On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
No matter who emerges victorious in this year's presidential campaign, the winner may not be able to occupy the Oval Office for at least part of next year, Washingtonian's "Capital Comment" blog reports. Ongoing renovations of the White House could force the president out of one of the most famous offices in the world.
In fact, much of the West Wing of the White House could be off-limits to the president and his team in 2013. It's all part of a renovation effort that has already seen much of the facility torn up for several years. The press office and briefing room was completely overhauled, and parts of the area around the Wing Wing currently are fenced off for ongoing work.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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