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  • Why Rand Paul probably can't win the GOP nomination Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 6:23 AM ET
    Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky

    In a political world where candidates nearly always follow the party line on every issue, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has broken the mold.

  • But delays in the U.S. Congress in finalizing the Trade Promotion Authority that President Barack Obama needs to streamline its passage through Congress have raised doubts about whether it can be achieved. He called on Congress to pass the presidential trade authority, saying the TPP was one of the most important parts of the Obama administration's "...

  • Twelve Asia-Pacific nations have been trying to conclude a trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But delays in the U.S. Congress in finalizing the Trade Promotion Authority that President Barack Obama needs to streamline its passage through Congress have raised doubts about whether it can be achieved. He called on Congress to pass the...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The Pentagon's notoriously slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding America's military technological edge and must be reformed, Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday. The Arizona Republican, a former presidential candidate and prisoner of war during the Vietnam...

  • WASHINGTON, March 19- The United States needs to step up its offensive cyber capabilities, a top security official said on Thursday, warning that looming defense budget cuts could hurt efforts to bolster the nation's cyber military facilities and make the country more vulnerable. Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency and commander of...

  • WASHINGTON, March 18- U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday proposed less aggressive federal budget cuts than their House counterparts, forgoing a massive revamp of the Medicare health system for seniors and setting up a conflict over defense spending. The Senate version would achieve a budget surplus a year later, in 2025, and assumes nearly $1 trillion in...

  • "Continued reliance on Russian rocket engines is unacceptable and it's time the Air Force conduct itself accordingly," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told a hearing with senior Air Force officials. McCain said Congress had given the Air Force $220 million this fiscal year and set a deadline of 2019 for replacing the engine.

  • McCord said he welcomed any effort to provide additional funding for the U.S. military, but said taking money out of the Pentagon's base budget proposal and putting it in a fund for "overseas contingency operations" was not the right answer. The Pentagon's budget plan for fiscal year 2016, which begins Oct. 1, was about $36 billion above mandatory spending caps...

  • GOP to offer budget with Medicare, food stamp cuts Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky and Senate Republicans.

    Republicans will offer their plan to balance the budget within a decade and rein in programs such as food stamps and Medicare.

  • Obama: Not ready to send arms to Ukraine...yet Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 9, 2015.

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirm sanctions until Moscow complies with international law.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Big or small, spending-cut efforts hit roadblocks Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    Americans and their elected officials continue to resist cuts to almost any specific program, big or small.

  • Senate to send massive farm bill to Obama Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation's farmers to the White House.

  • John McCain calls out congressional pork on Twitter Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 5:47 PM ET
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., answers questions as he arrives for a meeting of Senate Republicans on a solution for the pending budget and debt limit impasse at the U.S. Capitol October 16, 2013.

    Sen. John McCain is well known as an opponent of wasteful spending, and on Thursday he decided to have a little fun at the expense of his colleagues.