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Ex-Pentagon Spokesman Will Become State Department Spokeman

AP | By MATTHEW LEE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby will retire from the military and move to the State Department to be that agency's ...

How the Next President Will Change the Lives of LGBTs

Matt Baume | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Whether we wind up with President Clinton, Cruz, Rubio or Kardashian, whoever wins in 2016 will likely appoint justices to a court that already has a precarious ideological divide. There's no way to know, for sure, what cases they'll face in a few years, but there are already some major issues that appear likely to come before the court in some form.

Scattered Power Outages Affect White House, Capitol, State Department

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) - Scattered outages in the U.S. capital on Tuesday cut power to several government buildings, including the White Hous...

Global Spotlight Firm Fixed on Nigerian Elections

John Kerry | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
John Kerry

Nigeria's more than 70 million voters will soon go to the polls to choose their country's leader for the next four years. Whether the victor is incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan or opposition challenger Muhammadu Buhari is entirely for Nigerians to decide

Congress Subpoenas Emails Of Workers Under Clinton At State Department

Reuters | Susan Cornwell | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Congress has subpoenaed the emails of "close to a dozen" people who worked in the State Department for Hillary Clinto...

Dave Jamieson

Filipinos Say They Worked For $3 Per Hour As U.S. Guestworkers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

Eleven Filipino bakery workers say they were lured to the U.S. by the promise of high wages to support their poor families back home. Instead, they cl...

Gawker Files FOIA Lawsuit Against U.S. State Department For Access To Clinton Aide's Emails

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

Gawker Media is suing the U.S. State Department under the Freedom of Information Act for access to emails between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of...

Most Official Emails Were Not Auto-Archived Until February, Says State Department Official

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday it was unable to automatically archive the emails of most of its senior officials until last mont...

Why Rejecting Students Based On Nationality Is A Bad Idea For Universities And For The U.S.

Behnam Taebi | Posted 03.13.2015 | College
Behnam Taebi

Welcoming students from countries throughout the world is a form of soft power that enriches universities and all of their students and supports the concept of academic freedom while improving national and international security.

Christopher Hill: A Diplomat at Work

Philip Seib | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Philip Seib

Some memoirs concentrate on self-promotion and score-settling, but Hill avoids the former and mostly eschews the latter. He focuses instead on the on-the-ground work of the diplomat, which may entail dangerous forays far beyond embassy walls. What comes through with exceptional clarity in this book is Hill's concept of service.

Jessica Schulberg

State Department Is Partnering With Goldman Sachs To Fight Women's Economic Inequality

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry will announce his department's latest effort to combat global gender inequality at a Monday luncheon at th...

Hillary Clinton Stumbles

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Hillary Clinton is rumored to be putting her campaign team together, and she may announce her intention to run for president sooner rather than later. However, her handling of the controversy over her use of private emails while at the State Department has exposed one of her great weaknesses: transparency.

Kate Sheppard

Progressive Group Wants Hillary Clinton To Give Back Foundation Funding Over Keystone

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

A progressive group is targeting Hillary Clinton over what it calls a "conflict of interest" when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. Clinton, a ...

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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.08.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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."