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Obama secures GOP votes for US-Russia nuclear pact


WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared a major hurdle Tuesday to approval of a new arms control treaty with Russia, pushing the accord to the brink of ratification and edging closer to delivering a foreign policy victory to President Barack Obama.

The Senate voted 67-28 to cut off debate on the treaty that would cap nuclear warheads for both countries and resume on-site weapons inspections that expired a year ago. Senate Democrats secured the support of 11 Republicans as Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made a rare visit to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers....

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