Paris - French President Francois Hollande called on Sunday for a U.N. resolution on Syria backed by the threat of punitive action to be voted by the end of this week. Speaking on French prime-time television, Hollande added that while a political and diplomatic solution to the wider Syrian conflict was possible, the option of military strikes must remain on the table. Hollande called the Russia-U.S. deal this weekend on removing Syria´s chemical weapons an "important step" towards a possible political solution to its civil war. He said the foreign ministers of France, Britain and the United States would already
By Jake Miller / CBS News/ September 15, 2013, 4:17 PM U.S. politicians wonder if Obama was outfoxed on Syria chemical weapons Play CBS News Video There is no shortage of skeptics among the American political class regarding the tentative agreement between the United States and Russia to secure and destroy Syria´s chemical weapons that was announced on Saturday.(Snip)Even those who hailed the deal as a breakthrough concede that many potential pitfalls could jeopardize U.S. interests on the road to a complete disarmament of Syria´s chemical stockpile. "I think it´s a loser," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said of the deal Sunday on NBC´s "Meet the Press."
In the middle of the night this past Friday, the price of gold quickly dropped on a report in the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei that the White House had decided to appoint Larry Summers as the next Fed chair and that the announcement would likely be made next week. The White House later denied the report, but the implication of the market´s reaction is clear: Larry Summers is viewed as the "hawkish," tight-money alternative to Janet Yellen, and as such, that should mean a strong dollar and weak gold. But this hawkish vs. dovish dichotomy is not really that useful.
Former White House economic adviser and Treasury secretary Lawrence H. Summers has withdrawn his name as a candidate for Federal Reserve chairman, a person familiar with the matter said Sunday. President Obama had been strongly considering naming Summers to the post after their long experience fighting the financial crisis and recession. The decision may mean that another top candidate, current Federal Reserve vice chairman Janet Yellen, will get the job, or another candidate. In a letter dated Sunday to the president, Summers wrote that he was withdrawing his name. “It has been a privilege to work with you since the
Nearly half the rebel fighters in Syria are now aligned to jihadist or hardline Islamist groups according to a new analysis of factions in the country´s civil war. Opposition forces battling Bashar al-Assad´s regime in Syria now number around 100,000 fighters, but after more than two years of fighting they are fragmented into as many as 1,000 bands. The new study by IHS Jane´s, a defence consultancy, estimates there are around 10,000 jihadists - who would include foreign fighters - fighting for powerful factions linked to al-Qaeda. Another 30,000 to 35,000 are hardline Islamists who share much of the outlook
Yinchuan, -- Top Chinese political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Sunday called for further expansion of cooperation with Arab countries in energy resources and trade. Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People´s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks at the opening ceremony of the China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan, capital city of northwest China´s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. President Xi Jinping sent a letter of congratulations on the opening of the fair, saying that China was willing to conduct all-round cooperation with Arab states to benefit the people of both sides and contribute to world prosperity.
"The ShamWow guy," Vince Offer, has returned after a sex scandal to clean up his act with a new product, "InVinceable." It isn´t just a six-in-one kitchen cleaner, though. It´s a comeback. Four years after getting into a slugfest with an alleged prostitute — an incident that spawned a cringe-worthy mug shot and headlines like "ShamWow Guy Beats Up Cannibal Hooker" — the infomercial pitchman who became famous as an irreverent version of Billy Mays is launching a new product that’s supposed to scrub persistent stains. Offer says the black mark on his name after the hooker incident had a silver
Zamboanga, Philippines - Philippine forces have killed or captured nearly 100 of the Muslim guerrillas who have held scores of hostages for a week in a southern city, as the government pushes ahead with an offensive to retake rebel-held coastal communities, officials said Sunday. Army troops and police special forces have regained rebel-held grounds and are pressing an assault deeper into communities in the coastal outskirts of Zamboanga city, where more than 100 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas are holding hostages, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said. Several hostages have escaped or were freed, but it was unclear how
In case you missed it, last week Funny or Die produced a video in which comedian Sarah Silverman, among others, facetiously advocated for a black NRA. It wasn’t funny, but racist and ignorant, as Katie pointed out. But don’t think the black, gun-owning community let this one slide. NRA commentator Colion Noir and PJTV’s AlfonZo Rachel both took their turn condemning the ‘black NRA’ video—and they’re well worth watching. “Everyone in this video is guilty of promoting the idea that all young black men are criminals to be feared, because God forbid the Second Amendment apply to everyone, that would mean even
On Sunday, President Obama joined ABC’s This Week to discuss the threat of Iranian nuclear development, and emphasized that he had not taken force off the table: “I think what the Iranians understand is that the nuclear issue is a far larger issue for us than the chemical weapons issue, that the threat…against Israel that a nuclear Iran poses is much closer to our core interests. My suspicion is that the Iranians recognize they shouldn’t draw a lesson that we haven’t struck [Syria] to think we won’t strike Iran.” Obama added that Iran should learn from Syria that diplomatic solutions
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,