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Hillary Clinton Stories Ensure Reporters Front-Page Coverage Even Without Facts

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Somehow all the sturm and drang created by each new "accusation and bombshell" her opponents dream up, and the press jumps to report, ends the same; Hillary is never shown to have done anything wrong. She comes out of these made for TV crisis looking like what she is; a brilliant woman and good politician who gets things done.

Death Comes to Notre Dame: Giants of Catholic Education --Theodore M. Hesburgh & Charles E. Rice -- Die Within Hours of Each Other

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 03.04.2015 | College
Douglas Kmiec

Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. , the long-serving ex-President at the University of Notre Dame died last week. Father Ted, as he was affectionately known, gave me the privilege of teaching at Notre Dame for nearly 20 years. His friendship transformed and shaped my life.

Gabriel Arana

Watchdog Group Asks New York Times For Correction On Clinton Emails Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.03.2015 | Media

Liberal watchdog Media Matters has sent a letter asking New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for a “prominent correction as soon as possib...

Feingold's Departing Remarks to Foggy Bottom Require an Addendum

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Georgianne Nienaber

I was hopeful that Feingold would speak to the root causes of armed rebellions in the region. It was puzzling that the speech offered no mention of why armed groups are there in the first place. Does this reflect a fundamental misunderstanding, or worse, omission by State that illegal mining contributes to extreme poverty and deprivation?

Dana Liebelson

How The Obama Administration Is Asking Tech Companies To Help Combat ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In response to the Islamic State's savvy use of social media to spread its messages and publicize its deeds, the Obama administration sa...

John Whitehead, Financier, Statesman, Philanthropist

Robert Lenzner | Posted 02.20.2015 | Business
Robert Lenzner

John Whitehead, who died at 92 several days ago, was the classic personification of the American Dream come true.

Sam Stein

Will Russ Feingold Run For Senate Again?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Russ Feingold will soon deliver his final speech as United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, closing one chapte...

Jessica Schulberg

U.S. Allows Sales Of Armed Drones To Allies With Clean Human Rights Records

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after the State Department loosened restrictions on the sale of armed drones to foreign allies, the risks posed by targeted killin...

Review: American Ambassadors, The Past, Present, and Future of America's Diplomats

Peter Van Buren | Posted 02.18.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

If you can't do away with the spoils system, the only alternative left is to better prepare the political appointees. Making Dennis Jett's American Ambassadors required reading for every person up for consideration would be a hell of a start.

State Department Marks 75 Years of International Exchange Programs

Evan Ryan | Posted 02.06.2015 | Education
Evan Ryan

This year, the State Department marks 75 years of implementing international exchange programs. The benefits of exposure to a new culture to learn about people and their viewpoints through an exchange cannot be overstated.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Boehner/Netanyahu: 'So Smart, They're Stupid'

James Zogby | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

So the ever self-assured Netanyahu relishes the opportunity that his agents cooked up for him to once again demonstrate that he, together with his Republican allies, can dominate Washington. The fact that his appearance comes just weeks before the Israeli election is "icing on the cake."

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

Obama and India: Love in the Time of Cholera

Sunil Adam | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Sunil Adam

President Obama will be in India for a three-day visit starting Sunday, searching for that elusive foreign policy triumph to consolidate his presidential legacy. This is not the first time that New Delhi has come to the rescue of a president who lost his sheen.

Unsung Heroine: Dr. Gloria Herndon

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

After more than forty-five years as a public servant and entrepreneur, Dr. Gloria Herndon has lived a notable life worthy of appreciation. Dr. Herndon was born to a father whose own parents were a sharecropper and a midwife.

Too Quick to Dismiss Criticism of Haiti's Caracol Industrial Park

Marie Clarke Brill | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Marie Clarke Brill

More than 1,000 farmers were forced off their land with only a few days' notice to make way for the park, and the crops they were growing on some of Haiti's most fertile land were dug up and replaced with concrete.

A WSJ's Columnist Disregarded About Haiti...the Facts

Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien

What Mary O'Grady's piece missed, as have many news stories on Haiti, however, is the remarkable progress Haiti has made since the devastating earthquake.

U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert After Paris Attacks

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has issued a global travel warning after recent terror attacks in France, Australia and Canada. The alert comes...

Ten Days in the Life of Ilham Aliyev, President of Absurdistan

Till Bruckner | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Half a world away, the State Department said that it was "concerned", and called on Azerbaijan to conduct a "transparent" investigation in line with Baku's "international commitment to protecting media freedom." Human rights activists were not impressed.

Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Frank Vogl

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.

Who Is Shushing State on Azerbaijan's Detention of Khadija Ismayilova?

Till Bruckner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Why are America's diplomats not speaking out loudly and clearly on Khadija Ismayilova's behalf? Why has the State Department not joined Europe's diplomats in publicly demanding her immediate release from jail?

Obama Administration Brings Global LGBTI Community Together to Advance Human Rights and Development

Todd Larson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Larson

The resounding international LGBTI-affirming commitments in the communique are a direct result of strong U.S. Government support to organize as inclusive a convening as possible.

U.S. Issues Rare Worldwide Travel Alert

AP | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert is...

Why Hostels May Be the 21st Century Embassies

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 02.18.2015 | Travel
Josue Lopez Calderon

There are several reasons, but quite simply, hostels are really a diplomatic experience due to the people you meet, the food you eat and the social experiences you share together.

Ali Watkins

Thanks To Ted Cruz, John Kerry Gets A Deputy

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state Tuesday night, giving chief diplomat John Kerry a desperately needed dep...