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"Being American involves holding high ideals and civic responsibility" - President George W. Bush
10/20/2017
Without Saying ‘Trump,’ Bush and Obama Deliver Implicit Rebukes

"Being American involves holding high ideals and civic responsibility" - President George W. Bush

George W. Bush and Barack Obama emerged from political seclusion and denounced the politics of division, sending a message to their successor in the White House.

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06/21/2017
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05/31/2017
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Military brass defend State Department against White House budget ax
05/12/2017
Military brass defend State Department against White House budget ax

Military brass defend State Department against White House budget ax

As the White House prepares to ask Congress for steep cuts to the State Department and USAID, the military’s top commanders are telling lawmakers that slashing diplomacy would undercut the military.

CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation
05/10/2017
CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation

CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of Russian meddling in last year's election, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him
05/10/2017
The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him

The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him

The firing of James Comey puts the Trump-Russia investigation in immediate jeopardy and removes from the investigative hierarchy the one senior official whom President Trump did not appoint and one who is known to stand up to power.

Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.
04/06/2017
Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

President Trump wants to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting while increasing it for the military. That’s a false choice.

Rex Tillerson’s Hope for a Media-Free Bubble May Burst
03/20/2017
Rex Tillerson’s Hope for a Media-Free Bubble May Burst

Rex Tillerson’s Hope for a Media-Free Bubble May Burst

In the modern era, everyone from Dean Acheson to John Kerry has found that superpower diplomacy abhors a news vacuum, which the new secretary of state seems to want.

The representative of America overseas.
03/19/2017
Tillerson: ‘I’m not a big media press access person’

The representative of America overseas.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday stood by his decision not to allow a pool reporter to travel with him on his Asia trip, calling himself “not a big media press access person.”

The Irish potato famine was caused by wealthy landlords who prized profit over people — and thousands starved
03/19/2017
The Irish potato famine was caused by wealthy landlords who prized profit over people — and thousands starved

The Irish potato famine was caused by wealthy landlords who prized profit over people — and thousands starved

As many don green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the truth about Irish-Americans has been lost to history books beyond the U.S. shores. Occasionally, a mention of the Potato Famine will surface, but high school textbooks neglect the heartbreaking pain and misery, not to mention deaths, of millions…

"The Trump administration does want a bigger military. But that has never been how China has sought to compete with U.S....
03/19/2017
Opinion | Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China

"The Trump administration does want a bigger military. But that has never been how China has sought to compete with U.S. power. Chinese leaders have pointed out to me that this was the Soviet strategy during the Cold War, one that failed miserably. The implication was: Let Washington waste resources on the Pentagon, while Beijing would focus on economics, technology and soft power."

A smarter strategy would be to think beyond a tank-for-tank approach.

Quotes in Support of the Foreign Service | American Foreign Service Association
03/17/2017
Quotes in Support of the Foreign Service | American Foreign Service Association

Quotes in Support of the Foreign Service | American Foreign Service Association

General James Mattis (now Secretary of Defense) If you don’t fund the State Department fully, then I need to buy more ammunition, ultimately, I think it’s a cost-benefit ratio. The more that we put into the State Department’s diplomacy, hopefully, the less we have to put into a military budget as we...

U.S. Embassy Vientiane
03/08/2017

U.S. Embassy Vientiane

ເນື່ອງໃນວັນແມ່ຍິງສາກົນນີ້, ພະນັກງານສະຖານທູດໄດ້ຮ່ວມໂຕກັນເພື່ອສະແດງຄວາມສະໜັບສະໜຸນ ໃນການສ້າງໂລກທີ່ ເພດຍິງ ແລະ ເດັກນ້ອຍຍິງ ສາມາດບັນລຸທ່າແຮງຂອງຕົນໄດ້ຢ່າງເຕັມທີ່. #BeBoldForChange #AmbBitter

This International Women’s Day, members of the Embassy staff showed their support for creating a world where woman and girls are able to reach their full potential. #BeBoldForChange #AmbBitter

02/28/2017

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT

With just over 1% of the entire federal budget, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have a huge impact on how Americans live and how the rest of the world perceives America.

1. WE SUPPORT AMERICAN CITIZENS ABROAD. We provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in countries experiencing natural disasters or civil unrest. We assist with international adoptions and work on child abduction cases.

2. WE CREATE AMERICAN JOBS. We directly support millions of U.S. jobs by promoting new and open markets for U.S. firms, protecting intellectual property, negotiating new U.S. airline routes worldwide, and helping American companies compete for foreign government and private contracts.

3. WE PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND FOSTER STABILITY AROUND THE WORLD. Stable democracies are less likely to pose a threat to their neighbors or to the United States. We partner with the public and private sectors in countries in conflict to foster democracy and peace.

4. WE HELP MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE. Under the New START Treaty, we are reducing the number of deployed nuclear weapons to levels not seen since the 1950s. We have helped over 40 post-conflict countries clear millions of square meters of landmines and unexploded ordnance. We also work with foreign partners to strengthen international aviation and maritime safety and security.

5. WE SAVE LIVES. Strong bipartisan support for U.S. global health investments has led to worldwide progress against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox and polio. Better health abroad reduces the risk of instability and enhances our national security.

6. WE HELP COUNTRIES FEED THEMSELVES. We help other countries plant the right seeds in the right way and get crops to markets to feed more people. Strong agricultural sectors lead to more stable countries.

7. WE HELP IN TIMES OF CRISIS. From natural disasters to famine to epidemics, our dedicated emergency professionals deliver assistance to those who need it most.

8. WE PROMOTE THE RULE OF LAW AND PROTECT HUMAN DIGNITY. We help people in other countries find freedom and shape their own destinies. We advocate for the release of prisoners of conscience, prevent political activists from suffering abuse, train police officers to combat sex trafficking and equip journalists to hold their governments accountable.

9. WE HELP AMERICANS SEE THE WORLD. We issue passports and passport cards for Americans to travel abroad. We facilitate the lawful travel of international students, tourists and business people to the U.S., adding greatly to our economy. We keep Americans apprised of dangers or difficulties abroad through our travel warnings.

10. WE ARE THE FACE OF AMERICA OVERSEAS. Our diplomats, development experts, and the programs they implement are the source of American leadership around the world. They are the embodiments of our American values abroad and a force for good in the world.

Department of State by State
02/28/2017
Department of State by State

Department of State by State

For about a 1% investment of the Federal budget, the State Department yields a large return for the American people by advancing U.S. national security, promoting our economic interests, providing services and reaffirming our country’s exceptional role in the world. The map below represents just som...

02/27/2017
The Hill

The Hill

Winner of Best Foreign Film protests Oscars over Trump: “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S."

READ MORE: http://hill.cm/WgDSmSD

02/23/2017
The Hill

The Hill

WATCH LIVE: White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions from the press.

Foreign Policy Initiative
02/23/2017
Foreign Policy Initiative

Foreign Policy Initiative

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Trump’s new national security adviser, is considering a reorganization of the White House foreign policy team that would give him control of Homeland Security and guarantee full access to the military and intelligence agencies.

In a month, the Trump family has cost taxpayers almost as much as the Obamas did in a year
02/19/2017
In a month, the Trump family has cost taxpayers almost as much as the Obamas did in a year

In a month, the Trump family has cost taxpayers almost as much as the Obamas did in a year

Donald Trump’s family’s trips have cost taxpayers nearly as much in a month as Barack Obama’s cost in an entire year. The US President’s three visits to his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida since his presidential inauguration, combined with his sons’ business trips, reportedly cost $11.3m (£9.1m).

Trump Has No Foreign Policy
02/19/2017
Trump Has No Foreign Policy

Trump Has No Foreign Policy

There's no such thing as a Trump Doctrine, folks—his team has no idea what it's doing.

Washington Post
02/18/2017
Washington Post

Washington Post

“When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

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