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Germany Accidentally Collected Kerry and Clinton’s Phone Calls

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

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Israel and Hamas 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Collapses (Updated)

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire was scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Shortly after the truce began Friday, however, Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces accused each other of violating the agreement.

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Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

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Kerry to Return to Mideast in Bid to Save Peace Talks

Washington’s top diplomat wrapped up a lightning visit to Israel on Tuesday but was to return within 24 hours as speculation grew that a jailed U.S.-Israeli spy may be key to saving the peace talks.

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Israelis Slam Kerry Over ‘Jewish State’ Remarks as Abbas Rejects Demand

Right-wing Israeli officials over the weekend expressed rage at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for saying that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should “drop” his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

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Kerry Threatens Putin With Revocation of G-8 Status

The U.S. secretary of state warned Sunday that Russia could be expelled from the G-8 and face economic sanctions unless President Vladimir Putin stops his “incredible act of aggression” and withdraws troops from Ukraine.

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Ramblin’ Man

Four decades after his Vietnam experience, John Kerry has achieved what will undoubtedly be the highest post of his lifetime: secretary of state. And he’s looked like a bumbler first class. Has he also once again been a true man of his time, of a moment in which American foreign policy, as well as its claim to global moral and diplomatic leadership, is in remarkable disarray?

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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

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‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Behind the public relations sheen, the photo opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an increasingly militarized State Department operated under Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

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Big Heels

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John McCain

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The Death of the Republican Party, Schwarzenegger’s Sex Picture, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the country’s new secretary of state, President Obama’s immigration reform plan and some bad news for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Kerry Responds to Anti-War Protester During Confirmation Hearing

Sen. John Kerry’s confirmation hearing for secretary of state was briefly interrupted by an anti-war demonstrator Thursday, giving the longtime Massachusetts legislator a chance to show off his diplomacy skills in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Hillary Clinton’s Testimony

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Fixing U.S. Image

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Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized

The secretary of state was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after doctors discovered she had a blood clot related to a concussion she sustained this month.

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Pro-Gun Senators Call for Gun Control, NRA Takes Down Facebook Page, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of one the longest serving U.S. senators and an update on negotiations to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



Guns, of Course, but What About Mental Illness?

Although gun policy is certainly important to talk about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy, mental illnesses may be more crucial to discuss; President Obama fed the loyal Susan Rice to the sharks for the same reasons he’s both feared and admired; meanwhile, education is becoming a commodity rather than a right thanks to the neoliberal agenda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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How Republicans Would Benefit From John Kerry Secretary of State Nomination

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is reportedly now President Obama’s top choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomat position late last week.

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Susan Rice Withdraws From Secretary of State Consideration

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said in an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton for President in 2016?

The New Yorker’s David Remnick says the answer to that question, based on the secretary of state’s appearance at the annual Saban Forum over the weekend, is yes, “she’s running.”

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GOP Agenda

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Secretary of State Favorite Has Major Stake in Canadian Tar Sands

It turns out that Susan Rice, President Obama’s apparent favorite for the next secretary of state, has financial investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that stand to profit from the growth of the North American tar sands industry and the operation of the proposed multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



Santorum May Not Be Done Running Yet, Nude Protests at Boehner’s Office, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the entitlement program top Senate Democrats say is not on the “fiscal cliff” chopping block, and a former Republican senator has some harsh words for anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE


Hillary Round the World

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Clinton Calls for Unity on Syria at U.N.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to appeal once again to the international community about the crisis in Syria, making pointed remarks in the general direction of China and Russia as she urged all member nations to get with the regime change program, and soon.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Re-Up as Secretary of State

Sorry, Ice-T, but while Hillary Clinton may in some circles be considered a “G,” she may not be up for the task of staying on the “high wire of American politics” much longer—at least not in her current position.

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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White House Denies Involvement in Iranian Nuke Scientist’s Death

President Obama’s team of top diplomats didn’t wait long to respond to the report that an Iranian nuclear scientist died in a car explosion Wednesday. Later that day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared the U.S. was in no way involved in the death by detonation of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Administration Exports GLBTQ Rights

A more cynical perspective on Team Obama’s announcement that it would scrutinize other nations’ positions on GLBTQ rights when doling out assistance might take into account the upcoming presidential election and the need for President Obama to make up for some shortcomings on that front on his home turf.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Shoots Down 2016 Rumors

It all comes down to Chelsea now. Hillary Clinton may have made an impressive run on the White House in the 2008 campaign, but she’s not harboring hopes of redoubling her efforts when her rival-turned-boss Barack Obama is out of the picture in 2016. In fact, Clinton isn’t planning to ... (more)

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U.S. to Throw More Money at Central America’s Drug War

At a regional conference this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged almost $300 million to the governments of Central America during 2011 to aid in their efforts to oppose cartels and others involved in the region’s violent, illegal drug trade. (more)

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Hillary in Hell

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Hillary and Gates

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Warren Christopher Dies at 85

Warren Christopher, secretary of state in the Clinton administration, died Friday at the age of 85. Christopher was a skilled negotiator and figured prominently in helping resolve a number of crises during the Clinton and Carter years.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE


U.S., U.N. Consider Action in Libya

What role should the U.S. take in Libya, as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue their assault on rebel strongholds with no clear resolution in sight? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some ideas, and they don’t involve the word unilateral ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

This week we throw our support behind former CIA analyst, Army veteran and peace activist Ray McGovern, whose arrest while protesting as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to the wave of demonstrations in the Middle East made a troubling statement about the state of our own freedoms.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Clinton Warns Taliban

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some choice words for Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, warning of increasing military pressure as the U.S. prepares to resume heavy fighting. “They cannot defeat us,” Clinton said as the war in Central Asia is catapulted into its 10th year.

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Wiki-Damage Control Time for Clinton

Being the U.S. secretary of state must have its perks, what with the power and guaranteed attention of various world leaders and all, but Monday, Hillary Clinton’s was not a job to envy.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton to LGBTQ Youth: ‘Hang in There’

None other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has jumped aboard the “It Gets Better” train, delivering a video pep talk to young Americans struggling with issues of sexuality and discrimination and urging them to look forward to a better future.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE


Condoleezza Rice

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Clinton Announces Iran Sanction Plan to Senate Committee

After months of negotiations between the U.S. and other members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as push-back from Russia and China in particular, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that ... (continued)

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Clinton in Afghanistan
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Clinton Signals a ‘Critical Moment’ for Afghanistan

Sounding a cautionary, and cautiously optimistic, note on the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s second inauguration, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pointed to a crucial “window of opportunity” for Afghanistan as she called for Karzai and his administration to tackle the corruption issue within their government.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Clinton: We’re ‘Not Getting Through’ to Pakistanis

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced the unenviable task of trying to change U.S.-Pakistani relations for the better during her three-day diplomacy spree in the South Asian nation. However, it was unclear as her visit drew to a close whether she’d made any headway, as she herself acknowledged on Friday.

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