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Checkpoint Washington: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Graham on Democrats: Move fast on taxes if you want vote on START

A key Republican warned Friday that the Senate had to act soon on tax and budget measures if there is to be time to vote this year on a U.S.-Russian nuclear deal that President Obama considers a priority.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | December 3, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clinton calls State job her 'last public position'

MANAMA, Bahrain --Secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly shut the door on another bid for elected office Friday, saying her current job is "my last public position." Clinton, the wife of former president Bill Clinton and a strong challenger to Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, regularly says she is not interested in a second run for president again. but her remarks also appeared designed to dampen ongoing speculation that she could replace Joe Biden as vice president.

By Glenn Kessler  | December 3, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Clinton's endless day in Central Asia

MANAMA, Bahrain -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pulled a Central Asian hat trick Thursday -- and got a bonus country too. Thanks to judicious use of time zones, Clinton and her staff managed to have a work day that stretched more than 22 hours, from baggage call to arrival at final destination.

By Glenn Kessler  | December 2, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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At security summit, Clinton talks WikiLeaks

When Italian Prime Minister Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi met with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the sidelines of security summit here, he had one thing on his mind, according to a senior State Department official at the meeting. WikiLeaks.

By Glenn Kessler  | December 1, 2010; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Gates: Warnings of WikiLeaks fallout overblown

The Obama administration has warned WikiLeaks that the group's release of a huge cache of U.S. diplomatic cables could threaten the lives of "countless innocent individuals" and ruin relations with allies. But count Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as a skeptic that the fallout will be so dire. At a press conference Tuesday, he reminded reporters that the U.S. government's habit of leaking secrets about other countries is as old as the republic, and that predictions of doom rarely pan out.

By Craig Whitlock  | November 30, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Setback in case against accused NSA leaker

Prosecutors failed Monday to persuade a federal judge in Baltimore to order the disclosure of the names of two expert witnesses who might be called in defense of a former National Security Agency official accused of leaking classified information to...

By Ellen Nakashima  | November 29, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Iran and major powers will meet next week, sources say

Major powers appear to have agreed to meet with Iran on its nuclear program next week in Geneva, sources said. "An agreement looks to have been reached on Geneva, talks starting Monday into Tuesday," said a source knowledgeable about the...

By Glenn Kessler  | November 29, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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