11:51 AM, Jun 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
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.
Kyl, who led the 2010 Senate fight against President Obama’s missile reduction treaty with Russia, also discussed the American Internationalism Project he launched with former Sen. Joe Lieberman at the American Enterprise Institute. The project seeks to promote the principles of national security, economic prosperity, and American values.
“You see [this isolationist streak] both in the House and in the Senate,” said Kyl. “And this is why Joe [Lieberman] and I decided to work together on this project. We had seen this developing in our last couple years of our service in the Senate.”
Kyl said the unwillingness of Republicans to find a solution to sequestration-mandated defense cuts was “the most troubling evidence” that the party is moving away from its traditionally strong stance on national defense.
“The lack of dedication to finding a solution to the problem on the Republican side convinced me that we had to begin to find an alternative way of discussing this subject because clearly we were not being effective in our conversation,” said Kyl.
4:52 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jon Kyl, the Republican senator from Arizona, delivered his farewell address to the Senate Wednesday afternoon. Kyl is retiring at the end of this term after 18 years in the Senate and 8 years in the House of Representatives. Read his speech below:
Traveled to vacation home frequently, had driver pick-up dry cleaning and run errands.1:30 AM, Nov 1, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Richard Carmona, the former surgeon general under President George W. Bush and the current Democratic Senate candidate in Arizona, recently came under scrutiny after Senator Jon Kyl revealed a memorable conversation the two had about the perks of being a member of Congress. It happened in the 2006 election cycle, Kyl revealed to this publication last week, when Carmona was briefly recruited to be a Republican congressional candidate in the district outside Tucson.
5:15 PM, Oct 29, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad for Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake of Arizona, which features Republican senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, prompted a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to call the spot a "hostage video."
Matt Canter, the communications director for the DSCC, wrote the following on Twitter:
“[H]e specifically asked about a house and a car,” Kyl explains.1:20 AM, Oct 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, retiring Republican senator Jon Kyl raised some possible reasons why Democrat Richard Carmona, one of candidates vying to win the Arizona Senate seat Kyl is vacating, might be seeking public office. If a past interaction Kyl had with Carmona reveals a motive for the present, it is that the Democrat is seeking the Senate seat for the "perks of the office."
"Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate."11:07 AM, Oct 11, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The U.S. Senate race in Arizona to replace retiring Republican Jon Kyl was supposed to be an easy hold for the GOP. But the last several polls have shown the race is tightening between the Republican candidate, Congressman Jeff Flake, and his Democratic opponent, Richard Carmona, a former U.S. surgeon general under George W. Bush. One poll from last week even showed Carmona two points ahead of Flake, which was surprising since Flake led Carmona by double digits as recently as June.
7:22 AM, Apr 25, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Brit Hume, Juan Williams, and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
4:00 PM, Dec 7, 2011 • By MARK DAVIS
The Obama administration is using an internal budgetary review of the Department of Defense as cover to undertake what amounts to an off-schedule Nuclear Posture Review—one that ices out Defense and State Department experts usually consulted on nuclear issues. It is also beginning a new round of talks with Moscow here in Washington next week that many observers believe will result in the United States offering to trade U.S. strategic weapons in exchange for reductions in Russian tactical weapons.
11:28 AM, Sep 19, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has earned the endorsement of Arizona congressman and 2012 Senate candidate Jeff Flake. From a Romney press release:
“I am proud to announce Congressman Flake’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Having such a strong advocate for the taxpayer on my Arizona team will be crucial as I reach out to voters across the state and spread my pro-growth message.”
11:47 AM, Aug 10, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House speaker John Boehner has chosen Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to be co-chair of the joint select committee on deficit reduction, or the so-called supercommittee. Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan, were also selected by Boehner to represent the House Republicans on the supercommittee. Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell has chosen fellow senators Jon Kyl of Arizona, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and Rob Portman of Ohio as the GOP Senate representatives.
12:30 PM, Aug 3, 2011 • By REBECCAH HEINRICHS
Last week, a senior Russian official met two Republican senators and came away warning that the GOP would drive Washington’s relations with Moscow into the ground if they came back to power.
4:46 PM, Aug 2, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
According to the Budget Control Act, the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or the so-called supercommittee, must be formed within 14 days of the bill becoming law. Since President Obama just signed the law, Congress has until August 16, two weeks from today, to fill the slots. The next question Democrats and Republicans will need to answer is, which of their members will they select for the supercommittee?
A tricky negotiation for House Republicans. Jun 20, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 38 • By FRED BARNES
Even as they bask in good political news—Weinergate, President Obama’s ineptitude on the economy—Republicans are headed for trouble. The reason is the gap between what grassroots Republicans want and what Republicans in Washington can deliver.