Menendez has been one of Congress' most influential hawks on Iran and Cuba, bucking the Obama administration on both as he rose to the top of the committee.
After 33 years of designating Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, the United States is removing its Caribbean neighbor from a list of terrorist nations in another sign of warming relations between the two countries.
With the details of a nuclear agreement with Iran still being debated, a prominent Senate Republican said Sunday that Congress should insist on learning more before deciding whether to support a final deal.
"Prosecutors at the Department of Justice don't know the difference between friendship and corruption," Senator Menendez said.
The global impact of the American debt crisis – and the likelihood of permanent damage to American interests – are already visible to Senator John Kerry (D-MA) from his perch as chairman of the Senate ...