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In the Loop: September, 2013

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown strategy: Burgers, booze, cupcakes

Local dining establishments want you to eat and drink away the shutdown blues.

By Emily Heil  |  01:45 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Meet the real Saul Goodman, Esq.

Unlike the strip-mall lawyer of “Breaking Bad,” our own version is an upscale attorney at Covington & Burling. Here’s how to avoid confusing the two.

By Emily Heil  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Time for a new name for ‘essential’ workers?

Federal workers miffed at being labeled “non-essential” might prefer the term “non-excepted.” But maybe we need a new term?

By Emily Heil  |  02:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 09/27/2013

How secure is U.S. Trade Representative’s headquarters?

Demonstrators scale USTR headquarters to unfurl banners against pending trade agreement

By Al Kamen  |  07:03 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Obama looking to replace energy commission nominee

Ron Binz, embattled Obama nominee for energy job, may be dropping out.

By Al Kamen  |  02:28 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Stripping no obstacle to security clearance

A once-and-future stripper seeks advice on passing a security-clearance check.

By Emily Heil  |  12:43 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Congress braces for shutdown: No shoe shine, no cafeteria

Many of the perks of being a member of Congress would disappear under the House’s plan for a government shutdown.

By Emily Heil  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Care for some National Park vino?

The Park Service waives its rules and okays a line of wines branded with national parks.

By Emily Heil  |  08:44 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Winston Churchill bust coming to the Capitol but not that one

But its not the same sculpture -- borrowed from the British government -- that once cause controversy for the White House.

By Emily Heil  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Valerie Plame on female spy characters

The former CIA agent critiques the characters in “Homeland” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” while aiming to bust the stereotypes with the heroine of her new novel.

By Emily Heil  |  12:31 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Judicial opinions can be fun!

Judicial opinions don’t have to be dull and badly written. Here’s one, by appeals court Judge Raymond Kethledge, that’s fun to read.

By Al Kamen  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/24/2013

For Ted Cruz’s marathon speech, better hope he wore his ‘argument boots’

As the Texas Republican launches a marathon speech, he’s sure to find that comfy footwear is key.

By Emily Heil  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama, Rouhani to lunch; osso bucco on the menu

For the historic meeting, world leaders will be fueled by a fine osso bucco. (Press covering got cold sandwiches.)

By Emily Heil  |  12:50 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Senate unanimously confirms first openly gay federal appeals court judge

The Senate Tuesday confirmed veteran Justice Department lawyer Todd Hughes for a seat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, making him the first openly gay federal appeals court judge.

By Al Kamen  |  12:41 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/24/2013

John Kerry’s on Instagram -- but the Ayatollah beat him there

The State Department debuts its Instagram account, where the Iranian ‘Supreme Leader’ has been uploading pics for months.

By Emily Heil  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Madeleine Albright’s Twitter debut: Look out, Condi!

A new competition for former Secretaries of State: who has the biggest Twitter following?

By Emily Heil  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 09/23/2013

The World Bank and Thich Nhat Hanh say ‘Omm ‘

Zen master instructs World Bank staff on stress reduction techniques as bank President Jim Yong Kim pushes reforms

By Al Kamen  |  11:51 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013

Congressional trivia quiz time!

Who’s a former folksinger? Who had a younger Michelle Obama as a mentor? Take our trivia challenge and test your Congress IQ.

By Emily Heil  |  09:42 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 09/20/2013

Obama picks Canada envoy

Assuming the Senate confirms Goldman Sachs partner Bruce Heymann, no more worries. Washington still loves you, Canada.

By Al Kamen  |  12:25 PM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013

Senate Committee approves Obama nominee for D.C. Circuit

Senate Judiciary Committee approved Obama D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nominee on party-line vote.

By Al Kamen  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Putin: If Berlusconi was gay ‘no one would lay a finger on him’

The Russian president muses about the former Italian prime minister.

By Emily Heil  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Kisses for Caroline Kennedy at Senate committee

Lots of love, little grilling for President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Japan.

By Emily Heil  |  11:12 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Iraqi gardeners encounter U.S. bureaucracy

The questions were straightforward, judging from the minutes of the meeting. The answers, well, a bit bureaucratic.

By Al Kamen  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Americans still like Putin — as much as they like Congress

The Russian president’s approval rating in the U.S. is the same as Congress’.

By Emily Heil  |  04:28 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Romney fundraising organization: ‘C.Moore Bacon’ is real deal

The donor to the GOP candidate sounded like a fake, and the FEC thought he might be a foreign national. Turns out, he’s a legitimate donor -- and an actual person.

By Emily Heil  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/18/2013

U.S. ambassador videos going viral?

The State Department is ramping up production of “meet the U.S. ambassador” videos. In the Loop reviews them.

By Al Kamen  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Obama names two for top Justice, State Department jobs

The president will nominate Richard Stengel for a State Department post and Leslie Caldwell for the DOJ.

By Al Kamen  |  05:25 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Cuba remains a U.S. ‘enemy’

It’s embargo-a-go-go as President Obama extends the “Trading With the Enemy Act” for Cuba.

By Emily Heil  |  02:47 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: I can’t say no

The Treasury Secretary finally reveals the secret reason behind his job-hopping within the Obama administration.

By Emily Heil  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Romney donor ‘C.Moore Bacon’ should be refunded, FEC suggests

The FEC has some beef with a suspicious-sounding donor named C. Moore Bacon.

By Emily Heil  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013

It’s the Constitution’s birthday! What’s your agency doing?

Did you know a 1994 law requires “educational and training materials” be distributed to federal workers on Sept. 17?

By Al Kamen  |  07:01 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013

NSA director inherited Star Trek digs

NSA chief Keith Alexander didn’t design that futuristic command center that resembled the USS Enterprise.

By Emily Heil  |  02:29 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Congress isn’t pounding the pavement for campaign cash

Members of Congress will do just about anything for campaign cash -- except walk further than three blocks, according to a new analysis of the locations of money-raising events.

By Emily Heil  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Ethics panel extends review of lawmaker’s Taiwan trip

By Al Kamen  |  01:57 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Privacy group publishes e-mail addresses

Government privacy and civil liberties agency sends out group e-mail and displays everyone’s addresses.

By Al Kamen  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/13/2013

Washington can seem remote -- even to administration officials

Parole Commission chief Isaac Fulwood awaits response from Obama and Holder on ideas for improving race relations.

By Al Kamen  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Michelle Obama’s new campaign for kids to ‘Drink Up.’ Water, that is.

The first lady traveled to Watertown High School in Wisconsin to talk about the importance of drinking lots of water.

By Al Kamen  |  06:09 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Update on the Shanksville, Pa., United Flight 93 memorial

By Al Kamen  |  03:24 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Stroganoff diplomacy on Capitol Hill?

Did Longworth House cafeteria give Putin a shoutout for giving President Obama a way out of Syria dilemma?

By Al Kamen  |  12:37 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Washington’s resume ‘enhancement’ habits strike again

Resume hype clips career of Syria researcher whose op-ed was cited in congressional hearings.

By Al Kamen  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Caldwell to head Justice’s criminal division

Obama is expected this week to name the former Enron prosecutor to head the Justice Department’s criminal division.

By Al Kamen  |  06:25 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Anthony Weiner, ever a class act

In the Loop bids a fond farewell to former representative Anthony Weiner

By Al Kamen  |  01:53 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Even drug dealers observe the Sabbath

Five Jewish drug dealers busted in Brooklyn apparently never sold on the Sabbath

By Al Kamen  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/11/2013

Real drug dealers loved HBO’s The Wire

Real drug dealers were also great fans of the HBO hit series, The Wire, a federal appeals court notes.

By Al Kamen  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013

Obama taps Heather Higginbottom as deputy secretary of state

Obama to nominate longtime Kerry aide to be deputy secretary of state and John Carlin to head the Justice Department’s national security division.

By Al Kamen  |  04:51 PM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

At OSS gala, Hemingway-worthy martinis

The OSS Society honors Admiral McRaven with a cocktail inspired by Hemingway’s liberation of the Hotel Ritz.

By Emily Heil  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/09/2013

Flight attendants press lawmakers to contribute to Pa. 9/11 Memorial

Twelve years after 9/11, the memorial to passengers and crew of United Flight 93 is still not finished.

By Al Kamen  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

‘Texans for Texans’ PAC actually based in Georgia

A new fundraising arm formed to raise money for Lone Star State Republicans is actually based in the Peach State.

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

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/06/2013

Agency meeting on ‘transparency’ closed to public

The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a government foreign aid agency, to discuss "transparency" -- in a closed meeting

By Emily Heil  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Happy Rosh Hashanah from the Iranian government?

There are reports that Iran's president has tweeted a "Happy Rosh Hashanah" greeting to Jews around the world celebrating the new year.

By Al Kamen  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/05/2013

Wanna buy Saddam’s gun?

Remember that other brutal dictator known for gassing his own people? An online auction site is offering up one of his firearms.

By Emily Heil  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Reagan footage replaced in GW hospital ad

George Washington hospital corrects a TV advertisement featuring former President Ronald Reagan.

By Emily Heil  |  10:02 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Vacant SBA post may gather cobwebs

The White House runs into complications filling the one Cabinet-level job that's still vacant.

By Emily Heil  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Former Postie Doug Frantz named to public-affairs gig at State

The White House names former national security editor Doug Frantz to run the State Department's public-affairs shop.

By Emily Heil  |  02:11 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Can Obama get Congress to back Syria strike?

The congressional votes for the Iraq war in 2002 might offer a clue to whether Obama can find enough support for an attack on Syria.

By Al Kamen  |  12:47 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Obama pick for ambassador to Canada still on track

Obama fundraiser Bruce Heyman's nomination to be ambassador to Canada appears still on track.

By Al Kamen  |  07:02 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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