Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday morning to promote their new book, Exceptional. The Cheneys spoke about national security, foreign policy issues like the Iran deal, and 2016 politics.
The vice president called on Congress to hold a vote on the Iran deal and to treat it as a treaty. "What we need to do is have Congress reject the deal," Cheney said. "It ought to be treated as a treaty, for one thing. I'm offended by the fact that it's not treated as a treaty. It should require two-thirds vote of the Senate to go in force."
Cheney also defended the decision to invade Iraq and oust Saddam Hussein from power. "Wasn't the world more stable with Saddam Hussein in power?" asked host Joe Scarborough.
"No," Cheney responded. "When we took down Saddam, [Libyan dictator Muammar] Qaddafi gave up his nuclear program."
Cheney added: "The most important thing was he get rid of the nuclear materials. Imagine what would have happened if he hadn't done that and ISIS moved in and took over in Libya."
Coming off a well-received performance in Thursday's 5 p.m. debate, Carly Fiorina appeared on MSNBC's Hardball, where host Chris Matthews grilled the Republican candidate over her onstage claim that Hillary Clinton lied. "Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lies about e- mails," Fiorina said in her closing statement at Cleveland's Quicken Loans arena.
Summer means it's wedding season, and in Washington that means plenty of potential for conflicts of interest. Consider the wedding of one Hillary Clinton aide, attended by several members of the national political press covering Clinton and her rivals for the White House.
On MSNBC today, Washington Post reporter Janell Ross hinted that Jeb Bush was covering up a major family scandal -- but she offered no proof or explanation for her comments. Even the MSNBC host made an effort to distance herself and her network from the Post reporter's comments.
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the United States is "not making progress" in its fight against ISIS. In a recent interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fiorina said President Obama "understates the significance of the situation" with the terrorist group that has taken over large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq.
"It's more than a tactical setback," she said of Ramadi, a critical town in Iraq's Anbar province that fell to ISIS forces last week. "It demonstrates that we're not making enough progress in degrading and defeating ISIS."
President Barack Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, went around the table and kissed reporters before an interview this morning on MNSBC's Morning Joe. The moment was briefly captured on live television before the network cut away to a commercial break.
President Obama is holding a closed-door White House meeting with "immigration advocacy leaders" this morning, the White House announced. Later today the president will hold an immigration townhall in Miami, which will be broadcast on MSNBC.
"In the morning, the President will meet with immigration advocacy leaders to provide an update on the Administration’s immigration accountability executive actions. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press," the White House schedule reads.
An MSNBC reporter asked Rick Perry in an interview that aired this morning whether the Texas governor is "smart enough to be president of the United States." Perry responded that "running for the presidency is not an IQ test."