Kerry Talks Turkey

Secretary visits Ankara as Turkey pivots from West
Ankara, Turkey / AP

Secretary of State John Kerry’s first overseas trip will bring him to Turkey on Friday, a once-close Western ally that has pivoted from America and Israel toward Iran.

57 Varieties of Weakness

Noted anti-war protester testifies at secretary of state confirmation hearing
AP

Sen. John Kerry’s (D., Mass.) confirmation hearing for his nomination to be secretary of state, the highest-ranking cabinet post, began this morning before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Still the Long Face

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President Barack Obama’s secretary of state nominee Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the beginning of his confirmation hearing this morning.

Kerry Nominated for
Secretary of State

Massachusetts Dem nominated after Susan Rice’s chances were torpedoed
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President Barack Obama is expected to nominate failed presidential candidate and current Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry to be secretary of state, according to multiple news reports.

Oscar De la Renta: Wintour Is the New Hillary

Anna Wintour / AP

Amid speculation that President Barack Obama will reward major donor Anna Wintour with an ambassadorship, Oscar de la Renta dismissed those rumors in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily. The designer suggested that Wintour would be better suited to be secretary of state.

An Affair to Remember

John Kerry Hearts Bashar al-Assad
Bashar al-Assad, Sen. John Kerry / AP

When Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) takes the stage tonight to deliver the Democratic National Convention’s keynote foreign policy address, viewers will be listening to a man who over the past decade has been the highest-ranking apologist for Syria’s Assad regime in American politics.

The Future of Fareed

CNN talk show host Zakaria could be on Obama short list for a top diplomatic post in a more flexible second term

A CNN pundit who has advocated nuclear containment of Iran and expressed antipathy towards American democracy is said to be on the short list for a top diplomatic post in a second Obama administration—perhaps even secretary of State. That is raising red flags across Capitol Hill and within foreign policy circles.