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Senate confirms Kerry as next secretary of state

The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next secretary of state, approving President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton by a wide majority. The Senate voted 94-3 in favor of Kerry, after the chamber’s Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination earlier in the day. His…

Kerry easily clears first confirmation hurdle to be secretary of state

Senator John Kerry easily cleared the first hurdle of his confirmation as the next secretary of state Tuesday with a unanimous vote of approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Kerry, President Barack Obama’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat, must still be confirmed by a…

McCain cracks jokes about hostages and waterboarding

Senator John McCain, the US Navy veteran who was tortured during his years in a Vietnam prison, joked Tuesday about the prospect of a colleague being held hostage in Afghanistan and another being waterboarded. McCain made the remarks just days after a hostage drama in Algeria left dozens of hostages…

Senate rejects resolution scrapping ‘net neutrality’

WASHINGTON — The US Senate rejected a resolution on Thursday seeking to overturn “net neutrality” rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet. The Republican-backed resolution, which the White House had threatened to veto, was defeated by 52 votes to 46 in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved…

Sen. Kerry: Iran not ‘truthful’ about nuclear drive

WASHINGTON — Senior US Senator John Kerry on Tuesday urged sustained pressure on Iran after the UN nuclear watchdog agency released a report seen as backing Western charges that Tehran seeks atomic weapons. “The facts of the IAEA report make it clear that Iran has not been truthful about its…

U.S. envoy quits Syria for ‘security reasons’

US envoy to Syria Robert Ford, an open critic of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on political dissent, has gone on indefinite leave for security reasons, an embassy official said on Monday. “Ambassador Robert Ford is on leave indefinitely. Washingtondecided to give him the leave out of concerns about his personal safety,” the…

Perry aides told different stories in lawsuit

(Reuters) – Contradictions in sworn statements about Rick Perry’s fundraising for his 2006 reelection bid raise questions about whether aides to the Texas governor, who is now running for president, gave false or misleading testimony under oath. In a civil suit later filed by Chris Bell, Perry’s Democratic challenger in…

Pakistan let China see ‘stealth’ chopper from bin Laden raid

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan gave China access to the previously unknown “stealth” helicopter that crashed during the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May despite explicit requests from the CIA not to, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. The revelation, if confirmed, is likely to further shake the…

Senator John Kerry: I’ve never seen the governing process so broken

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) argued Saturday in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and lashed out at House Republicans for failing to “do their job.” “The call for compromise by the American people should be listened to and acted on – now,”…

Clinton vows to fight Republican aid cuts

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned Congress that she will fight to block a Republican push to restrict aid for Israel’s Arab neighbors and Pakistan and cut off climate change funds. Two panels in the Republican-led House of Representatives have approved billions of dollars in cuts…

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