By Susan Crabtree | 03/14/14 11:37 AM
Modern presidents have regularly picked well-heeled campaign donors and political allies for plum ambassadorships. But the decades-long debate over the practice has flared up again after three of President Obama's picks flubbed basic political facts about the countries they were picked to serve...
By Susan Crabtree | 03/07/14 06:13 PM
Facing legal action, the State Department on Friday responded to a request for documents about the qualifications of President Obama's ambassadorial nominees. The American Foreign Service Association, the labor union for career diplomats, has been dissatisfied with the backgrounds of several...
02/20/14 06:00 PM
DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the widow of an Argentine national who claimed he was exposed to asbestos at a DuPont textile plant in the South American country. In a 4-1 decision, the justices said a Superior Court judge...
02/18/14 07:30 PM
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina filed a long-shot appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asking the justices in Washington to avert an "economic catastrophe" by overturning lower court rulings that could force the South American government to default on billions of dollars in...
By Charles Hoskinson | 02/18/14 12:22 PM
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., had harsh words for his Senate colleagues as three of President Obama's biggest fundraisers glide their way into sensitive diplomatic posts as ambassadors.
By Brian Hughes | 02/12/14 02:37 PM
White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted Wednesday that President Obama did not select his nominees for ambassadorships based on how much money individuals donated to his political campaigns.
By Charles Hoskinson | 02/09/14 10:00 PM
Making ambassadors out of campaign donors is a corrupt practice that has become so common in the U.S. system it's generally accepted by both parties as just another part of electoral politics. But President Obama's latest choices have stretched the limits of tolerance for the practice....
By Joel Gehrke | 02/07/14 03:12 PM
Does President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Argentina, a campaign bundler who has never visited the country, even speak Spanish? The State Department doesn't know.
By Joel Gehrke | 02/06/14 06:43 PM
Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama's choice of ambassador to Argentina -- a man who bundled more than $500,000 for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, but who has never been to the country -- is...
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