Kerry Finalized as Secretary of State Nominee

By: Friday December 21, 2012 9:15 am

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will become the next nominee for Secretary of State, replacing Hillary Clinton and creating another Senate vacancy. President Obama will formally announce the nomination today at the White House, according to sources. He is not expected to face much resistance in the Senate for confirmation. Kerry will likely recuse [...]

Report: John Kerry to Be Named Secretary of State

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 11:20 am

Former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry has been chosen to serve as Secretary of State, according to a Chicago Sun-Times columnist who heard it from an unidentified White House source. This doesn’t exactly come from left field. Kerry, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was rumored to be on the short list for [...]

Susan Rice Withdraws From Consideration for Secretary of State

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 1:12 pm

I imagine this will be perceived as the right wing collecting a scalp, but considering that liberal groups increasingly saw Susan Rice as no picnic either, this probably falls under the auspices of an acceptable loss. This is the statement from the President: Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to [...]

29 Dem Senators, Including Reid and Schumer, Sign Letter Opposing Social Security Cuts

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 2:49 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his top lieutenant Chuck Schumer joined 29 Senate Democrats in all, pledging to oppose any cuts to Social Security inside a broader deficit package. Several model deficit reduction packages, like the Bowles-Simpson recommendations, included cuts to Social Security benefits in the form of changing the calculation of the cost [...]

Do-Nothing Option on Deficits Finally Gets Noticed

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 8:05 am

I like that only now, after nearly two years of deficit fearmongering, does the New York Times bother to mention that doing nothing on the deficit will reduce the deficit far more than any deal. The latest Congressional failure to agree on a plan for balancing the government’s books could yield a surprising result: a [...]

Catfood Commission II Could Hinge on Kerry

By: Thursday November 3, 2011 8:55 am

The President is reportedly disengaged from the Catfood Commission II deliberations, which is the right political play. He’s improving his standing by focusing on jobs, and the deficit reduction discussions, likely to fail, are precisely what dragged him down over the summer. So letting Congress deal with its own mess makes sense. At some point, [...]

Kerry, Not Baucus, Weakest Link on Catfood Commission II

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 9:35 am

I was on the radio yesterday and I explained that Max Baucus is probably to the left of all the announced members of the Catfood Commission II, something the interviewer could hardly believe. But I think the available evidence shows this to be the case. He dissented from the original Catfood Commission because of Social [...]

Senate Dems on Catfood Commission Like a Rorschach Test

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:50 am

I think there’s reason to be happy about the three selections by Harry Reid for the Catfood Commission II, and there’s just as much reason to be skeptical. All three are on the record for a balanced deficit solution – so is the public, incidentally, because no other option has really been put before them [...]

Meet Your Catfood Commission, Senate Dem Edition: Murray, Kerry, Baucus

By: Tuesday August 9, 2011 2:48 pm

Via everywhere, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has chosen Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), John Kerry (D-MA) and Max Baucus (D-MT) for the Super Congress, the bipartisan committee charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. They will make up 1/4 of the 12-member committee: the other Majority and [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Time-Limited Authorization of Libyan Mission

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:35 am

Harold Koh got slapped around by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, but that was a small price to pay for the Administration for winning the ultimate battle. In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. The [...]

Competing Resolutions Seek to Codify Congressional Authority for War in Libya

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 1:46 pm

Eugene Robinson had the best column I’ve seen about the President’s game-playing with war powers on Libya. Blasting dictator Moammar Gaddafi’s troops and installations from above with unmanned drone aircraft may or may not be the right thing to do, but it’s clearly a hostile act. Likewise, providing intelligence, surveillance and logistical support that enable [...]