Introducing ‘CongressWatch Minute’

In our first CongressWatch Minute, Senior Congressional Reporter John T. Bennett discusses why Congress may stumble and bicker into failing to grant the Pentagon’s request for extra funding for Israel’s Iron Dome before leaving for a five-week summer break — even though the proposal has broad support among members of both parties in the House and…

Why John McCain Sees Barack Obama’s Middle East Policy As Elephant Dung

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is known for speaking his mind. After all, he is the Senate’s modern-day “Maverick,” and once rode a presidential campaign tour bus called the “Straight Talk Express.” So leave it to McCain to compare his old political foe’s Middle East policy to the, well, droppings of an elephant — and that…

Speaking Hebrew in the Arabian Gulf? Israeli Leaders Flag Common Voice Against Shared Iranian Threat

By BARBARA OPALL-ROME JERUSALEM – Could Israel be the great white hope that will galvanize moderate, like-minded Sunni states throughout the Near East and Arabian Gulf against the region’s rising Shia hegemon? Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to do battle – alone if he must – against the spinning centrifuges that strengthen the ayatollahs and…

Live Blog: Senate Committee Will Grill Chuck Hagel Over Israel, Iran, Defense Cuts

Today is the day so many have been waiting for. No, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday. Yet. Rather, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his nomination to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary. Since Hagel’s name was floated for the post in early December, Hagel has…

Multiple Hagel Confirmation Hearings? ‘It’s Possible,’ Says SASC Chairman Levin.

It took lawmakers nearly 10 hours last week of sometimes-substantive, sometimes-political hearings to sort through the Benghazi scandal and Sen. John Kerry’s nomination to be secretary of state. Could it take longer for a Senate panel to grill Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s pick to be defense secretary? “It’s possible,” Senate Armed Services Committee Carl Levin,…

Poll: Obama Should Focus on Global Economy, Stopping Iranian and North Korean Nuke Efforts

Most American voters believe during his second term President Obama’s top global priorities should be focusing on the sluggish global economy, keeping Iran and North Korea from developing nuclear arms and ending the Afghanistan war, according to a new poll. Combating terrorism is less on voters’ minds than those issues, states the Better World Campaign…

Got a Chuck Hagel Problem? There’s a Colin Powell for That.

The anti-Chuck Hagel factions had their say, some of them on Sunday morning political talk shows. This morning, the Obama administration is trotting out its chief national security fixer: former Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. (ret.) Colin Powell. Hagel has endured an onslaught of criticism from advocates of massive Pentagon budgets, pro-Israel…