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State Dept. Selects Chevron as Finalist for "Corporate Excellence" Award

It's hard to believe, but the Obama administration has selected Chevron, the San Ramon-based corporate giant known for environmental destruction and the violation of human rights throughout the world, as a finalist for its "corporate excellence" award!
According to a State Department news release, "The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs has announced the selection of nine finalists for the Secretary of State's prestigious 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE)."
The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE since 1999 to recognize American companies that
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Sec of State Kerry Frustrated With Faltering Iran Nuclear Deal

Sec of State Kerry Frustrated With Faltering Iran Nuclear Deal
The fate of a possible landmark nuclear deal with Iran sank further into limbo Tuesday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry noting "very real gaps" ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal meant to put firm curbs on Tehran's atomic program.
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Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business

Do They Really 'Like' You? Selling Social Media Clicks Becomes Big Business
Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers. But an Associated Press examination has found a growing global marketplace for fake clicks, which tech companies struggle to police.
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Martha Mendoza
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State Dept on Benghazi: 'No Indication' al Qaeda Involved

State Dept on Benghazi: 'No Indication' al Qaeda Involved
A State Department spokesperson backed up what the New York Times is reporting: Calling the group that attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, part of the al Qaeda network is a "gross oversimplification" of the group. Video after the jump.
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US To Sign International Conventional Arms Treaty

US To Sign International Conventional Arms Treaty
Secretary of State John Kerry will sign arms trade treaty on conventional weapons.
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State Department Audit: Benghazi Investigation Was Unbiased

State Department Audit: Benghazi Investigation Was Unbiased
A State Department audit found Wednesday that an investigation into last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was unbiased, countering claims from GOP members of Congress that it lacked independence. But the audit says weaknesses persist in how the State Department identifies threats overseas.
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Bradley Klapper
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Threat Shutters American Embassies in Muslim Countries

Threat Shutters American Embassies in Muslim Countries
An unspecified threat has led the State Department to close embassies and consulates located in Muslim countries throughout the world. Specific information on the threat has not been given, though officials deem the threat very serious.
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Keystone Pipeline's Blip on the Job Radar: Some Jobs but Negligible Impact

Keystone Pipeline's Blip on the Job Radar: Some Jobs but Negligible Impact
President Obama has mischaracterized the exact number of jobs stemming from the Keystone XL Pipeline project. The resulting impact on the economy, however, is right on target with what both the President and State Department believe - that is, the job impact will have a negligible effect on unemployment.
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Inspector General: $50 Million Contract with Afghanis Lacks Oversight Says

Inspector General: $50 Million Contract with Afghanis Lacks Oversight Says
A contract award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $50 million, federal inspectors said Thursday.
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Obama Admin's Delayed Transparency on Keystone XL Lobbying Results in Lawsuit

Obama Admin's Delayed Transparency on Keystone XL Lobbying Results in Lawsuit
Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for failing to expedite its April 2013 Freedom of Information Act request seeking communications between lobbyists for the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline and the agency tasked to make the final decision on KXL's northern half.
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