Capitol Riot

A federal court in Washington ruled that Federico “Freddie” Klein, who is facing an eight-count indictment relating to his participation in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, should be released from custody pending trial. Klein, who was appointed to a position in the State Department during the Trump administration, allegedly “used force against several officers” in an attempt to breach the Capitol entrance.

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‘Diplomacy Is Back,’ Biden Tells Beleaguered Foreign Service Workers

In two speeches, President Joe Biden signaled a sharp departure from the foreign policy of his predecessor, saying restoration of alliances, a greater emphasis on diplomacy and a focus on democracy and human rights will return America to a position of moral authority on global issues.

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Passport Application

A transgender man’s equal protection claim related to the denial of his passport application can continue, a federal court in Nevada ruled. The State Department’s policy requiring a doctor to certify a transgender passport applicant’s gender change discriminates against the man, who could not sumit such a certification because his hormone therapy has been overseen by a nurse practitioner and he cannot afford additional treatment for his transition.

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State Department Officials Defend Firing of Inspector General

Officials from the State Department staunchly defended President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his abrupt firing of a federal watchdog investigating weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and possible abuse of power by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Citizenship

The child of a gay couple who was born in England via a gestational surrogate is a U.S. citizen and entitled to a passport, a federal court in Georgia ruled. The State Department initially denied the girl’s passport application, claiming she was not a citizen because she only shares a biological relationship with one of her parents, who had not been physically present in the U.S. for long enough.

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Business Groups Sue Over Presidential Proclamation Restricting Employment Visas

A group of manufacturers and corporations Tuesday filed a suit against the U.S. Homeland Security and State Departments over a recent presidential proclamation that banned workers in several key nonimmigrant visa categories from entering the county.

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Susan Pompeo

In search of information on whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered federal workers to do personal errands for him and his wife, NBCUniversal sued the State Department in federal court for “records of electronic communications between Susan Pompeo’s personal email address and email addresses with a @state.gov domain name, sent or received on or between April 26, 2018 and November 13, 2019.”

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