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In the Loop: April, 2013

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/01/2013

Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan

Camelot goes Far East as Kennedy plans to take diplomatic post in Tokyo.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Christie Vilsack lands USAID job

She lost her Iowa congressional race, but now she’s signing on as a senior adviser for educational issues at USAID.

By Emily Heil  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/29/2013

The new Terry McAuliffe; a slur in the immigration debate; and White House dinner celebs (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, a less-bombastic Terry McAuliffe; the celebrities lining up for the White House correspondents’ dinner; and a slur in the immigration debate.

By Emily Heil  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Chief Justice hit by credit-card fraud

IN THE LOOP | Chief Justice John Roberts was forced to pay cash for his morning coffee on Tuesday.

By Al Kamen  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/28/2013

White House Easter Egg Roll bunnies of yore

Those large bunnies are now a key part of the event.

By Al Kamen  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  White House, White House Easter Egg Roll, Ursula Meese, Fred Fielding, Robert De Niro, Sean Spicer, Keith Hennessey, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Baucus wants details on IRS parody videos

Senate Finance chairman wants accounting of money spent on films knocking off “Gilligan’s Island” and “Star Trek.”

By Emily Heil  |  09:59 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Obama, Kerry show off soccer skills — but what does a pro say?

We ask one of the star players from D.C. United to check out their ball-heading moves.

By Emily Heil  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Political talk shows going ‘all in’

Intense competition in the gabfest market sparks some odd show titles

By Al Kamen  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jake Tapper, Chris Hayes, Oprah, Ellen, The Cycle", "All In", Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Brennan’s first CIA dilemma; Bush, Biden on basketball fandom; a Barney Frank quip

In the Loop’s news roundup, Brennan’s first task at the agency is no picnic; Biden and George W. Bush take in basketball; and a Barney Frank quip.

By Emily Heil  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Former Secret Service director founds security firm

Mark Sullivan teams up with a sports executive and veteran Washington hands to form a new global security company.

By Emily Heil  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Vitter, Sanford and Weiner: Comebacks having a moment

It’s spring, which means flowers are blooming... and scandal-scarred pols are contemplating second acts.

By Emily Heil  |  01:28 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/26/2013

Senate staff on 13-day Asia trade trip

A grueling schedule of meetings is on tap in trip to Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.

By Al Kamen  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  codel, staffdel, Senate Finance Committee, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Hanoi, Australia, Mordor, Vietnam, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Senate-White House deal: no recess appointments

White House and Senate agree there will be no recess appointments over two-week break.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Hey feds, don’t put money on those March Madness brackets

A Labor Department memo reminds employees that brackets are OK, so long as they’re just for “bragging rights.”

By Emily Heil  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/25/2013

U.S. ‘National Day’ in March?

Seems the embassy in Saudi Arabia has come up with a new celebration.

By Al Kamen  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fourth of July, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, U.S. embassy, James Smith, Saudi Gazette, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Kerry to Afghanistan; CBC’s kid gloves are off on Obama; an NFL congressional intern (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, SecState Kerry heads to Afghanistan; the CBC’s gloves are off; and a congressional intern with NFL pedigree.

By Emily Heil  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/22/2013

FCC chair resigns; Bachmann gets literal; Obama’s monumental moves (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the FCC chair resigns; Michele Bachmann gets literal; and Obama makes some monumental moves.

By Emily Heil  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Perfect last name to rep firefighters: Burn

We find an example of a Washington aptonym: a spokesman for firefighters named Burn.

By Emily Heil  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Richard Perle on Iraq War: Don’t even ask

“Not reasonable” to question whether war was worth it

By Al Kamen  |  01:14 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Mystery Dem briefly voted ‘yes’ on Ryan budget

One mystery Dem voted “yes” — but then switched to a “no” on the GOP budget. Probably an oopsie.

By Emily Heil  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Some overseas travel, like GAO trip, still a go

A GAO trip to Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia is on, despite budget slashing.

By Emily Heil  |  10:54 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/20/2013

At FCC, GOP commissioner’s departure clears way for Genachowski’s exit

The move by Republican Robert McDowell makes it easier for the Democratic chairman to step down, too.

By Emily Heil  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Rob Bishop doesn’t like Gehry-designed memorial to Ike

A bill to scrap the Gehry-designed memorial honoring Dwight Eisenhower is the latest salvo in the messy battle over the project.

By Emily Heil  |  11:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Bader Ginsburg pumping iron; Mark Sanford advances toward Washington; and political brackets (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, Bader Ginsburg pumping iron; Mark Sanford’s a step closer to Congress; and political March madness.

By Emily Heil  |  09:17 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Congress flies commercial to Vatican, but lawmakers didn’t have to pay their own way

Delegation of lawmakers greeting Pope Francis flew commercial — but at least they didn’t have to buy their own airline tickets.

By Emily Heil  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Obama team’s firmer grip on foreign policy slots

The Kerry-Hagel team won’t have leeway afforded Clinton-Gates duo.

By Al Kamen  |  01:25 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Zients’s chances for USTR job fading

Obama has asked Zients to stay on in his current role as acting head of Office of Management and Budget.

By Emily Heil  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/19/2013

GOP to challenge Perez; Obama doesn’t speak of the devil; and Bachmann’s food-stamp confusion (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, GOP signals opposition to Labor nominee; President Obama doesn’t speak of the devil; and Michele Bachmann is penny foolish on food stamps.

By Emily Heil  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Senate moving fast on Obama’s second-term Cabinet

President Obama is working at a slower pace on nominations than previous administrations, while confirmations are coming more quickly.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Perez first Dominican American named to cabinet

Past Latino nominees have been mostly Mexican American.

By Al Kamen  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intransition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 03/18/2013

White House narrowing field for FCC chairman

Current chairman is eyeing the exits.

By Emily Heil  |  10:21 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/18/2013

At last, Perez for Labor; checking out the Supremes’ marriages; and a bull market for Obama alums (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, President Obama finally to nominate Perez; Supreme Court justices’ marriages; and Obama campaign alums in demand.

By Emily Heil  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Hagel able to laugh about Senate confirmation

The new Defense Secretary cracks a funny about his bruising road to confirmation.

By Emily Heil  |  10:35 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Justice Department ‘wins’ award for secrecy

The National Archives gives the Justice Department an honor named after Nixon’s tape-erasing secretary.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Ron Kirk’s last day is today as U.S. Trade Rep

Former Dallas mayor said to be heading home to a private sector job.

By Al Kamen  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Clinton photos slowly leaving State Dept. walls

Kerry photos expected to be hung soon.

By Al Kamen  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonin transition

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/14/2013

CPAC’s substance and glamour; new digs for the FBI?; and White House tours (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, conservative confab kicks off, the FBI might need new digs, and the GOP obsession with White House tours.

By Emily Heil  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Government furloughs — time to get buff?

An area physical fitness promo targets furloughed employees, restaurants may also be offering discounts.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  spending cuts, sequester, federal budget cuts, federal agency cuts, automatic spending cuts, cliff, sequester news, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Veteran diplomat Jones to be U.S. envoy to Libya

Veteran diplomat Deborah Jones will take post after U.S. ambassador killed in Benghazi attacks last year.

By Emily Heil  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Gitmo prisoner wonders what President Obama reads

Questions whether he reads a certain Washington Post column.

By Al Kamen  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Bush, Romney political dynasties could expand

A scion of the Bush legacy prepares for a statewide run, while a member of the Romney clan ponders the Senate, and a Gregoire gets a public office.

By Emily Heil  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Latest

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2013

CIA’s Brennan identifies with hostages

In Senate testimony, Brennan denies knowledge of the tussle over secret drone documents.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Brennan, CIA, drone strikes, Senate, Intelligence, Jay Rockefeller, hostages, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013

NAACP chief slams Solicitor General

NAACP president Benjamin Jealous critiques Solicitor General Don Verrilli.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  04:06 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 03/12/2013

Larry Craig on Senate business during airport sex-sting arrest?

Former senator seeks to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds he used to defend against charges.

By Al Kamen  |  12:26 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Larry Craig, Sen. Craig, sex-sting, Minneapolis, airport, Federal Election Commission, suit, official business, District Court, Amy Berman Jackson, arrest, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Secretary Hagel’s signature rivals Lew’s

The Defense Secretary’s scrawly signature is almost as difficult to decipher as Treasury Secretary Lew’s widely mocked John Hancock.

By Emily Heil  |  11:27 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/12/2013

White House leg affairs guy needs introducing; Women leading defense firms; and a Perez filibuster (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the White House’s Hill liaison is no glad-hander; women lead defense contractors; and will the GOP filibuster Perez?

By Emily Heil  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Psaki still in training for State Department job

Diplomacy requires fluency in diplospeak and perhaps land-mine sensors

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Black Caucus chair questions Cabinet diversity

Rep. Marcia Fudge, who heads the Congressional Black Caucus, calls all-white slate of nominees ‘disappointing.’

By Emily Heil  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Forecasts | Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/11/2013

Obama’s second-term Cabinet coming into focus

Only a few handful of slots remain open as President Obama wraps up making his second-term picks.

By Emily Heil  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013

McGurk, denied Iraq ambassadorship, may get senior State job, report says

Brent McGurk’s nomination was derailed last year, but he may be landing well.

By Al Kamen  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  McGurk, Brett McGurk, Baghdad, Embassy, Iraq, nomination, withdrawn, deputy assistant secretary of state, Iran, Al Kamen, Emily Heile, In the Loop

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Sequester hits Interior Department campsites

BLM may need to close or reduce hours at campsites, delay grazing and drilling permits.

By Al Kamen  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spending cuts, sequester, federal budget cuts, federal agency cuts, automatic spending cuts, budget deal, sequester news, BLM, Bureau of Land Management, campsites, permits, gatherings, furloughs, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Brennan confirmed; sequester impacts; and filibuster’s physical demands (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup; Brennan is latest White House nominee to get Senate nod; taking stock of the sequester; and the physical demands of the filibuster.

By Emily Heil  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  exclude

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Obama’s West Wing: the seating chart

IN THE LOOP | Proximity to power is power, in any administration.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Paul put the ‘bust’ in filibuster

He doesn’t make it on the list of longest Senate gabs — but reading from Twitter instead of phone books might be a first.

By Emily Heil  |  10:10 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Filibusters ain’t what they used to be

Sen. Rand Paul’s worthy effort, even with help from pals, may fall many hours short of the record-breakers of yore.

By Al Kamen  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Rand Paul, Huey Long, Strom Thurmond, Senate, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Alfonse D'Amato, Robert Byrd, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 03/06/2013

On budget talks, a drinking problem might be a drinking solution

A U.S. rep at the United Nations complains about drinking during budget talks -- but could imbibing help the deadlocked Congress?

By Emily Heil  |  11:57 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Former representative Ney bashes Boehner; Brennan’s nomination moves ahead; Obama to dine with Senate Republicans (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the disgraced lawmaker dishes in a new book; John Brennan’s nomination moves; and the White House is caught in an untruth about Capitol Hill janitors.

By Emily Heil  |  09:33 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Carney’s ‘petite bargain’ phrase fails to catch on (whew)

A White House spokesman’s attempted introduction to Washington lexicon goes the way of ‘fetch’ in Mean Girls: It’s not happening.

By Emily Heil  |  08:39 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Obama to name O’Connor to head Secret Service, report says

Veteran Secret Service official David O’Connor will replace Mark Sullivan at the agency tasked with the President’s security.

By Emily Heil  |  04:41 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Post-sequester military bands playing the blues

Military bands around the world are trying to find cuts in the midst of budget uncertainties.

By Al Kamen  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Goolsbee wins a dubious award

The former White House Council of Economic Advisers chairman creates most horrible new word for 2013.

By Al Kamen  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Austan Goolsbee, Michael Boskin, Council of Economic Advisers, dreadfulize, horrible word, Joint Economic Committee, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Obama’s ‘empowered’ Cabinet?; IGs are like Cassandra; Ritter passed over for a top job (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, White House plans to empower secretaries; IGs go unheeded; and what it’s like to get passed over for a top job.

By Emily Heil  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Kerry gives the boot to his British counterpart

John Kerry gets off on the right foot by presenting his British counterpart with a pair of Western-style boots.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013

OPM chief in mix for ambassador to Australia

OPM director John Berry is said to be the leading candidate for the Canberra post.

By Al Kamen  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Air Force halts flyovers at air shows, football games

Sequester means no more flights at football games, air shows — and it’s grounding the Thunderbirds aerial team.

By Emily Heil  |  11:40 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/04/2013

More deadlines loom; Moniz’s wild hair; and Bader Ginsburg has another two years (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, more deadlines loom; Ernest Moniz’s wild hair; and A Supreme Court Justice gives two year’s notice.

By Emily Heil  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Obama’s ‘Jedi mind meld’ mixes sci-fi worlds

The president conflates “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” in news conference.

By Emily Heil  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Sequester closes some doors on Capitol Hill

Spreading the pain: Lawmakers learn that some doors and security checkpoints will close, possibly creating (gasp!) delays.

By Emily Heil  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Sequester dance begins; Holmes Norton donates pay; bashing federal workers (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, the sequester is on; Holmes Norton donates her pay; bashing fed workers; and a new BFF for Dear Leader.

By Emily Heil  |  08:51 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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