Hillary Clinton's record at State under fire, again
April 22nd, 2014
07:40 PM ET
1 day ago

Hillary Clinton's record at State under fire, again

(CNN) – The back-and-forth between Republicans and defenders of Hillary Clinton’s record as America’s top diplomat is flaring anew.

On Tuesday, a reporter asked agency spokeswoman Jen Psaki to "identify one tangible achievement" from a key project executed under Clinton's leadership - the first audit of the State Department.

FULL POST


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • State Department
Keystone pipeline report boosts supporters, deflates environmentalists
February 26th, 2014
08:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Keystone pipeline report boosts supporters, deflates environmentalists

Washington (CNN) - A new State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline released Wednesday cheered advocates, who called for immediate approval, and dismayed environmentalists, who questioned it.

The Office of the Inspector General’s report essentially boosted a critical document in the debate - the State Department’s environmental review, which forecast that the project would have minimal environmental impact.  The inspector general dismissed complaints that the review was biased, finding it was handled properly, with standards sometimes “more rigorous” than required.

Environmental groups complained that some contractors who worked on the environmental study had also done work for TransCanada, the company which hopes to build the pipeline.
FULL POST


Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • State Department
February 26th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Keystone pipeline may be headed for further delay

Washington (CNN) - A debate of more than five years could stretch even longer with Wednesday's call for a health study on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Two Democratic senators - Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island - urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the "tar sands" oil from northern Alberta.

Their letter to Kerry sought to further delay the project that has support from Republicans, some Democrats, the oil industry and labor unions. A Pew Research Center poll in September showed 65% of respondents favored building it.

So why is this still being debated?

READ FULL STORY


Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • John Kerry • Senate • State Department
State Department, Leon Panetta added as defendants in Jill Kelley lawsuit
November 22nd, 2013
02:08 PM ET
5 months ago

State Department, Leon Panetta added as defendants in Jill Kelley lawsuit

Washington (CNN) – An update on a story "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper" first reported in August, regarding the sex scandal that brought down former CIA director David Petraeus.

Jill and Scott Kelley, suing the Obama administration for alleged defamation of character during the aftermath of the Petraeus sex scandal, have added new defendants to their lawsuit, including the Department of State, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and outgoing FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce.

FULL STORY

Filed under: David Petraeus • Leon Panetta • State Department
November 10th, 2013
11:17 AM ET
5 months ago

Kerry ‘not blind’ to Rouhani's past

Washington (CNN) - America's top diplomat dismissed concerns Sunday that the Obama administration was not being skeptical enough while the U.S. negotiates with Iran over its continued enrichment of uranium, activity widely assumed to be supporting a nuclear weapons program.

Secretary of State John Kerry emphatically told David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that "we are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid" when it comes to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's past claims that he could game the Western world in brokered talks while his nation continued to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

FULL POST


Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • State Department
November 10th, 2013
10:58 AM ET
5 months ago

Graham to keep holds on Obama nominees

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed on Sunday that he would continue to block President Barack Obama's nominations until Congress hears from Benghazi survivors.

The South Carolina lawmaker told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" that he will place holds on any nomination put forth by the administration unless it makes available five survivors of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, who have been interviewed by State Department investigators but remain out of Congress' reach.

FULL POST

November 3rd, 2013
12:29 PM ET
6 months ago

Schumer backs Clinton in Iowa: '2016 is Hillary's time'

Washington (CNN) – There was no presidential contender at Saturday night’s Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa, but that doesn't mean 2016 news wasn’t made.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, used his keynote address in Des Moines to urge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to enter the race, offering his full endorsement for her candidacy, proclaiming "2016 is Hillary’s time."

FULL POST


Filed under: 2016 • Charles Schumer • Hillary Clinton • State Department
Shutdown could affect embassy security, Mideast aid
October 2nd, 2013
06:52 PM ET
7 months ago

Shutdown could affect embassy security, Mideast aid

(CNN) - Compared to other U.S. government agencies, the State Department has been relatively lucky.

Because many of its accounts are appropriated more than a year at a time, there is money in most to keep almost all employees at work and all offices and overseas posts open for the near future.

But it isn't business as usual.

FULL STORY
Need a passport? Don't worry during shutdown, State Department says
October 1st, 2013
10:03 AM ET
7 months ago

Need a passport? Don't worry during shutdown, State Department says

(CNN) - For Americans applying for a passport, or citizens of other countries trying to get a visa to the United States, the current government shutdown won't have any effect, the State Department says.

The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development are "national security agencies," which means they have national security responsibilities such as representing the United States overseas and representing to Americans what the country's foreign interests are.

FULL STORY

Filed under: State Department
Government releases Syria chemical weapons assessment
August 30th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
8 months ago

Government releases Syria chemical weapons assessment

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Syrian officials made preparations for chemical weapons use for three days prior to the August 21 attack, and that rockets were launched from areas controlled by the Syrian regime and landed in areas controlled by the opposition or contested.

Kerry said the American intelligence community has "high confidence" in what he called evidence and facts that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, adding that "the questions is what are we ... in the world going to do about it."

He spoke as the government released an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community of the alleged August 21 attack.

"We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs," the report said.


Filed under: John Kerry • President Obama • State Department • Syria • White House
« older posts