State Department

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

Trump Team Is Feuding Over Mitt Romney

Some question if he's loyal enough to be secretary of state

(Newser) - The debate over who should be Donald Trump's secretary of state has moved from behind closed doors to … Twitter. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway took to Twitter on Thursday to discuss Mitt Romney, a candidate for the post, suggesting a vocal critic of Trump shouldn't be favored over... More »

ICC: Probe Into American War Crimes May Be Coming

Court says US troops tortured detainees

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court is talking about investigating Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a move that the State Department considers both unwarranted and inappropriate. The department says that not only is the US not a member of the ICC, it has its own justice system capable of dealing... More »

US Did Pressure Ecuador About Assange: Report

But the State Dept. denies it

(Newser) - Ecuador may be claiming its decision to cut Julian Assange's internet was all its own , but that's not the story some US officials are telling. Intelligence sources tell NBC News that the US government quietly communicated to Ecuador that Assange is tied up with Russian hacking—officials say... More »

Clinton Aide Allegedly Offered FBI a Deal to Declassify Email

Allegation raised in new release of FBI documents

(Newser) - The latest release of FBI documents on the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has revealed what Donald Trump calls "felony corruption." According to the documents, FBI employees told investigators that State Department official Patrick Kennedy had pressured them to change their finding that one of the emails... More »

State Department Reopens Clinton Email Probe

She and her former aides could face 'administrative sanctions'

(Newser) - The State Department is reopening an internal investigation of possible mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and top aides, the AP reports. Spokesperson John Kirby says the email probe is restarting now that the Justice Department isn't pursuing a criminal prosecution. The State Department suspended its review in... More »

GOP Benghazi Report: Clinton Had Intel to See Risk

Nothing short of an attack would have convinced secretary of the danger

(Newser) - A Republican report on the 2012 attack in Benghazi finds Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration should have realized an attack was possible before it took place. The report from the House Benghazi Committee notes the administration failed to recognize the risks of rising crime levels and gun ownership. "... More »

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
... More »

Stories 1 - 20 |  Next >>

AROUND THE WEB