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Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks on the release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Human Rights Groups Bristling at State Department Report

What’s not in the report is as important as what’s in it.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo walks to a meeting with Virginia Sen. Mark Warner on Capitol Hill on April 18. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Pompeo North Korea Visit Throws Wrench in Confirmation Fight

The behind-the-scenes effort to rally enough senators to confirm Pompeo just got tougher.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

Protesters stand and chant behind Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo before his confirmation hearing in the Senate on April 12. (Jim WatsonAFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Gets a Grilling on the Hill

Mike Pompeo’s charm offensive may have stumbled out of the gate in his confirmation hearing to be Trump’s top diplomat.

Mike Pompeo during his confirmation hearing to be CIA director in Washington on Jan. 12, 2017. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Here’s What the Senate Should Ask Mike Pompeo

Democratic foreign-policy veterans want answers from Trump’s pick for secretary of state.

Then-Congressman Mike Pompeo listens as Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 22, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Has Been Undermining the State Department Since the Benghazi Investigation

Trump's nominee for secretary of state must answer for the false claims and recycled conspiracies he propagated.

Brian Hook, the director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, speaks at the Concordia Annual Summit in New York on Sept. 19, 2017. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)

Top Advisor’s Fate Serves as Bellwether for State Department

White House officials want Brian Hook to stay in his current role in Foggy Bottom, but a demoralized diplomatic corps would like to see him go.

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Economic Rights Are Human Rights

U.S. foreign policy has exacerbated many of the evils it set out to eradicate. It needs an overhaul.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo testifiesduring a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, on Feb. 13, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo Braces for Brutal Confirmation Fight

With a tight vote looming, lawmakers hope to extract the outgoing CIA chief’s pledge to restore a damaged State Department.

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U.S. Diplomats Stuck in Medical Limbo

State Department officials with special needs children face a byzantine bureaucracy that often denies them critical care.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives a farewell address to State Department staff in Washington on March 22. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Decries ‘Mean-Spirited’ D.C. in Farewell Address

Tillerson gave a four-minute farewell speech to State Department employees. His legacy will last much longer.

Mike Pompeo before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, DC, on Jan. 12, 2017. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo Will Be North Korea’s Trump-Whisperer

The new secretary of state could decide the success of the high-stakes Korea summit.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson making a statement on his departure at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Tillerson’s Exit Could Doom the Iran Nuclear Deal

The accord's survival was already tenuous. But after Trump's Cabinet shakeup, it's likely to end.

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