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Congressman Prefers Cyanide to Ted Cruz

Peter King votes for Kasich

(Newser) - There's not endorsing someone, and then there's this: "I hate Ted Cruz, and I think I'll take cyanide if he ever got the nomination." So says GOP congressman Peter King of New York City on his state's primary day, reports Politico . He made the... More »

Pete King: White House Breach Was 'Inexcusable'

Calls for hearings on failure to stop 'basic' attack

(Newser) - The White House fence-jumper was an "absolutely inexcusable" security breach, and Politico reports that Peter King wasted no time today in calling for a "full investigation into what happened, why it happened and what needs to be done to make sure it never happens again." The New... 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 »

Marine Faces Discharge for Warning About Child Rapist

Jason Brezler sent classified info, turned himself in

(Newser) - Jason Brezler is a highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer, and has served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over 13 years. But now he faces "other than honorable" discharge, and all because he tried to warn his colleagues in Afghanistan about a child rapist, CNN reports. During his... More »

5 Shutdown Exit Strategies

GOP moderates having trouble coming to the rescue

(Newser) - There's still no end in sight for the government shutdown. But if an end were in sight, what might it look like? CBS breaks down the possibilities:
  • Moderate Republicans to the Rescue? Rep. Peter King has been leading meetings of his moderate colleagues. King has been an outspoken critic
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Kenya Launches 'Major' Assault on Mall, Death Toll Hits 68

Security forces plan to end standoff tonight

(Newser) - The death toll in the deadly attack on Nairobi's Westgate mall has risen to 68, according to the Red Cross, after the bodies of nine hostages were recovered today. Red Cross volunteers believe there are more bodies still inside the mall, but they're not reachable at the moment,... More »

Brawl Over Syria an 'Uphill Slog,' 'Amateur Hour'

White House tries to make its case as GOP roars

(Newser) - It was all Syria, all the time on the Sunday talk circuit today, with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hitting all five networks in making the administration's case for action. "The question is very simple for Congress this week... Not a single (member of Congress) rebuts... More »

McCain: Obama Just Doesn't Get Putin

Great he canceled meeting, but this isn't some kid in a classroom, says senator

(Newser) - John McCain think it's great that President Obama axed his meeting with Vladimir Putin , but comparing Putin “to a kid in the back of the classroom, I think, is very indicative of the president’s lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is," McCain said today . "... 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 »

Lew: Do. Not. Mess. With. Debt Ceiling.

Treasury sec fires warning shot, says Obama won't negotiate with Congress in fall

(Newser) - Jack Lew has stern words for Republicans looking to pick a new fight this fall over raising the debt ceiling: Don't even think about it. "Congress can't let us default," the Treasury secretary said today, adding that the White House has been "crystal clear" that... More »

Peter King: Prosecute Journalists Who Leak

Congressman discusses NSA fiasco

(Newser) - Peter King is not messing around when it comes to journalists who help leak classified information. The congressman told Anderson Cooper on CNN last night that, "if they willingly knew that this was classified information," they should be prosecuted and punished. "I think, something of this magnitude,... More »

Republicans: Snowden Is 'Dangerous'

Self-proclaimed NSA leaker is a Ron Paul donor

(Newser) - So far there's been little official reaction to Edward Snowden's revelation , but Peter King was all too ready to come out firing. King released a statement saying the US should "prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," the Guardian reports. "This is a... More »

NY Rep to Okla. Senator: I'll Overlook Your Hypocrisy

Inhofe opposed Sandy aid but wants tornado aid

(Newser) - You knew this was coming: Peter King, who fought hard for Superstorm Sandy aid for his home state of New York, thinks there's "a lot of hypocrisy" when it comes to lawmakers who opposed Sandy aid but are in favor of tornado aid. The subject of his attention... 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 »

Sequester Day Has Arrived

At some point today, Obama will have to initiate the cuts

(Newser) - Happy sequester day, America. By 11:59 tonight, Barack Obama will have to formally notify federal agencies that it's time to start implementing across-the-board cuts, barring a last-minute deal that at this point seems wildly improbable. While Congressional leaders will meet at the White House today, there's so... More »

Furious Peter King: Don't Donate to Republicans

House failure to vote on Sandy relief has lawmakers angry

(Newser) - Peter King is more than just unhappy that the House failed to vote on a Sandy relief bill last night: Now he's calling for New York and New Jersey residents to stop donating money to the GOP over the matter, CNN reports. "Anyone from New York or New... More »

112th Congress Punts on Sandy Aid Bill

Boehner sparks outrage by tabling vote on $60.4B in FEMA aid

(Newser) - The 112th Congress may have squeaked through a deal on the fiscal cliff , but shortly afterward John Boehner announced that it won't be voting on a $60.4 billion FEMA aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy, reports USA Today . Though the Senate passed the bill and the House... More »

2 More Republicans Shrug Off Norquist's Tax Pledge

'The world has changed,' says Rep. Peter King

(Newser) - Following Sen. Saxby Chambliss' dismissal of Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge, two more Republicans followed suit today. While discusing fiscal cliff negotiations, Sen. Lindsey Graham said on This Week that he would "violate the pledge for the good of the country—only if Democrats will do entitlement reform."... More »

Petraeus Testimony Doesn't Resolve Questions

He provided fodder for both Republicans and Democrats

(Newser) - David Petraeus finished his testimony on Capitol Hill about what transpired in Benghazi, but don't expect an end to the controversy:
  • "His appearance actually seemed to provide both Democrats and Republicans with additional evidence to bolster their own narratives of the attacks and their aftermath," says the
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Petraeus: I Always Thought It Was a Terrorist Attack

Ex-CIA director gives his side of the story on Benghazi consulate attack

(Newser) - David Petraeus believed from day one that the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, he told lawmakers at a much-hyped closed-door hearing today, according to lawmakers in attendance. Petraeus said that the CIA talking points written immediately after the incident referred to it as a... More »

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