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In the Loop: December, 2012

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Obama transition tracker: Who’s going, who’s staying

An interactive chart reflects Team Obama’s second-term moves.

By Emily Heil  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Clinton’s name to grace fed building; 2012’s biggest political lies; and the Postal Service plays Santa (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, Clinton gets a federal building named after him; the biggest political lies of 2012; and how the Postal Service plays Santa.

By Emily Heil  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Bork-inspired video bill gets update

The former Supreme Court nominee coincides with work on a video-rental bill for which he was the inspiration.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/20/2012

An ambassador’s holiday card like no other

IN THE LOOP | Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck flexes some muscle.

By Al Kamen  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Oreck, Oreck Christmas card, ambassador, Finland, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Bushes score in the ex-presidential name game

Congress names a courthouse after Presidents 41 and 43, giving them another notch in the informal contest among ex-Presidents.

By Emily Heil  |  11:58 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Cabinet nominees’ ‘new normal’; Fallon jokes on Chenault nomination; McCain’s reading list (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the ‘new normal’ for nominees; late-night jokes on Chenault nomination; and McCain’s reading list.

By Emily Heil  |  10:08 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

In the Loop’s presidential election contest winners

IN THE LOOP | The winning predictions for President Obama’s popular vote percentage.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  Cook Political Report, David Wasserman, Nate Silver, contest, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Former aide to Detroit mayor goes from prison to Capitol Hill

Kandia Milton served a year in prison for corruption charges. Now he’s got a second chance as a congressional aide.

By Emily Heil  |  02:10 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Obama’s ‘Secretary of Business’ plan on the back burner

The plan to consolidate agencies dealing with commerce and establish a “Department of Business” appears stalled for now.

By Emily Heil  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Lisa Jackson’s e-mail probed; Sen. Kerry’s secret weapon; and Eric Cantor accepts second fiddle (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, Lisa Jackson’s e-mail account; Sen. Kerry’s secret weapon; and Eric Cantor’s second-fiddle role.

By Emily Heil  |  10:07 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012

EPA administrator eyes ivory tower

The EPA administrator is mulling a move from the Cabinet into the ivory tower.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012

AmEx chief Chenault to Cabinet?

The business leader is reportedly under consideration for possible post at Treasury or Commerce.

By Emily Heil  |  04:22 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Tricky timing for new Cabinet announcement; deja vu on new secretaries; Hatch Act tweaks; remembering Sen. Inouye (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, new secretaries to be named soon; deja vu on the Cabinet announcement; Hatch Act tweaks; and a tribute to Sen. Inouye.

By Emily Heil  |  10:04 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Lawmakers’ trip to hit Thailand, Cambodia, China

IN THE LOOP | Rep. Frelinghuysen is leading a jaunt to Thailand and Hong Kong — with some time for sightseeing!

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Is Obama’s secretary of energy list shortening?

IN THE LOOP | Chatter is the lengthy list may be getting narrower.

By Al Kamen  |  01:21 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Kerry, Hagel, separated at birth?; judges file a lawsuit of their own; fiscal cliff field guide (read-this roundup)

IN THE LOOP | Kerry, Hagel, separated at birth?; judges file a lawsuit of their own; and a “fiscal cliff” field guide.

By Emily Heil  |  10:41 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Leahy to fuzz: Be cool with a little stash

The Senate Judiciary Chairman plans a hearing on pot laws, suggests easing federal laws to drug czar.

By Emily Heil  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Susan Rice explains; former Sen. Frist’s divorce; and the FDR flick (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, Rice speaks for herself; the Frist divorce; and the FDR flick’s fallacy.

By Emily Heil  |  10:21 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Still no truth in Pravda?

IN THE LOOP | Pravda editorial cracks up the State Department daily briefing.

By Al Kamen  |  05:01 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pravda, State Department, Nuland, Lee, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Rep. King calls Benghazi ‘bigger than Watergate,’ but the math is a little complex

Rep. Steve King declares the tragedy in Libya to be a bigger scandal than Watergate and Iran-Contra combined — but the math is complex.

By Emily Heil  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Hank Johnson forswears the word ‘midget’

The Georgia Democrat says he will no longer use the term, which some find offensive.

By Emily Heil  |  02:16 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/13/2012

The IMF holiday bash - don’t miss it

IN THE LOOP | Excellent food, unlimited booze and live music at the IMF.

By Al Kamen  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Monetary Fund, IMF, holiday party, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 12/13/2012

Feds are bummed; the Sanchez holiday card’s out; and inaugural planning (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, federal workers aren’t happy; the Sanchez holiday card’s out; and inauguration planning.

By Emily Heil  |  10:51 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/12/2012

Inauguration could suffer Obama’s weather curse

What if nasty weather hits on the big day? There’s a plan in place.

By Emily Heil  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

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

White House musical chairs — the beat goes on

No white smoke on a new chief of staff.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012

McCain checks out foreign affairs panel digs

Sen. John McCain was spotted doing an interview in the hearing room of the committee he’s asked to join.

By Emily Heil  |  02:47 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/11/2012

Ambassador chasers?

IN THE LOOP | A powerhouse Washington law firm offers advice to administration jobseekers.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

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

Obama’s approach to Susan Rice; Clinton’s flu; Sen. Snowe says goodbye (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup, tea leaves on Rice; Clinton’s flu; and Sen. Snowe’s parting words.

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

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Washington’s peculiar ways confound visitors

A visiting federal judge from New York meets the CIA’s litigation style.

By Peter Finn  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CIA, lawsuit, Justice Department, Judge, Frederick Scullin Jr., Marcia Cowles, Mark S. Zaid, Anthony Moses, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Messina signs on with speaking agency

IN THE LOOP | Obama 2012 campaign manager joins Harry Walker Agency.

By Al Kamen  |  12:33 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Filibuster goes to court; SNL’s fiscal-cliff solution; Crist’s political conversion (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the filibuster goes to federal court; SNL’s fiscal-cliff idea; and Charlie Crist’s splashy political conversion.

By Emily Heil  |  10:41 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Stumped for holiday gifts? Look no further!

IN THE LOOP | Conservative media outfit’s online store has it all.

By Al Kamen  |  02:11 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Net Daily, WND Superstore, Hermain Cain, Jerome Corsi, Barack Obama, birthers, Karl Rove, Craig Unger, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012

No more points for diplos in Yemen

IN THE LOOP | Sheraton turns hotel over to State Department in unstable country.

By Ernesto Londoño  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Yemen, State Department, Sheraton, Starwood, Ali Abdullah Saleh, Westin, Sanaa, points, Ernesto Lodono, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson to step down

Department of Defense general counsel Jeh Johnson is returning to private practice.

By Emily Heil  |  04:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Gohmert opposes ‘lunatic’ bill; fed workers want Christmas Eve off; and a celeb at the State Department (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the Texas Republican was lone vote on ‘lunatic’ bill; fed workers ask for Christmas Eve off; and a celeb State Department employee.

By Emily Heil  |  10:06 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Rice nomination and White House musical chairs

IN THE LOOP| A Susan Rice move to the State Department could spark other moves at the White House

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Susan Rice, nominations, secretary of state, U.N. ambassador, Tom Donilon, Denis McDonough, Jack Lew, Rwanda, Samantha Power, Valerie Jarrett, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff seen dining together

Former House majority leader Tom DeLay seen lunching with disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

By Emily Heil  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Obama bundlers eyeing embassy posts

IN THE LOOP | Major fundraisers are hoping to land a fine posting in a major world capital.

By Al Kamen  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Allen West likens himself to Lincoln; Sen. Kerry and the Cabinet; and Paul Ryan jokes about 2016 (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, Allen West likens himself to Lincoln; Sen. Kerry and the Cabinet; and Paul Ryan jokes about 2016

By Emily Heil  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

State Dept. mulling new rules on employees’ social media, other speech

The agency is reportedly considering requiring reviews for workers’ tweets, blogs, and other speech.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 12/04/2012

CODEL planned for a very Kabul Christmas

Rep. Mark Amodei is looking for colleagues to accompany him on a holiday jaunt.

By Emily Heil  |  03:29 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Favreau, Obama speechwriter, weighing White House exit

IN THE LOOP | His departure may come after inaugural speech and State of the Union.

By Al Kamen  |  03:17 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Obama administration wannabes’ paperwork nightmare may ease

IN THE LOOP | Working group has plan to coordinate data collection.

By Al Kamen  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nominations, paperwork, working group, Lisa Brown, Lamar Alexander, Ted Kaufman, Sean Joyce, Walter Shaub, streamlining, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Yoga studios instead of the Hoover building?; GAO once banned primping; Sen. Carper had game (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, yoga studios instead of the Hoover building?

By Emily Heil  |  10:28 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Lugar trips were no junkets, Obama recalls

IN THE LOOP | Obama says that foreign travel with “a rock star,” was hard work.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Lugar: National Defense University, nuclear weapons, Soviet Union, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, junket, rock star, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Justice Department Chief of Staff Grindler is leaving

IN THE LOOP | Other top Justice officials also said to be departing.

By Al Kamen  |  04:47 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gary Grindler, Eric Holder, Robert Mueller, Lanny Breuer, Margaret Richardson, Janet Reno, Ignacia Moreno, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Gitmo detainee’s deep thoughts on dogs, basketball

A detainee wants a pet dog to chase another detainee’s cats, and other dispatches from inside.

By Emily Heil  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  muhammed rahim, gitmo, guantanamo bay, majid khan, osama bin laden, fox news, in the loop, emily heil, al kamen

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/03/2012

Petition posted to White House Web site seeks Death Star construction

Online petition on White House Web site suggests building a “Star Wars”-style moon-sized space station.

By Emily Heil  |  11:25 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/30/2012

Hillary Clinton jokes about ‘future president’

The Secretary of State jokes at a foreign policy conference about “future president.”

By Emily Heil  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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