The Guardian's Washington Correspondent. 'Best Twitter Feed', Online Media Awards. http://instagram.com/paullewisreporter
Is Merkel negotiating a secret deal with Putin to recognise Crimean annexation but shore-up the rest of Ukraine? independent.co.uk/news/world/eur…
"Lest you forget, young man: politics is about the art of subtle arm twisting." vine.co/v/MEjPveYe5QM
James Clapper kept his job. If John Brennan keeps his, too, only conclusion is that US intelligence chiefs can shaft congress with impunity.
John Brennan clearly benefiting from fact Washington is distracted by Gaza crisis and immigration fiasco. Improves his chances of survival.
Senator Mark Udall calls for resignation for CIA director John Brennan: "tremendous failure of leadership, and there must be consequences".
Kerry on ceasefire: "We hope this moment of opportunity will be grabbed by the parties, but nobody can force them to do that, obviously."
Two top US diplomats traveling to Cairo: Bill Burns, deputy secretary of state, and Frank lowenstein, Kerry's special envoy for Middle East.
Senior US diplomats are also traveling to Cairo to facilitate peace talks. Western diplo tells me "a possibility" that Kerry will join them.
A western diplomat: "We believe Israel to be committed."
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