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February 6, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Obama fundraiser Suzi LeVine nominated as envoy to Switzerland

President Obama has tapped one of his top Seattle political fundraisers, former Microsoft executive Suzi LeVine, to be the next ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. With the pick, announced last week, Obama continues a bipartisan tradition of awarding certain ambassadorships as rewards to political patrons. Since 1960, the Switzerland post has gone to career foreign…

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December 17, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Former Microsoft exec Kurt DelBene to tackle Obamacare website fix

WASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former chief of Microsoft’s Office division and husband of U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, was tapped by President Obama on Tuesday to take over the continuing fix for the troubled Affordable Care Act website. Kurt DelBene will assume his new assignment from Jeff Zients, who was brought in temporarily to tackle the…

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July 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Larsen’s bill would let Microsoft divulge scope of surveillance data collection

WASHINGTON — It won’t ban the kind of secret collection of emails and messages by the National Security Agency that was revealed by the spy agency’s former contractor, Edward Snowden. But a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, Thursday would lift the legal gag order on companies on how much and what type of…

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July 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene’s husband, Kurt, leaving as Microsoft Office president

WASHINGTON — Among the biggest news nuggets from this morning’s announcement about the corporate overhaul at Microsoft is the retirement of Kurt DelBene, president of the company’s Office division and husband of Rep. Suzan DelBene, a freshman Democrat from Medina. Might that clear the way for Kurt DelBene to take on a more visible…

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