Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist appearing on Mondays. Hunt also hosts "Political Capital with Al Hunt," airing Fridays on Bloomberg Television at 9pm ET. In his four decades at the Wall Street Journal, he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor and wrote the weekly column "Politics & People." Al also directed the Journal's polls, was president of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and a board member of the Ottaway community newspapers. He was a panelist on the CNN programs "The Capital Gang" and "Novak, Hunt & Shields." Al is co-author of books on U.S. elections by the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution. His Bloomberg column also appears in the International Herald Tribune.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, also a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that U.S. drone strikes should be limited to targets that present a “real, immediate threat to us” and conducted by the military rather than the Central Intelligence Agency.
President Barack Obama said the broad war powers Congress approved to fight al-Qaeda after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks shouldn’t continue forever and that he’s reining in drone strikes and paving the way to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Here’s the White House view of the current trilogy of so-called scandals: Republicans are trying to destroy President Barack Obama’s second term by magnifying bureaucratic miscues and distorting policy realities. This isn’t without some merit.
Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he was briefed in March on an investigation of selective IRS screening of nonprofit groups though he didn’t learn details of the findings until last week.