In the Loop: July, 2013

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Whiplash alert: WH withdraws Avril Haines’ nomination for State, appoints her to CIA post

White House lawyer Avril Haines was heading to the State Department — until she got a job at the CIA.

By Emily Heil  |  06:40 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Obama moves to fill top sub-Cabinet openings

The president nominates State IG and deputy secretaries for Agriculture and Homeland Security.

By Al Kamen  |  01:09 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Wendy Davis’s shoes kick up political talk on Amazon

Customer reviews for her running shoes veer into political territory.

By Emily Heil  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Ecuador embassy’s slick pro-trade ad campaign appears scrapped after Snowden spat

As Ecuador nixes a trade deal over Edward Snowden, the embassy’s pro-trade-deal campaign goes silent.

By Emily Heil  |  10:24 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Fed watchdogs in their own catfight

Fur is flying in fight between two government inspectors general.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Solid High Court majority jetting off to Europe

Among the venues: Prague, Paris, Innsbruck.

By Al Kamen  |  02:34 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Anthony Foxx unanimously approved as DOT secretary

The Senate unanimously votes to confirm the Charlotte mayor as secretary of transportation.

By Emily Heil  |  12:08 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Immigration bill a hefty read? Not with pages like this

A reminder that bill text isn’t like the pages of a novel — it has huge margins and few words.

By Emily Heil  |  10:46 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Journos beat Congress in softball game that’s now a well-established Hill tradition

Lawmakers lose to a team of journos in a charity game benefiting young breast-cancer survivors.

By Emily Heil  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 06/26/2013

Wendy Davis’s sneakers: These shoes were made for filibusterin’

Wendy Davis sported athletic shoes for her 11-hour session, unlike Washington filibuster-ers.

By Emily Heil  |  12:57 PM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 06/26/2013

When Grover Met Jared: Norquist, Polis odd couple on marijuana

An unlikely pair teams up on pot legalization: conservative Grover Norquist and liberal Rep. Jared Polis.

By Emily Heil  |  11:22 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Congressional softball game pits members against media

Tonight’s the annual charity face-off between journalists and Congress on the softball diamond.

By Emily Heil  |  08:31 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Senate confirms Pritzker for Commerce

Chicago billionaire businesswoman and former Obama 2008 finance chair approved 97 to 1.

By Al Kamen  |  04:01 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Congressional fundraising frenzy kicks into high gear

Grazing opportunities galore this week.

By Al Kamen  |  02:02 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, fundraising, Jack Reed, Susan Collins, Thad Cochran, Tom Price, Mark Pryor, Rick nolan, Pat Roberts: Ted Poe, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/25/2013

All aboard for Istanbul, Baku and Budapest on the Fourth

Lawmakers head out Friday for a nine-day trip.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stefon, Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe, OSCE, Turkey, Hungary, Azerbaijan, codel, Istanbul, Budapest, Baku, Taksim square, Blue Mosque, Stefon, Wicker, Crapo, Smith, Aderholt, Hastings, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 06/24/2013

GW hospital ad’s out-of-context Reagan footage

A TV ad for GW hospital uses footage of Reagan — filmed at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, not GW.

By Emily Heil  |  12:19 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Foxx, Pritzker confirmation votes likely this week

Senate has agreed to take up votes early this week.

By Al Kamen  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Top Boehner aide Brett Loper headed to American Express

The longtime GOP aide will head the Washington office of American Express.

By Emily Heil  |  11:44 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Obama donors, career diplomats get ambassadorship nods

It’s Friday afternoon, so it must be time for another wave of ambassadors.

By Emily Heil  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Justice Department national security job update

White House names one, considering others for the senior posts.

By Al Kamen  |  01:15 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 06/20/2013

House adopts ‘Christmas-tree tax’ amendment

The House votes to allow a fee on tree sales that critics call the equivalent of a tannenbaum tax.

By Emily Heil  |  02:58 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Talkin’ trash with the National Park Service

Local park visitors slow to warm to a program where they take their trash with them when the leave.

By Al Kamen  |  02:27 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Park Service, Iwo Jima Memorial, trash, Trash Free Parks, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 06/20/2013

Schweitzer on Washington: It’s humid, traffic-filled, and its people are ‘frauds’

A possible Senate candidate from Montana has nothing but nasty things to say about D.C.

By Emily Heil  |  12:23 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 06/20/2013

White House falls again to pot lobby

In a softball game, a team of marijuana-legalization groups defeat the White House’s squad.

By Emily Heil  |  10:33 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Capitol Hill post offices closures get final stamp

The USPS closes three locations used by lawmakers and staffers.

By Emily Heil  |  03:13 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Moniz taps veteran environmentalist as chief of staff

Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, to be Moniz gatekeeper.

By Al Kamen  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 06/19/2013

White House softball team to suit up against pot lobby for a rematch

The White House softball team has a rematch game against a team fielded by the pro-pot lobby.

By Emily Heil  |  12:07 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Eric Holder: Echoes of other Washington officials?

No politican or government official likes to step down if doing so might give critics comfort.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Holder, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Nixon, Darrell Issa, Ben Bradlee, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Lew’s official signature a vast improvement

Looks like Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been working on his penmanship.

By Emily Heil  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 06/18/2013

At the Dutch embassy, cicadas are what’s for dinner

At an event at the Dutch Embassy, the menu is likely to bug you.

By Emily Heil  |  12:51 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 06/18/2013

Senate finds pace on judicial nominees

The often lumbering chamber has set a lively pace on approving judicial nominations.

By Emily Heil  |  09:51 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Pentagon spokesman explains ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ missive

A line in the DoD’s report on ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ shows a spokesman sticking to his lines.

By Emily Heil  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/17/2013

June and July are hot — for presidential deaths

A rather morbid analysis says presidents are more likely to die in June and July.

By Emily Heil  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 06/14/2013

Obama names top donors, career diplomats to ambassadorial posts

The White House nominates a slate of ambassadors that includes top Obama donors and career diplomats.

By Emily Heil  |  05:03 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Rolling Stones, Eagles concerts: jamming and fundraising

Lawmakers plan money-making events for the Rolling Stones and Eagles shows.

By Emily Heil  |  11:46 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Move over conference rooms: Womens’ restrooms are the new power venue

Little did we know of the important conversations that go on in the ladies’ loos.

By Emily Heil  |  09:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 06/13/2013

How low can you go? More Americans losing confidence in Congress.

The public’s confidence in Congress has dropped to a record low, according to a new Gallup poll.

By Emily Heil  |  05:07 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Eisenhower memorial critics advance House bill that would scrap Gehry design

Lawmakers critical of the planned Eisenhower memorial advance a bill scrapping the Gehry design.

By Emily Heil  |  01:16 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Obama nominees watching the Senate calendar

GOP opposition and immigration bill may delay votes on some nominees

By Al Kamen  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 06/12/2013

State Department’s ambassador ‘charm school’ is in

At the State Department, would-be ambassadors are getting a crash-course on their missions.

By Emily Heil  |  02:45 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  state department, obama ambassadors, ambassadors, donald blinken, in the loop, emily heil, al kamen

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 06/12/2013

New ambassador to Libya sworn in

Career diplomat Deborah Jones sworn in to replace Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi attacks.

By Emily Heil  |  02:34 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Senate women’s restroom expanding to accommodate historic numbers

The ladies’ room off the Senate floor is being remodeled to accommodate the historic number of women.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Intel chief Clapper cracks jokes about reading e-mails

At a black-tie dinner, he musters some humor about reading e-mails.

By Emily Heil  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/11/2013

TSA Knife Fight loss not inevitable

A couple of serious blunders likely helped doom lifting ban on pocket knives on board.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  TSA, Knives, Victorinox, leatherman, Pistole, Kip Hawley, Star Wars, Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, Wookiee, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Obama taps Daniel Baer for ambassadorship

State Department official is one of as many as five openly gay envoys likely to be named

By Al Kamen  |  07:20 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, in transition

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Hillary Clinton on Twitter: 15 accounts she should follow

Now that she’s on Twitter, here are 15 accounts she should follow.

By Emily Heil and David Beard  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Hillary Clinton makes Twitter debut

What will Hillary tweet? The former Secretary of State takes on a new frontier.

By Emily Heil  |  01:03 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Two fed gyms: Burning fat, or taxpayer money?

Two government-run gyms sit just 100 feet apart.

By Emily Heil  |  11:06 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Top Justice national security post still vacant

Eric Holder’s former adviser is said to be a leading contender for the key post.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, intransition

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Holder’s ‘fatigue’ line unusual

The embattled AG says he’ll leave if he’s tired — but why not use the old time-with-the family excuse?

By Emily Heil  |  01:23 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013

Lavish government conferences being clipped?

Recent legislation may have a chilling effect on taxpayer-funded good times.

By Al Kamen  |  01:42 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/06/2013

In Fox leak case, not-so-secret names revealed

In the Fox News leak case, the DOJ declassifies Washington’s worst-kept secret.

By Ann Marimow  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 06/06/2013

All the President’s women: Nominees make inroads on national security team

Obama’s new nominees make inroads on the national security team.

By Emily Heil  |  09:35 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 06/05/2013

TSA drops bid to allow small knives on planes

A proposal to allow small knives withdrawn hours before House vote on blocking move.

By Al Kamen  |  03:40 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Obama’s overseas jaunts: A second-term tradition

President Obama follows an established pattern for second terms: more overseas jaunts.

By Al Kamen and Emily Heil  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/05/2013

GSA redeveloping once top-secret building

As crowds flock to area around Nats Park, GSA redevelops a building that once housed top-secret stuff.

By Emily Heil  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 06/04/2013

How to prevent another IRS or GSA scandal? Conferences in Fargo!

Want to avert scandals like those that have plagued the IRS and GSA? Hold fed conferences in Fargo.

By Emily Heil  |  01:10 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 06/04/2013

DCCC staffer Jesse Ferguson diagnosed with cancer

DCCC communications director Jesse Ferguson, 32, is taking time off to focus on cancer treatment.

By Emily Heil  |  10:59 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Ex-EPA chief allegedly used alias e-mail for certification tests on ethics, cybersecurity

Jackson allegedly used an alias e-mail account to take agency tests on ethics, cybersecurity.

By Emily Heil  |  09:23 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 06/03/2013

British lords stung by media stings

Three members of British parliament hit by bribery allegations after undercover taping by reporters.

By Al Kamen  |  05:24 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  British parliament, Lords, bribery, sting, bribe, Fiji, Lord Laird, Lord Mackenzie, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

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

Lautenberg’s much younger pal ponders age

Octogenarian Rep. Charles Rangel notes that, at only 83, he’s a spring chicken.

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

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Intern season is nigh, and a snarky blog captures it

Look for waves of flip-flop-wearing young people — and a snarky blog that tells their stories.

By Emily Heil  |  11:31 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 06/03/2013

BACKGROUND CHECK: NOAA’s Kathryn Sullivan

She was the first American woman to walk in space, and now her concerns are more earthbound.

By Emily Heil  |  08:53 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Ambassadorships coming soon?

It appears the White House is preparing to finally announce names for the plum posts.

By Al Kamen  |  12:10 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Intransition, washingtonintransition

 

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