Four House Republicans are pressing the State Department to better explain its oversight of a United Nations agency that has been accused of facilitating anti-Semitic activities.
Dozens of countries reached a climate change agreement in Warsaw on Saturday.
Tensions ran high during the talks between richer nations and poorer ones on who should take the blame for global warming and who should provide compensation.
The Obama administration is quietly trying to kill an effort at the U.N. to rein in its global spying, Foreign Policy's blog The Cable reports.
If confirmed, Leslie Berger Kiernan, the president's deputy counsel at the White House, will take over from Joseph Torsella, who is stepping down at the end of the year.
Top diplomat and defense chief to press lawmakers to quickly pass U.N. disabilities treaty.
The rift is widening between rich and poor countries at climate talks in Poland.
The treaty's failure was one of Kerry's great disappointments as Foreign Relations chairman.
U.S. Ambassador said talks can't go from "zero to 60" immediately.
The U.S. will no longer have a vote on determining UNESCO priorities.