Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to sit down with Colbert next week Feinstein urges White House to release full CIA torture report Senators to pay bipartisan homage to Biden MORE is in Russia, lecturing officials there on the need for reform but emphasizing his earlier and friendly metaphor, echoed by his boss Barack ObamaBarack ObamaConfirm Scott Palk for the Western District of Oklahoma Dean drifts behind in DNC race Republicans tried to flip Electoral College voters too — look at 2008 MORE, that it is time for the U.S. to “push the reset button” in its relationship with Russia. While in Moscow, Biden also met with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

While Biden is in Moscow, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He tells visibly stunned senators that the biggest threats to our nation are Russian and China. Chairman Carl LevinCarl Levin'Nuclear option' for Supreme Court nominees will damage Senate McCain's Supreme Court strategy leads to nuclear Senate The Fed and a return to banking simplicity MORE (D-Mich.) suggests that in his opinion, Iran and North Korea are more menacing to the U.S.

Soon thereafter, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump Dem senator: Petraeus would have ‘real challenge’ on confirmation GOP senators: We’re open to Petraeus at State MORE (R-S.C.) goes on Fox News and calls for Clapper’s resignation. “Three strikes and you’re out” — the first strike, Graham explained, was seeming not to know, while being interviewed on ABC, that men allegedly planning a terrorist attack had been arrested in London, and the second was describing Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as “largely secular.”

About the only worse example of flatfooted timing would have been if Clapper had delivered his remarks last January while President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaObamas light their final White House Christmas tree Tom Ford declined to dress Melania Trump 'years ago' Obama: 'Michelle will never run for office' MORE hosted Chinese President Hu Jintao at a White House State Dinner.