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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on July 23, 2014.

Kerry in Israel, West Bank: ‘Humanitarian’ Concerns

John Kerry is in town again. And his host, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quiet about it. For all the support for Israel that the U.S. has reiterated in the escalating conflict with Hamas, the State Department today was also talking about...

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, leaves in this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo following hearings on the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi.

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-MA, leaves in this Dec. 20, 2012 file photo following hearings on the September 11 attacks against the US mission in Benghazi.

Kerry to House: One Benghazi Appearance, Take Your Pick

“He will appear once on Benghazi:” State Department spokesman Marie Harf’s announcement today about her boss, Secretary of State John Kerry. With that, Kerry and his deputies have engineered a chance for House Republicans to fight among themselves for the TV time and...

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton center, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013, about the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton center, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013, about the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Benghazi: No ‘There’ There — Pickering

At the start of yet another round of inquiries into the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, it’s worth noting the words of another American ambassador who represented Democratic...

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Rep. Ed Whittfield, Connie Whitfield and Amb. Francois Delattre.

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Rep. Ed Whittfield, Connie Whitfield and Amb. Francois Delattre.

Ambassadors’ Mansions are Jewels of Washington’s Embassies

The biggest jewel in the crown of some Washington embassies is the ambassador’s residence, especially the mansions owned by Great Britain, Italy, and France where diplomats can entertain a wide swath of capital elites in style. Getting an invite to...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention on Jan. 27, 2014 in New Orleans.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention on Jan. 27, 2014 in New Orleans.

Hillary Clinton’s Advantage, 15-20% and Counting

Hillary Clinton is sitting on top of the political world. For all the talk about potential challengers within her own party for the 2016 presidential nomination, and match-ups with the best-known Republicans, the former secretary of state, senator from New...

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Keystone Report Disappointing Foes

Written with Mark Drajem and Jonathan Allen The State Department is preparing a report that will probably disappoint environmentalists and opponents of the Keystone pipeline, according to people who have been briefed on the draft of the document. While the...

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