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Daniel Foote. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The State Department on Thursday announced the appointment of Daniel Foote as special envoy to Haiti, as the country deals with the fallout of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Driving the news: Foote, a career diplomat, will work to "facilitate long-term peace and stability and support efforts to hold free and fair presidential and legislative elections,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price in a statement.

  • Foote will also work alongside U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison to lead U.S. diplomatic efforts. The pair will work closely with the National Security Council to support Haiti in the aftermath of Moïse's killing.
  • He will help lead efforts to provide Haiti with "humanitarian, security, and investigative assistance,” per the statement. The U.S. is helping Haitian authorities with their probe into Moïse’s murder.

Foote has previously served as deputy chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia.

What they're saying: "Special Envoy Foote brings extensive diplomatic experience to this role – including as Deputy Chief of Mission in Haiti and as the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia," Price wrote in the statement.

  • "The Department congratulates Special Envoy Foote as he takes on his new role and thanks him for his continued service to his country."

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Oct 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Breaking Biden's diplomatic logjam

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Data: Center for Presidential Transition via Congress.gov; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

The logjam for reviewing and confirming President Biden's ambassadorial picks is finally starting to break.

Why it matters: Biden is far behind his predecessors in the rate at which his ambassadorial picks have been confirmed. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a series of high-profile hearings and votes this week to finally begin chipping away at the backlog.

State Department orders evacuation of U.S. diplomats' families from Ukraine

From left, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Chargés d'Affaires in Ukraine Kristina Kvien during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal in Kyiv. Photo: Yevhen Liubimov/ Ukrinform/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The State Department will begin evacuating families and non-essential staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv this week, according to a travel advisory released Sunday evening.

Why it matters: The move underscores U.S. fears that a Russian invasion could destabilize Ukraine and threaten embassy's ability to assist Americans.

Perfect storm brewing for extreme politicians

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Redistricting and a flood of departing incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year's midterm elections.

Driving the news: At least 19 House districts in 12 states are primed to attract such candidates — hard partisans running in strongly partisan districts — according to an Axios analysis of districts as measured by the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voter Index (PVI).