Stories by Emily Cadei:
July 16, 2013
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the militaryís top officer, is up for confirmation for another two-year term at an awkward time for the Obama administration, as it wrestles with its response to unrest abroad and steep cuts to defense spending at home.
July 10, 2013
The covert nature of President Barack Obamaís plan to arm Syriaís rebels has left Congressí intelligence committees with what amounts to sole jurisdiction over the latest phase of U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war.
June 5, 2013
An Egyptian courtís conviction of more than 40 civil society workers Tuesday prompted sharp criticism from Capitol Hill, even from lawmakers who have urged patience with Cairo in the past.
May 24, 2013
A White House-proposed overhaul of the United Statesí $1.4 billion food aid program is not going to happen, at least not in as ambitious a form as the administration requested in its fiscal 2014 budget.
May 16, 2013
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is raising questions about whether the State Department is failing to enforce human trafficking provisions when it comes to foreign dignitaries on U.S. soil, in the wake of recent allegations of human slavery against a Saudi diplomat in Washington.
May 13, 2013
After a temporary lull, Congress is gearing up to try to pass new Iran sanctions legislation in the coming months that could severely restrict whole segments of Iranian commerce, including oil. The aim is to have votes in both chambers as early as June, with a consensus bill moving to the presidentís desk before the August recess.
May 8, 2013
New evidence revealed on Capitol Hill on Wednesday suggested senior State Department officials were involved in key decisions prior to the lethal attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, last September and the mischaracterizations of that attack afterward.
Feb. 27, 2013
As the White House considers stepping up its non-lethal assistance to Syrian rebels, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suggested Wednesday that it also consider sending ammunition to the forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Feb. 6, 2013
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is trying to position himself as a one-man counterweight to Capitol Hillís neoconservatives, a wing of the Republican party that has driven the GOPís foreign policy agenda for the past decade.
Feb. 1, 2013
When it comes to foreign policy, the eight Republicans who sit on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the 113th Congress are all over the map ó a microcosm, in many ways, of todayís fragmented GOP.
Jan. 24, 2013
Speaking at his secretary of State confirmation hearing, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., made an unexpected and forceful appeal Thursday to his colleagues in Congress to get the countryís own fiscal house in order, arguing that itís a prerequisite for American leadership abroad.
Jan. 23, 2013
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged lawmakers Wednesday to focus on how the United States can improve security and diplomacy in unstable regions such as North Africa in the future, rather than dwell on past statements about the attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September and the motivation of the attackers.
Jan. 21, 2013
The 79-year-old longtime conservative firebrand from Oklahoma and the 39-year-old Indian-American physician from Detroit make an unlikely pair.
Jan. 15, 2013
In a last-minute putsch, Ted Deutch nabbed the ranking member slot on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a post that Brad Sherman had expected to win.
Jan. 11, 2013
The United States and Afghanistan made progress this week in resolving a dispute over the handling of detainees held in Afghanistan, improving the odds, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday, that the two countries will be able to reach a post-2014 security agreement.
Jan. 9, 2013
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will remain chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department and foreign aid, passing up a chance at running the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, who would be next in line, also decided to pass.
Jan. 8, 2013
Sen. Lindsey Graham says he wants answers on the intelligence communityís response to the terrorist attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya before John O. Brennan is confirmed as CIA director, suggesting he could slow the nomination.
Jan. 7, 2013
Former Sen. Chuck Hagelís path to confirmation as secretary of Defense will hinge to a tremendous degree on his performance at his Senate confirmation hearing, which promises to be a blockbuster, both those in favor and against his nomination agree.
Dec. 21, 2012
President Barack Obamaís selection of veteran Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of State is a safe pick, one that should provide continuity with Hillary Rodham Clintonís tenure at Foggy Bottom.
Dec. 21, 2012
As expected, President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry on Friday to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State.
Dec. 20, 2012
Lawmakers split sharply along partisan lines Thursday on the need for Congress to boost funding for diplomatic security in the wake of the September attack on a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.
Dec. 19, 2012
An independent review of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, renewed debate on Capitol Hill on Wednesday over diplomatic security funding. The report, which was sharply critical of the State Department and its assessment of diplomatic security needs in Libya, also said Congress needs to be more supportive of Foggy Bottomís budget requests for security.
Dec. 18, 2012
Senior Senate Republicans remain noncommittal on the presidentís anticipated nomination of Republican Chuck Hagel as his next secretary of defense, amid growing opposition from pro-Israel groups and commentators.
Dec. 13, 2012
Ambassador Susan E. Riceís withdrawal from consideration to be President Barack Obamaís next secretary of State shifts the spotlight squarely onto Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., the other name most frequently mentioned as a replacement for Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Dec. 12, 2012
After successfully diluting the Iran sanctions provision that senators attached to the defense policy bill, the Obama administration is now seeking several additional, more modest changes to the language in the final bill, including an extension of the amount of time it has to implement the penalties.