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In the Loop: October, 2013

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/31/2013

U.S. Embassy offers free tickets to anti-U.S.covert ops movie

The U.S. embassy in Australia is giving away tickets to international film festival movies, including one that attacks Washington’s anti-terror actions.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/31/2013

‘Fredo’ Gonzales lands new gig in Nashville

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, despite a rough time in Washington, is finding success in Nashville.

By Al Kamen  |  06:03 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Obama’s new picks for top jobs

Obama announces nominees for ambassadorships to New Zealand and Iceland, and other administration positions.

By Al Kamen  |  03:39 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Obama nominee is following in father’s footsteps

Sheba Crocker is president Obama’s pick for a post at the State Department -- where her father, a Republican, once served.

By Emily Heil  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Sebelius now subs for Clinton who subbed for Holder

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the latest administration official to assume the role of pinata for the Obama administration.

By Al Kamen  |  02:28 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obamacare

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Judicial nominee’s brush with ‘Legally Blonde’

John Owens, Obama’s pick for the ninth circuit, feared he had been the inspiration behind a character in the Reese Witherspoon rom-com.

By Emily Heil  |  09:11 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 10/29/2013

Issa slams VA; VA slams The Loop

A new House oversight committee report finds a “culture of mismanagement and reckless spending” at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

By Al Kamen  |  12:16 PM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Club for Growth warns on Mel Watt nomination

Conservative Club for Growth reminding them that it’s closely watching the vote on the nominee to head the Federal Housing Financing Agency.

By Emily Heil  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Reid sets sights on clearing White House nominations

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sets in motion a series of votes on a handful of key White House picks.

By Emily Heil  |  05:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Lindsey Graham’s block complicates path for nominees

Sen. Lindsey Graham announces he’ll block all nominees. Turns out that’s a long list.

By Emily Heil  |  02:39 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/28/2013

BACKGROUND CHECK: Meet Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

An interview with the commerce secretary.

By Emily Heil  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Egypt junta hires Glover Park Group

The Egyptian military junta has hired Washington’s Glover Park Group to lobby, do public relations and handle strategic communications.

By  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/24/2013

Bush Iraq aide pens ‘Ideal Qualities of a Successful Diplomat’

Bob Blackwill, a career diplomat who was criticized for his abrasive management style, explains how to be a successful diplomat.

By Al Kamen  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

Obama judicial nominees getting to crunch time

Time’s running out for President Obama’s judicial nominees to be confirmed by the Senate

By Al Kamen  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Pelosi, Schweikert agree: Reporters are bad at math

The Democratic leader sounds a lot like one of her conservative colleagues when bashing reporters’ math skills.

By Emily Heil  |  04:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 10/23/2013

For pollsters, pols and pundits, 2016 is just around the corner

A new University of New Hampshire poll has come out with good news for Paul, Christie and Hillary Clinton.

By Al Kamen  |  12:56 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign 2016

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Former Schumer aide learned well

Preet Bharara, a former aide to the Senate’s most media-friendly member, gets taken to task for over-the-top quotes. ‘Sounds like the theme from Mighty Mouse,” the judge rules.

By Emily Heil  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Capitol Dome’s $60 million restoration long overdue

The Capitol Dome is to be surrounded in scaffolding as it undergoes a renovation.

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Rebranding lobbyists: Loop fans’ suggestions

By Emily Heil  |  10:36 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/22/2013

What’s the deal with NSA’s operation names?

From “Whitetamale” to “Egotisticalgiraffe,” the NSA’s code names are perplexing. An expert on the spy agency explains.

By Emily Heil  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Senior Army official said to be in line for Saudi ambassadorship

Army Under Secretary Joe Westphal said to be front-runner to be next ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

By Al Kamen  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Pentagon spokesman George Little to leave

DoD press secretary George Little heads for the private sector.

By Emily Heil  |  02:57 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Eight facts you didn’t know about Jeh Johnson

President Obama’s pick for DHS Secretary fell in love with his dentist and dreams of being a subway worker.

By Emily Heil  |  08:29 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/18/2013

Shutdown effort at least gave us some memorable moments

The effort to undo Obamacare fell short, but left us with some memorable calls to arms

By Al Kamen  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 10/17/2013

NSA shakeup: Spy chief, deputies eye the doors

NSA Director Keith Alexander isn’t the only one heading for the doors at Fort Meade.

By Emily Heil  |  01:38 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/17/2013

EPA found 16-year-old can of soup in fridge during shutdown

The agency cleaned out the fridges during the shutdown, and found some vintage foodstuffs.

By Emily Heil  |  11:52 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 10/17/2013

White House chief of staff greets staffers at gates

Denis McDonough shook hands with formerly furloughed staffers returning to their offices after the 16-day shutdown.

By Emily Heil  |  10:26 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Shutdown deal: A handy guide to what will be ruined

The glass-half-empty view: Prepare for Congress to ruin your life (or at least your life events) once more.

By Emily Heil  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Shutdown, as reflected on Foursquare: Boom, then bust

The company says its data from D.C. showed more people checked in at pricey restaurants and bars during the shutdown’s first week.

By Emily Heil  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Boehner is always trying to round up GOP votes

House Speaker John Boehner found himself this week once more trying hard to round up votes from fellow Republicans

By Al Kamen  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Lobbyists by another name?

The American League of Lobbyists is considering changing its name. But what about replacing the l-word altogether.

By Emily Heil  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Issa opens Park Service hearing with a bang

The oversight committee chairman recalls officials condoning Occupy Wall Street protesters “defecating on lawns.”

By Emily Heil  |  10:29 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Kerry’s deeds just stunning, State Department officials admit

Secretary of State John Kerry, with two recent deals on Syria and Afghanistan, is on something of a roll.

By Al Kamen  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Congressional Cemetery offers chance to party with dead lawmakers

By Emily Heil  |  03:13 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/15/2013

Bill Richardson on ending the stalemate, fallout with Clinton

The former New Mexico governor, who’s faced off with terrorists and dictators, offers tips from his new book about negotiating.

By Emily Heil  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Stink bugs won’t win the shutdown

A citizen-led census of an invasive species was in jeopardy because of the government shutdown.

By Emily Heil  |  08:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/14/2013

New Year’s in Havana!

Escape the daily government shutdown blues. Tour groups are booking travel over the holidays to Cuba.

By Al Kamen  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Furloughed feds told it’s okay to work at coffee shops, retail

The Energy Department issues guidelines for furloughed feds who might want to pick up a few shifts -- coffee shops are cool, consulting is not.

By Emily Heil  |  09:09 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Envoy to Saudi Arabia headed to the Cohen Group

Retired Brig. Gen. James Smith, ambassador to Saudi Arabia since 2009, is going to The Cohen Group to be a senior counselor.

By Al Kamen  |  09:07 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown prompts happy hour searches

Google analytics show Washingtonians are searching for cheap booze more than before the furloughs began.

By Emily Heil  |  10:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown cancels glitzy London bash for U.S. envoy Matt Barzun

Shutdown prompts U.S. envoy in London to back out of glitzy cocktail party in his honor.

By Al Kamen  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Shutdown metric: Federal Register’s drastic slimdown

The typically beefy daily diary of what the government is up to is a ghost of its old self these days.

By Emily Heil  |  01:33 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/10/2013

A marriage counselor’s tips for solving the shutdown impasse

A Manhattan marriage counselor’s advice to fighting couples sound pretty apropos for Washington’s impasse.

By Emily Heil  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Range Rover ad irks foes of off-roading on federal land

A new ad for a rugged Range Rover filmed at Pikes Peak has some viewers ticked off. The TV spot depicts the SUV off-roading on what looks like public land.

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

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Connolly hints at witch trial in Obamacare probe

Rep. Gerry Connolly to IRS official: “Have you been consorting with the devil?“

By Emily Heil  |  10:49 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Boehner: ‘This isn’t some damn game’

Speaker Boehner says budget battle “isn’t a damn game,” but sports language is hard to avoid.

By Al Kamen  |  08:49 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013

Ex-senator William ‘Mo’ Cowan to return to his old law firm

The short-term former Democratic senator is going back to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo in Boston.

By Al Kamen  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 10/08/2013

House GOP plan: a ‘working group’ that’s more super than a supercommittee

Because we know how the how supercommittee turned out.

By Emily Heil  |  12:28 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/08/2013

For presidential hopefuls, five lessons from JFK’s Senate career

What would-be presidential candidates now serving in the Senate might draw from JFK’s example.

By Emily Heil  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The return of ‘silly shirts’ to APEC

The tradition of world leaders sporting traditional garb began in 1993, but halted in 2011. Now, it looks like the goofy garb is back.

By Emily Heil  |  06:10 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/07/2013

McRaven weighs in on ninjas vs. SEALs question

McRaven answers a question we’ve all wondered about: Who’s quieter, a ninja or a SEAL?

By Al Kamen  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Newt Gingrich’s shutdown amnesia

But the former House Speaker might recall that something very similar happened back in 1995.

By Emily Heil  |  11:34 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 10/07/2013

Obama’s missing all the fun in Bali

Kerry, Lavrov, an attractive Russian reporter and an awkward moment in beautiful Bali.

By Al Kamen  |  10:37 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Ruth Bader Ginsburg blames wine for SOTU nap

Supreme Court Justices pre-game the State of the Union, apparently.

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

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Obama taps five for top jobs at State, Commerce and VA

The White House announced Friday nominees for top jobs at the Departments of State, Commerce and Veterans Affairs.

By Al Kamen  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013

Tammy Baldwin earns Senate ‘golden gavel’

The Wisconsin Democrat beats out her fellow frosh to win the “golden gavel,” the award given to senators who’ve logged 100 hours presiding over the chamber.

By Emily Heil  |  05:19 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Possible 2016 presidential hopefuls still haven’t penned books

A handful of potential presidential candidates have yet to pen the practically mandatory memoir.

By Emily Heil  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Furloughed White House staffer turns bartender

One furloughed worker finds a side gig pouring beers at a Georgetown bar.

By Emily Heil  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown semantics: ‘That’s a lousy name,’ Obama says of debt ceiling

Another shutdown-semantics debate

By Emily Heil  |  12:36 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

State Department plans to motivate employees

The State Department, on the eve of the government shutdown, urged supervisors to sign up for training sessions on how to motivate employees.

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

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Sanchez staff deleted Britney Spears retweet

The account belonging to the congresswoman briefly shares Brit-Brit’s advice to Congress: get back to work.

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

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Zombie Federal Election Commission still wants your quarterly reports

The Federal Elections Commission, where 335 of its 339 employees are out during the shutdown, still wants your quarterly reports.

By Al Kamen  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Ron Paul’s Chevette is fetching thousands

The 1979 Chevette will probably go for many times its market price -- that’s the value-added Paul touch.

By Emily Heil  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Congress gridlocked? Been there, done that.

Gridlock is hardly a new state of affairs on Capitol Hill.

By Al Kamen  |  11:09 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Shutdown soundtrack: Fed workers offer music to be furloughed to

Three federal workers set the shutdown to music.

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

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown deals continue: Theater, yoga and tire rotations

The pity-marketing sweepstakes continues with more deals for furloughed workers.

By Emily Heil  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Zoo employees warned not to feed the media

In an e-mail, National Zoo volunteers are warned about interacting with journalists: don’t feed the beasts.

By Emily Heil  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Binz withdraws name for FERC nomination

Embattled nominee Ron Binz admits his confirmation was a no-go in the Senate.

By Emily Heil  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Nando’s offers ‘Boneless Chicken, Spineless Congress’ deal

Nando’s Peri-Peri is among the slew of local businesses offering deals to furloughed feds. Their clever deal: a free boneless breast for a ‘spineless Congress’.

By Emily Heil  |  12:25 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 10/01/2013

At DHS, no hint of a replacement for Napolitano

But back in Washington, her post at the head of the Department of Homeland Security is going empty.

By Emily Heil  |  11:54 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013

EPA wasn’t trying to evade rules on e-mail, IG finds

Remember that alias e-mail account used by former EPA chief Lisa Jackson that had Republicans all worked up? The IG says the agency wasn’t trying to skirt rules.

By Emily Heil  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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