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State Department Still Needs to Process 40,000 Hillary Emails

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 23, 2017 at 5:30pm 10/23/2017 at 5:30pm

Judicial Watch announced today that the State Department told a federal court that officials still need to process 40,000 out of 72,000 emails that belonged to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The watchdog organization filed a lawsuit to receive her emails in May 2015. The department has only processed 32,000...

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Trump Admin Expels 15 Cuban Diplomats Due to Mysterious Attacks

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 2:30pm 10/3/2017 at 2:30pm
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President Donald Trump’s administration has expelled 15 diplomats from the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., due to the mysterious attacks on U.S. diplomats that have caused major health problems. From Secretary of State Rex Tillerson:

On October 3, the Department of State informed the Government of Cuba that it was ordering the...

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Tillerson: U. S. Does Not Recognize Kurdish Independence Referendum

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm 10/1/2017 at 5:00pm
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We blogged about the Kurdish Independence vote held last week and about the resulting international threats and tensions, including the closing of Kurdish airports.

Pro-western Iraqi Kurds are disappointed by the lukewarm European response to their overwhelming victory, and can’t be too happy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statement that the...

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U.S. Cuts Embassy Staff in Cuba, Halts Travel After Attacks

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:30pm 9/29/2017 at 2:30pm
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The left rejoiced when President Barack Obama decided to normalize relations with the Cuban regime, reopened our embassy, and allowed travel to the island.

But most of that has come to a screeching halt after mysterious attacks on our diplomats, which have caused serious health problems. The State Department has decided to...

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State Dept. Announces $32 Million in Aid for Rohingya Refugees

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3:30pm 9/20/2017 at 3:30pm
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I have been documenting the horrors the Rohingya minority are facing in Myanmar and...

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State Dept: Russia Must Close San Francisco Consulate by Sept. 2

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 4:00pm 8/31/2017 at 4:00pm
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The State Department has told Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco, CA, by September 2. Yes, in only two days. The order also stated Russia must close a chancery in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City.

This is a direct response for Russia demanding the US...

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Trump’s science envoy, a Hillary Clinton appointed UC Berkeley prof, resigns.

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 4:00pm 8/24/2017 at 4:00pm
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The dramatic resignation of the Obama-era holdovers from President Trump’s administration continue, as a UC Berkeley professor who was the science envoy for the State Department officially gave his notice.

A prominent UC Berkeley energy professor resigned his post with the U.S. State Department on Wednesday in response to President Donald Trump’s...

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U.S. Will Ban Citizens From Traveling to North Korea

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:30pm 7/21/2017 at 3:30pm
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The United States already had strict regulations regarding tourism to North Korea, but after the death of Otto Warmbier, the State Department has decided to ban it completely.

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Scarborough: “I’ll Testify Under Oath” Trump Admin said Kushner will be De Facto Secretary of State

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 8:30am 6/29/2017 at 8:30am
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Joe Scarborough has an explanation for the way Rex Tillerson has reportedly said he’s been thwarted as Secretary of State. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said he would “testify under oath” that Trump administration members said that Jared Kushner “will be the de facto Secretary of State.”

Scarborough later said, “I’ve been...

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Tillerson Decides Against Annual State Dept. Ramadan Event

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 5:00pm 5/27/2017 at 5:00pm

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reportedly decided against holding the State Department’s annual Ramadan reception.

Reuters reports:

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions...

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“Quietly,” the State Department Nearly Doubles Number of Refugees Entering U. S.

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 4:30pm 5/27/2017 at 4:30pm
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In a move that is sure to go uncelebrated on the regressive left and to leave many Trump supporters scratching their heads, the State Department has lifted the limit on the number of refugees admitted to the U. S.   This change will result in almost twice as many refugees flooding into...

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Politico: Obama’s Iran Deal Ticked Off DOJ Officials, Harmed National Security

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 24, 2017 at 1:00pm 4/24/2017 at 1:00pm

The Iranian Nuclear Deal included many pieces, but one of the least reported items of the deal has been the prisoner swap. Iran agreed to release four Americans while we handed over seven prisoners...

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Trump’s Budget Cuts Some Departments to Reallocate Funds for Defense

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:30pm 3/16/2017 at 3:30pm
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President Donald Trump released his plan for the 2018 federal budget titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The plan includes cuts to some departments and slashes programs in order to reallocate funds to a bigger defense budget.

“One of the most important ways the Federal Government sets...

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Jon Huntsman for Deputy Secretary of State?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00am 2/28/2017 at 7:00am
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may finally have his #2 man at the department. The Wall Street Journal has reported former Utah Governor and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has become one of the top contenders.

Originally, Tillerson wanted Elliott...

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Visa holders flood into U.S. after court order halting Trump Immigration EO

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/4/2017 at 6:00pm

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and State Department have announced officials will suspend “any and all actions” over the executive order President Donald Trump signed to halt immigration from seven countries. Trump signed the order so the government could put together a better vetting process to weed out terrorists. From ...

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Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6:30pm 2/1/2017 at 6:30pm

The Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of State today. From The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation was the most contentious in at le...

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State Department’s Senior Management Team Resigns

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 1:30pm 1/26/2017 at 1:30pm

Top officials have resigned at the State Department before the Senate has confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. The Washington Post reported:

Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, [undersecretary for management Patrick] Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four...

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