• Help the State Department Name Its Blog

    Since the official Department of State blog launched in 2007, literally hundreds of people have visited DipNote to read carefully-phrased posts about American foreign policy. Now the blog is getting a redesign and possibly a new name, but–alas–only State employees were asked to submit names for the jazzed-up site coming in 2013.

    This is truly a shame, since we had so many great ideas for blog names and content to feature at relaunch, such as:

    * BuzzState, featuring "15 Cats That Look Like Heads of State"

    Diplomatic Pouches from Last Night, including this submission: "LOL I am so baked right now, XOXO – Ambassador Rudolf Bekink, Royal Netherlands Embassy"

    Sttdprtmntr, which is American policy expressed entirely in GIFs

    * Hillary's Livejournal, with the top entry: "Waiting for the Senate to confirm my successor. Mood: pensive."

    HuffState, featuring the all-important "Francois Hollande sideboob" vertical

    Justin Bieber Kim Kardashian Nude Naked Free iPad, featuring "Ron Paul Sex Viagra Taylor Swift Gangnam Style and What It Means for South Asian Food Security"

    * From the Desk of Secretary Bill Ayers, leading with "13 Reasons John McCain Should Have Shut Up About Susan Rice"

    * The Slate Department, featuring a post titled "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Is America's Strongest Ally"

    Though we weren't allowed to submit our suggestions, the State Department is allowing the public to vote on four official entries: Unclassified: The State Department Blog, Statecraft, Masters of State and Dipnote. Voting ends later today, so you should go vote, even though our suggestions are better.

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