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Conway: Search for SecState Expanding

And might add Jon Huntsman to the list

(Newser) - Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, and David Petraeus: Donald Trump's shortlist for secretary of state is evidently not as short as previously thought, reports Politico . "It is true that he’s broadened the search," said Kellyanne Conway, who's made no secret of her personal contempt... More »

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 »

Giuliani Paid by Iranian Exiles, Foreign Governments

And that could complicate his bid for secretary of state under Trump

(Newser) - America's mayor looks likely to be America's top diplomat, Donald Trump aides tell the New York Times , with Rudy Giuliani sitting pretty as the president-elect's top choice for secretary of state. The former NYC mayor would be what the Times calls a "startling choice" due to... More »

Sources Say Clinton Has a Job Lined Up for Joe Biden

He's rumored to be her pick for secretary of state

(Newser) - In a rearrangement of roles that would only be complete if President Obama became vice president, Hillary Clinton is rumored to be considering Joe Biden for her secretary of state if she becomes president. A source tells Politico that Clinton, who ran against both Obama and Biden for the Democratic... More »

Powell: Clinton 'Trying to Pin' Email Fiasco on Me

Says she was using private server long before he sent her a memo

(Newser) - Colin Powell thinks Hillary Clinton is trying to turn him into a scapegoat for her email trouble. The issue first made headlines Friday thanks to an account in the New York Times alleging that Powell had advised Clinton near the beginning of her tenure as secretary of state to use... More »

Source: Clinton Emails 'Didn't Contain Secrets'

She joins Sanders, O'Malley at SC forum

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders will be pleased to hear that the Hillary Clinton email saga may be finally nearing its end: A source tells Politico that intelligence agencies no longer believe that two emails sent from her private server contained classified information. "The initial determination was based on a flawed... More »

Historic Somalia Visit Constrained to Airport

John Kerry becomes first secretary of state to visit African nation

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Somalia today, becoming the first top US diplomat to ever visit the country. It marked a show of solidarity with a government trying to defeat al-Shabab and end decades of war. Kerry arrived at Mogadishu's airport shortly before noon... More »

State: Clinton Emails Could Reveal Rule-Breaking

Ambassador was told off in 2012 for using personal email

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton didn't automatically break the rules by using a personal email account at the State Department, according to a senior department official—but it's possible that a review of the 55,000 pages of emails she now wants released to the public could uncover violations of security... More »

Clinton Addresses Email Brouhaha

Asks State to review, release communications from private account

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's personal email account may soon head for the public domain after all. Following news that a House committee on Benghazi would subpoena her emails , the former secretary of state tweeted yesterday , "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They... More »

Clinton Also Used Her Own Email Server

AP digs into Internet records

(Newser) - Yesterday brought the news that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account—hdr22@clintonemail.com—during her time as secretary of state. Today comes a new wrinkle: the revelation that the computer server that handled her emails traces to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua,... More »

Clinton Only Used Personal Email at State

Staff only recently provided 55K pages of email to government

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's communications as secretary of the State Department may have broken the rules. She used a personal email account, the New York Times reports, and it seems she didn't have a government one. The Federal Records Act says her emails should have been held on government servers,... More »

Papers: Kissinger Made Plan to 'Smash' Cuba

Infuriated secretary of state sought airstrikes because of Angola incursion

(Newser) - The co-author of a new book about negotiations between the US and Cuba says Henry Kissinger was the secretary of state who tried the hardest, in secret, to establish normal relations with Havana, NPR reports. So when Castro launched a military mission in Angola in late 1975, Kissinger was "... More »

Kerry: Plane Crash Probe 'Grotesque,' 'Compromised'

Also, Fox busts secretary of State with hot mic moment

(Newser) - John Kerry is off and running on the media blitz known as appearing on all five Sunday talk shows, and—with developments breaking this morning from Israel to the Malaysia Airlines plane crash—he has no shortage of things to discuss. Highlights, as per Politico :
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Kerry to Syria: 'Threat of Force Is Real'

Secretary warns of consequences if US-Russia deal isn't carried out

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry today sent a strong warning to Syria, saying "the threat of force is real" if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Kerry issued the warning during a stop in Jerusalem, where he briefed jittery Israeli... More »

Kerry Confirms Sarin; Assad 'Joins List of Hitler, Saddam'

Says 'case is building'

(Newser) - The Syrian regime used sarin gas on its own people, John Kerry confirmed today, saying that blood and hair samples from first responders in Damascus had tested positive for the chemical agent and that the evidence had come to the United States independently, and not via the UN. "Bashar... More »

Kerry: Assad Must Be Punished

He says the US has 'high confidence' Syria used chemical weapons

(Newser) - John Kerry said today the US is sure that Bashar al-Assad gassed his own people in Syria, and that letting him go unpunished would set too dangerous a precedent for the world. The secretary of state said the US has "high confidence" in its intelligence and urged people to... More »

Heinz Kerry Discharged From Hospital

Poised to fully recover after seizure

(Newser) - Teresa Heinz Kerry, who was hospitalized following a seizure early this month, is out of the hospital, and doctors are expecting a full recovery, says a rep for John Kerry in a statement. "It was amazing, a miracle," says Heinz Kerry. She'll take a "a period... More »

Kerry to Visit Slain Diplomat's Parents

Stopping in Chicago during return from Japan

(Newser) - John Kerry will today meet with the parents of Anne Smedinghoff, the young diplomat killed earlier this month in Afghanistan while carrying textbooks from a military base to a school. The secretary of state is making a stop in Chicago as he returns from Japan, the AP reports. Smedinghoff was... More »

Clinton Inks Memoir Deal for Years at State

Book publicity expected to boost speculation about presidential run

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton's memoir of her time as secretary of state is on its way, with Simon & Schuster announcing the deal today and tentatively aiming to publish it in June 2014, reports USA Today . Financial details of the book were not disclosed, but Clinton earned $8 million for her... More »

Kerry: Time for Iran Nuke Talks Is 'Finite'

UN watchdog prevented from entering Iran military site

(Newser) - Talks with Iran on its nuclear program can't simply drag on forever, John Kerry and the Saudi foreign minister are warning. "There is a finite amount of time," Kerry said during a Riyadh press conference on his first overseas trip as secretary of state. Diplomacy, he said,... More »

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