Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says
September 9th, 2013
06:46 PM ET
1 year ago

Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is holding off on taking steps toward a first vote on whether to authorize a military strike against Syria over alleged chemical weapons use. The decision follows Russia's proposal that Syria relinquish its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.

An aide said that the Russia proposal is serious and fluid enough that members do not want to lock themselves into a position on Syria just yet. An initial Senate vote on the issue had been expected on Wednesday.


Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Syria
Obama officials try to sway House Democrats on Syria
September 2nd, 2013
03:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama officials try to sway House Democrats on Syria

Washington (CNN) - Making a case for military action in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top administration officials told House Democrats in a phone call Monday to expect more international support in the coming days and argued the collateral damage of any strike would be low, according to two sources on the call.

While both sources said the tone among House Democrats was more positive than expected–given their anti-war fervor over the years–one source said there was still a "healthy dose of skepticism and concern."
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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • President Obama • Syria
McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request
July 30th, 2013
06:53 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain, Graham heading to Egypt at president's request

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, plan to go to Egypt at President Barack Obama’s request as soon as next week, Graham confirmed to CNN.

“We were talking to the president a week or two ago and he said if this continues to deteriorate, we are going to need to reinforce our message here, and he thought if it came from us it would be even more powerful,” Graham said.
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Filed under: Congress • Egypt • John McCain • Lindsey Graham
July 19th, 2013
06:49 PM ET
1 year ago

Cohen: ‘I still think of her as my daughter’

Washington (CNN) – "I was totally stunned."

That's how Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, described his reaction upon finding out the woman he thought was his long lost daughter, really wasn't.
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Filed under: Steve Cohen • Tennessee
Cummings: ‘I cross the street’ when white women walk toward me
July 19th, 2013
05:44 PM ET
1 year ago

Cummings: ‘I cross the street’ when white women walk toward me

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, has been a member of Congress for almost two decades.

Yet when he is walking down the street in Washington, D.C., at night and white women walk toward him, he says "I cross the street" to avoid making them uncomfortable.
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Filed under: Elijah Cummings
July 17th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
1 year ago

Enzi says Wyoming voters will stick with him

Updated at 1:37 p.m. ET on 7/17

Washington (CNN) – A GOP challenge from Liz Cheney could backfire, her new rival Sen. Mike Enzi suggested Wednesday.

The third-term Wyoming Republican said his constituents would stick with him through a primary - despite Cheney's wide name recognition and promise of a newer, younger conservative message.
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Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention
July 17th, 2013
10:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Graham: Boycotting Olympics would get Putin’s attention

Updated at 3:04 p.m. ET on 7/17

(CNN) - It was a suggestion made quickly to a reporter in a Capitol hallway.

But now that Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the record as suggesting a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the South Carolina Republican says it could be a consideration if Vladimir Putin allows NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in his country and continues supporting Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
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Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Olympics • Russia
FIRST ON CNN:  Alexander to reveal two new terror plots
June 18th, 2013
09:47 AM ET
2 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Alexander to reveal two new terror plots

(CNN) – NSA Director Keith Alexander is expected to reveal two terror plots that the agency will say were thwarted with the help of the recently disclosed secret surveillance programs, a congressional source tells CNN.

Alexander is expected to make the announcement at Tuesday House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing.

Last week, Alexander said that these programs helped foil dozens of terror plots - but he offered no specific details.

Still, there is a debate within the intelligence community about what can be revealed to prove these programs work versus what should stay classified for fear of burning sources and methods.


Filed under: House • NSA
June 7th, 2013
03:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Udall: 'I did everything' to alert public to gov't snooping

(CNN) – After President Barack Obama asserted Friday that lawmakers opposed to the government's phone surveillance program had a chance to raise concerns, one Democrat said he's been trying to alert the American public for years about attempts to mine their personal data.

Sen. Mark Udall, a Colorado Democrat who has long pushed for greater transparency in the government's counterterror efforts, told CNN he had taken exhaustive steps to unveil the reasoning behind the National Security Agency's collection of phone call information.
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Filed under: Mark Udall • Terrorism
June 3rd, 2013
09:57 AM ET
2 years ago

Breaking: Sen. Frank Lautenberg dead at 89

(CNN) – Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the New Jersey Democrat who served five terms in the U.S. Senate since 1982 and was the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died Monday of viral pneumonia, his office announced.

Lautenberg, 89, missed key Senate votes late last year during a weeks-long absence due to a cold that turned into what he called a "severe case of bronchitis with fluid in the chest."

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Filed under: Frank Lautenberg • New Jersey • Senate
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