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In the Loop: May, 2013

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 05/31/2013

At the State Department, euphemism alert!

A bio by the State Department glosses over some messy family history of the Sultan of Oman.

By Emily Heil  |  08:52 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 05/30/2013

James Comey won’t be a pushover at the FBI

He faced down even Cheney and Addington over surveillance program.

By Al Kamen  |  05:40 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  James Comey, Comey, FBI, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, David Addington, Andrew Card, Barton Gellman, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, in the Loop

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/30/2013

State Department bares all ‘on background’

If government officials need to speak confidentially, maybe they could at least say something?

By Al Kamen  |  01:11 PM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Think tank wants to see EPA nominee’s texts

A think tank is suing to see messages sent by EPA nominee Gina McCarthy during Hill hearings.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Senate aide Brian Fallon to Justice Department

Fallon, a longtime aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, will be the new spokesman for Attorney General Eric Holder.

By Emily Heil  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Divorcing couple Connie Mack and Mary Bono Mack work for D.C. firms that share an address

Former Reps. Connie Mack and Mary Bono Mack are divorcing — but their D.C. firms share a K St. address.

By Emily Heil  |  12:25 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Tax breaks for floating homes mean jobs

Proposal to exclude boats from “second home” tax deductions opposed by manufacturers.

By Al Kamen  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Superyachts, tax deductions, family boating, U.S. Superyacht Association, Kitty McGowan, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Full house at the D.C. federal appeals court?

White House says Obama may soon nominate three for remaining openings.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, judges, court of appeals, sri srinivasan, Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Brad Pitt, Thelma and Louise, Mike Tyson, Clarence Thomas, George H.W. Bush, Thurgood Marshall, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Obama’s gift disclosures show fine wine, stuffed animals among presents from foreign dignitaries

Foreign dignitaries have presented Obama with everything from fine wine to stuffed animals, disclosures show.

By Emily Heil  |  11:49 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Take ‘em out to the ball game: Members of Congress plan bipartisan outing to Nats game

Members of Congress plan a bipartisan outing to take in a Nats game.

By Emily Heil  |  01:45 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Mulhauser named chief of staff at Ex-Im bank

Scott Mulhauser, a longtime Senate staffer and aide to Vice President Biden, is named chief of staff.

By Emily Heil  |  11:17 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Republicans play nice with Pritzker

President Obama’s pick to lead Commerce gets a surprisingly nice welcome from the Senate GOP.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Hunting gators with Sen. David Vitter

For $5,000 a person you can spend a weekend hunting alligators with the Louisiana senator.

By Al Kamen  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Mitch McConnell drops a literary reference

The Senate Republican leader drops a literary reference when talking about the embattled agency.

By Emily Heil  |  11:44 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 05/23/2013

White House may name Katherine Archuleta to head OPM

President Obama may name former campaign official Katherine Archuleta to head government’s H.R. agency.

By Emily Heil  |  08:47 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Obama nominee Penny Pritzker’s $80 million mistake

Obama’s billionaire commerce chief nominee, Penny Pritzker, understated her income... by quite a lot.

By Emily Heil  |  04:16 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Rubio knocks making key lime the official pie: Is the idea really so ridiculous?

Sen. Marco Rubio knocks the idea of making key lime pie the nation’s official confection.

By Emily Heil  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Some Obama Cabinet secretaries already framed in official portraits, while some Bushies aren’t

Some former Cabinet officials get official portraits done in lightning time, while others may take years.

By Emily Heil  |  01:09 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/22/2013

The case of the Army’s ‘invisible’ plane

Defense inspector general report cites “confusion” over who was to oversee a C-12 aircraft.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 05/21/2013

France, Spain among top congressional destinations, report finds

A report finds lovely destinations like France and Spain were among the tops for travelling lawmakers.

By Emily Heil  |  12:59 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Obama White House policy: ‘Don’t tell Dad’

Seems President Obama was just about the only one in town who didn’t know of IRS probe.

By Al Kamen  |  12:16 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, IRS, Watergate, Howard Baker, Tea Party, Denis McDonough, Mark Childress, Jack Lew, Mark Patterson, Treasury, IG, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Scalia questions CTIA’s ‘secret’ identity

The Supreme Court justice cracks an obscure joke.

By Emily Heil  |  09:58 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/21/2013

At the Park Service, a DIY approach to trash hauling

In a victory for the small-government types, the Park Service is outsourcing trash removal at some local sites — to visitors.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Sapiro moving up to be acting U.S Trade Rep

Deputy U.S. Trade Rep. Miriam Sapiro said to be taking over pending confirmation of pending nominee.

By Al Kamen  |  02:10 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Rumsfeld’s Rules: ‘Leadership lessons’ on war and life

The former defense secretary opines on most all things.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Don Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules, Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, Rahm Emanuel, Seneca, Jon Stewart, Machiavelli, Iraq, Tonkin Gulf, WMD, Panama, James Brudenell, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Obama fills jobs under streamlined process

Streamlined federal job appointments process showing results.

By Al Kamen  |  02:55 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Did Sarah Palin have her own Umbrellagate?

Sarah Palin weighs in. Does she remember Lancaster, Pa.?

By Al Kamen  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Palin, Obama, umbrella, Turkey, Erdogan, umbrellagate, Scandalous, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Senate confirms Moniz as secretary of energy

Former MIT scientist and professor approved unanimously, 97 to 0.

By Al Kamen  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Benghazi! IRS! Government spying on the press!

Which of these stories might damage President Obama the most?

By Al Kamen  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Benghazi, IRS, phone records, Dick Cheney, Hannity, Pew Research, Andrew Kohut, Public Policy Polling, Libya, Egpt, Cuba, Iran, Holder, Obama, Iran-Contra, Victoria Nuland, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Obama’s books earn big bucks. Biden’s, well . . .

It’s hard to beat the audience for presidential memoirs.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Promises to Keep, Audacity of Hope, Dreams from My Father, royalties, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2013

VA deputy secretary Scott Gould departs Friday

The agency’s No. 2 had been in the post for four years.

By Al Kamen  |  03:42 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Kerry team starting to fill in at State

Department veteran and top National Security Council aide Danny Russel is tapped for East Asia post.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Pelosi aide joins Facebook’s D.C. lobby shop

Catlin O’Neill, chief of staff in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, joins the social media giant

By Al Kamen  |  10:41 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Asian Americans looking to up administration jobs

Groups urge Obama to boost numbers in senior posts.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Asian Americans, Obama, appointees, Valerie Jarrett, Cecilia Munoz, Tina Chen, Paulette Aniskoff, Obama cabinet, Pacific Islanders, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, Intheloop

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Kerry faces climate, spying, smoking in Sweden

Arctic Circle meeting may include a grumpier than usual Russian diplomat.

By Al Kamen  |  11:49 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Biden, Hagel, World War II, NATO, Afghanistan, Kerry, Arctic, Stockholm, Kiruna, Lavrov, spy, Moscow, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/14/2013

New State Department briefer on the podium

Former White House aide Jen Psaki tries levity with State Department reporters

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Psaki, State Department, spokeswoman, briefing, joke, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 05/13/2013

John Kerry’s brother Cam is ‘Mr. Secretary’ too

Cameron Kerry named acting Commerce Secretary.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Dodd-Frank reform act: how it happened

A new book, Act of Congress, tells how Congress responded to the Great Crash of 2008.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Act of Congress, Dodd-Frank, Robert Kaiser, Dodd, Frank, financial reform, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Loop Quiz! Name Obama 2009 Cabinet withdrawals

Quick Loop Quiz: which three Cabinet nominees withdrew in 2009?

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, Cabinet, nominees, withdrawal, quiz, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Key Cabinet jobs still open

While most of the Cabinet jobs are filled or have nominees, nearly half the deputy slots are open.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 05/09/2013

State official put on leave after Benghazi attack turned to poetry

A State Department official put on leave after the deadly attack pens a poem.

By Emily Heil  |  11:44 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Twitter legal director to White House tech post

Silicon Valley lawyer Nicole Wong is in line to be senior adviser to the White House chief technology officer.

By Al Kamen  |  11:30 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Can Harry Reid and Pete Domenici make up?

The Senate Majority Leader is angry at his former colleague for fathering a child out of wedlock decades ago.

By Emily Heil  |  10:59 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Delays on Perez; military uniforms; and about that Benghazi thing (read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s news roundup, the Senate is slow on the nomination of Tom Perez; the “chicks dig it” factor on military uniforms; and about that Benghazi hearing.

By Emily Heil  |  10:31 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/09/2013

DOI official overspent on Washington detail, IG says

An inspector general’s report paints an unflattering picture of Jeanette Hanna, an Interior department official detailed to Washington.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Call from Clinton aide on attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya not ‘good news’

An embassy official testifies about a phone call from SecState Hillary Clinton’s top aide.

By Emily Heil  |  02:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013

What are the details of Eric Holder’s trip to New Zealand? Hard to determine.

The Justice Department declines to provide specifics of Atty. Gen. Eric Holder’s trip to New Zealand.

By Al Kamen  |  12:56 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Mark Sanford’s guide to Washington: Argentinian steaks, hiking and a spot to watch the Super Bowl

The Loop suggests spots around town the new congressman might visit, including Argentinian restaurants and great hiking trails.

By Emily Heil  |  11:16 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

TSA knife rule: would an airborne fistfight been worse?

A fistfight on an American Airlines flight sparked concerns about a move to allow small knives on planes.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Fast and Furious official lands new gig

Jason Weinstein lands post at white-shoe law firm Steptoe & Johnson.

By Al Kamen  |  04:57 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Weinstein, Steptoe & Johnson, Reid Weingarten, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Intelligence reform: Why it’s 1945 all over again

The presidential memo that presaged the current debate over “stovepipes.”

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Dino skeleton returned to Mongolia

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials return a purloined dinosaur skeleton to Mongolia.

By Emily Heil  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Obama’s Cabinet diversity still bests Reagan’s

But some groups unhappy with fewer minorities in second term.

By Al Kamen  |  01:34 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obama, cabinet, diversity, Kirkpatrick, Cavazos, Clinton, Reagan, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Deputy to NSA Donilon: a sweet stepping stone

What’s the best stepping stone in Washington? It might be deputy to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

By Emily Heil  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 05/06/2013

HRC ‘disappointed’ with no gay Cabinet appointment

The Human Rights Campaign bemoans the lack of LGBT members in Obama’s circle of top advisers.

By Emily Heil  |  09:14 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Obama’s second-term Cabinet in one graphic

Who’s in the inner circle, and what the diversity breakdown looks like.

By Emily Heil  |  10:39 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Beirne lands a West Wing office

Katie Beirne, a top Senate aide, is moving in as White House deputy communications director.

By Al Kamen  |  09:00 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

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

Inboxes at VA overflow from ‘reply all’ storm

E-mail inboxes clog up with responses to a test e-mail that range from irate to smart-alecky.

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

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Obama’s second-term Cabinet: Fewer women, minorities

With the addition of two more nominees, Obama’s second-term Cabinet is less diverse than his first.

By Emily Heil and Al Kamen  |  12:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2013

State Department public diplomacy post still unfilled

Sources said Charles Rivkin was likely pick for job — State Department says not happening.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Wintour in Paris Embassy?

Vogue editor may be the pick after mega-bundler Marc Lasry’s withdrawal.

By Al Kamen  |  12:15 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Feingold headed to State Department?

Former three-term Sen. Russ Feingold may be named special envoy to troubled Central African region.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, Washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Biden’s poetic license

The vice president oft misattributes well-known poetry.

By Al Kamen  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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