March 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has been phoning Republican senators in recent days in search of what he called a “common sense" caucus on budget issues, even as House Republicans unveiled legislation Monday to lock in the "sequester" cuts for the remainder of the fiscal year. Of particular note was Obama's outreach to Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the former director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, who is widely seen as one of the GOP's top fiscal experts in the Senate.
January 16, 1999 |
Today "Today": Helen Bonham Carter; staying together for the children; updating a woman's wardrobe; foods that enhance weight reduction, 5 a.m. KNBC. 489790 "America's Black Forum": African American World War II veterans, noon KCAL. 50351 "John McLaughlin's One on One": U.S. relations with Cuba, 2:30 p.m. KCET. 55790 "Tony Brown's Journal": the death of Ron Brown, 3:30 p.m. KCET. 67535 "America and the Courts": Justice Stephen Breyer, 3:30 p.m. C-SPAN. 103448 "Capital Gang": Sen.
November 18, 2012
Re “ Obama angered by GOP attacks ," Nov. 15 We live in an era in which we demand instant answers. We demand to know now what caused an incident within minutes of its occurrence. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice has become the fall guy for trying to satisfy our insatiable and impatient demands. When she made the statements about the attack on the Libyan consulate, perhaps it was the first and only information she had received at that time. As the facts became known, the media and the public were informed.
November 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Three Republican senators said they were unsatisfied by the answers provided by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice after a fence-mending meeting on her disputed role after the terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi. After a one-hour meeting with Rice and acting CIA Director Michael Morrell, Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire each said they had more questions about how Rice came to characterize the Sept.
March 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 12 to 3 on Tuesday to approve John Brennan's as the next CIA director, ending weeks of delay and setting the stage for the full Senate to vote on Brennan's nomination later this week. The committee approved Brennan's nomination in a closed-door hearing after the White House belatedly agreed to give the House and Senate Intelligence committees access to classified Justice Department opinions that the Obama administration used to justify the targeted killing of American terror suspects overseas.
April 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has become the focus of a heated debate over whether he should receive the Miranda warning or be treated as an enemy combatant. U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz indicated in a news conference Friday night that investigators planned to question Tsarnaev without the standard reminder of his rights to remain silent and to request a lawyer. That could make him the first test of a two-year-old Justice Department policy expanding emergency exemptions when questioning terrorism suspects.
May 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein made headlines recently by demanding a forceful U.S. response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against its population. Less noticed was that the California Democrat wasn't urging deeper military involvement or other dramatic steps, but only a new push for action by the United Nations Security Council, which has already rejected Western-backed resolutions on Syria three times. In this cautious approach, Feinstein, who is chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is not alone.
March 12, 2013 |
I hope I'm not too late to the fight. FOR THE RECORD: Filibuster: In a March 12 column about Rand Paul, Sen. Lindsey Graham was identified as (R-Ky.). He is from South Carolina. Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Paul's stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for 13 hours was that the Obama administration wouldn't give him a straight answer on the question of whether the president can unilaterally order the killing of American citizens on American soil with "lethal force, such as a drone strike … and without trial.
February 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As Congress returns to Washington this week, Chuck Hagel appears on track to gain confirmation as Defense secretary from a deeply divided Senate. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who opposes the nomination, said Sunday that Hagel, who has enough support to win approval if Republicans abandon their delaying tactics, would get a confirmation vote. That vote could take place as early as Tuesday. “I think it will happen barring some additional revelation concerning his comments about Israel and all those other really unfortunate things he's said in the past,” McCain said on CNN's “State of the Union.” Before the Senate began its current, 10-day recess, Republicans succeeded in blocking a confirmation vote on the nomination of Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska.
November 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The top Republican leading the fight against Susan Rice as the new secretary of State softened his opposition and said Sunday he was open to hearing her explain why she declared the burning of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was part of a protest rather than a terrorist attack. “I'd give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on the “Fox News Sunday” show. “I'd be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her.” Also Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)