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Secretary of State

The Income Tax is Not Turning 100 -- Yet

Joseph J. Thorndike | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Joseph J. Thorndike

Today is not the centennial of the income tax. If you're chomping at the bit to celebrate - and you're determined to ignore the Civil War version of the tax passed in 1862 - then you still have some waiting to do.

A Recovering Politician's Jeffersonian Vision

Ryan Filkil | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Ryan Filkil

On Wednesday morning at the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's hallowed Grounds, John Kerry gave his first speech as Secretary of State. He began by asking, "Why Cabell Hall instead of Kabul?"

Joshua Hersh

John Kerry Offers Major Defense Of Oft-Disparaged Foreign Effort | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry used his first public address as secretary of state to focus on the domestic side of foreign policy, delivering a full-throat...

Hillary Clinton's Public Diplomacy Legacy

Philip Seib | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Philip Seib

Given his service as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry is presumably familiar with the challenges and opportunities of public diplomacy. The question is, what priority will he assign to it, in terms of his personal emphasis and the department's allocation of resources?

Openly Gay Lawmaker Announces Early Bid For Ed Markey's Seat

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

Massachusetts state Rep. Carl Sciortino (D) posted an announcement on his Facebook page Friday, stating his intention to run for U.S. Rep. Edward Mark...

John Kerry, Male Secretary

Marie Woolf | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Marie Woolf

The 94-3 Senate vote confirming John Kerry as our new Secretary of State is, in that regard, a remarkably unifying, indeed affirming, action as I see it. Not a thing to do with gender, race, God, age or political party: simply the most qualified American for the job.

Five Things John Kerry Could Bring to His New Office

ZP Heller | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
ZP Heller

It is important to consider how Kerry's appointment could shape U.S. foreign policy, both in the short- and long-term. Moreover, how might Kerry's tenure in the State Department affect the relationship between the U.S. and international organizations like the United Nations?

Volume Three: Hillary, the Presidential Years

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Hillary deserves to sit back, maybe even grab a quick nap, and have time to reflect on a life thus far well spent. She announced she will write a memoir of her time as Sec. of State. Friends who have written books tell me that isn't really a vacation. But for Hillary maybe it is.

As Clinton Departs State Post, Complex Portrait Emerges

New York Times | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics

Last summer, as the fighting in Syria raged and questions about the United States’ inaction grew, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conferre...

John Kerry Tears Up

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

Newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry teared up while giving his farewell speech to the Senate. Kerry paused to take a sip of water and rec...

Michael McAuliff

John Kerry Farewell: Senate's Not Broken, The People Are | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry bid farewell to the U.S. Senate Wednesday, insisting the institution isn't broken even as he detailed exactly how it is and p...

Why The Onion Won't Endorse John Kerry

Posted 01.28.2013 | Comedy

Sen. John Kerry is expected to waltz through the nomination process for secretary of state, having shown near unanimous support on both sides of the a...

WATCH: John Kerry Chokes Up At Confirmation Hearing

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) got close to tears during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state on Thursday, when he brought up his late father's ...

Kerry On Confirmation Cruise Control?

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on John Kerry's confirmation as President Barack Obama's secret...

Hillary Shines In Capitol Swan Song | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

It was Hillary's final major appearance as secretary of state before she vanishes into private life for the first time since the 1970s. Wearing an eme...

Kerry Nabs Praise At Senate Hearing

Reuters | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John Kerry received backslaps and lavish praise from his Senate colle...

What Makes a Good Secretary of State?

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 03.26.2013 | Home
Nicholas Kralev

If confirmed, about which there is little doubt, John Kerry will be the first white male secretary of state in 16 years. How is he likely to fare?

Questions for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Freedom House | Posted 03.25.2013 | Home
Freedom House

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated as the next U.S. secretary of state. Kerry’s confi...

WATCH: Chelsea Clinton Gives Update On Mom's Health

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Chelsea Clinton announced on Tuesday that her mother, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is "doing great" and will be "back to full health ver...

John Kerry Falls Asleep To His Own Speeches

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) offered an unusual cure to jet lag in an interview with Men's Journal, claiming he's "out in seconds" after listening to ...

Another One Bites The Dust: Hilda Solis Resigns

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, the first Latina to head a major U.S. federal agency, anno...

Kerry and Hagel Will Improve US Relations With China

Donald Gross | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Donald Gross

Kerry and Hagel's appointments come at a time when China's political transition offers Washington a window of opportunity to improve relations with Beijing. Both nominees support greater U.S. cooperation with China and favor a diplomatic resolution of conflicts.

The Case Against Kerry

Stephen Zunes | Posted 03.09.2013 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America's allies and adversaries alike.

Hillary Clinton Returning To Work Monday

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will resume her official duties on Monday, five days after being released from a...

Obama's National Security Team: Back to the Good Old Boys?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Stewart J. Lawrence

There's a distinct downside to choosing Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense: for the first time in decades, there will be no woman serving in any of the top four national security slots.