State Department Observers Welcome Move to Ditch Special Envoys

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to eliminate or downgrade special envoy positions at the State Department – against the backdrop of still-unfilled jobs and a summer-long spate of resignations – has caused concern that the department is fast becoming a shell of its former shelf.

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Endangered Torture Report Sparks Shock, Anger and Suit

Hours after the New York Times uncovered the Trump administration’s steps to hide a Senate investigation into CIA torture, a law professor transformed his “shock and anger” into a lawsuit seeking the secret 6,700-page history.

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Iran’s Nuclear-Deal Compliance Divides House

President Donald Trump’s budget proposal would cut $10 billion from the State Department. A House Democrat warned fellow lawmakers Wednesday that the 29 percent slash could interfere with the inspections that ensure Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.

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