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Feb 25, 2014

U.S. lawmakers seek to revive stalled Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. senators sought to revive a bill on Tuesday that would impose new sanctions on Iran despite President Barack Obama’s insistence that the measure would endanger delicate negotiations seeking to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Senator Mitch McConnell, the party’s leader in the Senate, told reporters Republicans wanted to include the sanctions package as an amendment to a bill expanding healthcare and education programs for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 25, 2014

US Congress should reconsider Iraq helicopters after Iran report -McCain

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator John McCain said
on Tuesday a proposed agreement to sell 24 Apache attack
helicopters to Iraq should be reconsidered because of a Reuters
report that Iran has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and
ammunition worth $195 million.

“The Apache sale has got to be on the table. We’ve got to
discuss it,” the Republican Arizona senator said when asked
about whether the arms sale would affect the plan to sell the
Boeing Co. helicopters to Iraq.

Feb 19, 2014

Exclusive: Moldovan, Georgian leaders to visit U.S. – congressional aides

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of Georgia and Moldova are due to visit Washington in the next two weeks, congressional aides said on Wednesday, in what appears to be an effort to show U.S. support for Russia’s neighbors amid the violent political crisis in Ukraine.

Congressional aides said that Georgian Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili will be in Washington next week, and Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca will visit during the first week of March.

Feb 12, 2014

U.S. senator sues Obama administration over NSA data collection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul and a conservative political group sued President Barack Obama and top U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday over the National Security Agency’s collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans.

The lawsuit asks for a federal judge to halt the collection of the records and destruction of any now held by the government, arguing that the program violates privacy rights protected by the U.S. Constitution.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. spy chief calls Syria ‘apocalyptic disaster’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. intelligence chief said on Tuesday the war in Syria had created an “apocalyptic disaster” and said he was convinced that documents alleging torture and murder in the conflict were authentic.

National Intelligence Director James Clapper Was asked by Senator John McCain during a Senate hearing whether he had seen the documents, published by an array of media outlets including CNN, as potential proof of atrocities by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. intelligence chief says Karzai unlikely to sign security pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. director of national intelligence said on Tuesday he does not believe Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

The Obama administration has been pressing Karzai to sign a pact that would authorize U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Karzai has refused to sign so far, although Washington insists a deal must be approved before it will agree to leave a contingent of troops in Afghanistan.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. spy chief: Russia “certainly” a suspect in diplomat comment flap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American intelligence agencies “certainly” consider Russia a possible suspect behind the release of a telephone call recording that surfaced last week in which a U.S. diplomat was heard crudely disparaging the European Union, the U.S. intelligence chief said on Tuesday.

“Well, we don’t know,” National Intelligence Director James Clapper said when asked during a Senate hearing if Moscow intercepted the call between the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State and top U.S. diplomat for Europe.

Feb 11, 2014

U.S. intelligence director does not believe Karzai will sign security pact

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. director of national intelligence said on Tuesday he does not expect Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States.

The Obama administration has been pressing Karzai to sign a security pact that would authorize U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014. Karzai has refused so far to sign, although Washington insists a deal must be approved before it will agree to leave a troop contingent in Afghanistan.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. Senate approves Baucus as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted
unanimously on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama’s
nomination of Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade
policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing.

The Senate voted 96-0, with Baucus voting present, to
confirm the 72-year-old Montana Democrat to the high-profile
appointment.

Feb 6, 2014

U.S. Senate approves nomination of Baucus as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama’s nomination of Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing.

The Senate voted 96-0, with Baucus voting present, to confirm the 72-year-old Montana Democrat to the high-profile appointment.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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