Category Archives: Joe Lieberman

Professor Lieberman

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Napolitano, Mueller Testify At Senate Homeland Security Committee HearingBY MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will teach a course this academic year at Yeshiva University in New York.

Lieberman has been appointed to an endowed teaching chair named for him, and will give three public lectures in addition to teaching one undergraduate course. The university said that the lectures will be on topics “ranging from Judaism to public service and the Middle East.”

Lieberman’s chair was endowed by a gift from two major supporters of the school, Ira and Ingeborg Rennert.

“I am very honored that Yeshiva University is establishing this Chair, deeply grateful that Ira and Ingeborg Rennert are making it possible, and personally surprised that YU and the Rennerts have asked me to be the first occupant of the chair,” Lieberman said in the press release. “I am excited about working with the students at YU to engage and inform their interest in public policy and public service.”

Lieberman spent 24 years representing the state in the U.S. Senate and served in the state Senate for 10 years and as the state attorney general for six years. He sought the vice presidency in 2000, running with Albert A. Gore, and lost after a controversial recount in Florida and a divided ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Joe Lieberman Returns To State Capitol, Hands Out 5 College Scholarships

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HARTFORD – Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman returned to the state Capitol complex on Tuesday to announce five new winners of his scholarship fund.

The recipients of the Joe Lieberman scholarship win a $1,500 grant that is renewable annually during their stints at two or four-year colleges if the winners maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 on the 4 point scale.

Lieberman clearly enjoyed himself during the short ceremony in the Legislative Office Building, remarking that the scholarship fund is well endowed and “hopefully will go on for, well, close to forever.” He also quipped that “at this stage in my life, I’m even delighted to see my friends in the press corps, which wasn’t always the case.”

Before taking questions from the Capitol press corps, the former 2000 vice presidential candidate beamed as he celebrated the five new winners as well as two previous recipients who returned for the ceremony.

“Just looking at the biographies of those who were selected, it is really quite thrilling,” he said. He added that “I felt like a daddy getting the report card” when he heard that all five of last year’s winners did well enough as freshman to earn another grant.

To fund the program, Lieberman used money left in his campaign account after his retirement from the Senate and also raised additional money. He does not pick the winners himself, instead delegating that responsibility and the general management of the program to a non-profit organization specializing in the field. Continue reading

Lieberman Returns to Hartford Tuesday

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Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman is returning to the building where his political career started this afternoon, Courant staff writer Matt Clarida reports.

The official reason for the visit is an announcement of this year’s five winners of the Lieberman Scholarship, which awards $1,500 for college tuition. But if Lieberman takes questions from reporters as he did last year, his answers will almost certainly be the main event of what is shaping up to be an otherwise slow afternoon here at the Capitol.

Lieberman served in the U.S. Senate from 1989-2013, but before that he worked in Hartford as a state senator and later, as the state’s attorney general.

Very nearly elected vice president in 2000, Lieberman has been an outspoken critic of President Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ll see if he keeps up the charge this afternoon.

Last year, Lieberman didn’t confine his remarks to academia, taking and answering questions on Syria and other topics.

For more on last year’s Lieberman scholarship event, click here.

Lieberman: No \”Credible Or Coherent\” U.S. Counterterrorism Strategy

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Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman may have left Congress, but he\’s still urging lawmakers to adopt a tough foreign policy – a position he espoused during his years in the Senate and one from which his successor has veered.

Lieberman on Wednesday testified before the House Homeland Security Committee and told committee members that the growing threat of terrorism \”requires we stay engaged in the world beyond our borders.\”

\”Put very bluntly, I do not see a credible or coherent strategy right now for exactly those countries…that most threaten to emerge as al Qaeda\’s newest and most dangerous footholds,\” Lieberman said, warning against the rise of al Qaeda in Syria, Libya and Iraq.

The former chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee criticized lawmakers for their reluctance to consider military invention in such countries, and said that \”we are failing to help deal with the underlying conditions that are making al Qaeda\’s resurgence possible.\”

Last September, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who took over Lieberman\’s seat after the Independent from Conn. retired, voted against a foreign relations committee resolution to authorize the use of military force in Syria. Continue reading

Lieberman Stands By Obamacare Vote

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Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman on Sunday said he did not regret voting for the Affordable Care Act, despite the botched rollout of Obamacare.

\”The rollout of Obamacare has been bad – disastrous,\” Lieberman said on Fox News Sunday, referencing the site crashes and enrollment errors that accompanied the October launch of, the health insurance marketplace website that was a key piece of the health reform legislation enacted in 2009.

\”But we\’ve got to remember that the status quo ante before the ACA was adopted in American healthcare was bad and not very popular. The best thing that could happen is for both parties to sit down and try to fix the current system,\” said Lieberman.

Lieberman, an Independent, was central to the health care debate in Congress, and threatened to block any bill that contained a public option. A government-administered insurance plan was part of the initial bill, but not included in the final version of the legislation.

Politico: Former Senator Joe Lieberman Representing Libyan Politician

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Politico is reporting that former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman will be representing a Libyan politician, raising questions by MSNBC and Salon over whether Lieberman will be lobbying.

Lieberman will be helping a Libyan business executive named Basit Igtet, who will be paying $100,000 over two months for help from Lieberman\’s firm, the multi-office Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, according to public records.

Igtet is thinking about running for office in Libya, and his government relations contract with the law/lobbying firm calls for  \”government relations services, communication of information to the principal and as well as [communication of] information about the principal to interested persons in the public sector.\’\’ The documents also mention \”meetings with members of Congress, executive branch officials and others.\”

Igtet became known when he was strongly opposing Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2010 before the leader eventually fell.

The public documents, signed last week by Lieberman\’s longtime former chief of staff Clarine Nardi Riddle, also mention Lieberman and Mark Heilbrun as being \”primarily responsible\’\’ for the work. Under the revolving-door rules with a two-year window, Lieberman cannot lobby his former colleagues in the U.S. Senate until January 2015 because his tenure in the Senate expired in January 2013. Continue reading

Joe Lieberman\’s New Law Firm: John McCain, Tom Ridge, Peter King In Large Crowd Celebrating Opening In D.C.

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Some national political stars came out this week to celebrate the opening of a new law office by former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman.

Lieberman is now serving as senior counsel with the firm of a longtime friend, and a large crowd gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the opening of the local branch office. The gigantic firm has 375 lawyers in nine offices from San Francisco to Atlanta.

Friends of Lieberman – including U.S. Sen. John McCain and former homeland security chief Tom Ridge – attended the star-studded celebration. Democratic members of the Connecticut delegation, including U.S. Rep. John B. Larson and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, attended at the Art & Soul restaurant near Capitol Hill and Union Station.

U.S. Rep. Peter T. King of Long Island, the former House homeland security committee chairman, also attended the bipartisan gathering. King, a Republican who lives in the waterfront town of Seaford in Nassau County, has been a frequent guest on cable television stations for years.

Lieberman had a wide variety of offers and possibilities after leaving the U.S. Senate after 24 years, and he told Capitol Watch last year that he wanted to spend part of his time with a law firm. Continue reading

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman Named To National Security Think Tank\’s Board

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Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has joined the board of directors of a think tank known as the Center for a New American Security.

Lieberman, 71, served for 24 years in the U.S. Senate before deciding not to seek reelection in 2012. He defeated Democrat Ned Lamont in the 2006 general election and became an independent who was well known as a hawk on defense issues. He traveled to numerous countries on national security trips as a member of the \”three amigos\’\’ with Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. The threesome were close friends of Gen. David Petraeus and other members of the military.

The centrist think tank, which was created in 2007, also named retired U.S. Marine and four-star general John Allen to the board. Allen is known as the commander of American troops in Afghanistan from 2011 until his retirement in 2013 when he decided not to accept the position as Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He is known for exchanging emails with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley, and Allen was cleared in the email scandal that prompted Petraeus to resign as head of the CIA. Continue reading

Cheney, Lieberman At Waterboarding Laugh-In

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According to Buzzfeed, former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman joined the hilarity this week at a roast of former Vice President Dick Cheney:

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman “said something to the effect that it’s nice that we’re all here at the Plaza instead of in cages after some war crimes trial,” recalled one person who was there.

There\’s more here from the Peter Baker of the New York Times on the uneasy relationship between W and Cheney.

Battle Over Creating Coltsville National Park In Hartford Has Lasted For Decades

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It was an important meeting for John Rowland.

The Republican governor was running for reelection in 2002, and he was riding high as he was near the height of his popularity. He was the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a close friend of then-President George W. Bush and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The scandals that would lead to his downfall and federal prison sentence had not yet come to full light.

Rowland had arrived to see The Hartford Courant\’s editorial board, and the members were asking him why he was running for a third term. They wanted to know what was on his plate on the important issues of the day: tax cuts, balancing the state budget, providing more money for education.

So, a board member asked Rowland directly, what unfinished issue did he need to tackle and why was he running for a third term?

\”Coltsville,\’\’ Rowland deadpanned. Continue reading