| Sep 8, 2013
The Obama administration — with the backing of key Republicans in Congress — is poised to embark on a strategy that entails punitive airstrikes on Syrian government positions and stepped-up lethal aid to moderate elements of the Syrian...
| Sep 4, 2013
Every member of the Senate with a glimmer of ambition to run for president — and that's most of them — knows that a vote for war can make or break a political career. The example of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose vote to authorize the 2003...
| Nov 6, 2013
After years of fruitless negotiations, the United States may soon face an unfamiliar problem in its long confrontation with Iran: Are we willing to take yes for an answer?
Negotiators are scheduled to meet again in Geneva this week to try to move toward...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:23 AM
MOSCOW -- Edward Snowden finally managed to break free of his confinement at the transit zone of Moscow's international airport when he was granted Russian travel documents Thursday, after which he hopped in a cab and left for a secret location, his...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 8:00 AM
WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials hoping to end the nuclear standoff with Iran not only face a nation legendary for hard-line negotiating, they also must deal with members of Congress who may be just as unyielding.
In talks with Iran set...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:05 PM
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 26 senators Thursday introduced legislation calling for tough new Iran sanctions that the White House warned could deal a death blow to upcoming negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program.
| Oct 16, 2013
| 7:31 PM
WASHINGTON – The Senate late Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Caroline Kennedy as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Kennedy, a prominent author and philanthropist and the daughter of President Kennedy, was nominated for the position by...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 4:38 PM
WASHINGTON – America’s chief negotiator with Iran promised in a broadcast intended for Iranians that she will be a “fair, balanced” participant in talks over Tehran’s nuclear program, despite her comment this month that...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:47 PM
WASHINGTON – The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee denounced the CIA’s year-old program to provide military training to moderate Syrian rebels, saying it was “incredibly, incredibly slow” and had so far...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- The new tell-all memoir of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the Obama carryover from the George W. Bush administration, breaks with the traditional code of cabinet members. It dictates that they keep their reservations on...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:58 PM
WASHINGTON — Zach Iscol was a Marine captain in 2004 when his platoon — a combined unit of 30 Iraqis and 20 Americans — seized the railroad station on the first night of the bloody battle of Fallouja.
They spent a week kicking in doors...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 4:33 PM
WASHINGTON — In public, the White House has unleashed scathing criticism of Senate backers of a bill that would slap additional sanctions on Iran, calling the bipartisan effort a march toward war that could upend negotiations to halt the Islamic...