, Richard Holbrooke, special representative, SRAP, David Hale, David Pearce, Karen DeYoung, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/27/2012

House Ethics Committee reminds members of gift rules to stay off the naughty list

‘Tis the season for the House Ethics Committee to remind members about the gift rules.

By Emily Heil  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Santa’s off to Kabul in an armored sleigh

IN THE LOOP | An armored vehicle firm is chipping in for a Christmas party for troops in Afghanistan.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Santa, Christmas, Kabul, Bagram, Afghanistan, Air Force, International Armored Group, t-shirts, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Kim Jong Eun as ‘sexiest man alive’? Chinese news site falls for an Onion story on the supreme leader

A Chinese news site misses the sarcasm in an Onion story naming Kim Jong Eun ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’

By Emily Heil  |  10:44 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:22 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Andrew W. K. as ambassador to Bahrain? Not likely

IN THE LOOP | State Department says it concluded “Party Til You Puke” just wouldn’t do.

By Al Kamen  |  06:22 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, Andrew W.K, State Department, Victoria Nuland, Party Til You Puke, cultural ambassador, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/26/2012

FAA nominee in the clear after DeMint lifts objection

The South Carolina Republican had blocked confirmation ahead of the presidential election.

By Emily Heil  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Names swirl for possible Energy, EPA jobs

Nominees are vying for possible openings at agency helms; officials at SEC, USPTO step down.

By Emily Heil  |  04:12 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Agency for International Development top lawyer reassigned

The general counsel gets a new assignment.

By Al Kamen  |  01:14 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Eighth-grade Loop contest winner gets TV treatment

IN THE LOOP | Sophia McCrimmon, who won the Loop’s contest to predict the electoral results, attracts the attention of her local CBS affiliate.

By Emily Heil  |  12:29 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Clamping campaign finance; Sen. Warner to stay in Congress; turkey talking points (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, advocates push for campaign finance changes; Sen. Warner stays put; some turkey-day talking points.

By Emily Heil  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012

Rep. Curson, short-timer, hires full staff

The Michigan Democrat hires a full slate of staffers for a six-week stint in Congress.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 11/20/2012

At Justice, turnover among the assistant AGs

While their boss ponders his future, several assistant AGs are heading for the hills in a second Obama term.

By Emily Heil  |  03:08 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Latino groups eye Cabinet jobs

A key Obama voting bloc is looking for some payback.

By Al Kamen  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ken Salazar, Interior Department, Hilda Solis, Labor Department, Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, John Berry, Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers, Antonio Villaraigosa, Manny Diaz, Ralph de la Vega, Cesar Conde, Univision, AT&T, Penny Pritzker, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 11/20/2012

A disabled Foreign Service officer; indy voters; a ‘gracious’ concession from Allen West (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup, a Foreign Service officer sues; indy voters; and a ‘gracious’ concession from Allen West.

By Emily Heil  |  10:33 AM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 11/19/2012

The Holder Watch continues

Officials say he’d like to stay on another year.

By Al Kamen  |  05:57 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, Transition, Eric Holder, attorney general, Justice Department, Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Will Richard Cordray stay at consumer bureau?

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director’s term to end late next year.

By Danielle Douglas  |  05:48 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Richard Cordray, recess appointment, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, Danielle Douglas, In the Loop

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Sophia McCrimmon, the new Nate Silver?

An eighth-grader predicts the precise electoral vote for Obama.

By Al Kamen  |  01:19 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nate Silver, electoral contest, winners, Obama: electoral votes, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, Sophia McCrimmon

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Silver lining for GOP; Politics and Prose on SNL; and a temporary congressman (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup, why the GOP should take heart; Politics and Prose goes SNL; and a very temporary congressman.

By Emily Heil  |  10:14 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Environmental advocates optimistic on second term

IN THE LOOP | The League of Conservation voters hopes success on Election Day add heft to second-term agenda.

By Emily Heil  |  08:41 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/16/2012

Paula Broadwell’s climbing prowess; changing GOP guard; DesJarlais’s lucky timing (read-this roundup)

IN THE LOOP | In the Loop’s morning roundup, Broadwell’s rise in policy circles; changing the GOP guard; and good timing for Rep. DesJarlais.

By Emily Heil  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012

EPA chief Lisa Jackson may be moving on

Jackson joked recently about candidates to succeed her.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lisa Jackson, Environmental protection agency, EPA, Brad Campbell, Jeff Holmstead, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Wolfowitz weighs in on Petraeus

The former deputy defense secretary urges focus on Benghazi, not Broadwell.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  03:45 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Kirk said to be leaving job as U.S. Trade Rep

Kirk may be heading back to Dallas.

By Al Kamen  |  12:34 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ron Kirk, U.S.Trade Rep, USTR, Obama cabinet, Dallas, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Sen. Inouye visits hospital after a fall; injury minor, ‘just a few stitches,’ aide says

The most senior senator gets ‘a few stitches’ after a fall this morning in his Rockville apartment. He’s expected back at work shortly.

By Emily Heil  |  12:03 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Republicans cruising to victory?

The Weekly Standard”s Caribbean cruise features panel discussions and karaoke.

By Al Kamen  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weekly Standard: cruise, Terry Eastland, Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes, Mike Murphy, President Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Romney, Obama campaign swag: perfect holiday gifts?

The campaigns may be over, the shopping opportunities live on

By Al Kamen  |  01:10 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homicide | Tags:  Romney, Obama, Romney memorabilia, swag, t-shirts, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

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

Pelosi talks about political future Wednesday

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

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

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 11/13/2012

BACKGROUND CHECK: Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

The head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy spills his secrets in a Q & A with the Loop.

By Emily Heil  |  04:04 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Misc.

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Kerry surprised by possible Pentagon offer

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had been eyeing secretaryship at state, not defense.

By Al Kamen  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Susan Rice, President Obama, State Department, secretary of state, Pentagon, secretary of defense, united nations, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

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

Graham and White House to clash over Susan Rice?

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

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

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Congressmen who took the plunge in Galilee all got reelected

Congressmen who splashed in the sacred waters all won their reelection bids.

By Emily Heil  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tom reed, jeff denham, michael grimm, steve southerland, ben quayle, kevid yoder, sea of galilee, congressmen sea of galilee, in the loop, emily heil, al kamen

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Broadwell’s bio says ‘embedded’ with Petraeus

An online bio says “embedded” with former CIA chief.

By Al Kamen  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus, CIA, Jill Kelly, Abbe Lowell, Judy Smith, Bill Clinton, Chandra Levy, John Edwards, Monica Lewinsky, Jack Abramoff, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 11/09/2012

White House eyeing replacements if Susan Rice leaves U.N. post

Samantha Powers and Eileen Donahoe are said to be in the mix.

By Al Kamen  |  05:02 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Eileen Donahoe, United Nations, Hillary Clinton, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, in the Loop

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Obama and the press: an inauspicious start

This president, unlike some of his predecessors, declines to hold press conference right after reelection.

By Al Kamen  |  04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, media, press, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Bob Haldeman, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Gay donors now pressing for top spots for LGBTs in Obama administration

After record fundraising, they want an openly gay member of the cabinet — and a high-profile ambassadorship.

By Emily Heil  |  10:50 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012

A ‘slower’ transition; another Axelrod bet; and meet the frosh (read-this roundup)

The AG mulls future and a ‘slower’ transition; another Axelrod bet; and meet the Congressional frosh.

By Emily Heil  |  10:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Romney presidential transition team closes headquarters

The offices are to be closed by the end of day Friday.

By Al Kamen  |  06:12 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Romney, Romney transition office, office closes, General Services Administration, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Gingrich: Paul Ryan waiver raises questions for GOP

Granting him a waiver to stay on as chairman of the Budget panel could cause headaches for GOP leaders, says Newt Gingrich.

By Emily Heil  |  01:33 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Rove warned the GOP about Latinos

The veteran operative is being blamed for wasting $400 million, but he did warn against angering Latino voters.

By Al Kamen  |  12:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Rove, GOP, Romney, $400 million, Republicans, John Kerry, Bush, latinos, Heritage Action, Michael Needham, Ed Whelan, National Review Online, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Senate selling holiday postage stamps of all flavors

The chambers’ post offices are selling stamps to appeal to all denominations and flavors of holiday revelers.

By Emily Heil  |  10:28 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Bachmann, DesJarlais and Grayson win, but West in danger

Some Loop favorites won Tuesday, though Rep. Allen West in jeopardy.

By Al Kamen  |  04:29 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, U.S. Weather, Winter Storms | Tags:  Scott DesJarlaisl, Allen West, Michele Bachmann, Alan Grayson, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/06/2012

Bubba’s a friendly guy

Former President Clinton’s working to help congressional candidates.

By Al Kamen  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Manan Trivedi, Jim Gerlach, Dan Maffei, Suzan DelBene, John Koster, Patrick Murphy, Allen West, Ann Marie Buerkle, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

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

Josh Mandel taking heat from the in-laws

Some of Mandel’s cousins object to his views on gay marriage.

By Al Kamen  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Josh Mandel, Sherrod Brown, Cleveland Jewish News, Senate, Ohio, gays, gay marriage, gays in military, Cleveland, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Grassley knows how to pick winners

Two Grassley staffers have been champions on Jeopardy!

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeopardy!, Grassley, Iowa, Tom Walsh, Paul Nelson, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Who was the last GOP president to win without a Bush or Nixon on the ticket?

When was the last time a Republican won the presidency without a Nixon or Bush on the ticket?

By Al Kamen  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bush, Nixon, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Congressional Research Service report gets pulled

Republicans objected to a study’s finding that reducing top tax rates doesn’t fuel economic growth.

By Emily Heil  |  01:28 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congressional Research Service, report, tax cuts, CRS, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Michele Bachmann’s formidable fundraising operation

The flood of political fundraising e-mails will mostly end Wednesday.

By Al Kamen  |  12:36 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Obama pardons far fewer than other presidents

President pardons fewer applicants than other recent presidents.

By Al Kamen  |  03:19 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, pardons, commutations, propublica, study, Justice Department, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 11/02/2012

A Romney administration; GOP social media; and three states to watch (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup:
A Romney administration, GOP social media and 3 states to watch.

By Emily Heil  |  10:29 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Campaign cash frenzy never ends

Candidates already working for the 2014 campaign.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign fundraising, 2014 elections, Kay Hagan, Mark Warner, Jim Inhofe, Jim risch, John Hoeven, Roy Blunt, Bill Huizenga, Tom Reed, Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Graham Spanier’s charges don’t shed light on fed job

Charges against the ousted Penn State president don’t reveal agency he was working for.

By Emily Heil  |  04:29 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rep. Gingrey has ’stache-removal advice for Axelrod

The Georgia Republican — who once sported a ‘stache — has advice for David Axelrod on coming clean.

By Emily Heil  |  11:01 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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