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  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- President Barack Obama's pick to become defense secretary told Congress on Wednesday he was leaning in favor of providing arms to Ukraine but later cautioned that the focus must remain on pressuring Russia economically and politically. Ashton Carter, a former Pentagon No. 2, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he would "very much...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 4- President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday vowed to cut through "red tape" slowing U.S. arms deliveries to Jordan, which plans to step up its fight against Islamic State after the killing of a captured Jordanian pilot. Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee it was important for Jordan to be able to...

  • McCain: Obama delusional on possible Iran deal Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:28 AM ET
    Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) talks to reporters after a closed door briefing June 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Returning from Saudi Arabia, Sen. John McCain tells CNBC he's most concerned about the threat posed by Iran.

  • McCain blasts Michael Moore over 'Sniper'   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:37 AM ET
    McCain blasts Michael Moore over 'Sniper'

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain tells CNBC he thinks filmmaker Michael Moore's statements about the movie "American Sniper" were "idiotic."

  • Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET
    Sen. McCain: Arm free Syrian army

    We need a strategy, says Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), discussing transition in Saudi Arabia amid instability in the Middle East and ISIS terror attacks.

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. But the United States...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Dec 22- China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault. But the United States has also accused China of cyber spying in the past and a U.S. official has said the attack on...

  • WRAPUP 1-Obama says Sony hack not an act of war Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington's long-standing dispute with North Korea, which for years has centered on its nuclear weapons program, has entered new territory with the...

  • Senator Carl Levin has introduced a bill seeking to crack down on trading on inside information in physical commodities, the first U.S. legislation limiting Wall Street banks' ability to deal in physical markets from crude oil to aluminum. The bill, sponsored by the Michigan Democrat and co-sponsored with Republican John McCain, is seen as Levin's parting...

  • Something Washington may agree on: NFL blackouts Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:31 PM ET
    The Buffalo Bills take on the Green Bay Packers at home. Last season, former Bills owner Ralph Wilson averted a blackout at the last minute by buying thousands of tickets himself.

    Washington is scrutinizing the "blackout rule" that restricts broadcasts for NFL games that fail to sell out.

  • U.S. Senate Democrats push votes on Obama's nominees Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 3:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 15- With the clock ticking down on their Senate majority, Democrats pushed on Monday to win approval for some of President Barack Obama's stalled nominations for government posts. The Senate will vote on Murthy, Saldana and three other nominees on Monday and Tuesday as part of Majority Leader Harry Reid's late push to get nominations through the...

  • Congress just slipped this into the spending bill Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 1:14 PM ET
    U.S. Capitol building Washington

    While political focus was on a Senate Intelligence Committee report, Congress snuck in two measures to its must-pass spending bill. NBC News reports.

  • Sen. McCain vows Jones Act will be repealed one day Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 3:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 5- Senator John McCain said a more than 90- year-old law that requires ships servicing coastal businesses to be built and mostly staffed by U.S. crews will be repealed sooner or later if lawmakers keep fighting the trade restriction. The Department of Homeland Security issued a rare waiver of the act in 2012 when superstorm Sandy led to fuel...

  • When legislation materializes, it would follow a year and half of congressional inactivity in the aftermath of the passage of a sprawling Senate bill backed by Obama but killed by the House. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul likely will oversee the effort, according to leadership aides. The 2013 Senate bill's pathway to citizenship...

  • Hot politician? Depends on your party bias Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 11:32 AM ET
    Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

    Voters generally find candidates associated with their political party are more attractive, reports Today Show.

  • John McCain: Crimea referendum is a facade   Sunday, 16 Mar 2014 | 6:30 PM ET
    John McCain: Crimea referendum is a facade

    Calling Sunday's referendum a 'facade and a joke', U.S. Senator John McCain says the next long term goal for the U.S. is to help Ukraine regain Crimea. CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports.