HRC Presents Heroism Award to Matt Sherman

Secretary Clinton made an unannounced visit to Kabul yesterday and had a meet and greet with Embassy Kabul employees. She also presented FSO, Matt Sherman the Department of State’s Award for Heroism. Excerpt from the meet & greet:

“There is one Embassy staff member in particular, a Foreign Service officer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty that I just wanted to mention, because to a great extent, he represents all of you. Last May, Matt Sherman was on a mission with military colleagues when the lead convoy vehicle struck an IED and flipped. Matt raced from the safety of his vehicle to assist the wounded soldiers. And in recognition of his courageous and selfless actions, the troops of Task Force Spartan, Third Brigade Command Team, 10th Mountain Division, from upstate New York, nominated him – let’s give a round of applause for Fort Drum, okay? (Applause.) The 10th Mountain Division were the first American soldiers to come to Afghanistan after 9/11. I had the honor, when I was a senator from New York, escorting President Karzai to Fort Drum to thank the 10th Mountain Division and to recognize their sacrifice.

Well, the Task Force and the Brigade Command Team and the 10th Mountain Division have nominated Matt Sherman for the Department of State Award for Heroism. And Matt – where’s Matt? Matt, come up here. Matt, please. (Applause.)

Well, Matt, we have approved – big surprise – we have approved – (laughter) – this award in appreciation for your outstanding service. As I said, there are a lot of people who have performed just extraordinary and admirable service on behalf of the United States.”

Rodearmel v. Clinton: Appeal to SCOTUS Filed

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Lawyers for the Judicial Watch, Paul J. Orfanedes and James F. Peterson on November 3, 2009 filed a notice of appeal to SCOTUS. “Notice is hereby given that David C. Rodearmel, plaintiff in the above-named case, hereby appeals to the United States Supreme Court from the October 29th, 2009 order dismissing this action. Direct appeal to the Supreme Court in this matter is proper pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 5312 note (Pub. L. No. 110-455, § 1(b)(3)(A), 122 Stat. 5035).”

In a November 12 press release, Judicial Watch said: “Our client’s goal is to vindicate the U.S. Constitution,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The Constitution clearly prohibits Hillary Clinton from serving as Secretary of State until 2013. We hope the Supreme Court assumes jurisdiction over this matter and puts a stop to this attempt to do end-run around the Constitution.”

Following oral argument on September 16, a special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the challenge against Hillary Clinton based on the “Ineligibility Clause” on October 29th, ruling that Mr. Rodearmel lacked “standing” to bring the lawsuit.

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Officially In: Eight for the Broadcasting Board of Governors

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On November 18, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following eight individuals to the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Walter Isaacson, Chair

Michael Lynton, Member

Susan McCue, Member

Michael P. Meehan, Member

Victor H. Ashe, Member

Dennis Mulhaupt, Member

Dana Perino, Member

S. Enders Wimbush, Member

The WH released the following bio notes on the nominees:

Walter Isaacson, Chair, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Walter Isaacson is President of the Aspen Institute and serves as chair of the board of Teach for America. He is the former Chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of Time Magazine. Mr. Isaacson is the author of “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life”, and the co-author of “The Wise Men”. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Mr. Isaacson is a graduate of Harvard College and Pembroke College of Oxford University.

Michael Lynton, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Michael Lynton is the Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. He is the former CEO of AOL Europe and Chairman and CEO of Pearson plc’s Penguin Group. Mr. Lynton is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Rand Corporation. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and is proficient in French, German and Dutch.

Susan McCue, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Susan McCue is President of Message Global, a strategic advocacy firm she founded in 2008 for social action campaigns. She was the founding President and CEO of The ONE Campaign to combat extreme global poverty, and before that was Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from 1999 to 2006. She also is currently Vice Chair of Humanity United. A New Jersey native, Ms. McCue is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., with degrees in economics and journalism.

Michael P. Meehan, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Michael P. Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications, Inc. and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, a digital media company. For over two decades, Meehan served in senior roles for U.S. Senators John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Maria Cantwell and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, two presidential campaigns, two U.S. House offices and congressional campaigns in 25 states. Mr. Meehan earned a B.A. in political science from Bates College.

Victor H. Ashe, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors
Victor H. Ashe recently served as United States Ambassador to Poland from June 2004 to October 2009. He also previously served as a Tennessee State Representative and was the longest serving Mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Ashe has served as President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, was twice appointed to the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Americorps Board of Directors. He currently sits on the Board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Rovers Association. Mr. Ashe is a graduate of Yale University and the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1974.

Dennis Mulhaupt, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Dennis Mulhaupt is founder and managing director of Commonwealth Partners, Inc., providing advisory services to philanthropic institutions and families. He previously served as Executive Vice President at KCET in Los Angeles, a west-coast flagship public broadcasting and media company. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President at Claremont McKenna College; Vice President for Medical External Relations at Stanford University; and Senior Associate dean in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California. Mr. Mulhaupt received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and an M.Phil. in international relations and criminology from Cambridge University.

Dana Perino, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

Dana Perino is the Chief Issues Counselor for the United States at Burson-Marsteller and is a Fox News Contributor. She is the former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush – the first Republican woman to hold that position. Ms. Perino previously served in the United States Justice Department, was Director of Communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and worked on Capitol Hill for Representatives Dan Schaefer (R-CO) and Scott McInnis (R-C). She holds a M.A. in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois – Springfield and a B.A. in Mass Communications from Colorado State University – Pueblo.

S. Enders Wimbush, Member, Broadcasting Board of Governors

S. Enders Wimbush is the Senior Vice President for International Programs and Policy at the Hudson Institute. He previously worked in the private sector with Booz Allen Hamilton and Science Applications International Corporation, and served as director of Radio Liberty in Munich. Mr. Wimbush founded and directed the Society for Central Asian Studies in Oxford, England, through which he created the international journal Central Asian Survey. Mr. Wimbush also served as a Senior Analyst for the Rand Corporation. Mr. Wimbush received his A.M. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

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The bipartisan Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) oversees all U.S. government and government-sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting services. These include the Voice of America (VOA), Alhurra, Radio Sawa, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and Radio and TV Marti.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) was created 1994, and serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the BBG broadcasters. It was previously a department within the United States Information Agency until 1999.

On October 1, 1999, the Broadcasting Board of Governors became the independent agency responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored, non-military international broadcasting.

The BBG board consists of eight members appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The ninth member is the Secretary of State. By law, no more than four members shall be from the same political party. The president designates one member (other than the Secretary of State) to serve as Chairman.

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Insider Quote: I was qualified to be in the SFS

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“I took the three-hour long Foreign Service entirely verbal language exam and passed in Czech with a 2:2 in 2004 and in French with a 3:3 in 2005. To join the senior Foreign Service, one must achieve 2:2 in a hard language and 3:3 in an easier language (on a scale of 0-5). So by the time I came to Paris, I am proud to say I was qualified to be in the senior Foreign Service.”

Craig Stapleton

US Ambassador to France (2005-2009 )and Czech Republic (2001-2004)
Greenwich Citizen: Greenwich resident talks about years as Ambassador

SFRC Hearings: Rowe, Fernandez, Wills, Goldberg

1st Session

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 3:30 P.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Presiding: Senator Feingold


Panel 1:

  • The Honorable Leslie V. Rowe, of Washington
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mozambique

  • Alberto M. Fernandez, of Virginia
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of
    Equatorial Guinea

  • Mary Jo Wills, of the District of Columbia
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius,
    and to serve concurrently and without additional
    compensation as Ambassador to the
    Republic of Seychelles

Panel 2:

  • The Honorable Philip S. Goldberg, of the District of Columbia
    to be Assistant Secretary of State
    for Intelligence and Research

See the video of the confirmation hearings and read the prepared testimonies submitted to the committee here.