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In the Loop: August, 2013

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

You are so 'this town' if The Loop contest winners!

The Loop sifted through heaps of clever entries to find the winners of the contest, in which we asked you to identify some of the defining characteristics of official Washington's denizens. We laughed, we cried, we awarded coveted Loop T-shirts.

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

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 08/22/2013

Calling all feds: who's got tales of use-it-or-lose-it spending?

Hey, feds: Calling all tales of 'use-it-or-lose-it' spending

By Emily Heil  |  03:00 PM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 08/22/2013

FEC cries foul at Major League Baseball donations

The umpire of campaign finance calls out baseball's PAC for over-donating to Sen. Jeff Sessions.

By Emily Heil  |  06:32 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 08/21/2013

Meet the cheesecake that fooled Bill Clinton

A former White House chef confesses to sneaking in healthy ingredients in an effort to lighten up the president's diet.

By Emily Heil  |  12:22 PM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Need a car? DoD's got a fleet of spares

An inspector general's report finds that Defense Department has more than 500 unneeded cars and trucks in the Washington area.

By Emily Heil  |  02:34 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/20/2013

Background Check: Smithsonian's Kirk Johnson

The director of the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History tells us why he digs his job -- and fossils, too.

By Emily Heil  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 08/19/2013

Barney Frank: Being a congressman less socially acceptable than being gay

"I'd like to think that I improved the image of one, but it's not my fault about the other," Frank said.

By Emily Heil  |  11:51 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 08/19/2013

CIA's secrets revealed: a million-dollar check, Area 51

A newly declassified CIA report that acknowledges Area 51 also reveals some interesting funding practices.

By Emily Heil  |  09:54 AM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/15/2013

What are the handful of things in Obamacare that McConnell's OK with?

The Senate GOP leader's damn-with-faint-praise line meets with outrage. We think we know what 'things' he was talking about.

By Emily Heil  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Eric Holder's 'secret staff' on New Zealand jaunt revealed

Three months later, the Justice Department has coughed up -- after our formal Freedom of Information Act request -- the names of the aides who accompanied him on that week-long jaunt in May to New Zealand and Hawaii.

By Al Kamen  |  11:55 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Putin's slouch, revisited

Putin truly is a sloucher -- though not a habitual one.

By Emily Heil  |  10:03 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Finer to Foggy Bottom, Danvers to Paris

By Al Kamen  |  06:13 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/14/2013

Err Killebrew hitting .500?

A transcript of a President Nixon tape indicated Harmon Killebrew batted .500. It should have said hit his 500th home run.

By Al Kamen  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Inhofe: DoD plan on same-sex marriage part of the 'liberal social agenda'

The ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is none too fond of the military's plan to grant leave to gay service members so that they can get hitched.

By Emily Heil  |  10:59 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Get your entries in for the Loop's 'This Town' contest

Don't forget to submit those entries to the Loop's contest to finish this sentence: "You are so 'This Town' if..."

By Emily Heil  |  09:01 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Kerry eases into vacation mode

Kerry looks to be easing out of town till Labor Day with a light schedule on Thursday.

By Al Kamen  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 08/13/2013

LaHood lands post-Cabinet gig

The former congressman and transportation secretary's new (and tough) mission: helping people understand Congress.

By Emily Heil  |  01:59 PM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 08/13/2013

In new Nixon transcript, Tricky Dick declares August 'dull'

"August is really a dull month," the former president complained in 1971, according to a newly transcribed tape.

By Emily Heil  |  11:45 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Tony Rodham's China fixation predates GreenTech

Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham's been fixated on China since he was a little kid.

By Al Kamen  |  10:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

You are so 'This Town' if A Loop contest!

Finish this sentence: "You are so 'This Town' if..." and win a coveted Loop T-shirt.

By Emily Heil  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Even the Senate parking lot is (partly) dysfunctional

A mixup in some asphalt mix means a Senate parking lot is as troubled as the chamber itself.

By Emily Heil  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Three Janes for Paris?

Three top candidates -- all Janes -- in running for ambassador to France.

By Al Kamen  |  11:12 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ambassador. Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, Jane Harman, Jane Hartley, Jane Watson Stetson, Marc Lasry, Paris

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Obama: Putin is slouchin'

President Obama follows in George W. Bush's footsteps, analyzing the physiology of Vladmir Putin.

By Emily Heil  |  03:45 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Was your week hard? At least it didn't involve Cory Booker and raccoons (quote of the week)

In the Loop's quote of the week, a Newark spokesman gets to the bottom of the case of a masked invader.

By Emily Heil  |  11:22 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Forget Paris -- the best ambassadorship is all about beer

A columnist helps brew better international ties with a trip sponsored by the U.S. embassy in Lithuania.

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

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 08/08/2013

This week marks the 39th anniversary of Watergate finale

The days of this week directly coincide with the days of Richard Nixon's final week as president in 1974.

By Al Kamen  |  01:20 PM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Boehner's new yardstick is repealing bills — but that's not so easy

John Boehner wants the GOP to be judged by how many laws they roll back. But undoing bills can take years.

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

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 08/07/2013

Swedish travel tips for President Obama

Some spots President Obama might check out in Stockholm, where he's going instead of Moscow.

By Al Kamen  |  03:15 PM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Chuck Schumer, linguistic innovator?

The senator from Brooklyn finds a fresh use for an obscure word.

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

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

Pentagon misfires on good-news press briefing

In an apparent attempt to bury even the good news, the Defense Department bobbles an announcement about reducing civilian furloughs.

By Emily Heil  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 08/06/2013

Legistorm pokes Congress in the eye -- again

The company helps uncover the town halls and other forums that lawmakers are trying to keep quiet.

By Emily Heil  |  02:21 PM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 08/06/2013

John Kerry's torrid travel pace

John Kerry is setting a record pace for overseas travel.

By Al Kamen  |  11:42 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Eco-goats to take over Congressional Cemetery

A herd of eco-landscaping goats will be grazing this week at Congressional Cemetery.

By Emily Heil  |  10:12 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/05/2013

Lawmakers ‘can’t hide’ over August break

Activists track members of Congress and their public events during the August break.

By Emily Heil  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Obama mega-bundler, D.C. banker Dwight Bush picked for Morocco posting

Obama mega-bundler gets ambassadorship, other nominees announced.

By Al Kamen  |  04:30 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition, intransition

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Pritzker’s new team at Commerce takes shape

The new Commerce secretary puts together her top staff.

By Al Kamen  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washingtonintransition

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 08/02/2013

HRC welcomes confirmations of gay candidates

The Human Rights Campaign hails five openly gay high-level appointees.

By Emily Heil  |  08:53 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rand Paul gets bunny byline in op-ed mixup

The senator gets credit for our colleague’s story about a rabbit caught in government red tape.

By Emily Heil  |  08:00 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Obama bundler Mamet tapped for Argentina post

Los Angeles businessman and consultant Noah Mamet bundled at least $1 million for Obama 2012.

By Al Kamen  |  04:08 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intransition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Did Obama call help keep Perciasepe at EPA?

We’re hearing a personal presidential request may have helped convince deputy EPA chief to stay on.

By Al Kamen  |  01:41 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  intransition, washingtonintransition

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 07/31/2013

Last call to hunt gators with Sen. David Vitter

Seems there’s no rush to get on the bayou in summer. But only five seats are left — at $5,000 each.

By Al Kamen  |  11:26 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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