The president has powers to fight income inequality, President Obama argued in an interview broadcast Sunday, adding that Republicans in Congress have hobbled his efforts to do it. Appearing on ABC´s "This Week" program, Obama acknowledged that the wealthiest Americans have benefited disproportionately from the economic recovery of recent years. But he was quick to add that much of that trend is due to globalization, technology and, not least, the GOP´s opposition to his economic agenda – all factors he suggested are beyond his control. "I think the president can stop it," Obama said, when asked about the growing income
OCALA, Fla.- Charlie Crist hopes that the hug that hurt him becomes the hug that now heals him. Democratic President Barack Obama embraced Crist, then Florida´s Republican governor, at a 2009 rally. Republican Marco Rubio used the image to successfully chase Crist from the GOP and defeat Crist, running as an independent, in the 2010 U.S. Senate race. Now Gov. Rick Scott also is using the hug to attack Crist. The difference is Crist is now a Democrat and embracing the hug. "That hug cost me more than you´ll know with my former party," Crist said at a Marion County
An inferno that gutted more than 30 Jersey Shore boardwalk businesses and took all night to put out appears “suspicious” — and is being investigated by prosecutors, sources said on Friday. Investigators are eyeing arson because the blaze erupted midday with no obvious cause — and it just happened to come at the end of the summer season, the sources told ABC News. The fire is believed to have started under the boardwalk near Kohr’s Custard Stand on Thursday, wiping out six blocks of the boardwalk in Seaside Park. Custard shop owner Bruce Kohr said his workers spotted the flames coming from under
CNN´s "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers whether it makes any difference that Vladimir Putin and Russia got the upper hand over the U.S. in the deal struck on Syria´s chemical weapons. (Only copy posted. Video)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s foray into two state recall races may have hurt the chances of two Democratic senators. Colorado senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron lost historic recall battles last week after voting to support new stricter gun control laws in the state. The Democratic lawmakers collected about $3 million in their fight, much of it from outside Colorado, including $350,000 from Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of gun control laws. (Snip) "It’s funny, in Colorado like a lot of western states we´re very self determined. We like to solve our own
Barack Obama has staggered his way to a face-saving deal with Vladimir Putin after a week that left the president diminished at home and abroad, says Peter Foster. As John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov sat together in Geneva on Saturday to announce agreement between the US and Russia on how to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, the sense of relief in Washington was almost palpable. [Snip] But to have arrived at this point apparently accidentally after so many zig-zags along the way does not look like the mark of a presidency that is resolute on the international stage.
President Barack Obama has revealed Hassan Rouhani, Iran´s reformist new president had "reached out" to the US leader as the West looks to improve ties with the isolated Tehran regime. News that Mr Obama and Mr Rouhani had exchanged letters came after the Glasgow-educated Iranian leader declared on Twitter that he would meet William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, when the pair are in New York later this month. Mr Obama said he believed the successful negotiations over Syria´s chemical weapons should demonstrate to Iran that diplomacy can work even when military intervention is threatened. "What they should draw from this
Bristol, Conn. — The Chinese food deliveryman lights up when he sees Skip Bayless answer the door. “I thought it was you,” he says with a smile, handing over dinner. Bayless is a regular customer. At his core, he’s a man of routine, and at the beginning of each week, he orders five days’ worth of chicken and broccoli (no sauce), his nightly dinners. Every weekend he stops by the same Manhattan deli and buys five sandwiches to bring back to his weekday home in Connecticut, his daily lunch. He’s a health nut who exercises twice a day. Every Sunday
SEATTLE - A local man has died and a woman is in serious condition after they were stabbed repeatedly by a stranger who confronted them Friday night as they were walking in Pioneer Square after the Seattle Sounders game, police said. Friends identified the man who died as Troy Wolff, 46, who was chairman of the English Department at Shoreline Community College and had taught there for 17 years. He was walking with his girlfriend near 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when she was suddenly confronted by a man who pulled out a small knife and
Well, college football endings don’t get much weirder than this. Down 32-30 in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Wisconsin QB Joel Stave positioned the Badgers for a potentially game-winning field goal Saturday night by centering the ball at Arizona State’s 15-yard line for a chip shot. But Sun Devils linebacker Anthony Jones mobbed the ball, making the case that Stave’s knee had not touched the ground and that the play should be ruled a fumble. Officials didn’t seem to buy into Jones’ explanation, but they didn’t clear him off the ball. Stave discussed the situation with an official,
On PBS’s “NewsHour” on Friday night, New York Times columnist David Brooks warned that Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators’ rise to prominence threatens the traditional Republican Party. (Snip) “What’s going on in the House, and a bit in the Senate, too, is what you might call the rise of Ted Cruz-ism,” Brooks said. “And Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada through Texas, is basically not a legislator in the normal sense, doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to Congress to create coalitions, make alliances, and he is going to pass a lot of legislation. He’s going in
Did you ever wonder why we have been teetering on the brink of war with Syria when virtually no one in America wants to go to war? The answer can be summed up in two words: Samantha Power. Power is the new American ambassador to the United Nations and a longtime foreign-policy adviser to President Barack Obama. She is also a dangerously radical proponent of military intervention in humanitarian crises around the globe. Such a feel-good response to atrocities is guaranteed to turn the United States into just what most of us say we don’t want the country to become — the world’s
Why didn´t he thank Obama too? Without our Barry, there would have been no clown opponent to steamroll off the world stage. CNN: A Syrian minister declared "victory" for his country on Sunday, thanking Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia´s state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. "We welcome these agreements. On the one hand, they will help Syrians come out of the crisis, and on the other hand, they prevented the war against Syria by having removed a pretext for those who wanted to unleash it," National Reconciliation Minister Ali Haidar was quoted
Israel has "good capabilities" when it comes to tracking potential attempts by the Syrian regime to transfer its chemical weapons to other agents, such as terrorist organizations, Minister of International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio on Sunday. (Snip) Steinitz refrained from "giving a grade" to the Obama administration over its deal with Russia to oversee the chemical disarmament of Syria, but did say that arrangement has "advantages and disadvantages." "The advantage is that it´s a very thorough agreement," the minister said, but added that the disadvantage lay in the agreement´s extended time frame,
President Obama made a series of missteps in handling the conflict in Syria, most notably asking Congress to approve a military intervention. Lawmakers on both the left and right came out in strong opposition, pointing out that their constituents are war weary. Obama tried to rally support, but failed to convince the public that a U.S. strike in Syria was necessary. As House and Senate leaders were in the process of scheduling votes, Russia brokered a deal with Syria that was quickly embraced by the U.S. The following is a timeline of the administration´s handling of the conflict in Syria.
Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into neighboring Iraq, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday. The government in Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles. The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that Syrian President Bashar Assad´s regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault. The newspaper reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did
The race for a U.S. Senate seat in West Virginia just got more interesting. The entrance of Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant complicates what Republicans had assumed would be an easy pickup. Though the race still favors Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, Tennant was the last remaining Democrat who could plausibly make the race competitive. A poll conducted in mid-August showed Tennant lagging Capito by just five percentage points, 40-45 percent. The former businesswoman and broadcast journalist provides a strong contrast to Capito, Democrats believe, as she can run as a Washington outsider up against a candidate they plan
Indianola, Iowa — Tom Harkin is sitting at a picnic table at the fairgrounds here wearing a snappy riverboat gambler’s straw hat and talking about how Joe Biden would make a swell president. Not that Hillary Clinton wouldn’t. Harkin, who will retire from the U.S. Senate after completing his fifth term in 2015, is keeping his options open, while continuing to dangle his famous “steak fry” fundraiser as a king-or queen-making opportunity. (Snip) Harkin likes Joe, and Harkin likes Hillary. Though he has certain caveats for both. “Biden can’t run just by saying, ‘I’ve been vice president,’” Harkin says.
Moscow - Syria´s Minister for National Reconciliation said on Sunday that the chemical weapons agreement between Russia and the United States was a "victory" for Damascus, won by its Russian allies, and had taken away the pretext for war. (Snip) "This agreement, an achievement of Russian diplomats and the Russian leadership, is a victory for Syria won thanks to our Russian friends," Ali Haidar told Russian news agency RIA. "We welcome this agreement. From one point of view, it will help Syrians exit the crisis, from another, it has prevented a war against Syria, having taken away the pretext for
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.