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State Department drops ban on HIV-positive diplomats

February 18, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Under pressure from a lawsuit, the State Department is changing rules that had disqualified HIV-positive people from becoming U.S. diplomats. Effective Friday, the department removed HIV from a list of medical conditions that automatically prevent foreign service candidates from meeting an employment requirement that they be able...

Pentagon holiday decorating comes with restrictions

December 14, 2007 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Someone taped fake snow to the door of an Army Reserve office to create a winter scene. The Defense Intelligence Agency hung a 4-foot candy cane and the inspirational message, "Believe." For precisely three weeks a year, the Defense Department allows displays of holiday spirit on its...

Sweeping Clean

November 16, 1996 his time, he got the order right. President Clinton first picked a White House chief of staff. Only then did he set to work on reshaping his Cabinet. He tried it the other way during the transition to his first term in the White House, and that approach caused him...

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