August 20th, 2013
07:16 AM ET
8 months ago

4 U.S. State employees face reassignment

Washington (CNN) – Four State Department employees who were put on administrative leave after last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, will be reassigned inside the department, a senior State Department official told CNN on Tuesday.

The four were placed on leave last December by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after the September 11 attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Filed under: Libya • State Department
August 7th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
9 months ago

State Department: U.S.-Russia relations a 'roller coaster' at times

(CNN) - President Barack Obama canceled a visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, an administration official told CNN on Wednesday.

Before the announcement, Obama was on "The Tonight Show" and discussed U.S.-Russia relations, saying, "There have been times where they slip back into Cold War thinking and a Cold War mentality. And what I consistently say to them and what I say to President Putin is, that's the past."

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Filed under: Russia • State Department
Issa demands more Benghazi documents from State
August 1st, 2013
08:01 PM ET
9 months ago

Issa demands more Benghazi documents from State

(CNN) - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is again issuing subpoenas for State Department documents involving the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi last year.

But an adviser at the State Department said the latest demand is a head-scratcher.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Libya • State Department
July 5th, 2013
04:13 PM ET
10 months ago

Kerry again swamped by nautical controversy

(CNN) - When it comes to public relations, John Kerry can't seem to keep his head above water.

After initially denying the report, the State Department released a correction Friday morning acknowledging that the Secretary of State was indeed yachting on Wednesday, the day Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsy was overthrown by a coup staged by the Egyptian military.
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Filed under: Egypt • George W. Bush • John Kerry • State Department
July 5th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
10 months ago

State Department admits Kerry was on yacht day of Egypt coup

(CNN) - After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy.

Originally, State Department officials were quick to deny a Wednesday tweet from CBS News’ Mosheh Oinounou that: “A @CBSThisMorning producer just spotted Secretary of State Kerry on yacht in the Nantucket Boat Basin. No response when she shouted ‘Morsi.’”
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Filed under: Egypt • John Kerry • State Department
State spent more than $600k to attract Facebook fans
July 3rd, 2013
05:05 PM ET
10 months ago

State spent more than $600k to attract Facebook fans

(CNN) - The State Department has dramatically cut its funding for social media after an inspector general's report found the department spent excessive amounts on advertising for some of its Facebook pages.

"We take the valuable feedback of the (Office of Inspector General) seriously, and we're committed to addressing the recommendations and the concern outlined in this assessment," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday in the daily press briefing.
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Filed under: State Department
June 11th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
11 months ago

Prostitution, drugs alleged in State Department memo

(CNN) – Senior State Department and Diplomatic Security officials may have covered up or stopped investigations of inappropriate or even criminal misconduct by staff, according to an internal memo from the department's Office of the Inspector General.

The timeline surrounding the allegations places the incidents during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure, opening the possibility that a widening scandal might taint both her record and her possible political aspirations. Clinton has also taken heat for the department's response to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • State Department
State official caught up in Benghazi controversy in line for new post
May 23rd, 2013
07:59 PM ET
11 months ago

State official caught up in Benghazi controversy in line for new post

(CNN) - The State Department spokeswoman who earlier this month found herself in the middle of the controversy surrounding key revisions to the Benghazi talking points appears to be in line for a promotion.

The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, a position that requires Senate confirmation.
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Filed under: State Department
May 16th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama seeks bigger diplomatic security budget

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to fully fund administration requests for additional diplomatic security measures in the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The requests include increasing the number of Marine guards dispatched to protect facilities around the world, Obama said.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama • State Department
Obama administration e-mails raise new questions on Benghazi
May 10th, 2013
03:14 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama administration e-mails raise new questions on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) - An e-mail discussion about talking points the Obama administration used to describe the deadly attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, show the White House and State Department were more involved than they first said in the decision to remove an initial CIA assessment that a group with ties to al Qaeda was involved, according to CNN sources with knowledge of the e-mails.

The talking points have become a political flashpoint in a long-running battle between the administration and Republicans, who say that officials knew the attack last September 11 was a planned terror operation while they were telling the public it was an act of violence that grew out of a demonstration over a video produced in the United States that insulted Islam.

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Filed under: Libya • State Department
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