• Top Line

    Likely GOP presidential contender George Pataki scolded the 47 Republican senators for sending a letter to Iranian leaders, breaking with his party – and drawing the support of at least five of his potential rivals -- to argue that foreign negotiations should be conducted by President Obama and without the intervention of Congress.

    "Just imagine if, come 2017, there's a Republican president and a Democratic Congress: Would Republican candidates, would Republican senators want a Democratic Senate sending a letter to a country when the president is engaged in negotiations?”

    "I don't think so," the former Republican governor of New York said in an interview with "Top Line."

    Pataki's rebuke of the letter stands in contrast to several other likely Republican candidates who either signed the letter or expressed support for it, including Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Gov. Rick Perry.

    Pataki expressed concern about the tentative agreement with Iran

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  • On the Radar

    Iraq’s prime minister says his country needs “much, much more support” than it is receiving from international partners, issuing a call specifically to other Muslim nations, in the fight against ISIS.

    “We need ammunition. We need armaments. We need training. And we need more air cover,” Haider al-Abadi, who replaced Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister in September, told “On the Radar” during a sit-down interview in Baghdad.

    “I'm calling on the Islamic world to rise up to this,” he said. “It is more dangerous to the Islamic world than the rest of the world. They're trying to damage our own religion. They try to take our own belief from us. They're trying to destroy what we have believed in for centuries.”

    One Muslim nation has already heeded Iraq’s call for help in great measure: Iran.

    Iran is playing a leading advisory role in Iraq’s largest military operation yet against ISIS: a mission to retake the city of Tikrit, which fell under ISIS control last summer.

    “Well, Iran is

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  • Power Players

    U.S. history does not walk a straight line when it comes to the country’s relationship with alcohol.

    Americans have fluctuated between times when whiskey was as common to the breakfast table as coffee and other periods when an evening cocktail was considered a social taboo.

    The National Archives Museum is now raising a toast to the nation’s complicated history with booze with the debut of a new exhibit, aptly titled “Spirited Republic.”

    “The amount of alcohol we consumed went way up as the society became more individualistic, and the frontier became more prominent,” curator Bruce Bustard told “Power Players” on a sneak peek tour of the exhibit, which opens Friday.

    Standing in front of a display that measures how many gallons worth of alcohol the average American drank over time, the year 1830 towers above the rest. “In 1830, we consumed about 7.1 gallons of alcohol per person who was of legal age,” Bustard said.

    To put the 1830 figure in perspective, that’s about

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