The Envoy
  • Two staffers depart dovish J Street

    conf_horiz_smTwo long-time staffers have resigned from J Street, the liberal Washington pro-Middle East peace group, its president said Wednesday.

    "It is with very mixed emotions that I have accepted the resignations this week of two of J Street's staff who have been with the organization since its very beginning and are now moving on to new positions--Isaac Luria and Amy Spitalnick," J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement posted to J Street's website Wednesday.

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  • Former Rep. Weldon in Libya to meet Gadhafi

    weldon2006Former Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon is in Libya to try to persuade Muammar Gadhafi to step down. CNN  reports:

    Former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon said he is set to meet with Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday in an attempt to persuade Libya's embattled ruler to step down.

    Weldon will also meet Wednesday with Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khalid Khaim, the Republican from Pennsylvania told CNN on Wednesday. ...

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  • Petraeus-for-CIA buzz intensifies


    The Obama administration may tap CIA Director Leon Panetta to succeed Bob Gates as Secretary of Defense, The Envoy reported last week, citing U.S. officials who are handicapping likely new Pentagon chiefs ahead of the public announcement of Gates' departure.

    Like Gates, Panetta has served as CIA director, we noted in summing up the case that officials in the administration orbit have been making for Panetta. Officials also cited Panetta's strong bipartisan ties, thanks to his years as a lawmaker, his agility in keeping CIA operations from turning into major White House headaches, and his wide array of international contacts and experience as Clinton White House chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget chief--all useful qualifications for a successful Defense secretary.

    Since that report, more current and former U.S. national security officials have come forward to say they hear Panetta may be nominated to succeed Gates--though the topic did not come up when both men attended a CIA officers' memorial event last Thursday, a former U.S. official who attended the event said. Gates, currently in Saudi Arabia for a meeting with King Abdullah, has been expected to leave the job some time this summer, although he has not publicly disclosed his planned departure date.

    One question raised by the prospect of Panetta possibly moving to the SecDef job is who would succeed him as CIA Director.

    NPR reported Monday that one man floated as a contender for the post is Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

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  • Police arrest protesters as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision
    Police arrest protesters as Ferguson awaits grand jury decision

    By Scott Malone and Daniel Wallis FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police arrested five people in Ferguson, Missouri, overnight after they tried to block a street in a protest calling for a grand jury to charge a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in August. A few dozen demonstrators, some chanting: "Indict that cop," gathered outside the Ferguson police station late on Wednesday in sub-freezing temperatures. They were faced by officers in riot gear. The arrests were the first in about a week. ...

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