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  • 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.

  • Sen. John F. Kerry (second from left) arrives alongside outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (second from right), Sen. John McCain (right) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (left) for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to be the next secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Mr. Kerry, the committee's chairman, is expected to receive overwhelming support from his colleagues. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    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.

  • Sen. Robert Menendez is likely to be elevated to the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The New Jersey Democrat would leapfrog a more senior senator, who would rather retain the chairmanship of another Senate panel. (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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