As vacation winds down, Obama faces calls for stronger leadership on ISIS
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.
August 24th, 2014
03:41 PM ET
4 months ago

As vacation winds down, Obama faces calls for stronger leadership on ISIS

(CNN) Washington - On President Barack Obama’s last day of a troubled vacation, politicians criticized his leadership and called for action in the growing threat of terrorist group ISIS.

“The President has got to come forward with a cohesive, comprehensive strategy, not only in Iraq, but also in Ukraine, also in other parts of the world. This is an administration - which the kindest word I can use is feckless - where they have not outlined a role that the United States of America has to play, and that’s a leadership role,” Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

In the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, administration officials made clear that they are shifting from defensive operations against ISIS in Iraq to weighing an attack on ISIS where they are strongest, in Syria. But politicians on both sides of the aisle are impatient for the President to construct a plan and consult with Congress on what many see as an imminent threat from ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State and is called ISIL by some U.S. government officials.
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Filed under: ISIS • Jack Reed • John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham • Mike McCaul • Obama administration • President Obama
July 27th, 2014
12:14 PM ET
5 months ago

Amid world crises, Pelosi praises Obama's 'strong leadership,' while Graham blasts his 'passive responses'

Washington (CNN) – Amid the push for peace in the Middle East and the push for reduced tensions between Russia and the Ukraine, how much has President Barack Obama's leadership helped mitigate those dire situations?

Two top members of Congress offered starkly different characterizations on Sunday.  While one praised the President's "strong" leadership, the other accused Obama of being "AWOL," serving up "passive responses to naked aggression all over the world."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Armed Services Committee, offered their thoughts to CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley during interviews on CNN's "State of the Union."

Is it bad optics, Pelosi was asked, for the president to attend fundraisers as parts of the world seemingly blow up around him?

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McCain: Send Kerry to Israel
July 6th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
6 months ago

McCain: Send Kerry to Israel

Washington (CNN) - As tensions between Israelis and Palestinians ramp up, the United States must begin shuttle diplomacy, according to Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

One of the top Senate Republicans, McCain argued that Secretary of State John Kerry should go to the region and initiate a dialogue between the two sides.

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Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Middle East
Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina
July 4th, 2014
12:27 PM ET
6 months ago

Reality TV star and convicted felon to make Senate bid in South Carolina

(CNN) – This year's U.S. Senate race in South Carolina might be getting a lot more interesting.

Thomas Ravenel – a reality TV star and former Republican state treasurer who was forced to resign from office after being indicted on federal drug charges – announced Friday that he would run as an independent candidate against GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • South Carolina
June 28th, 2014
05:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Controversy grows over prosecution of alleged Benghazi attack mastermind

(CNN) – While the suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi is now on U.S. soil, the political fallout related to his prosecution may just be beginning.

The criminal complaint against Ahmed Abu Khatallah was filed nearly a year ago, and he was nabbed two weeks ago in eastern Libya. He appeared in a federal court in Washington on Saturday – much to some Republicans’ chagrin.
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Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State
June 15th, 2014
12:29 PM ET
6 months ago

Romney: If Clinton runs in 2016, GOP should hit record at State

(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Sunday the way to pull down a potential Hillary Clinton campaign is to attack her record as secretary of state.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate called Clinton’s tenure as American's top diplomat a "monumental bust" and narrowed in on Clinton's recent comments on the Taliban prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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Filed under: 2016 • Eric Cantor • Hillary Clinton • Lindsey Graham • Mitt Romney • Republican Party
June 15th, 2014
11:02 AM ET
6 months ago

Graham: Obama 'stubborn-headed,' 'delusional' on Iraq

(CNN) – An ardent critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham labeled the President as "stubborn-headed,” “delusional" and "detached" over his decision on a U.S. reaction to the unfolding violence in Iraq.

The South Carolina Republican argued Sunday on CNN’s "State of the Union" for more intervention in the country, as Sunni militant fighters ramp up attacks in the region.

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Filed under: Iraq • Lindsey Graham • President Obama • TV-State of the Union
Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'
June 15th, 2014
10:52 AM ET
6 months ago

Graham on primary victory: 'Politics is war in another form'

(CNN) - After defeating a slew of challengers from the right, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday chalked up his primary win to success in messaging and a first-rate ground game.

The South Carolina Republican was asked by CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger, guest host of “State of the Union,” what he did right last week that Rep. Eric Cantor did wrong. Cantor lost his primary to a little-known GOP opponent.

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Another showdown for Lindsey Graham
June 10th, 2014
12:07 PM ET
6 months ago

Another showdown for Lindsey Graham

(CNN) - Five states from Maine to Nevada hold primaries on Tuesday, but the marquee race is in South Carolina, where two-term GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham is hoping to avoid a runoff.

The Palmetto State showdown comes as fellow Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is fighting for his political life in Mississippi. Last week, he was forced into a runoff against a challenger backed by the tea party.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • South Carolina
May 4th, 2014
03:06 PM ET
8 months ago

Political Chatter: Benghazi, Ukraine and deconstructing Obama’s veiled humor

At the annual White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, President Barack Obama and news groups were roasted and toasted amidst a crowd full of Hollywood celebrities. On Sunday morning, journalists got back on topic, dissecting the latest deadly violence in Ukraine, the ongoing investigation into Benghazi and of course, presidential politics.

If you missed the Sunday political talk shows, we’ll get you up to speed on the latest events and opinion in Washington with this comprehensive round up of all things political:

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