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The State Department's director of policy planning and new head of the Iran Action Group, Brian Hook, speaks during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Aug. 16. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Strategy Gets New Team

The new Iran Action Group reassigns one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes officials at the State Department to work on Iran full time.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Pompeo Ignores Plea From Diplomats With Children With Special Needs

Families say the State Department continues to curb benefits mandated by law.

U.S. President Donald Trump discuss immigration issues during a meeting with Republican members of Congress and cabinet members at the White House on June 20. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Refugee Skeptic to Assume Key Role on Migration Issues at State Department

The shift is part of the Trump administration’s broader campaign to crack down on refugees and immigration.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on July 25. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Fiery Hearing, Pompeo Trades Barbs With Lawmakers

The secretary of state faces criticism, even from those in his own party.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom, at a press event for the launch of the department's 2017 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on May 29 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Religious Persecution Is on the Rise. It’s Time for Policymakers and Academics to Take Notice.

“Under Caesar’s Sword,” a new book on the repression of Christians, sheds light on issues that officials from around the world have gathered in Washington to discuss.

Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Jul. 22, 2014, in Grabovo, Ukraine. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images.)

State Department Silent on MH17 Anniversary Following Trump-Putin Firestorm

The department prepared to criticize Russia’s role in the 2014 downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, but the statement was never released.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak during a joint press conference after their summit on in Helsinki on July 16. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

As Trump Walks Back Russia Comments, Senate Summons Pompeo for Hearing on Helsinki

The president said he misspoke when he sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, but that may not be enough to quell Republican furor.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) delivers a speech with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017.  (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Resigns in Disgust After Trump Anti-Europe Rants

James Melville is the latest in a string of career diplomat resignations over Trump’s comments and policies.

U.S. forces near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah on April 28, 2017. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

Three Months After U.S. Freeze, Syrian Recovery Stuck in Limbo

Short on funding, U.S. and European programs designed to help rebuild after the Islamic State are faltering.

Protestors demonstrate against family separation outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California, on June 23. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Report Warns Kids in Government-Run Facilities ‘Easy Targets’ for Human Traffickers

An annual government report sits awkwardly with the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating families at the border.

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson makes a statement on his departure from the State Department March 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Quiet Death of Tillerson’s ‘Redesign’ of State

Overhauling Foggy Bottom was once a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s reforms. Where did those plans go?

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following a meeting with a North Korean delegation at the White House on June 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Mike Pompeo, Cleanup On Aisle 38

The secretary of state now has to deal with the fallout of the rushed agreement with North Korea.

A view of the U.S. Department of State in Washington on July 31,2014.  (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Appointee Compiles Loyalty List of U.S. Employees at U.N., State

Mari Stull’s arrival at the State Department’s International Organization Bureau is triggering an exodus of top career staffers.

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Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp

Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his swearing-in at the State Department in Washington on May 2. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Pledge to Lift Hiring Freeze at State Department Hits Big Snag

Diplomats who welcomed the new secretary of state are now feeling let down.

New U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell stands in front of a military honor guard during an accreditation ceremony for new ambassadors in Berlin on May 8. (Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Defends Trump’s Man in Berlin After Diplomatic Firestorm

Some German lawmakers are calling for Ambassador Grenell’s expulsion.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks at a 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report ceremony at the State Department on June 27, 2017 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Fight Against Human Trafficking Is Too Important for Trump and Pompeo to Ignore

Efforts to end modern slavery have bipartisan support — but the State Department is still missing an ambassador-at-large to monitor and combat trafficking in persons.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

The Trump team doesn’t have a post-nuke deal strategy — just a list of demands.

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