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 23, 2012 |
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SATURDAY The Chris Matthews Show What makes great presidents; President Obama's study of his greatest predecessors. (N) 5 p.m. KNBC, 5:30 a.m. KNBC McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Holiday travel; Cyber Monday; airport survival guide. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Retiring members of Congress look back on their careers: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
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 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 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An afternoon meeting at the White House between President Obama and key Republican senators who are working on immigration reform ended on an upbeat note, with high hopes for legislation “sooner rather than later,” one of the lawmakers said. The president's overture to Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was the first in some time to his occasional opponents, and showed the emphasis Obama has put on making immigration reform a top priority.
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.)
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.
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Efforts to confirm Chuck Hagel as the nation's new secretary of Defense hit another roadblock Thursday, with Senate leaders saying a vote to move forward with his nomination could be delayed in the face of a “full-scale filibuster” on the part of Republicans. The White House had been pushing to get Hagel confirmed before a scheduled meeting next week of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, where plans for Afghanistan will be among the topics of discussion. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president in Georgia that it was “unconscionable” that Republicans were holding up Hagel's confirmation ahead of the meeting.
July 23, 2004 |
Something as simple as just getting our families together once in a while for a barbecue or a potluck supper . . . could help senators find common ground, I think, and may strengthen the bonds of friendship and trust between our two parties. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), June 25, 2004 * MEMO TO: All Senators FROM: Events Planning Committee RE: First "Beltway Blast" Picnic Hey, gang, who says we can't work together?
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.