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In the Loop: August, 2013

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Bill acronyms that make Loop fans LOL

Loop readers share their suggestions for most-awkward titles for pieces of legislation.

By Emily Heil  |  11:31 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013

Obama vs. Romney 2012, behind the scenes

“Collision 2012,” by Dan Balz, is an excellent take on a fascinating campaign.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Sequester to blame for Snowden’s NSA leak

Edward Snowden’s father says sequester led son to job that allowed him to leak NSA secrets.

By Emily Heil  |  11:58 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Bob Perciasepe staying put at EPA

Passed over for top job, Bob Perciasepe stays on under director Gina McCarthy.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Senate’s no-nukes deal yields approval of NLRB nominees

The chamber approves all five of President Obama’s NLRB picks after a deal on nominations.

By Emily Heil  |  06:26 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 07/30/2013

In a tweet, Biden suggests co-hosting ‘Today’ show with Hillary Clinton

He tweets to Al Roker that he could share hosting duties with Hillary Clinton.

By Emily Heil  |  05:01 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Former WH staffer Sarah Feinberg to DOT?

Sarah Feinberg is under consideration to be chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Foxx.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Obama’s power couples

Here are some couples in key jobs in the Obama administration.

By Al Kamen  |  12:54 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, intransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Senate plans votes on White House nominees

White House picks to get votes — including a controversial pick for the ATF.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Congress united on one topic: Pets are cute

Republicans and Democrats might not agree on much except for their furry friends.

By Emily Heil  |  10:21 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Obama bundler Sherman gets Portugal post

Obama bundler Robert Sherman gave plenty — and now he’s getting the nomination to lovely Portugal.

By Emily Heil  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Menendez finally gives tainted donations to charities

The senator finally gives a tainted donation to charity — more than a year after he said he would.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Obama wins quote of the week

Quips to Vietnam’s president about media pool dawdling.

By Al Kamen  |  03:16 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Weiner and San Diego mayor both endangered

“Carlos Danger” and Mayor Bob Filner resist calls to step aside.

By Al Kamen  |  12:35 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 07/25/2013

Royal baby George shares name with few in U.S. government

The royal couple picked the name George for their new baby. How popular is the moniker here?

By Emily Heil  |  09:06 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Caroline Kennedy named ambassador to Japan

Obama taps the former first daughter and key 2008 ally to the important posting.

By Al Kamen  |  05:02 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 07/24/2013

After the Weiner spectacle, an ode to Larry Craig

Unlike Craig’s quick post-scandal exit, Weiner’s sticking around.

By Emily Heil  |  12:17 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Justin Bieber and ‘Belieber’ Rep. Tom Price

The Georgia Republican’s fundraiser is at Bieber’s Verizon Center concert next month.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Justin Bieber, Bill Clinton, Tom Price, concert, Verizon Center, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Congressional bill names, unspun

How to translate the loaded and coded language found in bill titles.

By Emily Heil  |  09:29 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Obama’s new Cabinet to have fewer minorities

The 2009 Cabinet much more diverse than the current cabinet.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Obama trounced by Swedish foreign minister in Twitter-stakes

He’s got more Twitter followers than any other world leader, but Obama’s bested by a Swede, a study finds.

By Emily Heil  |  03:00 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 07/23/2013

House Republicans’ number-one priority: Do no harm

House Speaker Boehner seems serious about not rushing to legislate.

By Emily Heil  |  02:08 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Guess Eric Holder’s departure date : a Loop contest

The deadline is drawing near to enter the Loop’s contest to guess the AG’s departure date.

By Emily Heil  |  10:35 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Navy help wanted notice: one priest

The military is experiencing a severe shortage of Catholic priests.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Navy, Roman Catholic, priest, shortage, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 07/22/2013

New civil rights chief will be pressed to charge Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin killing

Demands for federal charges fall to new acting civil rights chief.

By Al Kamen  |  04:02 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Sen. Grassley to NASA: What’s up with those employees in Viking costumes?

Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to know if a photo shoot with NASA employees in costume used taxpayer money.

By Emily Heil  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 07/19/2013

When will Holder resign? A Loop contest

Get those entries in predicting when the Attorney General will quit the administration.

By Emily Heil  |  01:10 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Obama renominates Broas to Netherlands post

Washington attorney’s nomination a year ago was withdrawn after speeding, drunk-driving arrest.

By Al Kamen  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  in transition, washingtoniintransition

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/19/2013

A Taliban-style ‘apology’ to Malala

The Taliban explain their vile attempted assassination of a 16-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Labor Dept. instructs workers to remove Solis pics

Labor employees told to take down pics of ex-Secretary Solis to get ready for the new boss, Tom Perez.

By Emily Heil  |  05:58 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Senate confirms Perez for Labor and McCarthy for EPA

Party line 54-46 for Thomas Perez and 59-41 vote for Gina McCarthy.

By Al Kamen  |  03:55 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Karen Mills leaving SBA — but replacement not yet named

The small-business chief had said she would stay until a successor was named.

By Emily Heil  |  11:30 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Senate filibuster deal will fill some cabinet jobs

Perez and McCarthy likely to be confirmed soon.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Bill nixing official portraits advances in House

A measure nixing federal spending on official portraits advances in the House.

By Emily Heil  |  11:57 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Swift Boat leaders on the outs

St. Louis businessman and a founder of 2004 anti-Kerry group sued by T. Boone Pickens.

By Al Kamen  |  11:20 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Ex-representative Rivera used campaign cash for club dues

The former Florida congressman paid dues at GOP club with campaign money — and that’s a no-no.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/16/2013

NTSB blames the intern, a time-honored tradition

The NTSB isn’t the only one to throw an intern under the bus. How it came to be a time-honored tradition.

By Emily Heil  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/16/2013

When will Eric Holder resign? A Loop contest!

Precedent and reports of discontent have fueled speculation.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holder, attorney general, resign, contest, Napolitano, George Zimmerman

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 07/15/2013

BP oil exec joins second-chance club

Disgraced politicians aren’t the only ones to try the road to redemption.

By Emily Heil  |  11:00 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/13/2013

Caroline Kennedy poised for Japan

The formal announcement of her appointment as the next U.S. envoy to Tokyo is expected shortly.

By Al Kamen  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Napolitano’s departure: Why is DHS chief such a thankless gig?

Why DHS secretary is one of Washington’s most thankless jobs.

By Emily Heil  |  04:18 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Airport screeners still on alert for pocket knives

Small pocket knives remain subject to seizure, even those that may have gotten through in the past.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation Security Administration, knives, flight attendants, LaGuardia, screeners, airports, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Missile defense team in a slump

The last three long-range interceptor tests, including one July 5, have failed

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pentagon, Missile Defense, Missile Defense Agency, George Little, North Korea, interceptors, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

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

Senate might huddle in old chamber on ‘nuclear’ option — but remember the room’s violent past

As senators prepare to huddle on the ‘nuclear’ option, recall that the room is a den of artifice and violence.

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

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Terrorist vacuum cleaners: Loop’s quote of the week

The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks designs a vacuum cleaner. It’s the Loop’s quote of the week.

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013

Trash still piling up at Iwo Jima Memorial

New Park Service program to force park visitors to take trash with them is off to a slow start.

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Trash, National Park Service, Iwo Jima Memorial, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Congressional hearing title trend: Forget subtlety

A hearing on illegally harvested wood exemplifies a trend in congressional hearing titles: Forget subtlety.

By Emily Heil  |  02:19 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Defense agency looks for ways to spend

Defense Information Systems Agency tries to ensure it’s not left with unspent money.

By Al Kamen  |  12:26 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense Information Systems Agency, Sequester, Spend, Furloughs, Sanna Sims, Kathleen Miller, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2013

EPA nominee Gina McCarthy to miss Mexico jaunt

The languishing nominee is missing out on a conference that takes place in a Mexican resort town.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013

London and Rome go to Obama bundlers

Former finance chair Matt Barzun and mega-bundler John Phillips land plum ambassadorships.

By Al Kamen  |  06:25 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition, transition

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Former senator Dorgan’s book an entertaining warning on cyberattacks

The former senator’s warnings about a terrorist attack on the electrical system come in a novel format.

By Emily Heil  |  03:37 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 07/09/2013

USDA Greek yogurt contract sets up culture clash

The USDA solicits bids to give school kids the tangy treat. May the best yogurt win.

By Emily Heil  |  01:37 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 07/09/2013

White House taps Tom Malinowski for human rights post

The White House names Tom Malinowski, a longtime human rights lobbyist, to the State Department.

By Emily Heil  |  12:13 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Mo Cowan's encore performance

Massachusetts’s seat-warming Sen. Mo Cowan said bye to Washington — but he’s back for a brief encore.

By Emily Heil  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Tammy Baldwin leading frosh in ‘Golden Gavel’ derby

Freshmen senators vie to log 100 hours presiding over the chamber. So far, Tammy Baldwin leads the pack.

By Emily Heil  |  12:37 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 07/08/2013

John Kerry’s international delivery service

On a visit to India, the SecState delivers goodwill — and a package from a Senate pal.

By Emily Heil  |  11:34 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 07/03/2013

At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, informants kept at a distance

Locals wanting to drop a dime on terrorists are invited to come to a gate that they can’t reach.

By Emily Heil  |  12:33 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 07/03/2013

Elvis to leave the Supreme Court

Clerk of the court, who has a 1958 photo of himself with Elvis Presley, is retiring next month

By Al Kamen  |  08:00 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013

IBM heiress said in the mix for Paris post

Jane Watson Stetson, daughter of a former ambassador to France, is being eyed for the post.

By Al Kamen  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  transition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Meet Mr. Cheerful: Sergei Lavrov

U.S. reporters in Brunei brought out the grumpy in the Russian foreign minister

By Al Kamen  |  12:17 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Hemp flag to fly high over Capitol building

An activist gets a flag to fly high — over the Capitol Dome — on the Fourth of July.

By Emily Heil  |  10:03 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Kabul Embassy’s July 4th party is already over

The embassy celebrated on June 26, no press invited.

By Al Kamen  |  01:10 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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