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In the Loop: April, 2014

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 04/30/2014

Top U.S. diplomat in Poland gets to see files communists kept on him

U.S. Ambassador in Poland Stephen Mull accessed some decades-old secret files the Communists had on him.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:47 PM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/30/2014

Obama lawyer Ruemmler likely returning to her former law firm

Departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler is rumored to be returning to her former law firm Latham & Watkins.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/30/2014

Report: EPA official let CIA impersonator John Beale collect pay, travel expenses

A joint EPA/OIG investigation into Beth Craig, a senior EPA official, found she engaged in employee misconduct in the case of John Beale, who pretended he was in the CIA.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014

White House e-mail reinforces Benghazi talking points

New White House emails obtained by conservative Judicial Watch reinforces Benghazi talking points for then-UN ambassador Susan Rice.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:26 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 04/29/2014

GOP congressman pushes for medical marijuana

A conservative Republican congressman has authored legislation to make medical marijuana legal.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:40 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 04/29/2014

McFaul: Putin didn’t like me

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul went on “The Colbert Report,” and reflected on Putin relationship.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:04 PM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/29/2014

Snowden lawyer: Famous for espionage clients … and Monica Lewinsky

Edward Snowden retains a Washington attorney with a decades-long record of defending the scandal-plagued.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/28/2014

No more shirtless Schock?

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) posted a photo of himself shirtless and was forced to explain.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 04/28/2014

How well do you know your misbehaving congressmen?

Michael Grimm. Vance McAlister. Test your knowledge of lawmakers behaving badly.

By David Beard and Colby Itkowitz  |  01:48 PM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Loop Guide to Codels (updated edition)

Seven years after its original publication, we offer members of Congress an updated special edition of the “Loop Guide to Codels.”

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

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 04/28/2014

In the Hot Seat: Congress returns

Congress returns from a two-week recess. Check out who will take a turn in the hot seat.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:14 AM ET, 04/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2014

A parasite named Obama

There are a lot of different types of Obamas.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 04/25/2014

Today in codel selfies: Schock (and awe) on the Great Wall

Rep. Aaron Schock takes a selfie on the Great Wall of China because of course he did.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:27 PM ET, 04/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 04/24/2014

The day after Ted Cruz posed with a tiger skin rug

Senator from Texas posts a picture of him and a tiger skin rug, and the Internet goes crazy.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:53 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 04/24/2014

Big week for Ben F. Kerry, ‘diplomutt’

Secretary of State John Kerry’s yellow lab got a taste of the public stage this week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:12 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 04/24/2014

What do Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell have in common?

They don’t share a lot, but Sens. Cory Booker and Mitch McConnell do have at least one thing in common.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:01 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Defying ‘Veep’ advice, female Senate candidate declares herself a woman

GOP Senate candidate in Michigan Terri Lynn Land declares herself a woman in a new TV ad, which is exactly what Selina Meyer says not to do.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014

After stowaway, congressman seeks airport security perimeter review

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) seeks GAO review of airport security perimeter after teen stowaway in jet wheel well.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 04/23/2014

A rare wolf named for Sec. Jewell and Stephen Colbert

A national wildlife refuge named a rare red wolf after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell after she visited the site back in December.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:40 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Cory Booker, leading man

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) returns to Los Angeles this week for a fundraiser.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:30 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/22/2014

President Jed Bartlet joins public debate over sentencing reforms

Played by Martin Sheen, “West Wing” character says the country’s goal should be to have a “justice system that avoids unnecessary incarceration and irresponsible spending.“

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:35 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sentencing reform

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/22/2014

Moniz and McCarthy to throw first (and second?) pitch at Red Sox game

In honor of Earth Day, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will throw the first pitch(es) at Tuesday’s Red Sox-Yankees game.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:21 PM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 04/22/2014

Who wore the bunny suit? That’s classified.

Was a senior Obama staffer in the Easter bunny costume on Monday? We may never know.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  09:45 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014

N.J. elite ‘walk’ to Washington, Christie to meet them there

Gov. Chris Christie heads to Washington Tuesday to mix and mingle with New Jersey movers and shakers.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 04/21/2014

Bacardi’s small hiccup on FEC form

Bacardi USA PAC leaves two sections of a campaign finance form blank, gets gentle reminder from FEC.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:56 PM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 04/18/2014

Top Obama adviser e-mail from nearly two decades ago

Two decades ago, a young diplomat who would eventually become a top Obama administration official wrote a colorfully-worded e-mail about an African American summit.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:21 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings, picks one previously used

Hillary Clinton chooses a memoir title without the help of Loop fans, instead borrowing from another former secretary of state.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Lame ducks’ wings not yet clipped

Three retiring members of Congress spent their recess traveling to South Asia and Europe.

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/17/2014

Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Michael Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is this week’s Loop Quote of the Week winner.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Putin: Obama would ‘save me’ from drowning

Vladimir Putin is asked during a televised question and answer session about his relationship with President Obama.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Career diplomat discusses gay rights in foreign service

Richard Hoagland speaks candidly about experiences both abroad and within the walls of the State Department.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Congressman’s town hall is for the birds

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) holds town halls in his district about a pressing local issue.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/16/2014

Dee Dee Myers to Los Angeles to head Warner Bros. communications

The former White House press secretary has taken a top job with Warner Bros.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Revolving branches, from the Cabinet to the Senate

If Kathleen Sebelius runs for and wins a U.S. Senate seat, she’d join a long list of Cabinet secretaries turned senators.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:26 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Pay down the debt: 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls still owe money

The 2012 GOP presidential primary ended two years ago, but most of the failed candidates remain in the debt.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Christie outshines McConnell at dueling fundraisers

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell not as big a draw as another notable Republican politician.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:12 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Obama ivory ban: Traveling musicians fearful instruments will be taken

A young musician was scared to take his $10,000 instrument across the Canadian border for fear it would be confiscated.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014

McMorris Rodgers’s legal fees are pricey for her campaign

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, under an ethics investigation, paid out costly legal fees from campaign account.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/14/2014

A Rand Paul idea that Scott Brown is sure not to like

Sen. Rand Paul’s comments at a New Hampshire fundraiser isn’t going to make Scott Brown very happy.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/14/2014

State debunks Putin part dvah

The State Department, for the second time, makes a top 10 list of Russian lies.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Bill Burns, a ‘diplomat’s diplomat’ retires

Burns is retiring after staying on longer than he intended at the urging of President Obama.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:24 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Bundler to Ambassador 101?

The State Department is in the market for experts to teach how to handle Congress, a course that could come in handy for would-be ambassadors.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Loop Quote of the Week winner: Sebelius

Another busy week for classic quotes, but as a parting gift, the Loop awards Kathleen Sebelius with the Quote of the Week.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Let my people go? TSA prepared

TSA issues travel advisory that it’s prepared for Jewish passengers over Passover carrying “unique items.“

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014

What up, Bro? Obama’s latest nominee

President Obama nominates a guy named Bro to lead National Endowment for the Humanities.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 04/10/2014

How to start a Super PAC because you can

The Because We Can Super PAC was terminated this week after only being around a few months. Find out who started it.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:59 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014

Hillary Clinton Memoir Title Contest: The winners are . . .

Clinton’s new memoir is coming out June 10, but it could use a good title.

By Al Kamen  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/09/2014

How a six-year-old left Hillary Clinton speechless

Many reporters have asked Hillary Clinton about her future plans, but this six-year-old may have done it best.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Toomey, Manchin back together on a background checks bill

Sens. Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin are working together again on background check laws.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:12 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

McAllister: First D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014

McAllister: First D.C. sex scandal to include action video?

The latest D.C. sex scandal, involving Rep. Vance McCallister (R-S.C.) and a former aide, may be the first to include video of them passionately kissing.

By Al Kamen  |  01:29 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/09/2014

There’s no ‘Get Out of FEC filing’ card

The campaign committee for former Rep. Rick Renzi, who is facing three years in jail on public corruption charges, is nearly $500,000 in debt.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 04/08/2014

Senate confirms Neil Kornze as BLM director

Senate confirms two White House nominees, including one to head the Bureau of Land Management.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  05:51 PM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Staffer caught on camera kissing McAllister was paid to clean campaign office

Federal Election Commission filing shows Vance McAllister’s campaign paid a staffer he was caught kissing to clean.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:44 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 04/08/2014

Senate confirms Obama deputy for ambassadorship

The Senate unanimously confirmed three White House nominees Monday night, including deputy chief of staff Mark Childress to be U.S. ambassador to Tanzania.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:03 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Holder: Scout’s honor on Gitmo transfer

Attorney General Eric Holder makes a Boy Scouts pledge on not transferring Guantanamo Bay prisoners. Will that satisfy a Republican congressman?

By Colby Itkowitz  |  04:45 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Filling Seats: EPA and Air Force

The White House announces several more nominations.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/07/2014

Scott Brown, pick a party

Scott Brown’s campaign left an important box blank on an FEC form.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 04/07/2014

In the Hot Seat: More Cabinet secretaries

Cabinet secretaries return to Capitol Hill this week for more appropriations and budget hearings.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  09:50 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014

What to do with all that post-White House free time?

President George W. Bush’s artwork left us pondering, what exactly do presidents do to fill their days when they leave the White House?

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Once-confidential ambassador nominee documents to go public

After a series of embarrassing ambassadorial confirmation hearings, Obama administration agrees to post future nominees’ credentials online.

By Al Kamen  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/04/2014

For Coats, ’twas a brief but unforgettable appearance

Sen. Dan Coats’s spokesman says his boss was at the hearing only several minutes before a staffer realized he was at the wrong one.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Coats: ‘I’m at the wrong hearing’

Sen. Dan Coats was ready for his hearing, just not the right one.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/03/2014

A new winner of the Loop Obamacare contest: Not all fans are pessimists

There is a new winner in the Loop Obamacare Contest!

By Al Kamen  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Passport boss’s departure intricately planned

State Department consular affairs chief’s last day includes a parade.

By Al Kamen  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014

Franken: So sorry for that terrible law 100 years ago

Sen. Al Franken seeking legislation to apologize for 100-year-old anti-women’s rights law.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 04/02/2014

Senate confirms top human rights official

The Senate confirms State Department’s top human rights official.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:05 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 04/02/2014

The Winners in the Loop Obamacare Contest!

None of the winners of the Loop’s contest to predict the total enrollees in Obamacare guessed more than 7 million, but some came close.

By Al Kamen  |  01:22 PM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014

John Philip Sousa great-grandson’s Super PAC for Ben Carson ready to go on air

The man behind the “draft Ben Carson for president” movement is the great grandson of composer John Philip Sousa.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/01/2014

Lu confirmed for Labor #2; Whitaker for Colombia

Senate confirms former Obama cabinet secretary to be deputy secretary of Labor and a new envoy to Bogota.

By Al Kamen  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 04/01/2014

The federal judiciary in a post-nuclear world

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s move to restrict filibusters may give some temporary benefit to Obama’s nominees.

By Al Kamen  |  02:07 PM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/01/2014

So the Obamacare goal was 7 million?

Obamacare technology team counted down to midnight and celebrated 7 million enrollments by deadline.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014

Dem congressman: Cut the luxury government rides

Democratic congressman introduces bill to cut federal government limo fleet in half.

By Colby Itkowitz  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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