John McCain’s Benghazi Fishing Trip Lands Gregory Hicks


Reuters Last evening in Manhattan, Senator John McCain met with supporters of a new center named in his honor called the John McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. McCain spoke and displayed all of the maverick, straight talk qualities that have both propelled his political career and made him a frustrating partner to many in both parties who have wanted him to either be a cookie cutter conservative or a progressive in GOP attire. McCain said nothing…

Heads Up on Monterey Institute Talk


Tuesday evening, the 26th of March 2013, I’ll be speaking on the challenge that the US currently faces in managing its alliances at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute. The event is open and free to the public — so feel free to stop by at the Irvine Auditorium at 6 pm.  More information here. — Steve Clemons  

The Atlantic’s 2nd Annual Economy Summit

"It's the economy, stupid!"



President Bill Clinton’s winning catchphrase “It’s the economy, stupid!” still resonates in consequential political debates today — with both sides of the political aisle and the many factions of economic policy interest groups slugging it out over what a healthy economy needs. This year’s “Economy Summit” organized by The Atlantic features a very diverse cast of perspectives and will focus on debt and strategies for sustainable economic growth. Some will focus on economic debates — and others will focus on…

Hagel Sworn In


Chuck Hagel, left, is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley The Hagel nomination fight is done. It’s time to move on to challenges that matter and get beyond personality politics. Some still seem to want to fight battles over who did…

Nation’s Former Top Dog Republican Shares Views on Chuck Hagel


It’s so odd to hear Senators Inhofe, Cornyn, Cruz and a small passel of other GOP Senators state that Chuck Hagel doesn’t enjoy Republican support. That’s simply not true. Senators Shelby, Johanns, Cochran, and probably others will vote for Hagel next Tuesday. I think end of the day Senator Lisa Murkowski may do so as well. But the zinger is that decorated World War II veteran, former Senate Majority Leader, former GOP candidate for United States President Bob Dole has…

Talking Immigration Reform with McCain, Bennet & Klobuchar



Thursday afternoon (tomorrow!), as a part of The Atlantic‘s larger “Manufacturing’s Next Chapter” event, I will sit down with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) for a series of candid discussions on immigration reform and issues related to the future face of American manufacturing and the economy more broadly. I will talk with Senators McCain and Bennet on their involvement in the Group of Eight and perspectives on each party’s endgame for immigration reform. Senator…

112 Pages of Answers from Chuck Hagel


Reuters Tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, the US Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on former Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination by the President to be the next Secretary of Defense. A sizable roster of policy questions were submitted to Hagel to assess his views on everything form China to Iran to nuclear weapons to thoughts on energy management and security. Here is the pdf of Hagel’s responses.  Warning.  It runs 112 pages long. — Steve Clemons

Hillary Clinton Prevails at Benghazi Hearings


Here are some thoughts I shared with PRI’s The World yesterday on Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the Benghazi disaster and death of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and other Americans. — Steve Clemons