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Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 02/27/2014

Supreme Court disrupted by protest over campaign finance ruling

A video has surfaced of a rare public disturbance where a protester urged justices to overturn their 2010 campaign finance ruling.

By Al Kamen  |  05:58 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014

BACKGROUND CHECK: Labor Secretary Thomas Perez

He reveals that “The Wire” was his favorite TV show and he longs to be baseball commissioner.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Nanny State Department runs amok

The State Department’s spring break travel advisory urges kids not to get drunk or carry weapons abroad -- and, oh yes, remember to call your parents.

By Al Kamen  |  06:57 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Here’s why the Chinese government hated Gary Locke

Outgoing ambassador’s persistent criticism of Beijing’s human-rights record got under the communist regime’s rather thin skin.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Karaoke: The latest arrow in Washington’s diplomatic quiver

Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar uses his skills at Karaoke to show people the greatness of American culture.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014

State Department union may oppose Obama ambassador nominees

Recent hearings on Obama ambassador nominees have cause the State Department union to weigh a rare move to publicly oppose some of them.

By Al Kamen  |  02:14 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Obama goes long on diversity in top agency posts

In what may be a historic first, two cabinet agencies could have minorities as secretary and deputy secretary

By Al Kamen  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Former Rep. Tom Perriello headed for the State Department

Former one-term congressman Tom Perriello is going to the State Department to head a long-term review of operations.

By Al Kamen  |  06:03 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014

At the Pentagon, once a secret, always a secret -- even if everyone knows

Top-Secret documents from the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis are still secret -- even if they’ve been revealed long ago.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 02/20/2014

New guidelines won’t change pay-for-play ambassadors

The foreign service’s new guidelines on picking ambassadors won’t do much to keep bundlers from getting coveted posts.

By Al Kamen  |  03:37 PM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014

Former Rep. Betty Sutton to head highway safety administration? Not happening.

Enviros worried that former Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) might run the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. But she says it’s “absolutely” not happening.

By Al Kamen  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Is Taiwan’s government more open than ours?

Taiwan’s foreign ministry releases the names of the Republicans on a delegation traveling to Asia this week.

By Al Kamen  |  03:02 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/18/2014

NSA will ‘keep peeping while you’re sleeping’

NSA and DHS withdraw letters threatening legal action over parody t-shirts and mugs and such.

By Al Kamen  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Schapiro reportedly tapped for Czech Republic ambassador post

Andrew Schapiro is a top corporate lawyer whose mother was a Czech Holocaust survivor.

By Al Kamen  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014

USAID: High-quality photos could turn the tide in Afghanistan

What to do about the public’s misperceptions? Get your own photographer.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Senate confirms Obama nominees at State and Veterans Administration

Senate confirms nominees Richard Stengel; Sarah Sewall; Charles Rivkin and Sloan Gibson.

By Al Kamen  |  07:31 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014

Lawmakers beat the cold with a tour of Asia

House lawmakers and spouses stop in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and, of course, Hong Kong.

By Al Kamen  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

Obama’s ambassador picks fumble the ‘been there’ question

Is the Senate going to routinely ask nominees for ambassadorships whether they’ve ever been to the country?

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014

Jason Chaffetz is going around the world in six days

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 02/06/2014

White House names Mike Boots acting head of enviro council

It could be a sign that the administration is taking some time finding a replacement for outgoing CEQ Chair Nancy Sutley.

By Al Kamen  |  02:40 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/06/2014

Eric Holder: Staying for the long haul?

Relentless GOP attacks and Democratic grumbling sparked reports last year that Eric Holder was on the way out -- maybe not.

By Al Kamen  |  12:09 PM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Former GAO head Dave Walker meets the Hatch Act

Former comptroller general Dave Walker solicits campaign contributions from federal workers.

By Al Kamen  |  11:53 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Gay rights group urges Obama to name openly gay ambassador to Russia

Human Rights Campaign urges Obama to name openly gay ambassador to Russia to replace Michael McFaul, who’s leaving after Sochi games.

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/04/2014

Pentagon IG dings department historian for using ‘public office for private gain’

Pentagon’s inspector general faults agency historian for “unprofessional conduct,” misusing government resources and “using her public office for private gain.”

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014

Administration point man for Syria likely to retire later this year

Syria policy point man Robert Ford, nixed by the Egyptian military for an ambassadorship there, is telling friends he’s probably leaving at the end of the year

By Al Kamen  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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