Al Kamen

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


The Senate, when it closed shop, sent back scores of nominations to the White House to be returned to the new GOP Senate next year

  • Dec 19, 2014

The White House senior adviser ducked and dodged questions during a media roundtable in November.

  • Dec 18, 2014

Obama’s move toward normalizing relations with Cuba kicked off a firestorm of protest by anti-Castro hardliners.

  • Dec 18, 2014

Obama has been able to make his mark on the federal judiciary, but easier confirmations came at a price.

  • Dec 17, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio questioned newly confirmed deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken last month on “chatter” that Cuba policy was about to change.

  • Dec 17, 2014

The change in the Senate rules reduced the ability of Republicans to filibuster most Obama nominees.

  • Dec 17, 2014

Leaving Congress doesn’t mean leaving all the perks behind.

  • Dec 16, 2014

The spending bill includes a report calling on the Capitol to catch up on rules for proper interaction.

  • Dec 15, 2014

The senator’s staff wages a fact-checking war over “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

  • Dec 11, 2014

Obama once cited bipartisanship in declining to pursue allegations of torture. Remember bipartisanship?

  • Dec 10, 2014
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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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