WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Robert Menendez is happy to play the role of a U.S. “bad cop” on Iran. Just don’t call him a warmonger.
The Democratic chairman of the influential Senate Foreign Relations Committee upset the White House by leading the push for a bill that would tighten sanctions even further on Tehran, potentially putting at risk nuclear talks between world powers and the Islamic Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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