Louisville, Kentucky (CNN) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a "tipping point" because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago.
"I think we've all kind of reached a tipping point," the Kentucky Republican said when asked by CNN . "We've appreciated our alliance with Egypt. The Israelis have certainly thought it was important for the Camp David Accords to be adhered to.
Washington (CNN) – President Obama on Thursday sharply criticized the Egyptian military's deadly crackdown. In doing so, he also acknowledged an administration bet gone bad.
No, the administration still won't use the term "coup" to describe the forced ouster of Egypt's democratically elected government. But, in the president's words, "the United States strongly condemns" the action of an interim government it was counting on to take a measured path after seizing power.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly a year later, Benghazi remains a flashpoint in Washington for two very different reasons: indefensible pre-attack policy decisions and irresistible post-attack politics.
The Obama White House, from the president on down, complains of "phony" Republican-led congressional investigations. Yet the administration's own reluctant, and at times inaccurate, responses to congressional inquiries have contributed to the GOP charge that the administration, at a minimum, has been less than transparent.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Labeling the Obama administration's investigation of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks "simply unacceptable," eight Republican lawmakers are demanding more aggressive steps from the new FBI Director James Comey and asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.
"It has been more than 10 months since the attacks," the GOP lawmakers said in a draft of a letter to Comey obtained by CNN. "We appear to be no closer to knowing who was responsible today than we were in the early weeks following the attack. This is simply unacceptable."
Washington (CNN) - Republicans are right in saying President Barack Obama's new economy road show is a rerun - full of policy proposals and political attacks the country, and the GOP, have heard before.
But there is a new goal in recycling and retooling the Obama economic pitch: a potential government shutdown looms on the horizon and the president is looking to make sure he has the upper hand as that showdown enters crunch time.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - For all the unanswered questions about the Benghazi attack and the Obama administration crisis management in the hours and days after, this much is certain: The GOP-led investigations will carry over from spring into summer and likely beyond.
Five separate House committees are investigating facets of the attack and its aftermath, and the five chairmen compared notes on Thursday at a meeting organized by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It was late in the day with the House oversight hearing on Benghazi winding down. On social media and elsewhere, there was conservative grumbling that Hillary Clinton was getting off relatively unscathed.
Then came conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina's second round of questions.FULL STORY
Dallas (CNN) - George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.
But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.FULL STORY
Jerusalem (CNN) - The most complicated neighborhood in the world is even more uncertain these days, and what you see ranges from breathtaking to heart-stopping.
In Ramallah, West Bank, there are fancier cars and more economic activity than when I last visited five years ago.FULL STORY
Jerusalem (CNN) – The United States is Israel's closest and most important ally, and when there are tensions – over issues like Iran, for example, the Israeli complaint is usually something to the effect of "Washington is too far away to fully understand."
Whether or not you agree, it's worth noting Israel's place in an always complicated neighborhood that is especially uncertain at the moment.