White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment
December 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET
4 months ago

White House prepared to allow limited Iran nuclear enrichment

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration is prepared to allow Iran to engage in a "limited enrichment program" if Tehran holds up its end of an international agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under stringent global oversight, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

"We are prepared to negotiate a strictly limited enrichment program," Obama administration national security spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • Obama administration
November 10th, 2013
10:58 AM ET
5 months ago

Graham to keep holds on Obama nominees

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed on Sunday that he would continue to block President Barack Obama's nominations until Congress hears from Benghazi survivors.

The South Carolina lawmaker told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" that he will place holds on any nomination put forth by the administration unless it makes available five survivors of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, who have been interviewed by State Department investigators but remain out of Congress' reach.

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Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'
September 28th, 2013
02:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Cruz to Obama: Don't meet with Rouhani's until Iran releases 'prisoners of conscience'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It didn't take long.

Just a day after President Barack Obama answered a phone call from Iranian president Hassan Rouhani - the first contact a U.S. president has had with an Iranian leader since Jimmy Carter spoke by phone with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi in 1979 - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, says Iran needs to meet certain preconditions, or the leader of the free world should send Rouhani's next call to voice-mail.

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Iran • President Obama • Ted Cruz
Pryor a 'no' on Syria
Sen. Mark Pryor, seen here in a political ad, is a "no" on striking Syria.
September 7th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
7 months ago

Pryor a 'no' on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama administration sells its plan for limited military strikes against Syria, an Arkansas Democrat says he "cannot support military action at this time."

Sen. Mark Pryor issued a statement Saturday saying President Obama and his national security team have not yet made an effective case for taking action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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Polls: You don't want the U.S. involved in Egypt
August 15th, 2013
11:33 AM ET
8 months ago

Polls: You don't want the U.S. involved in Egypt

Washington (CNN) - The United States should stay out of Egypt.

That seemed to be the sentiment from Americans regarding the upheaval in the Middle East nation after Egypt's military deposed President Mohamed Morsy, according to polling conducted last month, prior to the outburst of violence this week.
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Filed under: Egypt • Foreign Policy • Polls
Rand Paul carves out own space on foreign policy
February 6th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
1 year ago

Rand Paul carves out own space on foreign policy

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul advanced his foreign policy views in a speech on Wednesday that appeared to be aimed at showing his fluency in that arena, particularly on radical Islam, the suspected Iranian nuclear weapons program, and U.S. military involvement.

On some of those issues, he sounded tones similar to his father, the former three-time presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Rand Paul campaigned for his father, who drew attention for his libertarian views - which he described as non-interventionist but critics described as isolationist.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Rand Paul
While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid
January 8th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year ago

While visiting Israel, Sen. Paul calls for less U.S. foreign aid

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Rand Paul is staying true to his message against sending millions in aid money overseas, even while visiting Israel, one of the largest beneficiaries of U.S. assistance.

"It will be harder to defend Israel if we destroy our country in the process," Paul said at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, according to the Jerusalem Post. "I think there will be significant repercussions to running massive deficits."
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • Israel • Rand Paul
McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing
December 10th, 2012
05:07 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain seeking Foreign Relations seat before possible Rice confirmation hearing

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain is seeking a slot on the Foreign Relations Committee next year and could be in place to grill United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice at her confirmation hearing if President Obama nominates her to be secretary of state.

The Arizona Republican is one of Rice's harshest critics. He has suggested the U.N. ambassador tried to cover up the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya - which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens - as a means to help the president win re-election.
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Filed under: Foreign Policy • John McCain • Senate • Susan Rice
November 19th, 2012
03:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama lauds Aung San Suu Kyi, gives a nod to Myanmar

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CNN) - Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar on Monday, praising the courage of fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi while also providing a symbolic nod to initial reforms in a nation once notorious for political repression.

Later, Obama traveled to Cambodia for a summit of regional leaders and held what an aide called a "tense"meeting with the host country's prime minister that emphasized the need for improving human rights there.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • President Obama
The New York Times endorses Obama again
October 27th, 2012
07:01 PM ET
1 year ago

The New York Times endorses Obama again

(CNN) - The New York Times on Saturday endorsed Barack Obama, citing the president's policies in health care, the economy, foreign affairs, civil rights and his choices of two Supreme Court justices among the reasons for support.

"In the poisonous atmosphere of this campaign," the editorial states, "it may be easy to overlook Mr. Obama’s many important achievements, including carrying out the economic stimulus, saving the auto industry, improving fuel efficiency standards, and making two very fine Supreme Court appointments." FULL POST

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