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 […]

Senate panel schedules hearings with Clinton, Kerry

Senate panel schedules hearings with Clinton, Kerry

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify before a Senate panel next Wednesday on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the committee will hold a confirmation hearing on her successor the following day. Senate aides said the Foreign Relations Committee notified senators Wednesday night that Clinton would […]

Obama set to round out new national security team

Obama set to round out new national security team

President Barack Obama may round out his new national security leadership team next week, with a nomination for defense secretary expected and a pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency possible. Former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska is the front-runner for the top Pentagon post. Acting CIA director Michael Morell and Obama counterterrorism adviser […]

No Senate run for actor Ben Affleck

No Senate run for actor Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is taking his name off the list of possible candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat, which would be open if the Democratic senator from Massachusetts is confirmed as secretary of state. Affleck says in a Monday posting on his Facebook page that while he loves the political process, he will not be […]

Memo to Mitt: Release your damn tax returns

Memo to Mitt: Release your damn tax returns

Got a newsflash for Mitt Romney:  You’re losing the debate over your tax returns. And you’re blowing whatever chance you might have had to end Barack Obama’s presidency at one term. You may be a whiz kid when it come to creating hedge funds to milk millions from investors.  You may be a big deal […]

John Edwards trial starts in North Carolina

John Edwards trial starts in North Carolina

Former U.S. Senator John Edwards goes on trial Monday on charges he used illegal campaign contributions to cover up an affair with a mistress who became pregnant during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Edwards is accused of accepting more than $900,000 in campaign funds from two wealthy donors, knowing the exposure […]

McConnell: We don’t need no stinkin’ Russian nuclear treaty

McConnell: We don’t need no stinkin’ Russian nuclear treaty

The Senate’s Republican leader said Sunday he would oppose a nuclear arms treaty with Russia, damaging prospects for President Barack Obama‘s foreign policy priority in the final days of the postelection Congress. Top Democrats still expressed confidence the Senate would ratify the accord by year’s end. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., criticized the treaty’s verification […]

Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards recalled her Saturday as an idealistic law student who challenged professors, a political sage who offered advice at every turn and a matriarch who comforted her family even as she was dying of breast cancer. Edwards’ funeral drew hundreds to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she once mourned […]