(CNN) - John Kerry's first international trip as secretary of state is right out of diplomatic "central casting" - at least the first half, designed to avoid diplomatic pitfalls. But that may end up being impossible.
The 11-day, nine-country sojourn - to England, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar - begins with a warm embrace for America's traditional European allies.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - John Kerry, the new secretary of state, jokingly calls himself a "recovering politician."
After 28 years in the Senate, he now finds himself "sort of walking a new line," as he says, not allowed to mix politics with international policy.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he had some ideas on how to change Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's thinking about remaining in power, which he hopes will persuade the embattled leader to negotiate with the opposition on an end to the violence.
"We need to address the question of President Assad's calculation currently. I believe there are additional things that can be done to change his current perception," Kerry told reporters after meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, adding: "I've got a good sense of what I think we might propose."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry will highlight the priority of protecting diplomats overseas during his ceremonial swearing-in on Wednesday.
The safety of America's diplomats has been scrutinized since Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, last September.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A Massachusetts Republican appears to be going where four other party members decided not go.
GOP State Rep. Dan Winslow announced Tuesday that he's exploring a bid to run in a June special election to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who stepped down from the Senate Friday to succeed Hillary Clinton as U.S. secretary of state.
(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry found a smooth road to confirmation as secretary of state capped by an overwhelming 94-3 vote in the Senate.
It was a road made smoother when another top prospect for the job, veteran diplomat Susan Rice, withdrew her name from consideration in mid-December amid Republicans' tough criticism of her.
(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown said Friday that he won't make a bid this year to return to Capitol Hill.
The Republican from Massachusetts announced that "I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election."
(CNN) – Glen Johnson, the political editor for the Boston Globe's website, has long covered Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts–and he'll continue to follow the veteran senator right into the State Department.
Johnson announced Thursday that he's leaving journalism to work as a senior adviser for Kerry when the senator takes on his job as U.S. Secretary of State once his resignation takes effect Friday.
(CNN) - And then there were two.
Rep. Stephen Lynch announced his bid Thursday for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, becoming the second candidate to jump into the June special election to fill the final eighteen months of the term of longtime Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who steps down from the Senate at the end of the week to become secretary of state.