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John Kerry's Confident The IAEA Can Handle Iran, But Congress Isn't Buying It

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

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The Next Phase of an American Legacy: John Kerry, Global Health and Financing for Development

Deborah Derrick | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

This week's Financing for Development (FfD) Conference - a major gathering to advance the post-2015 development agenda - will be critical in deciding how the world's governments and private sector and civil society partners will contribute to international development in the future.

Jessica Schulberg

Senator Pushes For Ban On Ground Troops In War Against ISIS Before 2016 | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the debate in Congress over whether to authorize the ongoing war against the Islamic State drags on, one lawmaker is pushing for a mo...

Erin McPike

These 3 Senators Are Democrats' New Leaders On Foreign Policy | Erin McPike | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

Sen. Chris Coons, one of three younger Democratic senators who have seized leadership roles on foreign policy, chats with Gen. Richard P. Mills in Afg...

Rep. Chris Van Hollen Should Sign the Pro-Diplomacy Letter

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

President Obama said that he would sign the bill that was passed unanimously by the SFRC last week. Unfortunately, several Republicans are trying to make use of this bill to derail the negotiations with Iran and kill a final agreement.

The Proposed Iran Nuclear Weapons Law: Fair to Congress and the President

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

Congress is right to insist upon a role in the process, but it would have been wrong to tie the President's hands as he attempts to negotiate with the Iranian government. On the other side, the President should recognize that his position will be strengthened.

Jessica Schulberg

Iran Nuclear Bill Faces Next Big Hurdle | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A delicately assembled bill to give Congress oversight of the Iran nuclear deal is set for renewed scrutiny as it heads to the Senate fl...

Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Leader Says He's Looking For A 'Path Forward' On Obama's Request To Authorize War Against ISIS | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday he is committed to starting talks with his co...

Jessica Schulberg

How A Man Who Got His Start In Construction Became The Most Powerful Foreign Policy Voice In Congress | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week witnessed one of the most piqued foreign policy showdowns between the executive and legislative branch during the Obama presid...

Congress and the Terrific, Honorable, Very Good, Not-Bad Day

Jason Grumet | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Jason Grumet

Don't look now, but Tuesday, April 14, 2015, was a good day for American democracy. Buds of bipartisanship offer signs that the legislative process is coming back to life after years of dark and depressing political gridlock.

Jessica Schulberg

Congress' Iran Bill Battle Isn't Over Yet | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The negotiated efforts by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to unanimously pass a bill to provide congressional oversigh...

Jessica Schulberg

After Last-Minute Changes, Iran Bill Sweeps Key Vote With White House Support | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After several months of wrangling between the White House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a contro...

Jessica Schulberg

Bob Corker Says Iran Bill Can Withstand Obama Veto | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Monday he's confident his bill to restrict President Barack Obama'...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week delivered a prelude to today's announcement of Hillary Clinton's campaign for president, thus beginning our long national nightmare of breathless fluctuations in swing state polls, manufactured scandals, and faux outrage over faux stories. But it doesn't have to be that way; when the media serves up an unending stream of nothing-burgers (extra Benghazi on that?), we can demand more substantive fare. Like the fact that the 2016 race could be shaping up as a referendum on another war, this one with a country twice as big as Iraq, or that this week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee continued deal-making on legislation that could scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. There are plenty of real scandals to debate -- the declining middle class, our broken justice system, income inequality, the list goes on. So when the fake ones are served up, what we need is a political version of Amazon's Dash Button -- a Who Cares Button. Watch for it as part of HuffPost's 2016 coverage!

Jessica Schulberg

GOP Attempt To Scuttle Obama's Iran Deal Faces Its Own Existential Threats Next Week | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The fragile but growing congressional effort to bring oversight to ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran is at risk of unravelling, as ...

Jessica Schulberg

Barbara Boxer Tells Bob Corker It's 'Reckless' And 'Irresponsible' To Vote Now On Iran Bill | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Wednesday evening asked Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to postpone markup of hi...

Jessica Schulberg

All Eyes On Ben Cardin's Iran Policy | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the recently indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stepping down as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Be...

Jessica Schulberg

Limited Progress On Iran Talks Unlikely To Impress Even Senate Democrats | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an anti-climactic response to a March 31 deadline for reaching a political framework on the Iran nuclear deal, negotiators from Iran,...

Jessica Schulberg

U.S. Lawmakers Unfazed By Allegations Of Israeli Spying | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report from The Wall Street Journal that Israel spied on U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations and then fed that information to members of Co...

Jessica Schulberg

Ash Carter Warns Congress Against Repealing 2001 War Authorization | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday morning, Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered support for a three-...

Jessica Schulberg

Tom Cotton Doesn't Give A Sh** About Iran Talks Protocol. But A Lot Of Others Do. | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An open letter from Senate Republicans to Iranian leadership, released Monday, ended up sparking scorn about its ultimate value and flak...

Donté Stallworth

Meet Tom Cotton, The Senate's Newest Unapologetic Hawk | Donté Stallworth | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a month into his first term as a U.S. senator, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton is already proving to be one of the most hardlin...

Ali Watkins

Lawmakers Continue Pushing For Iran Legislation, Despite Obama's Veto Threat | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than twelve hours after President Barack Obama directly warned lawmakers against nudging their way into talks over Iran’s nuclea...

Ali Watkins

Congress Must Have Voice In Iran Talks, New Foreign Relations Chairman Says | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the newly minted Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair, Bob Corker, settles in, dealing with congressional tensions over Iran is h...

Report on CIA Torture Shows Need for Limiting ISIS AUMF

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

In the absence of greater agitation, limitation and oversight, the national security establishment is likely to get worse, not better, in terms of its accountability to democratic control and the rule of law.