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  • Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine Russia and developments in Ukraine.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Senate committee presses Obama administration on inaction against Russia

    Senate Democrats and Republicans pressed the Obama administration for clarity Wednesday on why it has not been more aggressive in using economic sanctions to deter ongoing Russian meddling in Ukraine.

  • President Obama has not made any overtures or even laid out details about how the 2001 use of force authorization should change, say members of Congress who are confounded about the reason. (Associated Press)

    Lawmakers find little guidance from Obama on war resolutions

    Republicans and Democrats alike were exasperated this week by the Obama administration's befuddled effort to address the lingering war resolutions in Iraq and Afghanistan, which remain in effect more than a year after President Obama called for them to be rewritten.

  • From left, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to advance President Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Kerry holds objectors responsible for any future atrocities in Syria

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that members of Congress who refused to authorize retaliatory strikes against Syria would be responsible when the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad gasses its citizens or when North Korea or Iran attempts to use nuclear weapons.

  • Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, speaks Jan. 24, 2013, during his confirmation hearing to become the next top diplomat, replacing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Kerry is likely to face friendly questioning on a smooth path to approval before the committee he has served on for 28 years and led for the past four. (Associated Press)

    Kerry cruises through confirmation hearing for secretary of state

    Sen. John F. Kerry breezed through the hearing Thursday on his nomination as the Obama administration's new secretary of state, facing few tough questions and vowing to mind the image the U.S. projects in a post-9/11 world.

  • **FILE** Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat (Associated Press)

    Menendez eyed for Senate panel

    The nomination of Sen. John F. Kerry as secretary of state prompted a frantic shuffle on Capitol Hill, where congressional sources now say Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey will replace the Massachusetts Democrat as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

  • Sen. John F. Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (Associated Press)

    Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

    Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

  • **FILE** President Obama speaks June 8, 2012, at the White House about the economy. (Associated Press)

    More trouble for Obama nominee to be envoy to Iraq

    Senate Republicans are pressing the White House to dump its nominee to be the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq, citing concerns about his abilities and judgment amid allegations that he acted inappropriately while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad during President George W. Bush's second term.

  • *FILE PHOTO.* President Barack Obama and Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev take part in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    New intel leads senators to oppose START ratification

    Two Senate Republicans expressed new concerns about a strategic arms pact with Russia that could imperil formal ratification as the treaty was voted out of committee on Thursday.

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