Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?
July 20th, 2014
02:40 PM ET
2 months ago

Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows Sunday following comments, caught on an open mic, that left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli assurances that its ground offensive in Gaza would be limited?

Kerry's comments occurred between multiple television interviews. He was heard in a phone conversation with a State Department deputy, Jonathan Finer, discussing the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed overnight.

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Filed under: Gaza • Israel • John Kerry • Middle East • Palestine
U.S. may dispatch Kerry to Mideast
July 20th, 2014
11:26 AM ET
2 months ago

U.S. may dispatch Kerry to Mideast

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN Sunday he may travel to the region.

"I believe the President is asking me to go over there in very short order to work on the issue of a cease-fire," he told CNN's "State of the Union."

"Israel is under siege by a terrorist organization that has seen fit to dig tunnels and come through those tunnels with handcuffs and tranquilizer drugs, prepared to try to capture Israeli citizens and take them back to hold them hostage. No country could sit by and not take steps to try to deal with people who are sending thousands of rockets your way," Kerry said.

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Filed under: Benjamin Netanyahu • Israel • John Kerry • Palestine
June 8th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
3 months ago

Kerry defends Bergdahl swap

(CNN) - In his first public comments on the issue, Secretary of State John Kerry was unequivocal when discussing the Obama administration's commitment to monitoring the five Taliban figures exchanged for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I'm not telling you that they don't have some ability at some point” to return to fighting, Kerry said in an interview that aired Sunday. "But they also have an ability to get killed doing that. And I don't think anybody should doubt the capacity of the United States of America to protect Americans."

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Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • John Kerry • Obama administration
At Yale, John Kerry knocks Donald Sterling
May 18th, 2014
03:48 PM ET
4 months ago

At Yale, John Kerry knocks Donald Sterling

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in address to graduates at Yale University on Sunday.

"You are graduating today as the most diverse class in Yale's long history," he said. "Or as they call it in the NBA, Donald Sterling's worst nightmare."

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Filed under: John Kerry
May 2nd, 2014
11:25 AM ET
5 months ago

Kerry subpoenaed to testify over Benghazi documents

(CNN) - House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa announced Friday he has subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about the terror attack in Benghazi.

The California Republican called on Kerry to appear at a May 21 hearing.

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Filed under: Darrell Issa • Elijah Cummings • John Kerry
April 29th, 2014
10:03 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Democrats' 'wrong track' blues, Grimm's defiance and John Kerry's apartheid apology

Democrats have “wrong track” blues heading into November: A Washington/Post ABC News poll out Tuesday morning shows a dip in support for President Obama. Just 41% of registered voters approve of his job performance.

The number can’t be good news for Democrats, who control the White House and the Senate.

The main question of 2014 will be whether they can hold on to the Senate. Democrats must defend seats held by senators in eight states won by Mitt Romney in 2012..

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Filed under: 2014 • John Kerry • Michael Grimm
April 28th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
5 months ago

Kerry under fire for reported ‘apartheid’ remarks about Israel

Updated 9:00am ET 4/29/2014

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry drew strong rebukes for reportedly saying that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" if a Mideast peace deal isn’t reached soon.

The alleged comments were reported on Sunday by the Daily Beast, which said it obtained a recording of Kerry speaking to global leaders at a closed-door meeting where the stalled peace process was discussed.

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Filed under: AIPAC • Eric Cantor • Israel • John Kerry • Palestine • Ted Cruz
April 9th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Madam or Mrs? Hillary Clinton's 'future' is now

Yes, it is news that Clinton is officially “thinking” about 2016 run: Hillary Clinton said two important things about a potential presidential run and then got a sweet question from a little girl that literally left her speechless.

Clinton seemed loose and at ease, even candid, during appearances Tuesday in California and Oregon.

And she acknowledged, when asked whether she’ll run in 2016, “I am thinking about it.”

Duh, right?

Actually, this remark is a development.

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Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout
Afghan residents wishing to vote line up underneath underneath Afghan flags outside a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif on April 5, 2014 (FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
April 5th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama congratulates Afghan voters on high election turnout

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Saturday praised the high turnout of voters in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in Afghanistan's history.

Increased violence ahead of the elections threatened to keep voters home, but long lines at polling centers across the country showed the determination of the Afghan people to have their voices heard.

As the U.S. draws down its forces in Afghanistan, the President called on officials to follow through on the election results.
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Filed under: Afghanistan • Elections • Hamid Karzai • John Kerry • President Obama
March 30th, 2014
01:06 PM ET
6 months ago

Senate Intel chair: Crimea’s gone

Washington (CNN) - Some U.S. lawmakers are ready to say that it’s futile to try to persuade Russia to give up control of Crimea.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on Sunday that the debate over the Crimean Peninsula is "done" and the region is now under Moscow's control.

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • John Kerry • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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