Al Kamen

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


The Paris magazine cover Hillary Clinton doesn’t want you to see

  • Apr 23, 2015

The State Department goes military for new spokesman with Rear Adm. John Kirby, while the Pentagon is going civilian.

  • Apr 22, 2015

There’s concern that the Senate is slow-walking ambassadorial nominees.

  • Apr 21, 2015

The State Department historian is digitizing all the agency’s history volumes.

  • Apr 17, 2015

“What’s a gyrocopter?” asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson when he heard the ultralight copter landed near the Capitol.

  • Apr 16, 2015

The White House doesn’t have a lot of time left to fill the top envoy spots at many U.S. embassies.

  • Apr 8, 2015

A new biography of Michelle Obama is the first comprehensive one about the first lady.

  • Apr 3, 2015

Newly indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) fights the charges against him at

  • Apr 2, 2015

Staffer’s presence at White House meeting does not escape notice.

  • Apr 2, 2015

The fears of the merely wealthy, eager to earn postings at U.S. embassies, may be unfounded.

  • Mar 30, 2015
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Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993. He began his reporting career at the Rocky Mountain News and joined The Post in 1980. He has covered local and federal courts, the Supreme Court and the State Department. Kamen assisted Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in writing “The Final Days” and Woodward and Scott Armstrong in writing “The Brethren.” Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio and Harvard College.
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