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Topic - United States Senate Committee On Foreign Relations
Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday that he is skeptical of the deal that world powers recently stuck with Iran over its disputed nuclear program and said a group of lawmakers are working out the details on a new legislative package of sanctions against Iran.
The Obama administration put on a full-court press Sunday to defend the deal the U.S. and key allies struck to try to halt Iran's burgeoning nuclear program — but the White House faces a tough sell with members of Congress who criticized the terms and said they'll still press for even tighter sanctions on the Islamic republic.
A key senator emerged from Tuesday's meeting with President Obama saying some lawmakers are "unsatisfied" with the administration's proposal to begin easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for that nation halting parts of its nuclear program.
The United States will maintain exclusive legal jurisdiction over American soldiers and contractors in Afghanistan after 2014 as part of a draft U.S.-Afghan security pact, congressional aides said Monday, providing details of an agreement that entails key concessions for each side.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized the outlines of a U.S.-led international plan to halt Iran's uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program, saying it sounded as if Iran would be trading a nominal drawdown in enriched uranium in exchange for significant concessions on sanctions.
Syria has become al Qaeda's largest safe haven, with more than 10,000 fighters who outnumber the terrorist network's core organization in Pakistan and its affiliates in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
A senior White House national security aide who was critical of the Obama administration's "whitewash" of the attack on the Benghazi consulate has been fired for writing anti-administration messages under the pseudonym @natsecwonk on Twitter.
The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday formally signed a far-reaching international treaty in New York designed to regulate the international purchase and sale of conventional firearms — despite intense resistance from the American gun lobby and warnings from at least one Republican that the pact will never get ratified in Washington.
Caroline Kennedy appeared to be well on her way Thursday to become the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan, after members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee showered her with praise and said she is well-suited for the job.
President Obama defended his tentative deal with Russia to confiscate Syria's chemical weapons as critics Sunday accused the president of caving to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Seeking to rally support for military action against Syria, President Obama's new ambassador to the U.N. said Friday that the administration has "exhausted the alternatives" and that Americans should agree that there are "lines in this world that should not be crossed and limits on murderous behavior that must be enforced."
This week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry came before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to make his case for war with Syria — a war that a majority of Americans don't want, the administration still can't clearly justify and for which Mr. Kerry himself made a very poor case.
As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prepares to mark up a specific resolution authorizing military strikes in Syria Wednesday, a new poll shows a majority of Americans oppose the United States' intervening in the war-torn country.
Sen. John McCain was busted by a newspaper photographer playing poker on his iPhone during a Senate hearing on Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria, and the potential for America to launch military strikes against President Bashar Assad’s regime.