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McCain, Graham: Go After ISIS Now

Senators say Obama needs a military strategy immediately

(Newser) - Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham say they're appalled that President Obama's response to the threat posed by the Islamic State is to say, " We don't have a strategy yet. " He needs to get one fast, they write in the New York Times . Putting a... More »

Pete King: Islamic State 'More Powerful Than Qaeda on 9/11'

Other politicians point to growing threat

(Newser) - With the United States today dropping a fourth round of airstrikes on Iraq's Islamic State militants, the pope expressing outrage over the humanitarian situation, and Iraq claiming that militants had slaughtered some 500 Yadizis , naturally our elected lawmakers felt compelled to offer up their two cents on the situation... More »

Sen. Graham Fends Off 6 Tea Party Challengers

South Carolina senator cruises to win

(Newser) - Only one big scalp for Tea Partiers from yesterday's votes: Sen. Lindsay Graham comfortably won his South Carolina primary yesterday, defeating six rival Republicans who complained he wasn't conservative enough, the AP reports. Graham—who had a $12 million war chest while his rivals had less than $1... More »

Kerry Admits US Syria Policy Is a Mess, McCain Says

Off-record meeting doesn't stay off-record

(Newser) - John Kerry thinks that the administration's policy in Syria is failing and that it's time to arm the rebels … at least according to noted hawks John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The Senate pals were among 15 lawmakers in attendance at a closed-door meeting with the secretary of... More »

Graham: I'll Bar Appointees Until I Get Benghazi Testimony

Senator thinks White House told survivors to keep mouth shut

(Newser) - He's not shutting down the government, but Lindsey Graham plans to use another procedural method to get the administration to open up on Benghazi. The GOP senator tweets that he'll block "every appointment in the US Senate" until the survivors of the Libya attack "are made... More »

Cruz: Fire Sebelius Over ObamaCare

McCain thinks it's been a 'fiasco,' Pelosi sees room for improvement

(Newser) - Ted Cruz is less than impressed with ObamaCare's bumpy rollout, and would like Kathleen Sebelius' head to roll as a result, Politico reports. "Absolutely, she should resign. Why? Because the program she has implemented, ObamaCare, is a disaster. It’s not working, it’s hurting people all across... More »

Rand Paul: Bad Idea to Blow Through Debt Ceiling

Meanwhile, Collins, Klobuchar see a deal by Thursday

(Newser) - The United States of America is exactly four days away from debt ceiling Armageddon, so politicians of all stripes crowded the Sunday talk show circuit to point fingers and wax poetically about what the other side might do better. Rand Paul led the way with the obvious, Politico reports, saying,... More »

Send al-Qaeda Chief to Gitmo: GOP Senators

Trying al-Libi in US is a wasted opportunity to interrogate him

(Newser) - Recently captured al-Qaeda honcho Abu Anas al-Libi belongs in Guantanamo—not a US courtroom, say Republican Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Kelly Ayotte, and Lindsey Graham. Al-Libi is currently still being held on a Navy ship, but President Obama wants to put him on trial Stateside. The lawmakers say that's... More »

McCain: Rejecting Syria Strike Would be 'Catastrophic'

Expresses cautious support for Obama's plan

(Newser) - President Obama got some conditional support for military intervention in Syria today from two key Republican foreign policy hawks: John McCain and Lindsey Graham. The pair met with Obama yesterday to express their concerns that US military action that was too limited, and would do little to change the course... More »

Egypt Sets Trial for Brotherhood Bosses

McCain, Graham head to Cairo as demonstrations continue

(Newser) - A month after Mohamed Morsi was driven from power in Egypt, three leading Muslim Brotherhood figures face an impending trial. A Cairo court ruling yesterday will send Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie, deputy Khairat al-Shater, and top official Mohamed Bayoumi to court on Aug. 25 for allegedly inciting the killing... More »

GOP: Closing Embassies Was Right

Threat level was specific, serious

(Newser) - The State Department's move to close all embassies today in light of an al-Qaeda threat reverberated through the Sunday shows, with the decision garnering near-universal applause from both sides of the aisle. "We’ve learned from Benghazi, thank God, and the administration’s doing this right," said... More »

First Female Citadel Grad Challenges Lindsey Graham

Nancy Mace will officially announce candidacy tomorrow

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham has drawn a potentially formidable primary challenger. Nancy Mace, the first woman to ever graduate from the Citadel, plans to throw her hat in the ring, she tells the Daily Caller . Mace, 35, graduated from the military college back in 1999, and has since written a memoir and... More »

New Idea: Boycott Russian Olympics Over Snowden

Lindsey Graham offers punishment idea should Moscow offer leaker asylum

(Newser) - Because nothing will show those Russians who's boss like allowing them to win more medals by taking some of the most successful Olympic competitors out of the running, Sen. Lindsey Graham is proposing the US boycott Russia's 2014 Winter Olympics if the country agrees to give Edward Snowden... More »

Senators Agree to 'Border Surge,' 700-Mile Fence

Security concessions could open door for more GOP support

(Newser) - How do you get Republicans to sign onto an immigration bill? You build a danged fence —a lot of danged fence. A bipartisan group of senators has agreed to bolster the border security provisions in the Senate's immigration reform bill, in the hopes of winning over more GOP... More »

GOP to Darrell Issa: Calm Down

Politico says top Republicans think he's making White House fight personal

(Newser) - When Darrell Issa called White House press secretary Jay Carney a " paid liar " on Sunday, House Republican leadership was aghast. They immediately called Issa's staffers, sources tell Politico , and their message was simple: Tell your boss to calm down. The staff agreed that the remark was out... More »

Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

(Newser) - With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What... More »

Senators' Personal Wants Buried in Immigration Bill

Graham adds meat industry visas; Colo. senator helps ski resorts

(Newser) - The Senate's immigration reform bill could make sweeping changes for some 11 million undocumented workers, but not all its measures are so expansive. In fact, a number of senators have inserted legislation that offers a special boost to their home states, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lindsey Graham of... More »

Boston Mayor: Tsarnaev Brothers Acted Alone

Thomas Menino defends shutting city down for manhunt

(Newser) - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino told ABC's This Week that, as far as he knows, the Boston Marathon bombing investigation has not uncovered any suspects other than the Tsarnaev brothers. "All the information I have is they acted alone," he said, according to Politico . He also defended the... More »

Graham: Immigration Deal Is at Hand

After Rubio says reports of deal are 'premature'

(Newser) - Despite Marco Rubio's statement this morning that reports of an immigration deal are "premature," Lindsey Graham says it's all over but the shouting. "I think we've got a deal," he told CNN this morning, according to Politico . "We've got to write... More »

McCain, Graham Slam Paul's 'Ridiculous' Filibuster

Republican senators call it a cheap political stunt

(Newser) - Rand Paul may be winning praise for his Senate filibuster , but two of his Republican colleagues hated it. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor themselves today to criticize the talk-a-thon, with McCain calling it "ridiculous" and Graham arguing that it "cheapened" the debate on... More »

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