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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Presumptive ambassador to China Baucus: ‘I’m no real expert on China.’

Obama’s ambassadorial nominees have had a tough time this month during their confirmation hearings.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Obama close to picking new White House counsel

The two top contenders for the job, we had heard, were Tom Perrelli and Neil Eggleston.

By Al Kamen  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Convicted CIA impersonator John Beale heads to Cape Cod for weekend

A federal judge is allowing convicted CIA impersonator John Beale, who has been sentenced to 32 months in prison, to talk to contractors at his Cape Cod home this weekend before he reports to the slammer.

By Al Kamen  |  12:03 PM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Some officials have the best perks around

Some government officials rate home to office airplanes, including stops on the way

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Robert Reich: For ‘fast track’ before he was against it?

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/28/2014

The NSA has a new, first time ever, privacy officer

The NSA, reeling from Eric Snowden’s revelations of the agency’s international snooping, has named a new privacy officer.

By Al Kamen  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Feeling foggy? Intelligence chief James Clapper is brewing a $12 million elixir for you!

The intelligence community has a plan to improve analysts’ abilities to deal with tough issues.

By Al Kamen  |  10:36 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Kissinger: The gift that keeps on giving

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger prepared to ship Nobel Peace Prize for 1973 Vietnam peace accord back to Norway, but the Norwegians wouldn’t accept it.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/23/2014

George Washington could have taught the SEC a thing or two

Cold weather forces SEC to postpone trip to Mt. Vernon to learn from George Washington.

By Al Kamen  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Now say: I am the greatest! Say it again!

The State Department gives out commendations for those who can write the best self-evaluations

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/21/2014

Washington’s finest head to Swiss Alps mega-gabfest

The World Economic Forum, the premier global conclave of the uber-rich and famous, gathers in Davos in the Swiss Alps this week.

By Al Kamen  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Minnie Lou awaits Obama

President Obama’s speech Friday at the Justice Department on surveillance policy will be under Minnie Lou’s watchful eye.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Kerry’s ‘Home Alone’ at Foggy Bottom

John Kerry, with a third of his senior staff jobs still vacant, implores Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell to confirm nominees.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Things that are certain: Death, taxes. . . and congressional bereavement payments?

Time to end six-figure “bereavement” payments to the families of lawmakers who die in office?

By Al Kamen  |  06:01 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Christie joins elite group of American leaders

Christie starts off his State of the State speech Tuesday with classic “mistakes were made” line.

By Al Kamen  |  03:34 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Huntsman on Christie: How could he not know?

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), wonders how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), didn’t know of the four-day bridge-lane closure in Fort Lee.

By Al Kamen  |  12:18 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Bob Gates: undermining the sales surge?

Note to Bob Gates: Don’t start issuing clarifications on the day before your book hits the stores.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Blooper of the week, and it’s only Monday morning!

Vice President Biden’s office temporarily moved the Israeli parliament from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

By Al Kamen  |  11:50 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Rights groups: Be careful going to the U.S. embassy in Yemen

The State Department regularly issues travel warnings. Now the ACLU has issued one.

By Al Kamen  |  12:51 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Gates of Wrath

Bob Gates’s new memoir is an important lesson for any president picking top officials to serve in his first term cabinet.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Obama picks his first Asian American deputy secretary of cabinet department

Chris Lu, a top White House aide in the first term, has been chosen to be deputy Secretary of Labor.

By Al Kamen  |  05:35 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014

Will domestic assault conviction help Sen. Susan Collins’s primary challenger?

GOP challenger to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) says his “fraudulent” 2003 conviction for assaulting his then- wife speaks to his integrity.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014

White House seeks enviro policy council chair

The White House is looking for someone to succeed Nancy Sutley as head of the Council on Environmental Quality.

By Al Kamen  |  03:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Counter terror calendar 2014 is out!

National Counterterroism Center’s 2014 day planner can be a fine belated Christmas gift for that person you forgot to put on the list.

By Al Kamen  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014

Colorado pot smokers start 2014 on a high note

Federal bill to legalize marijuana is most-read on government site

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 01/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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