Can State’s New Cyber Bureau Hack It?
The U.S. State Department is working to stand up a new cybersecurity bureau, but it's hobbled by debates with lawmakers on its purpose and mandate.
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The Shutdown Has Foggy Bottom in a Funk
While diplomats file for unemployment benefits and seek school lunches for their children, Mike Pompeo is making unpaid workers organize a big ambassadors’ conference in D.C.
Lawsuits Seek to Stop Censure of Israel Boycott Movement
The ACLU is fighting efforts by state legislatures to force contractors to pledge they won’t back BDS.
Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.
A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.
2018 Was a Long Women’s March Through Congress
It was a year of quiet, but major, progress for women’s issues in the U.S. government—and 2019 promises even more.
U.N. Body Declares Famine Conditions in Parts of Yemen
World Food Program report expected to further erode support in Washington for Saudi bombings in Yemen.
White House Digs Itself in Deeper on Khashoggi
CIA briefing only hardens senators’ view that Mohammed bin Salman was behind the journalist’s killing.
Senate Summons Pompeo and Mattis Over Saudi Arabia
Lawmakers are pushing to overrule the Trump administration and end U.S. involvement in the devastating Yemeni civil war.
A Human Rights Champion Comes to the House
Congressman-elect Tom Malinowski says he hopes his diplomatic credentials can help Democrats push back on Trump.
House Dems to Turn the Screws on Trump’s State Department
The new Congress will flex its oversight muscles on everything from mismanagement at the State Department to questions about Trump’s finances.
Victorious House Democrats Pledge to Probe Trump’s Foreign Policy
U.S. allies can expect extended hearings on Iran, Yemen, and many other key issues.
Many in Washington Are Not Assuaged by Saudi Admission in Khashoggi Death
Kingdom says Saudi journalist was killed in a fistfight.
Will Republicans Lose Their Majority in Congress? Ask Pyongyang
North Koreans are watching the U.S. midterm elections closely, wondering how the results might affect negotiations with Trump.
The War Over War Powers Heats Up in Congress
A top Middle East diplomat’s confirmation has been blocked in the Senate as new Syria strikes loom.
Lawmakers Want Classified Documents on Trump’s Meeting with Putin
Top Democrats still worry the president is hiding commitments he gave the Russian leader.
U.S. Lawmakers Press Pompeo to Fix Policy for Diplomat Families
The State Department has scaled back benefits to family members with special needs.
Security Brief: No, Trump is not about to order a strike on Iran; U.S. may return to North Korea to look for more war remains; Mattis vs the First Amendment
Catch up on everything you need to know about the false reports that Trump is about to order a strike against Iran, North Korea returning Korean War dead, and the Secretary of Defense’s response to reports the Pentagon is denying media access.
In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers
The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.