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.
President Barack Obama’s second-term foreign policy efforts are being dinged from the political right — and left. That should be good news for potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, right? Maybe not, says one Republican insider.
If the field of Republican candidates who could win the presidency in 2016 is slim, imagine the shallow pool of vice-presidential contenders. One longtime observer of national politics suggested a name that is very familiar to the national security sector: Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Rep. Mike Turner says the Ukrainian government has asked the Obama administration to give its military weapons in its standoff with Russian forces. And the expected candidate to take the House Armed Services Committee gavel is demanding the White House explain a few things.
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.
ANALYSIS A bill that would require an increased US military footprint in Europe could put Senate Democrats and the Obama White House in a tough spot because such measures allow Republican incumbents and candidates to sound a tougher-on-Russia tone than loyal-to-Obama Democrats.
“It makes no sense to me!” roared Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The Utah Republican, joined by other GOP members, on Thursday spoke passionately about blocking an Obama administration plan to rescind a restriction on Libyans from coming to the United States to study nuclear science. Why? Reasons one, two and three seemed to be: Benghazi.