The Gang of Eight that's working on passing an immigration reform law seems more like a gang of seven people who are managing one guy: Marco Rubio. The Florida senator and budding Republican star appears to be both critical to passing the bill and always within inches of blowing it up.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein revealed she's open to holding public hearing about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs during an appearance on ABC's This Week, while everyone else gave their initial opinions on the blockbuster scoops.
Chinese hackers backed by the People’s Republic of China accessed internal data from both the McCain and Obama campaigns in the lead-up to the 2008 elections, according to a report from NBC News.
The Daily Show returned from a week off last night, and Jon Stewart decided to tackle John McCain's trip to Syria, where the senator may have taken a picture with two men who may have kidnapped Shiite Muslims last year.
Everyone was talking about Attorney General Eric Holder and the IRS scandal on this week's Sunday talk shows. Issa made the biggest statement with a transcript that might show direction for Tea Party scrutiny came from Washington while also calling Jay Carney a "paid liar." Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer says immigration reform will pass the Senate on July 4!
John McCain is pretty sure we can identify the "good guys" in the Syrian conflict after his secret visit to the country this week.
Senator John McCain secretly crossed the border to meet with Syrian rebels on Monday.
John McCain recently visited with Syrian rebel leaders inside the civil war torn country where he was told about alleged chemical weapons attacks from the Assad regime. These allegations seem to be supported by evidence presented in a lengthy and detailed report from the French magazine Le Monde accusing the Assad regime of using chemical weapons frequently in the fight around Damascus, the country's capital, over the last two months.
For two days John McCain and Ted Cruz have been fighting on the Senate floor over the rules for negotiating a budget, but, like so many fights, it's also about so much more. Cruz is being annoying about the budget, but worse, he just doesn't get the Senate.
Sen. Dick Durbin blamed Republicans fear of Hillary Clinton dominating the 2016 Presidential election on the obsession with turning Benghazi into a major scandal. He called the whole thing part of the "political show" in the election's build up.
Everyone talks about the upcoming immigration bill debate while Peter King thinks arming the Syrian rebels may not be the best idea for the U.S.
There will be an aspect of the NRA's convention — which opens today with an all-star list of speakers — that feels like a victory celebration. But after steamrolling over an ineffectual Organizing For Action, the NRA may have met its toughest opponent: Public Policy Polling.
The Obama administration is getting ready to send arms to Syrian rebels, The Washington Post's Karen DeYoung reports, by way of very convoluted descriptions from anonymous senior administration officials attempting to describe the Obama administration's thinking. Got that? Didn't think so. Here's a guide to where we're at — almost.
Of the Senator's latest expert suggestions — that the Boston bombings and Benghazi showed a national security weakness — President Obama said, "No, Mr. Graham is not right on this issue, although I'm sure it generated some headlines." Wrong. What it generated was cable news hits for Graham. And the No. 1 thing Lindsey Graham is an expert on... is getting on TV.
Sen. Joe Manchin wants to bring that ol' background check bill back to the Senate floor, he revealed on Fox News Sunday.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Bob Corker told reporters they believe the presence of the chemical weapons signals that the Assad regime has crossed the so-called "red line" the administration laid out previously that should dictate increased action by the U.S.
When the U.S. served Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with federal charges and announced that it would be trying him in civilian court — not as an enemy combatant — it was a moment when rationality beat emotion. What the brothers Tsarnaev allegedly did was really awful. But the Constitution still covers people who committed really awful crimes.
After weeks of secrecy about his approval of a plan set to be introduced this week, Rubio appeared on basically every Sunday morning talk show known to man to back the plan.
An analysis on the early details of the "gang of eight" proposal shows a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that is an intentionally arduous bureaucratic labyrinth that will take two decades years to crawl through.
The Senate will release a bipartisan immigration reform bill by the end of the week — maybe. The "gang of eight" can't even agree on whether they'll come to an agreement in time. But you wouldn't know that, watching the kook-free coverage of the immigration debate.
The planned GOP filibuster of gun-control legislation was losing steam on Tuesday, as more than half a dozen GOP lawmakers abandoned their conservative colleagues' effort to block consideration of the bill.
This week on the Sunday talk shows, Lindsay Graham isn't afraid of big, bad Hillary Clinton running for President; Dan Malloy thinks the face of the NRA is more a circus act than anything; and everyone else gabs about North Korea.
As is usually the case in DC, we can predict the outcome of the Senate's vote on gun measures a few weeks before the vote happens. One of the only question marks — universal background checks — may also be resolved, thanks to a big name. Not Bloomberg. McCain.
Sen. Lindsey Graham cares more about Benghazi than John Brennan, but more about drones than Benghazi.
President Obama descended upon the Jefferson Hotel, "a neutral gathering place," Wednesday night for a secretive dinner date with a group of GOP senators. Encouragingly, a food fight did not ensue.
Republican lawmakers have tried and failed for years to urge presidents to pardon the legendary boxer. Today it looks like some key Democrats might help nudge President Obama once again.
Republicans have been going through a civil war since they fared much worse than they expected in the 2012 elections. Actually, it's a lot of civil wars. So many that it's hard to keep them all straight. We've created a chart of GOP infighting to help you sort them out.
Ray LaHood plays sequester town criar; John McCain warns that John Brennan's confirmation could be held up until more Benghazi secrets are handed over.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the White House will provide to the Senate Intelligence Committee emails in which Obama officials discuss how to describe the attacks. Could the GOP's Benghazi fever finally be over?
Lindsey Graham and John McCain seem ready to move on from the whole Chuck Hagel debacle; Rand Paul and Paul Ryan talk about the potential of their respective 2016 runs; and there's some chatter over the President's leaked immigration plan.
Republican senators filibustered Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel on Thursday (though they'd rather you didn't call it that) for one reason, but they're hoping the delay gives them enough time to find another reason to block his nomination.
The cloture vote failed, 58-40-1, to move Hagel's confirmation forward and end the filibuster. A new vote will be set for after Senate recess, likely either on February 25 or 26.
Growing unease about Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief could lead Republicans to force the nomination to clear a 60-vote threshold on the Senate floor, lawmakers said Tuesday.
Rand Paul defended his Tea Party response to the President's State of the Union address from criticism that it shows division in the Republican party, and Lindsay Graham has a new problem with confirming the nominations of Chuck Hagel and John Brennan: he wants more info on Benghazi.
The two newest targets of John McCain's barbs over the attack on the Benghazi are the outgoing Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who McCain essentially called a liar.
Iran's president wants to be the first Iranian in space, which might be open to jokes considering his country's mostly debunked claim about sending a monkey into orbit. But actually referring to Ahmadinejad as a "monkey" is a terrible idea, which McCain found out today as he went on the defensive on Twitter.
Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Defense did not go well, but if he fails to get the job, it won't be because of some deeply held foreign-policy principle. And the best evidence rests with one man: John McCain.
Sen. John McCain wanted one thing from his aggressive questioning of his former friend Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday: for Hagel to admit that McCain had been right about the Iraq surge. He did not get what he wanted.
A bipartisan group of senators is releasing a new immigration plan today, the core selling point of which is a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that is a maze of apparently punitive bureaucratic red tape.
Paul Ryan mades his return to the Sunday talk shows on Meet the Press this morning; Dianne Feinstein spoke on the "uphill climb" her assault weapons ban bill faces; and Republicans and Democrats teased the upcoming immigration reform package.
Susan Rice may be defeated, and Hillary Clinton may be leaving Foggy Bottom, but John McCain isn't giving up on the idea that someone, someday is going to answer is questions about Benghazi.
Here's our full breakdown of the Secretary of State's two-part testimony, featuring all the back-and-forth, important quotes now on the congressional record, video clips of the most heated moments, and some reactions from the chattering class.
Colin Powell tells David Gregory why he thinks Hagel should be confirmed for Secretary of State, what he thinks of problems within the GOP, then gives a vague endorsement for gun reform. Elsewhere on the Sunday shows: Cory Booker dodges confirming a Senate run and more Hagel talk.
The number of strongly-worded letters inspired by the scenes depicting torture in Zero Dark Thirty grows by the day. Today, a group of Senators directed their ire towards acting-CIA director Michael Morell about comments he made about torture in his own strongly worded letter.
As Vladimir Putin signed the bill, heartbreaking mid-adoption stories began to emerge, from New York to Ohio to California, of would-be parents to many of the approximately 1,000 Russian children taken in by U.S. families each year.
The trio of senators who led the months-long wave of criticism against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice are suddenly focusing their attention on Obama's potential pick for Secretary of Defense.
We already knew that Zero Dark Thirty messed up a couple of details about the bin Laden raid, but now, some senators would like the filmmakers to know they're straight up "incorrect."
Less than an hour after an accountability review lambasted the State Department for its response to the Benghazi consulate attack, Hillary Clinton started doling out security guards to missions around the world.
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