Kyl Criticizes Neo-Isolationist Sentiment in Congress

Says GOP needs to do a better job of arguing for defense priorities
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Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) criticized what he described as a resurgent isolationist streak in Congress during a breakfast discussion at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday.

Outgoing Senators Slam Obama

Kyl, Lieberman hit Obama for Iran, Syria failures
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Two senior Senators criticized the Obama administration late Thursday for failing to present Iran with a credible U.S. military threat as Tehran inches toward building a nuclear weapon.

The Lotto Lobby

Lottery directors descend on Congress to oppose online gambling bill
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The heads of seven state lotteries arrived in Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress and express their opposition to Sens. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Jon Kyl’s (R., Ariz.) online gambling bill.

Playing the Odds

Reid could push online gambling bill during lame duck, helping friends and punishing enemies
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An online gambling bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) could slip through during the lame-duck session and become law, giving Reid’s home state a competitive advantage over other states in the online poker industry.

McCain: No Carmona in ‘Zona

Arizona senator repudiates ad touting ‘endorsement’ of Az. Dem
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In a Friday conference call, Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) continued to push back against an ad by Democratic Arizona Senate candidate Richard Carmona touting McCain’s endorsement of Carmona a decade ago.

Letters to Leon

Senate, House lawmakers press Pentagon to fund nuclear modernization, bolster missile defenses

A bipartisan group of Senators is urging Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to provide more than $300 million in promised funding needed for modernizing the aging U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

The Doctor Is Out

Arizona Dem Senate candidate Richard Carmona Turns on Obama

Democratic Arizona Senate candidate and former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona is distancing himself from President Obama, even though Obama reportedly handpicked Carmona to run for office.

Nuking the Nuke Ban

Inability to confirm nuclear blasts continues to dog test ban treaty despite new study and Obama’s push for ratification

An interagency intelligence assessment of the controversial Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) concludes that verifying the pact’s ban on nuclear tests remains difficult and that verification problems remain unresolved since the Senate first rejected the treaty in 1999. U.S. officials familiar with the assessment said the negative estimate contrasts with a new, more optimistic, assessment of the treaty set for release on Friday by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).