Tom Cotton Articles


Cotton: Terror Watch List 'Notoriously Inaccurate'

Yet, FBI 'is notified' when guns are purchased by terror suspect.
4:15 PM, Dec 08, 2015

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting by a radicalized Muslim couple, House and Senate Democrats have spent the week pushing a dead-on-arrival measure to restrict gun purchases by those on the FBI's no-fly list.

Today, Senate Rs again blocked bill to prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns https://t.co/l3I7SHYv8B pic.twitter.com/fQvP2wwB0j— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) December 8, 2015

The proposal has drawn criticism from Republicans, liberals not in Congress, gun rights organizations, and civil libertarians (with the exception of the ACLU). Democrats are using the tragedy to push the gun control measure, with a series of coordinated speeches in the Senate.

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Cotton Holding Up 3 Obama Nominees Over Secret Service Leak

The Arkansas Republican is calling for a criminal investigation.
1:54 PM, Oct 05, 2015

Arkansas senator Tom Cotton will place a hold on three ambassador nominations until the Obama administration agrees to investigate and discipline officials within the Secret Service over a leak of private personnel information about a sitting congressman.

Cotton plans to deliver a speech from the Senate floor Monday afternoon decrying the Secret Service and its director, Joe Clancy, after several officials accessed the information for Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah and chairman of the House oversight committee, which oversees the Secret Service.

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Cotton: Senate Fails to Stop Iran from Getting Nukes

3:32 PM, Sep 10, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton is blasting Senate Democrats from failing to block the Iran nuclear deal.

“I am deeply disappointed by Senate Democrats' decision to block a vote on the Iran nuclear deal. I proposed an amendment to Corker-Cardin that would have guaranteed a vote, but it was rejected by Democrats because their goal all along was to deny Congress any vote or say on this deal. That's one reason why I ultimately voted against Corker-Cardin," reads Cotton's statement to the press.

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Cotton: Reid Wants to 'Deny American People' a Choice on Iran Deal

11:40 AM, Aug 25, 2015

Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Monday he is working toward filibustering a disapproval vote on President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reports. Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, a Republican who has been a vocal critic of the deal, released a statement blasting the Nevada Democrat's declared effort to block a rejection in the Senate:

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Iranian Ayatollahs Grinning After Deal

5:35 PM, Jul 29, 2015

At the end of an exchange between Sen. Tom Cotton and Gen. Martin Dempsey regarding the number of American servicemen killed by the Iranians, Cotton asks if Quds Force chief Qassem Suleimani was responsible for the explosively formed penetrators that took the lives of several hundred Americans.

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Kerry: We Can't Reveal Contents of Secret Side Deals to American People

11:24 AM, Jul 29, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry testified on Capitol Hill today the U.S. government will not be revealing the contents of secret side deals with Iran to the American people. Senator Tom Cotton wanted to know why it can't be made public. 

Watch the exchange:

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Cotton on Iran Deal

4:54 AM, Jul 20, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton explains the deficiencies of President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran:

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Cotton: Iran Deal 'Terrible, Dangerous Mistake'

7:42 AM, Jul 14, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton, Republican senator from Arkansas, blasted the Iranian nuclear as a "terrible, dangerous mistake" this morning on MSNBC:

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Cotton on Iran Deal

1:57 PM, Jul 05, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton joined ABC's This Week to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal:

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Tom Cotton on the Obama-Iran Axis

9:20 AM, Jun 23, 2015

In response to yesterday’s Bloomberg View report that Iran’s forces and the United States share bases in Iraq, Senator Tom Cotton has issued a strong 

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Tom Cotton to Speak at Presidential Candidate Confab in Iowa This Weekend

7:10 AM, Jun 03, 2015

Tom Cotton is headed to Iowa. This weekend the freshman Republican senator from Arkansas will be a featured speaker at a Republican presidential candidate gathering in Boone, Iowa. 

The event is being called Joni's 1st Annual Roast and Ride, which is being organized by Joni Ernst, the freshman senator from Iowa.

"As you may have heard, I am throwing a big pig roast to kick off the summer on June 6th in Boone. We are calling it a 'Roast and Ride' and it’ll be a fun filled event for the entire family," Ernst writes in an invitation to supporters.

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Cotton: Obama 'Not Providing the Resources' to Defeat ISIS

Calls for more troops, defends NSA surveillance program.
5:52 PM, May 20, 2015

Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said President Obama is "not providing the resources" to defeat the Islamic State in and that United States ought to send "a few thousand more" troops into Iraq to combat the terrorist group in that country.

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The Kerry Guarantee

May 18, 2015

John Forbes Kerry is the 68th secretary of state of the United States of America. If you’re ever tempted to ponder American decline, or for that matter the decline of the West, you might pause to reflect that John Kerry was preceded in his august office by, among others, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, William Seward, John Hay, Elihu Root, Charles Evans Hughes, Henry Stimson, George Marshall, Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, and George Shultz.

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Cotton: New Reports of Sarin Gas Used in Syria

9:15 AM, May 14, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to discuss new reports of sarin gas being used in Syria:

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Obama’s Mindless Spin on Iran

8:10 AM, Apr 09, 2015

If one were to deny Barack Obama the use of straw-man attacks, misrepresentation of facts, accusations that opponents are operating in bad faith, and other non-sequiturs, one would hear mostly silence coming from the White House. This administration is chronically incapable of having a serious argument with its opponents.

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The New York Times: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Gleanings and observations.
2:28 PM, Apr 08, 2015

For your further enlightenment, two news stories on page one of last Sunday’s New York Times. One begins a long report on California’s water problems, attributed to a drought rather than bureaucratic mismanagement.

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Defunding Cotton

9:14 AM, Mar 27, 2015

Caitlin Macneal at Talking Points Memo writes that:

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Rubio: I'll Revoke Iran Deal If I Win

7:10 PM, Mar 24, 2015

Marco Rubio said that if President Obama inks a deal with Iran, he'd revoke it if he becomes president of the United States. He made the remarks in an interview with Hugh Hewitt:

Here's a transcript, courtesy of Hugh Hewitt's staff:

HH: Should we walk away from these negotiations in Geneva right now because of the conduct of Iran in other places than that negotiating room?

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Cotton Seeks to Rally U.S. Support for Israel at United Nations

5:57 PM, Mar 24, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas offered an amendment on the Senate floor this afternoon to "defend the U.S.-Israel alliance" at the United Nations. 

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Illiberal Liberals

Mar 23, 2015

Liberals have a favorite new legal doctrine. The Logan Act is a federal law enacted in 1799 that, in theory, penalizes American citizens who try to influence foreign governments “without authority of the United States.” Even though the law is still on the books, The Scrapbook describes the Logan Act as theoretical because no one’s ever been successfully prosecuted for violating it. The last formal indictment of anyone under the Logan Act occurred in 1803, when a Kentucky farmer committed the grievous crime of writing a spirited newspaper article.

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A Contrived Controversy

Mar 23, 2015

Finally, a debate about Iran. Last week, 47 Republican senators released a public letter addressed to the leaders of the Iranian regime. The letter made what might have seemed a self-evident point: If the Obama administration reaches a deal with Iran, Congress will not be bound by parts of the deal to which it has not assented. 

Then, hysteria.

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Why GOP 'Insiders' Thwart Conservative Reformers

It's the political structure, stupid.
6:01 AM, Mar 17, 2015

Tom Cotton’s letter to the Iranian regime has spurred furious blowback from liberals. They want the president to cut a deal with Iran, and Cotton’s letter gets in the way; thus, they’ve engaged in a specious fight over inter-branch protocol. Never mind that the president is looking to sign an agreement with an enemy without the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Cotton's Maiden Address: Ending America’s Retreat, Restoring America’s Military Dominance

7:41 PM, Mar 16, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas delivered his maiden speech from the floor of the Senate on "Ending America’s Retreat, Restoring America’s Military Dominance," as the speech was titled. Watch here:

Here are Cotton's remarks, as prepared for delivery:

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Why Dionne Is Wrong

3:36 PM, Mar 16, 2015

The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne doesn’t like the Iran open letter released by 47 Republican senators last week. And his column today makes clear that he really doesn’t like my support of that open letter.

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Tom Cotton Explains Iran Letter to Bob Schieffer

10:52 AM, Mar 15, 2015

Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas explained the reasoning behind the letter he and 46 other senators sent to Iran about the nuclear deal this morning on CBS. Watch Cotton's interview with Bob Schieffer here:

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Obama: 'I'm Embarrassed' Republicans Sent Letter to Iran

11:24 AM, Mar 13, 2015

In a preview of Barack Obama's interview with Vice, the president of the United States says he's "embarassed" Republicans sent a letter to Iran:

"I’m embarrassed for them," says Obama in the preview. "For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah — who they claim is our mortal enemy — and their basic argument to them is, 'don’t deal with our president because you can’t trust him to follow through on an agreement.' It's close to unprecedented."

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A Contrived Controversy and an Emboldened Iran

ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the March 23, 2015, issue.
2:00 PM, Mar 12, 2015

Finally, a debate about Iran.

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'Letter of 47' Not the First Time Senators Have Intervened in Foreign Policy

1:15 PM, Mar 10, 2015

"In 36 years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance" in which senators intervened in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy,” Vice President Joe Biden declared, outraged by the "open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran," signed by 47 Republican senators. 

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Jindal: All Candidates Running for President Should Sign Cotton Letter

10:49 AM, Mar 10, 2015

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is encouraging all candidates -- Democrats and Republicans -- to sign the letter organized by Senator Tom Cotton warning that any Iran deal not accepted by Congress can be revoked.

I support "the letter sent by Senator Tom Cotton and his colleagues to Iran warning them that Congress will have to approve any nuclear deal," Jindal's statement reads.

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