Feb 5, 2013, 11:08 am EDT
A joke about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, tweeted by Republican U.S. Senator John McCain, drew quick criticism from U.S. Representative Justin Amash. a fellow Republican.
The Arizona senator sent out a tweet noting that the Iranian president has expressed a desire to be his nation’s first man in space. “Wasn’t he there last week?” McCain added, referencing Iran’s recent claims — disputed by many experts — to have launched a monkey into orbit and safely returned it to Earth, NBCNews notes.
Amash, who represents Michigan, issued his own tweet, chiding McCain for making “racist jokes.” In response, McCain tweeted “can’t everyone take a joke?” Read
Feb 3, 2013, 10:13 pm EDT
President Barack Obama said in an interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley today that the Boy Scouts of America should end its long-standing policy banning gay leaders and members.
In recent days, the top leadership of the Boy Scouts has been considering lifting their prohibition on gay members and scout leaders. There’s a chance the scouts will announce a change in their decades-long policy as early as this week, after their regularly scheduled board meeting.
When asked to elaborate on why he thought the Boy Scouts should allow gay members and leaders, Obama had this to say: Read
Jan 31, 2013, 8:19 pm EDT
The difference between John Kerry’s confirmation as the next Secretary of State and Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel’s current confirmation hearing is like night and day.
While Kerry’s confirmation took the form of a bipartisan praise party for the long-time Democratic senator, and he earned near-unanimous confirmation by his peers, Hagel, a former senator himself (and a Republican to boot), has not been so lucky.
In his confirmation hearing today, Hagel faced tough questions from GOP senators on his defense policy and past remarks about Israel. In particular, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was particularly rough on Hagel, interrupting the nominee as he attempted to answer the questions asked of him. McCain was criticizing him for refusing to say whether or not he thought opposing the Iraq surge in 2007 was wrong. Read