(Photo from Twitter) Legislative crises have becoming a Holiday Season tradition in Washington right up there with powerful officials mingling with other powerful officials at invitation-only parties. But, thankfully, a snarky soul has created a Twitter account to help us all cope. On Tuesday evening, senior lawmakers rolled out what’s called a “cromnibus.” You may…
Robert Gates was the Republican holdover and bureaucratic ninja. Leon Panetta deserved the secretary of defense post after a much-ballyhooed stint at the CIA. But Chuck Hagel was supposed to — finally — be Barack Obama’s man at the Pentagon.
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…
Buried beneath the nasty political brawl over the Obama administration’s swap of five senior Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is Obama’s cold-blooded strategic thinking. And President Barack Obama’s big gamble already has deepened Republicans’ frustrations with him, which could make easing sequestration a political impossibility.
It’s #NDAA2015 Eve and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., will deliver remarks at noon (EDT) at Washington’s Heritage Foundation about his version of the defense authorization bill. Our John T. Bennett will provide real-time details and analysis of McKeon’s speech. Just click here to get the latest from McKeon on your phone, tablet…
When it comes to standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. John McCain has it all figured out. Just ask him. His plan? Simple. Washington merely has to be “strong and steadfast.”
When potential Republican presidential candidates flocked to Las Vegas last month for a high-profile event, they were eager to curry favor with the party’s biggest donors. But perhaps none more so than Sheldon Adelson.
ESSAY If Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky runs for the Republican presidential nomination, his biggest critic just might be Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who once again is sharply criticizing the tea party darling’s foreign policy views.
Spend enough time observing and interacting with politicians, and one quickly can differentiate those focused exclusively on politics from those interested in getting some things done. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., falls into the latter category. And that makes his take on the Obama administration’s handling of foreign policy worth mulling.
How long does Russian President Vladimir Putin intend to keep tens of thousands of military troops inside Crimea or camped out along his country’s border with Ukraine? A long time, according to a senior US lawmaker who says the Bear is hunkering down.