August 3rd, 2014
01:21 PM ET
2 months ago

Perry slams Obama admin again, this time over Israel

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been blasting the Obama administration for what he called “second-guessing” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over recent clashes in Gaza.

“We need to be standing up with Israel, sending a strong message to those in the Middle East that would attack this democracy that we are their ally and they can count on us,” Perry told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Despite recent public praise from Netanyahu for the United States, Perry insisted the Obama administration has sent mixed messages during efforts to create calm in the region.

“I think that there have been messages sent both publicly and privately that have not been strong in their support of Israel,” Perry said. “I don't understand why this administration would criticize Israel for trying to protect their citizens and their country from a group who have clearly stated that they will not be satisfied until Israel is wiped off the face of the Earth.”

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Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure
August 3rd, 2014
01:04 PM ET
2 months ago

Obama ‘confident’ in CIA director; some in Senate aren’t so sure

Washington (CNN) – Will an apology be enough to soothe the strained relations between the CIA and members of the Senate Intelligence Committee? It’s a critical lingering question in the rare public spat between the intelligence agency and the lawmakers charged with the agency’s oversight.

Tempers on the committee flared in recent months over reports that the CIA spied on computers used by intelligence committee staffers. A CIA inspector general’s report confirmed these reports this past week, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to apologize to committee members Thursday. However, some members aren’t satisfied, citing Brennan’s previous remarks that batted down the spying accusations

“I don't think an apology is enough,” Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “I think we've really got to have some serious discussions about John Brennan, find out what he knew about this when he was making those statements, what he knew about it at the time. I'm not calling for his resignation, but I'm pretty skeptical right now.”

In contrast, the White House reconfirmed support of Brennan.

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August 3rd, 2014
09:38 AM ET
2 months ago

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Rand Paul tries to shed isolationist image with fall speech

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Washington (CNN) – A rare dose of high-powered bipartisanship, plus a mix of 2014 and 2016 nuggets from our weekly trip around the Inside Politics table:

1. RAND –MAN IN THE MIDDLE ON FOREIGN POLICY?

Politico’s Mike Allen shared important reporting about an effort by Rand Paul to address what is perhaps his most significant obstacle as he pursues the 2016 GOP presidential nomination: the isolationist label.

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