Lara Jakes

Lara Jakes


Yeats' pilgrim soul meets Bedouin. Now: Managing Editor/News @ForeignPolicy, co-author 'American Pope.' Then: #Iraq Bureau Chief @AP. Best: Wife & Umm Chiara.

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Pompeo said: “He wasn’t particularly involved with the Ukraine file. So it’s not surprising that when Ambassador Yovanovitch returned to the U.S. that he didn’t raise that issue with me. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that in May when that took place he didn’t say anything to me.”

@statedeptspox : On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, the U.S. remembers reporters killed while doing their jobs & calls for immediate end to threats, intimidation & violence against journalists and other media professionals for their work.

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@SecPompeo  on why the refugee cap is so low, incl for priority Iraqis: “Indeed, the security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border has contributed to a burden on our immigration system that must be alleviated before we can again resettle large numbers of refugees.”

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Diplomats now contend that Mike Pompeo has done more damage to the 75,000-person State Department than even his predecessor Rex Tillerson, an aloof oil executive reviled by department employees. An important read by @ewong ⁩ @SangerNYT  via @nytimes 

The top of this story is amazing - and will hook you to read on about how Russia is using its military playbook from Syria’s civil war to now intervene in Libya. @ddknyt ⁩ via @nytimes 

McKinley told congressional investigators he quit after his requests were ignored. 3/3 Here is McKinley's full testimony to the House impeachment inquiry:

Thanks to WaPo edit board for crediting my reporting on Iraqi refugees. (Shukran gazilian sahafeen)

Both Trump & Erdogan appear to favor family or business connections as back channels, in part because both share a suspicion that the agencies of their own governments may be conspiring against them. Insightful story by @ddknyt  @EricLiptonNYT  via @nytimes 

Mina Chang, a deputy assistant secretary of state, appears to have embellished her resume, inflated her educational achievements, invented role on a UN panel. She has a key connection to a longtime friend of SecState Pompeo. NBC investigation: @dandeluce  @strickdc  @ArijitDSen 

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Scooplet by @NYTmike : Comey wants to testify, but insists it be in public. Watch this space:

NEW: @SangerNYT  asked foreign ambassadors in Washington about cables written by British envoy Sir Kim Darroch to describe Trump administration dysfunction and chaos. "It could have been any of us," one said.

He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away. @AP 

Amazing detail by : His resignation already written, Mr. Mattis made a last attempt to convince Mr. Trump to change his mind on Syria. Rebuffed, the retired 4-star Marine general asked aides hand out 50 copies of the letter at the Pentagon.

NEW from me: A series of internal State Department emails, obtained by the NYT, show diplomats’ frustration when aid to Ukraine was frozen -- and then were told to downplay it when the money was released 5 weeks later. via @nytimes 

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo once accused the Obama administration of obstructing a House inquiry and letting politics override national interests. He now faces similar charges. w @SangerNYT 

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