Iran´s new leader Hassan Rowhani on Friday urged Moscow to help solve Tehran´s nuclear crisis as he met President Vladimir Putin for a key meeting at a security summit in Kyrgzystan. "As far as the Iranian nuclear problem is concerned, we would like this problem to be solved as soon as possible within the framework of international norms," Rowhani told Putin in televised remarks translated into Russian in Bishkek. "In the past Russia undertook important steps in this sphere, and right now is the best opportunity for new steps on your part," he said. The two leaders were meeting for
US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem Sunday to hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the progress made in the Middle East peace talks and on Syria, a US official said. The two men will discuss "the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on the secretary´s meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London last Monday," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. They would also talk about the conflict in Syria, Psaki added. The top US diplomat, who has made it a personal mission to try to achieve a long-elusive peace
She drew the big names — but didn’t dole out the big bucks. The celebrity-backed charity launched by departing Daily Beast editrix Tina Brown failed to meet the company’s goals in its first year out of the gate — handing out just $10,000 in grant money in 2011 despite raising nearly $1.2 million, IRS records show. The nonprofit Women in the World Foundation kicked off to much fanfare in 2011 with a star-studded Manhattan party that cost $168,048 and was hosted by Meryl Streep. In IRS registration papers, the foundation estimated it would give out $300,000 in grants from June
“The Sea of Faith / Was once, too, at the full,” Matthew Arnold wrote in “Dover Beach“ (1867), “… But now I only hear / its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar / Retreating, to the breath / Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear / And naked shingles of the world.” The roar Arnold had in mind was the sound of Christianity’s withdrawal from Western Europe. But his words describe equally well what is happening in the Greater Middle East. President Obama put it this way during his speech to the nation Tuesday evening: “For nearly seven decades, the United
The White House on Friday said that Jeffrey Zients, former acting director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Obama, would replace top economic adviser Gene Sperling in January. As director of the White House National Economic Council, Sperling was a central voice in the administration’s push to bolster a slowly rebounding economy and during persistent budget battles with Republicans on Capitol Hill. A White House official said Obama would announce the change Friday. Zients, who amassed a vast personal fortune as a management consultant, was named a chief performance officer by the White House in 2009. He
As it intensifies its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is being forced to fly massive amounts of gear and equipment out of the country instead of using cheaper overland and sea routes, according to Pentagon officials. Military logisticians would like to send home 60 percent of their equipment and vehicles by trucking them into Pakistan and then loading them onto ships — the least expensive method by far. But cargo is flowing out on that route at only one-third the planned rate, the officials said.
This is the moment a terrified mother and daughter were saved by a stranger from the roof of their car after getting trapped in rising flood waters. Mother Stephanie Liddick, 25, and daughter, McKenna, 6, pulled over their car when intense hail and rain in Lakewood, Colorado, on Tuesday meant driving had become dangerous. The hail and other debris clogged a nearby drainage gate, resulting in a flash flood that swept the family´s car away with them inside. Scroll down for video - The mother´s 2012 Nissan Versa was soon submerged in about four ft of rainwater.
On September 11, 2001, I wrote a column entitled “Now We Know How Israel Feels.” Now, 12 years later, with a community organizer in the White House who has no idea about the proper use of America’s military might, who believes our only real ally in the Middle East, Israel, is the cause of all the trouble there, and who opposed pursuing our enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m not sure we do. After all, he doesn’t even seem to know where those chemical weapons in Syria came from in the first place. Ironically, at least some of them came from
But ridding Syria of its chemicals won’t be easy If you’re reading or listening in the wrong places, you might think they’re already measuring a place for Vladimir Putin on Mount Rushmore, sandwiched between Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. That’s where Barack Obama, who may have to give Mr. Putin the Nobel Peace Prize he won for doing nothing, expected to rest one day. Before the sculptors with their chisels board a train for Rapid City, the euphoric legion should stop to figure out just how Mr. Putin and his client, Bashar Assad, intend to dismantle the stocks of chemical weapons. Easier
According to the Atlantic, Time managing editor Rick Stengel´s decision to join the Obama administration is just the latest example of a new trend among mainstream media journalists who are making it official by officially joining the Obama administration. Stengel, who is joining the State Department, is just one of 15 (or 19) who have given up a career in journalism to join Obama´s crusade to fundamentally transform America: A wave of reporters went to work for President Obama early in the administration, a time when many media organizations were going through layoffs and Obama´s approval rating was sky-high. The
As her husband argues for and against war in the same speech on Syria, First Lady Michelle Obama has turned her healthy living initiative in a new direction -- toward drinking water. Not very sexy but it is very simple. She believes that if all Americans, especially children, drank a little more water every day, they would become healthier citizens, now and even at her advanced age of 49. Numerous companies like Brita, Dasani, Arrowhead, Deer Park, Ice Mountain, Zephyrhills, Ozarka and Poland Spring are joining in with logos and promotions to help out the water-drinking campaign for some reason.
Syria politics could mean Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance at a longtime institution in Iowa politics — the Harkin Steak Fry — is up in the air. In the midst of turmoil over how the United States should deal with Syria’s chemical weapons, aides at the office of the vice president on Tuesday declined to verify that Biden is still coming to Iowa on Sunday. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama canceled a trip to California for a political event, citing the need to deal with Syria matters. But aides for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who organizes the steak fry fundraiser on Sunday
Teachers in Kenosha, Wisconsin - the third largest school district in the state -- have voted overwhelmingly to free themselves from the clutches of the teachers union, the Kenosha Education Association, which will now disband. Thanks to the reform bill, Act 10, pushed by Governor Scott Walker, public employee unions are limited to bargaining over base pay, and must be re-certified every year. (snip) Let it sink in for moment: only a little more than a third of the Kenosha teachers wanted the union. By disbanding the union, their income goes up as they no longer are forced to pay
Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday proposed legislation that would require people using federal food stamps to buy only healthy food. The Healthy Food Choices Act, H.R. 3073, reflects a long-standing criticism that the government´s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows people to buy billions of dollars worth of junk food. A 2012 study found that food stamps enable about $2 billion worth of junk food purchases each year, and that more than half of all SNAP benefits are used to buy sugary drinks. Efforts to curb these purchases have been opposed by anti-hunger groups. But Roe said some states
Lawrence Henry Summers is one of the world´s most eminent economists. He won the John Bates Clark Medal given every two years to the nation´s best economist under 40—an award so competitive that some economists say it´s as prestigious as a Nobel Prize. His fellow economists cite his work even more frequently than that of Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. Summers also has more experience than any senior U.S. official in memory, including Bernanke, in dealing with the financial crises that have become the regular responsibility of Fed chairmen since the Great Depression. He started in the Reagan administration,
The press liked to call their style No Drama Obama. It was a nice turn of phrase that matched the mood of the candidate in 2008. But that all changed with the reelection. The personal tensions started earlier and rapidly worsened. They fought in private and in the open. There was plenty of simmering, and often a high boil. The team of rivals rarely achieved a spirit of cooperation and seemed more inclined to bitter, dogged rivalries. There was a new actor in the campaign drama: Jim Messina. Obama convinced Messina to leave his political father, Sen. Max Baucus, by
When Trader Joe´s announced it was dropping health benefits for part-time workers, it reassured them that they´d be no worse off as a result. "We believe that with the $500 from Trader Joe´s and the tax credits available under the (Affordable Care Act), many of you should be able to obtain health care coverage at very little if any net cost to you," noted CEO Dan Bane in a memo to employees revealed this week. In other words, Trader Joe´s — like some other companies — has decided to shift its health care costs onto federal taxpayers via the subsidized ObamaCare insurance
LYONS, Colo. -- With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and a mountain hamlet to evacuate as nearby creeks rose to dangerous levels. The late-night reports from Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs came as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in Colorado mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other downstream communities were warned to stay off flooded streets. The towns of Lyons, Jamestown and others in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been isolated by flooding and
House Republicans on Thursday rekindled a months-old controversy by releasing what they described as new evidence that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for political reasons. Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, revealed e-mails that he said show “high-level IRS employees in Washington were abusing their power to prevent conservative groups from organizing and carrying out their missions.” In one message, IRS official Lois Lerner told her staff: “Tea Party matter very dangerous. This could be the vehicle to go to court on the issue of whether [a Supreme Court decision] overturning the ban on
The California legislature has passed a bill that will raise the state´s minimum wage to $10 an hour within three years, giving California one of the highest state minimum wage rates in America. Washington state currently has the top minimum wage at $9.19 an hour, an amount that is pegged to rise with inflation. Some cities, including San Francisco, have slightly higher minimum wages. The rate will raise gradually over time from its current level of $8 an hour. The state´s Governor Jerry Brown is supportive of the bill,
Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers will be named the next chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Obama, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper. The Nikkei newspaper, which did publicly name its sourcing for its story, said Obama was "set to" name Summers to the position, possibly as early as next week. On Tuesday, more than 350 economists signed a letter to Obama calling on him to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen to be the Fed´s next chairman.
Republicans are now leading Democrats on handling several key issues, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. The poll, released Friday, shows more Americans think that the Republicans are doing a better job on the economy, foreign policy and reducing the federal deficit. The GOP has an edge of seven percent over the Democrats on the issue of foreign policy. This is up from 2006, when the GOP was behind by nine percentage points. And while Democrats still lead among issues such as health care and looking out for the middle class, their lead has been steadily decreasing. The
Just when you thought the Nanny State couldn´t get anymore drunk with patronizing power over people, along comes Michelle Obama with a most urgent plea: Make sure you drink water! Who knew?! Apparently we now need the government to tell us to do the most basic of things. To get the word out, the First lady has pre-recorded messages that will air on numerous television shows including the Today show and Good Morning America. And also on Un Nuevo Dia. I wonder if she´ll find another way to insult the Latino community, perhaps telling them a second time that their
NATIONAL FOOTBALL League Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the Washington Redskins’ name three months ago to members of Congress who had urged that it be changed. “The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Mr. Goodell wrote June 5. “For the team’s millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” It therefore was a welcome development to hear this recent and more thoughtful
UKIP would replace the Liberal Democrats as Britain´s third party in Westminster if there were a General Election tomorrow, according to a new poll. Voters would also back Labour ahead of the Conservatives, despite believing the Tories would manage the economy better - the number one issue of concern for the electorate. Immigration is second on voters list of worries, but Europe is only a concern to 13 per cent of the population. Ukip MEP Paul Nuttall, said the YouGov poll was proof the party´s ongoing success. "Even YouGov, who fail to mention UKIP on their questions, recognise the rise of the party
When beloved British television shows are adapted on international screens, it seems the latter fails to appreciate the importance of keeping up appearances. No wonder Hyacinth ´Bouquet´ Bucket feels the need to constantly identify herself as the lady of the house when pitted against her foreign counter-part, and finally some sympathy for Patsy Stone´s less than fabulous plea ´Don´t you know who I am!?´. Afraid not Patsy, we really don´t.