Jerusalem - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry briefed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday on a U.S.-Russian deal to remove Syria´s chemical weapons, an accord that drew a guarded response from the Israeli leader. Netanyahu, in a speech before the meeting, said the agreement would be judged on whether it achieved "the complete destruction" of the Syrian government´s chemical weapons stockpiles, and he pointed toward Iran´s nuclear program as another test of world resolve. (Snip) Israeli officials had expressed dismay in private about U.S. President Barack Obama´s handling of the Syria crisis, fearful possible failure to follow through with
London– British Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet his Iranian counterpart in New York later this month, in what the British government calls "a positive step" toward restoring full diplomatic ties between the two countries. The Foreign Office said Sunday that Hague would meet Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting which begins Sept. 24. The government would not give details of the planned meeting. Britain withdrew its diplomats from Tehran after protesters attacked the British embassy in November 2011. The election of moderate President Hassan Rouhani in July has raised hopes
WASHINGTON- The White House said Saturday U.S. President Barack Obama will speak next week about economic growth following the worst recession since the Great Depression. In a statement, the White House said the president will speak Monday in the Rose Garden to discuss "the progress we have made to grow the economy and create 7.5 million private sector jobs, and highlight the work we still need to do to strengthen the middle class and those fighting to get into it." The statement said Obama will "highlight his better bargain for the middle class, and warn against more self-inflicted wounds from
Washington´s top diplomat arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over plans to destroy Syria´s chemical arms and peace talks with the Palestinians. After landing at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv at 0825 GMT, US Secretary of State John Kerry headed straight to Jerusalem where he was scheduled to hold hours of talks with Israeli leader before leaving for Paris. His arrival in Israel comes a day after Washington and Moscow reached a deal over eliminating Syria´s stockpile of chemical weapons following three days of talks in Geneva with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.
Barack Obama says he and Iran´s new President Hassan Rowhani have exchanged letters, and warned his reluctance to strike Syria had no bearing on US threats of force to thwart an Iranian nuclear bomb. The US president, in an interview aired on ABC News on Sunday, confirmed the outreach to Rowhani for the first time, and said he believed the Syria chemical arms drama showed that diplomacy could work if backed by threats of military action.
The Obama administration is nearing completion of a proposal to require that movie theaters offer technology so blind and deaf people can go to the cinema. The draft rule, which is part of a decades-long effort by advocates for people with disabilities, would likely require thousands of movie theaters across the country to offer devices that display closed captioning and provide audio narration of what’s happening onscreen.(Snip) But theater owners worry that a federal mandate will force small, rural and struggling theaters to close given the costs associated with the rule.
The president is golfing at Maryland´s Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, with Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, co-hosts of ESPN´s "Pardon the Interruption" program. It marks the second time this summer that the trio have golfed together, having united in July for a similar outing. Both Kornheiser and Wilbon earned their names in D.C., having written for years in the sports page of The Washington Post. The three were jointed Saturday by White House aide Marvin Nicholson.
For America´s aging population, even the mention of water makes a large number of Baby Boomers sprint toward the nearest restroom. Now to compound the problem, we have first lady Michelle Obama hawking increased water consumption.(snip) It used to be when a person felt hungry, they ate, and when their God-given internal water gauge indicated they were running low, they drank. That´s the old way. Now we have Michelle Obama spending her time "nudging" us away from the soda aisle toward the water fountain.
Fallen cooking star Paula Deen fought back tears Saturday as she was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from a crowd of about 1,500 during her appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at Reliant Center. It was Deen´s first public appearance since late June, when news broke that she had used a racial slur. "These are tears of joy, y´all," Deen told the audience. "I´ve said all along that the one place I´d want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y´all´s hearts are as big as your state." She admitted using a derogatory racial term
WASHINGTON — President Obama says a tumultuous month as commander in chief, when his policy toward Syria took a number of unexpected turns, may not have looked “smooth and disciplined and linear,” but it’s working. “I’m less concerned about style points. I’m much more concerned with getting the policy right,” Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on “This Week.” Obama said his surprise announcement on Aug. 31 that he would seek congressional authorization for U.S. military strikes against Syria, then the abrupt cancellation of a vote this week and pursuit of a diplomatic plan led by the Russians,
A fresh wave of bombs has killed at least 21 people across Iraq - mostly targeting Shia areas - officials say.The deadliest was in the city of Hilla, south of the capital Baghdad, where two car bombs at a market killed at least nine civilians.Other bombs hit Baghdad itself as well as Basra, Nasiriya and Karbala in the south of the country. Sectarian violence has surged across Iraq in recent months, reaching its highest level since 2008. More than 5,000 people have been killed so far this year in Iraq, 800 of them in August alone, according to the United
My friend and colleague Steve Grammatico is out with his new book, “You Hear Me, Barack?” a collection of his mordant, satirical takes on President Obama and his extended family of zany, lovable characters, including the First Lady, the vice president and a host of other comic-opera Public Enemies currently adored by the collection of circus clowns known as the White House Press Corps. Please enjoy my introduction and the following excerpts and remember: this is no dream, this is really happening.When the late Andrew Breitbart asked me in the fall of 2009 to start a new website called Big
The agreement between Secretary of State Kerry and the Russian Federation makes the Obama administration a partner of not only President Putin but also of President Al-Assad of Syria. The idea is that the Syrian will destroy his chemical weapons, which the Kremlin helped him acquire, and accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention. In return — according to the Washington Post — the Obama administration may have agreed not only lay off a military attack but to forbear from bringing Mr. Al-Assad before the World Court. This is a time to review what happened in 1938 at Munich. It was
Limited does not mean small, for these are not small tasks. The most significant function of government, national security, is what our foreign policy must serve. This is where Reagan got it right and today’s Republican leaders get it tragically wrong. At a time when fellow travelers on the left and “realists” on the right wanted to come to some understanding with the Soviet Union, Reagan rightly saw Communism as an evil that could not be moderated or accommodated. It was an implacable enemy that had to be resisted and defeated. That did not mean military invasions on every front. It
The Post recently reported how Robert F. Kennedy Jr. grappled with his “lust demons” and kept a scorecard of more than two-dozen conquests in a secret diary. He also used the diary to bash everyone from then-brother-in-law Andrew Cuomo to the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. But the 2001 journal also offers a glimpse into the not-so-ordinary life of one of the nation’s most storied political families. The Kennedys are not like us. Just ask Larry David. The “Seinfeld” co-creator lunched with RFK Jr. on the late billionaire Teddy Forstmann’s 140-foot yacht in the summer of 2001. Kennedy later
Coked-up Knicks players fixed games as a favor to their drug dealer — who bet big bucks against the anemic New York squad, FBI informants claimed during the 1981-82 season. The feds probed whether three Knicks, reportedly “heavy users of cocaine,” and their supplier, “one of the largest dealers on the East Coast,” shaved points, according to FBI documents cited in Brian Tuohy’s book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.” The dealer was a degenerate gambler who usually bet $300 a game, informants told investigators, but in January 1982 he began laying $10,000 wagers on Knicks’ opponents — and
CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, was back in court in Cairo on Saturday, appearing healthy, and grinning and waving as his trial resumed on charges related to the killings of about 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster. Mr. Mubarak, 85, was sentenced to life in prison for failing to stop the killings, but his sentence was overturned on appeal this year, and a retrial was ordered. The retrial comes against the backdrop of continued turmoil in Egypt. Unrest has increased since the popularly backed July 3 military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The college students began arriving a little before lunch at Calvary Baptist Church, far more than usual for a local election. The poll workers knew immediately: the Machine was here. The school year at the University of Alabama has barely gotten started, and already the campus has found itself in a charged self-examination on issues of politics, power and race, with the exposure of tenacious segregation among fraternities and sororities drawing national attention. But the turmoil began some weeks earlier. It raised the specter of the Machine, a secret society representing a league of select and almost
The reason the debate over the 2nd Amendment is so futile is that supporters of the amendment have two jobs — one expected, the other burdensome. Marshalling an argument for your position is only natural in a debate and if it’s not done, that side deserves to lose. What’s burdensome is 2nd Amendment supporters also have to explain how guns function to opponents who are dangerously ignorant and basing their position on feelings, myths and MSNBC. It’s like debating physics with Wile E. Coyote.
The swift agreement between Russia and America to collect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons has been an impressive diplomatic achievement - marred only by the fact that it has taken three weeks longer to reach this point because of their joint failure to focus on ending the use of chemical weapons in Syria - rather than focusing on who was responsible for the atrocity that caused the deaths of 1429 Syrians on 21 August. Speculation is rife that Syria may have spirited away some part of its chemical weapons arsenal to Iraq and Lebanon in those lost crucial three weeks. Hopefully
While Americans demand vociferously the defunding of ObamaCare in hopes of getting rid of the most destructive and freedom-robbing piece of legislation passed in modern times, Congressmen pretend to make valiant efforts to do so via various proposals that only low information and extremely naïve voters can believe to be true. Their efforts are akin to a handful of people standing on the tracks of an oncoming speeding train, waving their hands in hopes that the engineer will see them in time and be able to stop thousands of tons of momentum at the last minute. Even Heritage President, Jim DeMint,
Somewhere, up there, Andrew Breitbart is celebrating. On September 10, 2013, the legendary gadfly whose huge heart gave out far too soon chalked up a three more big wins in his campaign to take America back from the hypocritical liberal snobs he despised. In New York, a Democrat electorate soundly rejected Anthony Wiener’s creepy comeback bid. And in Colorado, an enraged citizenry defied everything the liberal establishment could throw at them and tossed out a pair of Democrat state senators who thought they could trample on the basic civil right to keep and bear arms. Neither victory would have been possible
After 2½ years of civil war in Syria, President Barack Obama´s larger policy is in disarray even as his administration, with help from Russia, averted a military showdown for the time being.U.S. and Russian diplomats, meeting in Geneva, said Saturday they had a deal on a framework for Syria to destroy its chemical weapons. The officials intend to seek a U.N. Security Council resolution that could authorize penalties, short of military action, if Syrian President Bashar Assad´s government fails to comply. Four days earlier, in an address to the American people, Obama said he was working with U.S. allies to "provide
Colorado residents are bracing themselves for further flooding and devastation, with more storms due to hit on Sunday. More than 500 people are missing and at least four people have died, with another victim believed to be dead, after flash floods. Many residents are still stranded in their homes as rescue workers try to reach them. Boulder county officials fear rescue attempts will be hampered by the extra 4in of rain due on Sunday. Authorities who still haven´t reached all the stranded victims of floods in northeastern Colorado are bracing for a new round of storms on Sunday.
The last year has been highly informative for Americans who have been looking for information on hypocrisy, shabby intellectualism, broken promises, opportunism, populist dreck, and IPhones. Since almost the moment Obama celebrated his re-election with Republican leader John Boehner by proposing to raise taxes on all of us, God has played an enormous practical joke on liberals. In only ways He could, God has shown that liberals are wrong. Not just wrong, but really, really, seriously wrong. Demented even. And yeah, I’m talking about Ezra Klein.
WHEN I came into my office, he was in my chair, feet up, shirt off, an AK-47 propped against the desk. “President Putin,” I said, playing it cool. “Nice Op-Ed last week.” He looked up from my computer. “Ah, yes. I was just checking this, how you say, ‘most-e-mailed list’ that your New York Times keeps. I see I’m still No. 1.” “Only until someone writes a piece about Ivy League admissions, Mr. President.” His laugh sounded like ice cracking in a Siberian spring. “Call me Vlad,” he said. “And tell me: Is it always this easy to get a rise out of