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In the Loop: March, 2013

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Budget cuts? The GAO says it’s found some

A recent report concludes the government’s overseas broadcasting operation could save $149 million a year by cutting duplication.

By Al Kamen  |  08:49 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 02/28/2013

State Department official Mike Posner to NYU

Human-rights attorney Mike Posner is leaving to join the faculty of NYU’s Stern School of Business.

By Emily Heil  |  04:01 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Obama wanted Jefferson artifact for Clinton

A White House staffer was shopping on behalf of the president for a gift for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

By Emily Heil  |  02:47 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/28/2013

Caroline Kennedy’s ready for ambassadorship, and Japan loves a ‘big name’ in the Tokyo embassy

Political scion may be ready for a diplomatic posting. And the Japanese do love to see a “big name” in the U.S. embassy.

By Emily Heil  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Climate Change, Science

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Lew is confirmed; Duncan gets schooled; and strange U.N. politics (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup: will Lew’s confirmation mean more nominee movement?; Arne Duncan gets schooled; and U.N. wackiness.

By Emily Heil  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Team Hagel starting to assemble at Pentagon

A former Leon Panetta aide, two former Hagel Senate staffers are in the mix.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013

CAP releases, retracts statement on McCarthy nomination at EPA

A think tank releases a statement on her nomination to head EPA... but the White House hasn’t yet given her the official nod.

By Emily Heil  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Boehner cuts House members’ greatest perk

Citing the impending sequester cuts to the federal budget, the Speaker canceled all House congressional delegation travel on military jets.

By Al Kamen  |  04:40 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester, John Boehner, Boehner, congressional delegations, codels, cancel, trips, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/27/2013

John Kerry’s fluent French comes in handy

After being a political liability, the new secretary of state’s French-language skills come in handy.

By Emily Heil  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Climate-caucus redux: New group isn’t the first

A new lawmakers’ group on climate change isn’t the first — but once upon a time, the effort was bipartisan.

By Emily Heil  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 02/27/2013

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ probe ends; Kerry still hearts Massachusetts; and Dennis Rodman in North Korea (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, senators satisfied on CIA contact with filmmakers; SecState Kerry’s old habits die hard; and Dennis Rodman’s odd mission to North Korea.

By Emily Heil  |  09:40 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Army assault ladders — headed to Afghanistan soon

The Army needs them pronto to continue operations against the Taliban.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joint special operations task force, afghanistan, bagram, ladders, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Washington’s a hard place to leave

Seems that former State Department policy planning chief Jake Sullivan just can’t leave town.

By Al Kamen  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Iranian news agency calls ‘Argo’ ‘anti-Iran’

The academy adored “Argo,” but the Iranian press wasn’t as enthusiastic.

By Emily Heil  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Tom Nides back at Morgan Stanley as vice chairman

Nides had left the investment bank two years ago to be deputy secretary of state for management.

By Al Kamen  |  11:36 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Rep. Walter Jones: Cheney to ‘rot in hell’ for Iraq war

The North Carolina Republican says the former Veep will pay in the hereafter for taking the country to war with Iraq.

By Emily Heil  |  11:04 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Hagel vote redux; an airport with no planes; and the do-nothing Congress (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, another Senate vote on the Defense nominee; an airport with no planes; and the do-nothing Congress.

By Emily Heil  |  10:08 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Hillary Clinton memoir titles — Loop contest winners

Loop Fans suggest titles for the former secretary of state’s new memoir.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hillary Clinton, memoir, title, contest, Laurence Haim, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Ernest Moniz, possible energy secretary pick, already drawing criticism

MIT professor Ernest Moniz hasn’t yet gotten the official nod to replace outgoing Secretary Chu, but the knives are already out.

By Emily Heil  |  01:28 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 02/25/2013

FCC chair Genachowski looks to stay put

There’s speculation about who might replace Julius Genachowski, but it looks as if he’s staying put for now.

By Emily Heil  |  11:57 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Jewell nomination roadblock; McCain may hold up Brennan; and Arne Duncan deployed in sequester fight (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, a senator could block Sally Jewell’s nomination; Sen. McCain’s may do the same on Brennan; and Arne Duncan deployed in sequester fight.

By Emily Heil  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Air Force chief: Sequester might ground lawmakers

Air Force chief warns that spending cuts could ground those cushy miljet flights for globe-trotting lawmakers.

By Emily Heil  |  02:59 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/22/2013

LaHood’s sequester fix: ‘Go see Lincoln’

The transportation chief advises Congress to watch the movie about the 16th president.

By Emily Heil  |  12:20 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Mystery ‘Site 911’ underground building in Israel to cost $62 million

Army Corps of Engineers project shrouded in secrecy.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 02/22/2013

WH on Hagel withdrawal: nope; governors descend on D.C.; and a CIA whistleblower parties on way to the clink (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, WH rejects call to withdraw Hagel nomination; governors descend on D.C.; and a whistleblower’s pre-prison bash.

By Emily Heil  |  10:13 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013

John Kerry, a ‘recovering politician’

He’s now backing foreign aid. Back when he was running for president, not such a big fan.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry , Baghdad, George W. Bush, fire houses, foreign aid, Charlottesville, University of Virginia, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Obama as Ohio State graduation speaker means fewer tickets for students

The good: It will probably be an interesting speech. The bad: Great-aunt Doris might miss it.

By Emily Heil  |  04:25 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Two Hill staffers tied for most ‘cultural’ trips abroad

And the winner is...

By Emily Heil  |  12:29 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Another woman for the Cabinet, but fewer chances for diversity

As President Obama prepares to announce another female Cabinet nominee, the chances for racial diversity among his top advisers are narrowing.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics | Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 02/20/2013

I’m stranded abroad and need your help!

Having your passport and money stolen overseas is no joke. . . maybe.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Philip Mudd, stranded, New America foundation, Manila, CIA, FBI, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 02/20/2013

White House could name Gina McCarthy to EPA Wednesday

The White House is expected to name assistant administrator Gina McCarthy to lead the agency.

By Emily Heil  |  10:57 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest, Local Climate | Tags:  transition, washingtonintrannsition

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. penned a personal-finance book; Postal Service debuts clothing line; and why the sequester isn’t so complicated (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the Illinois ex-congressman once played financial expert; Postal service chic; and simplifying the sequester.

By Emily Heil  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Karzai’s dig at Menendez?

Afghan president calls for “sincere” U.S. effort to fight corruption during Sen. Bob Menendez visit to Kabul.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Menendez, Hamid Karzai, Salomon Melgen, Kabul, Dominican Republic, corruption, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama fundraising director said to be headed to Denmark

Rufus Gifford would be second openly gay ambassador to a NATO country.

By Al Kamen  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 02/19/2013

In Capitol, prime ‘hideaway’ spot is available

The swanky “hideaway” office occupied by the late Sen. Daniel Inouye will soon be available.

By Emily Heil  |  12:32 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Some alleged terrorists can’t read enough about themselves

9/11 conspirator reads about 9/11 rather than “The Cosby Show.”

By Al Kamen  |  11:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ramzi Binalshibh, 9/11, military trial, Guantanamo, Fresh Prince, Harry Potter, al Qaeda, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Congressional ‘cultural’ trips thrive; Tom Steyer’s carbon footprint; and forgiving Mark Sanford

In the Loop’s news roundup, Congress enjoys hundreds of international jaunts; Tom Steyer minds his carbon footprint; and Mark Sanford seeks absolution.

By Emily Heil  |  10:16 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama’s senior-staff turnover: typical but challenging

Departures of President Obama’s senior staff are typical for second terms, but they can create headaches for the White House, a new study finds.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Veteran Kerry aide to head policy planning at State

David McKean takes over a plum position at the State Department.

By Al Kamen  |  07:30 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Rep. Frank Wolf plays Grinch on Presidents’ Day

The Virginia congressman says we should observe George Washington’s birthday properly — which would mean fewer three-day weekends.

By Emily Heil  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013

DNC chief likely pick as ambassador to South Africa

Democratic National Committee executive director and former Obama White House aide said to be in line for the Pretoria job.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Judicial confirmations inch forward in the Senate

The Senate confirmed its first Obama-nominated judge for 2013.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Judges, judicial nomiinees, confirmations, Obama, Clinton, Bush, Kayatta, Halligan, Patty Shwartz, Lindsay Graham, Jay Carney, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Panetta unplugged: He prefers Pacino, uses expletive

The Defense Secretary talks about Al Pacino and suggests that Congress shouldn’t sit around and ‘b****.”

By Emily Heil  |  03:01 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Acting Labor secretary Seth Harris taking prominent role

Do efforts to grab the spotlight indicate that Seth Harris wants the nomination to replace Hilda Solis?

By Emily Heil  |  01:47 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Democrats ‘very close’ on Hagel; Lew is ‘unruffled’ by Hill questions; and the Ashley Judd effect (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, Dems near the 60-vote threshold for Hagel nomination; Lew is cool under pressure; and some fear the Ashley Judd effect.

By Emily Heil  |  10:18 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013

Justice Department spokeswoman heading out

Tracy Schmaler, who led the public affairs operation at Justice for the past four years, departs in March.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Panetta makes ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ reference

Leon Panetta refers to actor James Gandolfini, who played a CIA director in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

By Emily Heil  |  03:48 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/13/2013

Obama’s speech didn’t excite Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a tough time staying awake during the State of the Union.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, State of the Union, Justice ginsburg, sleeping, Supreme Court, Chuck Grassley, Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Sen. Mo Cowan gets to work with panel assignments

The senator from Massachusetts might be an interim member, but he’ll be busy, with seats on three committees.

By Emily Heil  |  09:52 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 02/13/2013

SOTU fact-check; Obama’s body language; Rubio’s dry delivery (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, an SOTU truth-squad; a body-language analysis; and Rubio’s dry delivery.

By Emily Heil  |  09:24 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama’s Cabinet: What’s the state of the union?

Eight open seats, only one confirmation — where Obama’s efforts to restock his Cabinet stand.

By Emily Heil  |  03:44 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Daalder to Chicago, Psaki to State and more. . .

Ambassador to NATO to head think tank; Obama spokeswoman said to be headed to State.

By Al Kamen  |  02:57 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Lew to be grilled on Citigroup; the state of aisle-squatting is strong; and remember the 2012 SOTU? (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, Jack Lew preps for a Hill grilling; the state of aisle-squatting is strong; and what happened to those 2012 SOTU plans?

By Emily Heil  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Ex-governor Granholm heading to Pew Charitable Trusts job?

The former Michigan governor says confirmation for a cabinet job might be too difficult.

By Al Kamen  |  03:25 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Don’t serve John Kerry any celery

The secretary of state does, however, like scallops, clam chowder and Zinfandel.

By Al Kamen  |  12:18 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, celery, George H.W. Bush, broccoli, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Small-biz chief Karen Mills stepping down

The head of the Small Business Administration could announce her resignation as soon as Monday.

By Emily Heil  |  10:25 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Obama snubs newspapers; Sen. Graham’s motives on Hagel; and Panetta’s Pentagon swan song (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, President Obama shuns newspapers; why Sen. Graham is talking tough on Hagel; and Leon Panetta’s Pentagon swan song.

By Emily Heil  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Deputy OMB director Higginbottom to State Department

Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate aide Heather Higginbottom is to become a counselor at State.

By Al Kamen  |  04:12 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 02/08/2013

K Street alert! Bangladesh wants you

Bangladesh officials, after speaking with a visiting congressional delegation, are thinking they need some lobbying help.

By Al Kamen  |  10:55 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bangladesh, lobbyist, trade, congressional delegation, Jack Kingston, Dipu Moni, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 02/08/2013

Steven Chu spoofed by Onion

After the Onion reports on the Energy Secretary’s dalliance — with a solar panel — Chu shows good form.

By Emily Heil  |  10:46 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/08/2013

White House faith office head leaving; more waterboarding jokes in the Senate; lawmakers try for laughs at dinner (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the head of the White House’s faith-based office departs; more senatorial waterboarding humor; and lawmakers shoot for laughs at annual dinner.

By Emily Heil  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Rep. LoBiondo: Getting honored no matter what

An airports trade group will give him a leadership award even if he doesn’t support a key issue of theirs.

By Al Kamen  |  03:28 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Frank LoBiondo, Airports Council, Airports, Morgan Dye, Atlantic City, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Hagel on ice; a peak-scaling Interior Secretary; and synonyms for lobbying (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, a delay in voting on Chuck Hagel; a mountain-climbing Interior Secretary; and ‘lobbying’ v. ‘advocacy.’

By Emily Heil  |  09:21 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013

John Brennan’s gifts: crystal clock, tequila

The nominee to head the CIA had to disclose gifts he’s received, which include a horse-shaped lamp and a bottle of tequila.

By Emily Heil  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Top Clinton aide headed to Georgetown University

Ambassador for women’s issues Melanne Verveer to run Institute on Women, Peace and Security.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington, washingtonin transition

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Sally Jewell can’t be president

The British-born CEO of REI will be a fixture at State of the Union speeches.

By Al Kamen  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/06/2013

Wyden’s filibuster threat on Brennan: Is it Freaky Friday?

Sen. Ron Wyden hints at blocking John Brennan’s CIA nomination.

By Emily Heil  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Businesswoman picked to run Interior; Brennan on defense; Geithner joins think tank (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup: Obama picks REI’s Sally Jewell to run Interior; Brennan is on the defensive; Geithner splashes into a think tank.

By Emily Heil  |  10:10 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013

Gloria Allred is now a D.C. attorney

The super-attorney, famous for representing women wronged by powerful men, was sworn into the D.C. bar.

By Emily Heil  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Area colleges score well in Peace Corps rankings

American University ranked second among mid-size schools, the agency said.

By Al Kamen  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama not only president with recess appointments

A new report finds that hundreds of past appointments would have been unlawful under court ruling.

By Emily Heil  |  12:48 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Obama chief speechwriter leaving White House

Jon Favreau, the talented wordsmith, is leaving March 1 after the State of the Union address.

By Al Kamen  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/05/2013

John Kerry’s first act at State: Hail New Zealand!

The Secretary of State’s inaugural statement congratulates New Zealanders on Waitangi Day.

By Emily Heil  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Napolitano for prez?; Hagel may be filibustered by his own GOP; Tagg fever was temporary (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the DHS Secretary has lofty ambitions; Hagel faces a filibuster threat; and Tagg Romney isn’t running.

By Emily Heil  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Iranian monkey business?

The State Department unsure whether Iran launched a monkey into space or switched simians.

By Al Kamen  |  03:30 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/04/2013

What should Hillary Clinton call her memoir? (a Loop contest reminder)

The deadline is approaching to enter the Loop’s contest to help the former secretary of state pick a title.

By Emily Heil  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 02/04/2013

John Kerry on Twitter: more prolific than his predecessor, but is he in danger of mixed messages?

He’s far more prolific on social media than his predecessor, but will his new handle complicate diplomacy?

By Emily Heil  |  12:07 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Foreign policy aide Samantha Power leaving administration

Human rights champion and long-time Obama aide leaving National Security Council.

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 02/04/2013

What senators didn’t ask Hagel; USDA goes healthy; and the Supremes love their Webster’s (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s new roundup, Panetta says senators missed a a chance to grill Hagel; the USDA cafeteria goes healthy; and Supreme Court justices and their dictionaries.

By Emily Heil  |  09:57 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Gina McCarthy said to be top contender for EPA

She’s the front-runner to head the agency, but no final decisions have been made.

By Emily Heil  |  06:32 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigning

Chu, a Nobel Prize winner, never seemed comfortable in intensely political Washington.

By Al Kamen  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 02/01/2013

Will Kerry’s arrival make for longer cabinet meetings?

The new secretary of state appears to match Joe Biden’s gift for opining at length.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Daniel Webster, Senate, speech, Obama, meetings, cabinet, Biden, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Job council’s end means Pritzker’s free; rehashing Hagel; and Hillary’s legacy (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, with end of jobs council, a possible Commerce Secretary is free; rehashing Hagel; and Clinton’s legacy.

By Emily Heil  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013

Agency for International Development’s general counsel resigns

Lisa Gomer had been ‘reassigned’ pending an internal investigation over possible contract-rigging.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Agency for International Development, Lisa Gomer, Inspector general, contract, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Nuke commission’s meeting on public engagement doesn’t engage public

A meeting to discuss public engagement by the NRC isn’t available online, thanks to a glitch.

By Emily Heil  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013

REI chief Sally Jewell in the mix for Interior

Enviros buzzing that successful head of outdoor gear and clothing company is in contention.

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Schumer’s spotlight; Frank loses out on Senate seat; and Hagel plays defense (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the senator is in his element; Frank loses out on Senate seat; Hagel plays defense.

By Emily Heil  |  09:54 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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