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U.S. set to approve Keystone XL pipeline on Friday

The Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, according to key administration officials, opening the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline.

U.S. Congressman: 30 countries won't take criminal deportees back

According to a United States congressman, there are 30 countries refusing to take back their nationals who have been ordered deported from the U.S. because of criminal convictions. There is a law on the books and the Texas Democrat wants it enforced.

Entire State Department senior management team resigns en masse

Washington - The entire senior management team at the U.S. State Department took the unprecedented step of resigning en masse on Wednesday, fueling speculation they were either forced to quit or did so in an extraordinary rebuke of the Donald Trump administration.

Deleted footage of 2013 Iran briefing appears to be intentional

Video of an eight-minute exchange between a reporter and former State Department spokeswoman at a 2013 briefing on the Iran nuclear deal mysteriously disappeared following the briefing, and it "wasn't a glitch," said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Obama administration gives slavery a free pass in favored nations

Washington - High-ranking Obama administration officials pressured State Department human rights experts to gloss over slavery and other human rights violations in countries with which the United States is seeking to enter lucrative trade and strategic agreements.

Op-Ed: Voice of America can learn from State Dept. about social media

When it comes to a few important journalistic new media skills, such as speed of posting information online and use of social media, U.S. State Department's public diplomacy is leagues ahead of U.S. taxpayer-funded Voice of America (VOA).

Putin denounces U.S. foreign policy at BRICS Latin America summit

Brazilia - Russian President Vladimir Putin strongly criticized American foreign policy when quizzed by journalists at a press conference in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia.

Israeli 'price tag' attacks included in State Dep't terror report

Israeli officials have voiced their objection to Washington's inclusion of Jewish settler attacks against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the State Department's annual global terrorism report.

Senate report: Benghazi attack was 'preventable'; no cover-up

Washington - The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a scathing report that concluded the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya was "preventable" and that the State Department failed to provide adequate security there.

Op-Ed: Kerry's mistake forces Obama administration to consider diplomacy

As has been pointed out repeatedly, recent events seem fatalistic in their orientation toward demonstrating the hypocrisy of the Obama administration.

Op-Ed: Buying friends, but influencing no one

Being without friends is no fun. Remember that scene from The Bride of Frankenstein, the one with the old hermit? “Alone, bad,” the monster noted. “Friend, good.”

U.S. State Department spent over $500,000 for 'likes' on Facebook

A new report was released by the U.S. State Department, and it revealed that the government agency spent somewhere around $630,000 on getting likes on Facebook.

Keystone: Draft legislation to eliminate presidential permit

Washington - Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee authored draft legislation that would take the fate of the XL Keystone pipeline out of the hands of the president. The authors believe that four years of delays is enough.

Keystone not likely to impact rate of development of oil sands

Washington - The US State Department released its "Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement" on the XL Keystone pipeline. The report finds that denial or approval of the pipeline is unlikely to significantly impact the rate of development of the oil sands

Op-Ed: Obama-Clinton joint interview an endorsement of Clinton legacy

Washington - Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama sat down for a rare joint interview with CBS's Steve Kroft, which was aired Sunday night on newsmagazine show 60 Minutes. The interview was arranged at the request of the White House.

John Kerry to be announced as new Secretary of State

Washington - Although an official announcement is not expected for a few days, reports are surfacing that President Obama will nominate Senator John Kerry as the new Secretary of State.

Fire at U.S. State Dept., injuries reported

Washington - Officials say a fire broke out at the State Department on Saturday morning sending at least three people to the hospital.

Op-Ed: Obama cleans house after his 2012 reelection victory

Obama cleans house following his reelection victory. Petraeus resigns as CIA chief, Hillary Clinton resigns as Secretary of State, and other government officials plan to depart from their positions. Can anyone replace these charismatic personalities?

GOP criticizes Libyan security, voted to cut funding

Washington - Republican Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz has been vocal with his criticism about the handling of Libyan consulate security, but he has also admitted that he voted to cut embassy funding.

US officially confirms it's not planning to attack Canada

Washington - The US State Department has officially confirmed there are no plans to team up with Mexico and invade Canada. The strange statement follows a tongue-in-cheek question from a reporter at the State Department earlier this week.

The Council of Canadians responds to Keystone XL pipeline reroute Special

Calgary - The Council of Canadians responded to the rerouting of the Keystone XL pipeline. Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, and Andrea Harden-Donahue, Energy and Climate Justice Campaigner, answered the questions in this interview.

What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline? (Part 2) Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Terry Cunha, Team Lead, Communications & Media Relations for TransCanada where he dismisses false allegations about the recent Keystone XL pipeline. It continues from What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline PART 1.

What is the future of the Keystone XL pipeline? (Part 1) Special

Calgary - This is an interview with Terry Cunha, Team Lead, Communications & Media Relations for TransCanada about the recent Keystone XL pipeline reroute.

Update: Hillary Clinton's mother dead at 92 from illness

Washington - United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has cancelled her trip to Great Britain and Turkey because her 92-year-old mother had fallen ill, according to a statement from the State Department. She died later today.

U.S. plans to keep Libya's weapons out of the wrong hands

As rebels in Libya begin to take control of the country, the United States is concerned about the stockpile of weapons and mustard gas remaining in the region. Who will control the Libyan government's weapons?

Top US legal scholars sign protest letter of Manning’s ‘torture’

Washington - A key Harvard constitutional law professor and former teacher of Barack Obama is among the more than 250 leading US scholars' signatures on a letter protesting the "degrading and inhumane conditions" of Pvt Bradley Manning's Quantico treatment.

Richard Holbrooke: The Death of a Peacemaker

President George H.W. Bush once described him as the “most persistent advocate I’ve ever run into.” President Obama’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, died earlier today after complications from heart surger

Russia leads calls to spare Tariq Aziz the death sentence

Baghdad - Citing humanitarian grounds, the Russian foreign ministry has requested that Iraq not carry out the death sentence that was imposed on Tariq Aziz yesterday by an Iraqi court.

Russia upset US doesn't list Doku Umarov as terrorist

Moscow - Russian authorities are concerned and dismayed after they learned Chechnyan terrorist Doku Umarov is not on the US State Department's 2010 edition of their list of terrorists.

Is State Trying to Whitewash an Agent-Involved Traffic Accident?

On Wednesday night, the Daily Caller's Sean Medlock was struck in a crosswalk in D.C. by a State Department SUV. Developments in the case since have led Tucker Carlson's new blog to accuse State of falsifying events and trying to whitewash the incident.
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