Kerry, Hagel rebuke Reid on fast-track trade bill
February 1st, 2014
03:45 PM ET
6 months ago

Kerry, Hagel rebuke Reid on fast-track trade bill

(CNN) - Even old friends have occasional disagreements.

In a rare joint appearance at the Munich Security Conference, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dismissed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's opposition to renewing fast-track trade authority and predicted that the bill will ultimately pass in spite of Reid's opposition.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • European Union • Harry Reid • John Kerry • Trade
State of the Union: Foreign policy - U.S. still a leader?
January 27th, 2014
11:23 AM ET
4 months ago

State of the Union: Foreign policy - U.S. still a leader?

(CNN) – While a sluggish economic recovery keeps the national focus on domestic issues, the Obama administration enters its sixth year with an evolving foreign policy dealing with longstanding challenges in the Middle East and new priorities in Asia.

After ending the Iraq war and winding down combat operations in Afghanistan this year, President Barack Obama seeks to shift the perception of U.S. power from self-interested unilateralism to a more multilateral, cooperative approach.

CNN's live, comprehensive coverage of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address starts at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday. Go to CNN.com for complete coverage or take it with you on your iPhone, iPad or Android.
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Filed under: John Kerry • State of the Union
Obama to pay visit to Pope
January 14th, 2014
12:48 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama to pay visit to Pope

(CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to soon meet with Pope Francis for the first time.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.

Kerry did not say when the trip would take place.

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Filed under: John Kerry • President Obama
January 9th, 2014
01:22 PM ET
7 months ago

To be or not to be... a politician

(CNN) - Addressing the firestorm Thursday over the George Washington Bridge controversy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared, "I am not a bully." The statement, which was made in response to a reporter's question, is the latest of a long line of existential declarations made over the years by politicians in a wide variety of circumstances.

Below is a light-hearted look back at some memorable statements politicians have made over the years addressing what it means "to be" (or not to be).
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December 27th, 2013
01:58 AM ET
7 months ago

Caught on video: Snoop Dogg and the secretary of state

A surreal video surfaced on social media Thursday in which rapper Snoop Dogg and Secretary of State John Kerry fist-bump and talk hip-hop at the White House. Seriously.

Snoop tweeted a link to the video posted on his Instragram account Thursday afternoon. “@SnoopDogg “Boss life. me n john kerry at d white house !!! #reincarnated #khc instagram.com/p/iZstshv9Ha/”

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Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran
December 15th, 2013
09:24 AM ET
7 months ago

Kerry weighs in on North Korea execution, Bob Levinson in Iran

(CNN) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution of his uncle was “an ominous sign” of instability and danger, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Kerry also weighed in on reports about former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran seven years ago. The United States has not stopped efforts to get him released, Kerry told ABC's "This Week."

The secretary of state is on an overseas trip that's taken him to Jerusalem, Ramallah, Vietnam, and will carry him through Manila and Tacloban later this week.
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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • North Korea
December 10th, 2013
09:21 PM ET
8 months ago

Kerry tells Congress to hold off on new Iran sanctions for now

Washington (CNN) - He doesn't trust Iran, vows it won't get nuclear weapons, and believes past rhetoric by its leaders threatening annihilation of Israel is unacceptable and kind of insane.

So why is Secretary of State John Kerry so adamant about getting time to try to negotiate an agreement that would further curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting crippling economic sanctions?

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Filed under: Congress • Iran • John Kerry • Nuclear weapons
After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace
December 7th, 2013
08:12 PM ET
8 months ago

After Iran deal, Obama and Kerry pivot to Middle East peace

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made explicit the administration's renewed attempts to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Palestine Saturday as the United States begins to assume a more muscular role in talks.

At the Brookings Institution's annual Saban Forum on Middle East issues and U.S.-Israeli relations, Obama and Kerry each spoke about a budding interim deal that would work towards a two-state solution.
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Filed under: John Kerry • Middle East • President Obama
Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’
December 1st, 2013
10:39 AM ET
8 months ago

Former CIA head: U.S. has ‘accepted Iranian uranium enrichment’

Washington (CNN) - Retired Gen. Michael Hayden said Sunday the United States has all but conceded Iran has the right to enrich uranium.

"We have accepted Iranian uranium enrichment," Hayden said when asked about the agreement reached last week between Iran and the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry • Michael Hayden • Obama administration
Negotiator in chief: How John Kerry delivered the Iran deal
November 25th, 2013
03:07 PM ET
8 months ago

Negotiator in chief: How John Kerry delivered the Iran deal

Washington (CNN) - Just nine months into his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry successfully delivered an interim deal with Iran on its nuclear program. It is the most significant level of cooperation between the United States and the Iranians in decades and it could impact the remainder of his tenure.

While the deal that also includes other world powers has been panned by Israel - one of the biggest U.S. allies in the region - and some members of Congress, Kerry has praised it as a good first step.

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Filed under: Iran • John Kerry
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