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Diplomats Buck White House, Demand Action in Syria

State Department 'dissent' cable calls for airstrikes

(Newser) - Dozens of State Department employees have endorsed an internal document that advocates US military action to pressure Syria's government into accepting a cease-fire and engaging in peace talks, officials say. The position is at odds with US policy. The "dissent channel cable" was signed by 51 mostly mid-level... More »

Number of Terror Attacks Actually Fell Last Year

There was a 13% decline from 2014: State Dept. report

(Newser) - The State Department says there was a 13% decrease in the number of global terrorist attacks between 2014 and 2015—the first such decline since 2012. There were 11,774 attacks that resulted in 28,328 deaths in 2015, compared with 13,463 attacks in 2014 that killed 32,727... More »

State Dept. Admits Tampering With 'Embarrassing' Video

Comments on Iran talks were deleted from 2013 footage

(Newser) - The State Department says a minutes-long exchange in which a reporter questioned whether officials lied about talks with Iran vanished from a 2013 press video in a cut it's now admitting was "deliberate." Spokesman John Kirby says an official in the public affairs bureau—he says he... More »

State Dept. IG: Clinton's Email Broke the Rules

Agency has 'longstanding, systemic weaknesses'

(Newser) - The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email use continues, but a report from the State Department's independent watchdog has arrived. The 83-page review from inspector general Steve Linick—whom the Clinton camp accuses of working with Republicans to take down her campaign—focuses on record keeping and... More »

State Dept. Doesn't Think You're a '10'

Spring break warning draws backlash

(Newser) - The State Department was accused of "negging its own citizens" Wednesday after telling Americans that they should beware of foreigners who find them attractive. "Not a '10' in the US? Then not a 10 overseas. Beware of being lured into buying expensive drinks or worse—being robbed,... More »

Why You Should Renew Your Aging Passport Now

Delays expected with increased demand until 2018

(Newser) - If your US passport is set to expire in the next year or two, you might want to jump the gun and send your forms in now. The State Department warns 17 million new passports and renewals will be issued in 2016—up 1.5 million from last year—and... More »

State Department Boasts of 'Bringing Peace' to Syria

Blog post also praises United States for 'winning fight against violent extremists'

(Newser) - Everyone's entitled to a bit of boasting now and again, but a year-in-review State Department blog post appears to have veered into overstatement territory on Syria, Politico reports. Authored by spokesman John Kirby, the DipNote post , entitled "Pivotal Foreign Policy Moments of 2015," combines the recently trending... More »

US Issues Terror Travel Warning

Militants in several groups may be planning to attack

(Newser) - Americans should be alert to the possible travel risks, especially during the holidays, following increased terrorist threats around the world, the State Department warned on Monday. A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said current information suggests that militants with the Islamic State, al-Qaida, Boko... More »

5 Highlights From Latest Clinton Emails

'What does fubar mean?' she asked aide

(Newser) - The State Department posted 6,300 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails online Wednesday in the latest batch of court-ordered releases, and they don't appear to contain any earth-shattering revelations, though the contents range from alarming to amusing. Some highlights from the thousands of emails, which date from 2010... More »

CIA: Clinton's Email Had Classified Information

But State Dept. rep says 'classification is rarely a black and white question'

(Newser) - Since July, Hillary Clinton's team has been fighting findings by the intelligence community's inspector general that she housed classified information on her private email server. But a special intelligence review by the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency just bolstered the original proclamation, finding that two emails she... More »

Top 8 Finds in Latest Clinton Email Release

She was excited by 'hPad,' amused by bank robber

(Newser) - Gefilte fish and a "louche alcoholic" in the House: In its latest Hillary Clinton email dump, the State Department released 4,368 documents adding up to more than 7,000 pages last night, and while they may not provide much ammunition for her 2016 rivals, there are plenty of... More »

State Dept. Censors 150 Hillary Emails, With a Catch

Spokesman explains as 7K more pages are released

(Newser) - The State Department released roughly 7,000 pages of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails today, including about 150 emails that have been censored because they contain information that is now deemed classified. Department officials say the redacted information was classified in preparation for the public release of the emails and... More »

Clinton's Email Scandal Could Turn Criminal

Sources: Justice Department is asked to open criminal probe over classified data

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's personal email account housed "hundreds of potentially classified emails," according to a June 29 memo from the inspectors general for the State Department and our intelligence agencies. And the two inspectors general are now pushing the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation, sources tell... More »

5 Colorful Things the Latest Clinton Email Dump Reveals

She may have written in code, but she couldn't do much with a fax machine

(Newser) - The State Department has shared 1,925 emails, totaling more than 3,000 pages, from Hillary Clinton's personal email account in 2009, reports CNN . Along with apparently disclosing Clinton's fondness for iced tea , they reveal some intriguing and, well, odd developments.
  1. Obama's top aides knew of her
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State Dept. Says Hillary Didn't Turn Over 15 Emails

Department cross-referenced her files to those of longtime adviser

(Newser) - The State Department is still poring over 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails, but officials made an important announcement yesterday: She didn't turn over at least 15 work-related emails as requested, the New York Times reports. How the discovery was made: The House committee looking into the Benghazi... More »

First Clinton Emails on Benghazi Are Out

So far: She got sensitive, but not classified, info on her personal server

(Newser) - If you were hoping to spend the long weekend reading Hillary Clinton emails about Benghazi, you're in luck: The State Department has released the first batch of about 300 from her personal email account , missives that have been turned over to a House panel investigating the 2012 attack. Reporters... More »

Court Orders Rolling Release of Clinton Emails

Release schedule should come in a few days

(Newser) - The public may have access to Hillary Clinton's releasable emails much sooner than January 15 . US District Judge Rudolph Contreras has ordered a rolling release of some of the 55,000 pages of email now under review at the State Department, which says it will comply with the request,... More »

Inside the Slow Process of Reviewing Clinton's Email

State Dept. says needs until Jan. 15, 2016

(Newser) - The State Department is looking through the 55,000 pages of email that Hillary Clinton plunked on its doorstep in December—in paper form, in a dozen banker's boxes—and proposed last night in a court filing that the releasable portions see the public light of day in 2016,... More »

Contractor Ripped Passport Data for Years: Prosecutors

Chloe McClendon, two other women up on multiple charges

(Newser) - Apply for a new passport in recent years? We hope your application didn't reach the desk of a woman accused of stealing people's personal data from the State Department's passport office since 2010. Chloe McClendon, who worked as a contractor, was indicted this week in Houston, the... More »

Russia Hackers Had Access to Obama's Schedule

President's whereabouts not classified, but not public knowledge, either

(Newser) - Russian hackers' apparent infiltration of the White House computer network in October wasn't exactly confidence-inspiring, even though it was the unclassified portion of the system that was breached. Now US officials say some of the unclassified information that made its way onto hackers' screens was related to President Obama'... More »

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