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Saying that she still loves Mr. Edwards, and that she believes he still loves her, Ms. Hunter said Tuesday that she was unsure of the future.

“We’ll see what happens,” she said. “I have no plans.”

STATE

Diplomat honored for urging embassy revisions

An American diplomat whose cables helped spur a re-evaluation of “overly barricaded” U.S. embassies has been honored at the State Department for his efforts to improve U.S. diplomacy.

Joshua Polacheck was given the award Tuesday for “constructive dissent” after arguing to higher-ups that diplomacy can be undermined when embassies are constructed outside of city centers and behind high walls.

His cables challenged the prevailing approach since the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His cables helped lead to a departmentwide review of embassy planning.

The award was given by the American Foreign Service Association, the union for U.S. diplomats.

SENATE

Missouri’s McCaskill to skip Democratic convention

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2012, plans to skip the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Ms. McCaskill’s campaign said Tuesday she will spend the week campaigning in her home state instead. She joined a growing list of Democrats in conservative districts who have decided to avoid the convention, which will be a showcase of President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Mrs. McCaskill did not provide further comment on her decision.

Missouri was one of the few swing states that did not vote for Mr. Obama in 2008, and his approval ratings are stubbornly low there. Still, Ms. McCaskill’s absence will be notable: She played a prominent surrogate role for Mr. Obama in 2008, offering an early endorsement in his primary race against then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and continuing to offer support throughout the general election.

Ms. McCaskill attended the 2008 convention, though she was not up for re-election that year. In the past, she has regularly skipped her party’s convention when she is on the ballot. In 2004, for example, she did not attend the convention even though she was her party’s nominee for governor in Missouri.

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