A few items that caught our attention today:
• A new interactive graphic from the Washington Post shows the travel patterns of secretaries of state dating back to James Baker. Readers can have a little fun making comparisons. In the Loop columnist Al Kamen noted that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the most countries, but predecessor Condoleezza Rice traveled the most miles.
• The former CIA officer who went public with details about the agency’s use of waterboarding was sentenced to 30 years in prison for disclosing classified information. John Kiriakou pleaded guilty in October to revealing the identity of a CIA covert operative to a reporter.
• President Obama officially named Denis McDonough, the No. 2 official in the National Security Council, as his chief of staff. See the story from Post White House reporter David Nakamura.
• Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) “sketched a pragmatist’s view of the world” while sailing through his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, according to Post diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan.
• Gasp! An inspector general’s report that praises a federal agency for doing something right. Take a bow, Defense Department. You met the standards Government Executive explained the audit in one of the news organizations blog posts.
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