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In the Loop: January, 2013

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Title Hillary Clinton’s memoir: a Loop contest

Win a coveted Loop T-shirt by submitting suggestions for the title of the former secretary of state’s forthcoming book.

By Emily Heil  |  09:08 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Obama Cabinet musical chairs update

More names said to be in the mix for top administration jobs.

By Al Kamen  |  05:27 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Ray LaHood’s post-Cabinet prospects are good

There’s gold in the hills of transportation associations, and LaHood could make a pretty penny in the private sector.

By Emily Heil  |  02:32 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Obama donor Pritzker for Commerce Secretary?

Chicago hotel heiress and Obama campaign bundler said to be a top candidate to lead Commerce.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Hagel’s heavy-hitting wingmen and Hillary Clinton’s latest 2016 denial (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has powerful wingmen; Hillary Clinton is running out of sorta-synonyms for ‘no’; and Ashley Judd’s divorce potentially deprives Capitol Hill of a hunk.

By Emily Heil  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Hillary Clinton only secretary since Nixon years to skip the Vatican

Loop fix: The historical record didn’t note that Warren Christopher visited Pope John Paul II with Bill Clinton.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, travel, countries, Warren Christopher, Vatican, Pope John Paul II, Ray Flynn, Bill Clinton, Rome, Vatican, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 01/29/2013

John Kerry’s committee praises... John Kerry

Count the adjectives in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s resolution praising the secretary-in-waiting.

By Emily Heil  |  02:45 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Obama appointee Tony Babauta resigns from DOI

The assistant secretary, who was being investigated by the agency’s IG, submits resignation to Secretary Salazar.

By Emily Heil  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is leaving the administration

LaHood, the only Republican in the President Obama’s Cabinet, said Tuesday he plans to leave as soon as a successor is confirmed.

By Al Kamen  |  10:25 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/29/2013

An appointment no one wants; Barney Frank’s going to be a senator; Anna Wintour’s boyfriend’s tax problem (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, an undesirable appointment; Rep. Frank’s going to be a senator; and a possible snag for Anna Wintour’s ambassadorial chances.

By Emily Heil  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Mitt Romney cracks up the heavy-hitters

Jokes at luncheon Friday for big donors and friends

By Al Kamen  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Ash Carter to stay on as deputy secretary of defense

Carter says President Obama called him after nominating Hagel and asked him to remain as No. 2

By Al Kamen  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013

‘Chairman Menendez’? Not so fast...

He’s “presiding over” hearings of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, though he’s not Mr. Chairman yet.

By Emily Heil  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Afghan job posting: ‘Physical hardships’ and a challenging mission

A job listing for a State Department post in Afghanistan underscores the tough conditions there.

By Emily Heil  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Obama taps Denis McDonough as chief of staff

Obama names trusted aide to post on Friday.

By David Nakamura  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, McDonough, chief of staff, Lisa Monaco, Tony Blinken, David Plouffe, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Issa calls out Kerry for chutzpah in Fox interview

Rep. Issa uses a murderous metaphor to describe Kerry’s stance on fiscal restraint.

By Emily Heil  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Lew’s Citigroup tenure; McDonough and more promotions; and Chris Lu is leaving

Questions about Lew’s tenure at Citigroup; promotions at the White House; and Chris Lu is leaving, too.

By Emily Heil  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

For Kerry nomination, a procedural hiccup

The Senate Foreign Relations committee can’t technically vote on John Kerry’s nomination ... yet.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Clinton vs. Rice: Compare their travels

A great graphic on the last six secretaries of state.

By Al Kamen  |  05:13 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Interactive, Washington Post graphic, secretary travels, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Warren Christopher, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 01/24/2013

More nominees; an assistant AG departs; and more questions remain on the Clarence Thomas quip (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, more nominees from the White House; an assistant AG heads for the door; and questions remain about that Clarence Thomas quip.

By Emily Heil  |  09:54 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Hundreds of Hill staffers may get pink slips

Hundreds of Senate Republican aides could lose their jobs, thanks to switcheroos in committee leadership.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Kerrys to divest energy and other holdings as part of State Department agreement

The secretary of state nominee is following an ethics agreement to avoid conflicts of interest if confirmed.

By Al Kamen  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Afghan special rep returns to the private sector

Afghan-Pakistan rep Marc Grossman heads back to The Cohen Group.

By Al Kamen  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Congress’s pay danger, a vampire federal program and a waterboarding joke (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup: lawmakers’ paychecks in danger; a vampire government program; and John McCain’s waterboarding joke.

By Emily Heil  |  09:17 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 01/23/2013

What to expect when you’re expecting a plum political appointment

The process of getting a political appointment is a delicate dance. Experts offer a few do’s and don’ts.

By Emily Heil  |  08:31 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013

U.S. Trade Rep Ron Kirk is leaving administration

The former mayor of Dallas is likely to head to a private sector job back in Texas.

By Al Kamen  |  05:20 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Tom Udall’s name added to the mix for Interior post

Sen. Tom Udall’s name sent to the White House for consideration — but other candidates might have an edge.

By Emily Heil  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Nides to leave State; embassies being filled

Deputy secretary leaves next month.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Biden’s fun day; Hagel readies for hotseat; Congress loves the can-kick (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the vice president has a moment; Hagel preps for the hotseat; and Congress perfects the can-kick.

By Emily Heil  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Broadcasting Board ‘dysfunctional,’ IG says

State Department inspector general’s scathing report on international broadcast board

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BBG, Broadcasting Board of Governors, report, inspector general, IG, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Marti, TV Marti, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Kerry’s nomination timeline; Hagel and Iran; and 2016 maneuvering (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup: Secretary of State nominee is on track; Chuck Hagel and Iran; and it’s almost 2016, right?

By Emily Heil  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Kerry, if confirmed as secretary of state, will have scores of top jobs to fill

Nearly 200 State Department jobs could be up for grabs.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Obama, Senate, Hillary Clinton, State Department, David Wade, Bill Danvers, Frank Lowenstein, Tom Nides, Bill Burns, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Jim Messina to be given the Machiavelli award

Former White House aide and 2012 campaign chief to receive award Sunday.

By Al Kamen  |  03:29 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Messina, Jim Messina, Machiavelli, Machiavelli award, Obama 2012, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 01/17/2013

AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce heads break bread

Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donohue and AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka shared a breakfast at the Hay-Adams.

By Emily Heil  |  03:04 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Obama inaugural swag is not for lobbyists

The online store won’t sell to lobbyists, but there’s a work-around, if you’re in town.

By Al Kamen  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Obama inaugural, inaugural store, inauguration store, lobbyists, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Pelosi office reshuffles with departure of longtime chief of staff; Park Service spokesman retires

Veteran chief of staff John Lawrence retiring, prompting promotions; Park Service spokesman departs.

By Emily Heil  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/17/2013

A nomination fight at ATF; McDonough’s swearing skills; fed offices brave the snow (read this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, President Obama’s ATF chief pick; Denis McDonough’s potty mouth; and federal offices braving the snow.

By Emily Heil  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Budget season approaches, agency ‘fact sheets’ abound

Government agencies want you to know what they do.

By Al Kamen  |  01:53 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Foreign aid, budget, fact sheet, State Department, AID, Robert Gates, military bands, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Salazar’s low salary was a bargain — but taxpayers still come out ahead

A quirk in the rules kept his salary lower than other secretaries, but taxpayers are coming out ahead.

By Emily Heil  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Salazar’s leaving; Obama’s ageing; the Hawk n’ Dove bar is reborn (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, the Interior Secretary’s leaving; Obama is going gray; and the beloved Hawk n’ Dove re-opens.

By Emily Heil  |  10:25 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Obama’s ambassadors: from businessman Barzun to fashion mogul Anna Wintour, bookies lay odds

An Irish bookie site lays odds on who will be the next U.S. ambassadors to Ireland and the United Kingdom.

By Emily Heil  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Obama should skip the last question

Beware questions that prompt you to talk about being a “friendly guy.”

By Al Kamen  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Obama, friendly, friendly guy, press conference, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Hillary Clinton’s testimony: Don’t count on fireworks

Don’t expect high drama at Hillary Clinton’s upcoming testimony — most such hearings are ho-hum affairs.

By Emily Heil  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Clarence Thomas still a mystery; Podestas split; ‘Daily Show’ mocks ‘Zero Dark Appointees’ (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup: The silent justice speaks; Podestas split; and Obama’s ‘Zero Dark Appointees.’

By Emily Heil  |  10:13 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013

‘Cliff’ drops into political vocabulary

Like “-gate” and “occupy,” the word has spread from its original usage.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Obama promises diversity in White House, Cabinet

The president’s picks so far have been male, but he says to wait until he’s finished assembling the team.

By Al Kamen  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintranstion

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Hillary Clinton leaves John Kerry some places worth visiting

Outgoing secretary of state missed some excellent stops during her tenure.

By Al Kamen  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Hilda Solis seems to enjoy post-Cabinet life

The departing Secretary of Labor seems to be enjoying her post-Cabinet life.

By Emily Heil  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Obama, Bush-era photos paint different pictures

Photographs of two key moments in counter-terrorism look very different.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Napolitano staying; Sotomayor’s memoir; souring on Russia (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup: DHS chief Janet Napolitano will stay on; Sotomayor writes a memoir; and Russian-U.S. relations are at a low.

By Emily Heil  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Obama’s Cabinet allies; no punishment for gassy fed worker; a pot-smoking GOP staffer (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the president picks ‘like-minded’ secretaries; no punishment for a gassy fed worker; and a pot-smoking GOP staffer.

By Emily Heil  |  09:07 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Obama taking heavy fire from women’s groups over cabinet nominations

IN THE LOOP | The lack of a woman or minority in the first three nominations has raised concerns.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  06:10 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Obama’s assignment to Jack Lew: Work on your penmanship

President jokes that he’ll rescind the Treasury secretary offer unless Lew works on his penmanship.

By Emily Heil  |  03:21 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Obama Cabinet in flux

IN THE LOOP | A White House official’s listing of three Cabinet members who are staying raises concerns.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/10/2013

White House’s short list of Cabinet fixtures; a big donor of modest means; and defending ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, the White House’s list of secretaries who are staying is short; a big donor of modest means; and defending ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’

By Emily Heil  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Hillary Clintonophiles take note

IN THE LOOP | She’s only saying she’s “off the very fast track for a little while.”

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Cabinet musical chairs continues

Labor Secretary Solis goes, three others staying put.

By Al Kamen  |  06:05 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Jack Lew’s loopy signature shows his softer side

Handwriting analyst says the rounded characters in Lew’s John Hancock indicates he might be the cuddly sort.

By Emily Heil  |  04:43 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Cold front freezes fun at U.S. Embassy in Seoul

Sub-zero temperatures forced the postponement of a popular annual bonfire.

By Emily Heil  |  03:25 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013

U.N. black helicopters? No, just Energy Department

IN THE LOOP | Nuclear safety officials are testing “natural” radiation levels in D.C. area.

By Al Kamen  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  radiation, radiation testing, National Nuclear Security Administration, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Many bills name post offices; another snag for Hagel; and the inauguration soundtrack (read-this roundup)

In the morning roundup, 15 percent of bills passed named postal facilities; Hagel hits another snag; Beyonce’s on the inaugural soundtrack.

By Emily Heil  |  10:51 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Kerry and Hagel get Obama’s nod, but they’re not his nominees... yet

Sen. John Kerry and former senator Chuck Hagel have President Obama’s nod to serve in his Cabinet — but not the official nominations.

By Emily Heil  |  08:49 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Lawmakers may be feasting on taboo politics at members dining room, says report

Lawmakers appear to be violating ban on campaign business on House property over meals at members’ dining room, report says.

By Emily Heil  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Obama’s presidential vote count historic

IN THE LOOP | Not many pollsters predicted the nearly 4-point victory.

By Al Kamen  |  01:52 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama: popular vote, Romney, election, electoral vote, polls, Nate Silver, Real Clear Politics, David Wasserman, Cook Political Report, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Obama’s possible picks for counterterror adviser?

IN THE LOOP | Undersecretary of Defense Michael Vickers may lead the field.

By Al Kamen  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Parsing Hagel’s words on Israel; faux inaugural balls; and GAO reports for everyone! (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, a treasury of Hagel statements on Israel; a guide to inaugural balls; and GAO reports for everyone!

By Emily Heil  |  10:16 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Hillary Clinton’s hair: No helmets here

IN THE LOOP | The media isn’t alone in its concern for the secretary’s coiffure.

By Al Kamen  |  06:21 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, helmet, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, in the loop

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Obama’s Cabinet diversity in danger with new picks

The slate of White House picks expected this week are overwhelmingly white and male.

By Emily Heil  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Is Washington Gov. Gregoire front-runner for EPA?

IN THE LOOP | Reports last week put the outgoing governor atop the list.

By Al Kamen  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/07/2013

More WH staff and nominations expected; DOJ official’s pronoun problem; and feds’ lost vacation day (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning roundup: more staff and nominations expected; DOJ official’s pronoun problem; and the feds’ lost vacation day.

By Emily Heil  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Obama transition — with Hagel, Brennan — may finally pick up steam

IN THE LOOP | After a very slow start, President Obama may finally start filling some top jobs.

By Al Kamen  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Confirmation hearings ahead for Kerry; Pelosi does Tina Fey’s bidding; and a senator returns after a stroke (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, confirmation hearings ahead for the senator; plus Pelosi does Tina Fey’s bidding; and a senator returns after a stroke.

By Emily Heil  |  09:13 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Monkey crashes U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka

A wandering primate crashes the party at the diplomatic facility in Colombo; hilarity ensues.

By Emily Heil  |  02:46 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Obama Mideast and terrorism policy team changes

IN THE LOOP | Two key departures from State and the National Security Council.

By Al Kamen  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/03/2013

Inaugural store features tube socks, shot glasses

Official goods in the newly launched store include “Obama 44” tube socks, shot glasses... and a $7,500 medallion set.

By Emily Heil  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Clinton’s scrunchie reappears; no office-dwelling for one lawmaker; meet the frosh (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s morning news roundup, Clinton’s scrunchie makes an appearance; no office-dwelling for one lawmaker; and meet Capitol Hill’s frosh .

By Emily Heil  |  10:15 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Counterterrorism 2013 calendar, a belated but hard to get gift

IN THE LOOP | A belated gift, but hard to get

By Al Kamen  |  03:22 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Astronomy, Latest, Space

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Favreau deputy eyed as possible replacement

If Jon Favreau leaves the West Wing, his deputy, Cody Kennan, is being talked about as a likely successor.

By Emily Heil  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

 

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