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Watchdog Finds ‘Uneven Progress’ in State Department’s Effort to Improve Workforce Diversity

Concerns about the demographic composition of the workforce are longstanding, GAO said.
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The Terrifying Reality of Trump’s Coronavirus Promise

As U.S. officials worked to shatter international records by sending a vaccine for the new, deadly coronavirus to phase one clinical trials, they also urged Americans to prepare for the worst.Meanwhile, experts poked new holes in the federal response so far to an illness that appeared to be on the cusp of a major national outbreak.There were 57 total confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the United States at last count on Tuesday morning, according to Nancy Messonnier, director of the...
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GOP Senator Grills Acting DHS Chief On Coronavirus

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) pulled no punches while grilling acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf about the spread of the Coronavirus during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the 2021 DHS budget Tuesday. Prior to the hearing Tuesday morning, Trump administration officials in Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the State Department held a classified briefing for senators amid growing fears of the spread of ...
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GAO-20-237, State Department: Additional Steps Are Needed to Identify Potential Barriers to Diversity, January 27, 2020

The overall proportion of racial or ethnic minorities in the Department of State’s (State) full-time, permanent, career workforce increased from 28 to 32 percent from fiscal year 2002 to fiscal...
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Coronavirus: Your guide to travel warnings, flights, cruises, hotels

Here's a look at what the State Department, airlines and cruise lines are telling passengers amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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Exclusive: Ex-Prosecutor In Moldova Targeted By Grenell Dishes On New DNI

Before acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell entered government, he had a different career path: spin doctor, hired by a range of foreign clients. Grenell embarked in 2016 on a public relations campaign against a Moldovan prosecutor who was cooperating with an investigation of large-scale money laundering. Grenell was reportedly working on behalf of a Moldovan political party and its oligarch leader. The former prosecutor — Mihail Gofman — spoke with TPM on Monday in an exc...
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No, President Trump: You’ve Weakened America's Soft Power

Armed forces aren’t the only power America projects. Its values stir admiration around the globe. But they’re taking a beating in the White House.
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U.S. Considers Expelling Chinese Journalists After Americans Barred

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. is weighing whether to expel Chinese journalists after China kicked out three Wall Street Journal reporters, part of a push by the Trump administration to show leaders in Beijing that it will resist restrictions on Americans working in China.The administration’s options were to be discussed in a meeting of senior administration leaders at the White House on Monday led by Matt Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser who was once a Wall Street Journal reporter in Be...
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The Supreme Court ‘Fulton’ Case is About Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination—Not ‘Religious Freedom’

For the last several years, adoption rights have been a primary battleground of the rights of LGBTQ people. And so far, the Christian Right has won every time, with several states and the federal government now permitting publicly-funded adoption agencies to turn away qualified gay couples for religious reasons.Today, the Supreme Court announced that it’s getting into the fight.Let’s Call ‘Religious Freedom’ by Its Real Name: Poisonous, Anti-LGBTQ BigotryThe case it took today, Fulton v. City of...
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Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show

A trove of documents released on Friday by the State Department to American Oversight make clear that Rudy Giuliani — who was acting as Trump’s personal attorney — pressed American diplomats to consider the information he’d unearthed in Kyiv about corruption. Though the documents released amount to fewer than a dozen pages of emails, they nevertheless show aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unambiguously receptive to Giuliani’s overtures.
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President Trump’s Gifts From Other Nations Include Golf Clubs, Portraits of Himself: Report

(Bloomberg) — What kind of gift would impress President Donald Trump? For Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the answer was: a gold-framed portrait of Donald Trump. The State Department on Monday published a list of gifts that foreign governments gave to Trump and other U.S. officials in 2018. The report offers a snapshot of how Trump’s peers curry his favor and a sometimes amusing account of how the U.S. government responds. France’s Emmanuel Macron gave Trump a Louis Vuitton golf ...
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With Liberty and Two-Track Justice for All

‘Equal Justice Under Law.”What a joke!Those four stirring words, chiseled into the marble atop the U.S. Supreme Court’s portico, were transformed into a punchline Thursday. That statement in stone is now the legal equivalent of a cream pie tossed in Shemp’s face, in a vintage Three Stooges comedy short.U.S. district judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced President Donald J. Trump’s friend and informal adviser Roger Stone to three years and four months in prison for witness tampering, obstruction of ...
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State Department advises against Asia cruise vacationsState Department advises against Asia cruise vacations

All Americans should reconsider travel by cruise ship in Asia
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US accuses Russia of spreading conspiracies about the Wuhan coronavirus, including that it's a CIA biological weapon

US officials told AFP they discovered an online Russian disinformation campaign aimed at spreading conspiracy theories blaming America for the coronavirus outbreak. A network of "several thousand" Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were discovered posting near-identical messages in mid-January. "By spreading disinformation about coronavirus, Russian malign actors are once again choosing to threaten public safety by distracting from the global health response," one official said. Visit Business I...
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Trump Says U.S.-India to Sign $3 Billion in Defense Deals

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. will sign military deals worth more than $3 billion with India on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said at the start of a two-day state visit to the South Asian nation.“We make the greatest weapons ever made. Airplanes. Missiles. Rockets. Ships. We make the best and we’re dealing now with India. But this includes advanced air-defense systems and armed and unarmed aerial vehicles,” Trump told a cheering crowd at the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Monday as he shared th...
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How South Korea’s Coronavirus Outbreak Got so Quickly out of Control

Buses and subways in Seoul, the normally crowded South Korean capital, were unusually quiet on Monday, and social media was filled with posts with the hashtag “work from home.” South Koreans work some of the longest hours in the world, and companies tend to frown on allowing employees to telecommute. This drastic departure from the conventions of corporate culture are a sign of how the country is scrambling to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country’s public health authorities...
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United States: March Visa Bulletin Update: USCIS To Honor Dates For Filing For Employment-Based Categories Next Month - Fragomen

In March, USCIS will accept employment-based adjustment applications from foreign nationals with a priority date that is earlier than the Dates for Filing listed in the State Department's March Visa Bulletin.
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US urges Iraq PM-designate to protect its troops ahead of vote

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday urged Iraq's designated prime minister to protect US troops and meet grievances of a months-long protest movement ahead of a parliamentary confidence vote. In the first substantive US comment on Mohammad Allawi since he was named on February 1 as a consensus candidate, Pompeo said he told him by telephone that the United States backed a "strong, sovereign and prosperous" Iraq. Pompeo "stressed Iraq's obligation to protect US and coalition diplomats, ...
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Trump Was Furious That Passengers With Coronavirus Were Brought Back to U.S.

Among the passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were flown back were 14 American citizens who tested positive for the virus. The move took Mr. Trump by surprise.
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How US Law Harms the Fight Against Disinformation

This post was co-authored by Jill Goldenziel and Manal Cheema. The post reflects the personal views of the authors and not of any arm of the U.S. government. As candidates gear up for the 2020 election, disinformation campaigns are gearing up faster .   Even before the 2016 election and the 2018 midterms , the United States has been grappling with its response to foreign disinformation campaigns that threaten to undermine the U.S. electoral process. They are perpetrated not on...
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Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the US Accused of Corruption

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department. In 2016, Gre...
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Coronavirus Now a ‘Tremendous Public Health Threat’: CDC

Federal officials announced Friday that their tally of 2019 novel coronavirus cases in the United States had increased to 34, with more infections expected sooner than later, even as questions lingered about how efforts at containing the deadly illness had fallen short so far.The jump came after the State Department repatriated 18 infected U.S. citizens from aboard a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. Three other people confirmed to have the disease have been repatriated, in addition to 13 o...
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Coronavirus Cases in the United States Reach 34, and More Are Expected

The contagion “represents a tremendous public health threat,” said one federal health official.
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U.S.: Taliban’s ‘reduction of violence’ deal to start tonight, culminating with peace pact signing

By KATHY GANNON and MATTHEW LEE ISLAMABAD — The seven-day “reduction of violence” deal promised by the Taliban will begin on Friday night, a senior U.S. State Department official said, without specifying the exact time. That will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month. That peace agreement, to be signed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29, will pave the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra- Afghan negotiations. U....
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Melting Pot Nevada May Shape Democratic Race

(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders remains the candidate to beat in tomorrow’s Nevada caucuses, the first test of how the Democratic presidential aspirants perform in a state with sizable minority populations.Nevada’s demographics represent a critical comeback opportunity for one-time front-runner Joe Biden, who has shaped his candidacy around the idea he’d fare better with non-white voters but who performed poorly in Iowa and New Hampshire.The fact that half the state’s population is non-white — 30%...
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Trump's push to install people loyal to him in law enforcement, intelligence appears to be well underway

President Trump's replacement of acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, a respected career official in a historically nonpartisan role, with U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, a vocal Trump loyalist with scant intelligence or management experience, raised eyebrows and some amount of alarm in Washington. Along with Maguire, acting Deputy DNI Andrew Hallman and ODNI General Counsel Jason Klitenic are heading for the exits. These aren't isolated moves."The president has been...
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State Department: 'reduction in violence' with Taliban starts tonight, peace deal signing Feb. 29

According to Pompeo, the U.S. had "reached an understanding with the Taliban" on a reduction of violence, beginning tonight Afghanistan time.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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7-day ‘Reduction of Violence’ Deal Promised by Taliban to Begin Friday Night: State Department Official

(ISLAMABAD) — The seven-day “reduction of violence” deal promised by the Taliban will begin on Friday night, a senior U.S. State Department official said, without specifying the exact time. That will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month. That peace agreement, to be signed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29, will pave the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra- Afghan negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mik...
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Will Turkey Drag America Into a ‘World War III Scenario’ With Russia?

The U.S. military is cautious about the role it is playing in Syria while the State Department is eager to step in and help Turkey as it tussles with Russia.
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