John Kerry

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

What convinced Obama to finally ask Congress for permission to do something?

After putting a decision to launch military strikes on Syria into the hands of Congress, President Barack Obama is doing what his critics have long accused him of failing to do: reaching out, personally and aggressively, to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. While top lieutenants including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

Obama overruled his own foreign policy team on Syria

For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all. Obama’s abrupt decision to seek congressional approval before striking Syria also overshadowed what had been a surprising level of consensus among the second-term […]

The shadows of Edward Snowden, Syria crisis

The shadows of Edward Snowden, Syria crisis

The Syrian crisis and National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden overshadowed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry‘s meeting Tuesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of an Asian summit in Brunei. Lavrov declined to sum up his more than 90-minute meeting with Kerry, telling reporters only that their discussion was “excellent.” After […]

Massachusetts voters picking a new senator

Massachusetts voters picking a new senator

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls to pick a new U.S. senator. Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez scrambled to energize supporters and mobilize get-out-the-vote efforts in the hours leading up to Tuesday’s special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate. Both candidates made a series of campaign stops […]

Democrats appear headed for victory in Massachusetts special election

Democrats appear headed for victory in Massachusetts special election

National Republicans cheered former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez’s Massachusetts primary victory, but Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Tuesday’s primary elections set up an eight-week sprint to the June 25 election. In Markey, the race pits a longtime liberal politician known for environmental […]

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Clinton leaves Secretary of State post

Hillary Rodham Clinton formally resigned Friday as America’s 67th secretary of state, capping a four-year tenure that saw her shatter records for the number of countries visited. In a letter sent to President Barack Obama shortly before she was to leave the State Department for the last time in her official capacity, Clinton thanked her […]

Clinton doesn’t see ‘getting back into politics’

Clinton doesn’t see ‘getting back into politics’

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday cast doubt on speculation she might run for the White House in 2016. In an interview taped for National Public Radio, Clinton was asked what questions she needs to answer for herself as she decides whether to run for president. “I’m not even posing those questions. […]

Democratic support growing for Hagel nomination

Democratic support growing for Hagel nomination

Democratic support for Chuck Hagel’s nomination for defense secretary grew on Thursday as the former Republican senator allayed concerns about his past statements on Israel and Iran. Sens. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Chris Coons of Delaware and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said they met with Hagel this week […]