Washington — President George W. Bush told a Jewish gathering that he did not trust the Iranian regime to change its intentions toward Israel. “I will not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true,” Bush told the 1,200 guests at the gala of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to several people in attendance. “The United States’ foreign policy must be clear eyed and understand that until the form of government changes in Iran, it is unlikely that their intentions toward Israel will change.” The event, held Tuesday night at
The United States is now the world´s biggest supplier of oil overtaking the world number one, Saudi Arabia, according to latest output figures. A surge in US oil output, which includes natural gas liquids and biofuels, has swelled 3.2 million barrels per day (bpd) since 2009. The spike in oil production is the fastest expansion over a four-year period since Saudi Arabia´s output surge from 1970-1974, energy analysis firm PIRA said in a statement. It was the latest milestone for the US oil sector caused by the shale revolution, which has upended global oil trade. While still the largest consumer of fuel,
A new theory from author Ed Klein — who previously penned “The Amateur,” about President Obama’s White House leadership — suggests that senior adviser Valerie B. Jarrett orchestrated the chief executive’s strategies in the government shutdown. The New York Post reported that Ms. Jarrett held several late-night sessions with Mr. Obama at his residence and from there came the strategy of “no negotiation,” Mr. Klein believes.
U.S. government health officials are alerting doctors to the recall of an injectable drug after vials of it were found to contain bits of metal, cotton, and hair. B. Braun Medical Inc. issued the voluntary recall for its cefepime and dextrose antibiotic suspension used to combat pneumonia, urinary tract, skin, and abdominal infections. The Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday that the visible particles could cause catastrophic problems including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack if injected. The drug was distributed to hospitals, pharmacies and medical suppliers nationwide, between February 4, 2013 and March 1, 2013.
Selbyville, Del. — Delaware officials are celebrating the state´s first health insurance exchange enrollee. Department of Health and Social Service officials have declared 59-year-old Janice Baker of Selbyville the first confirmed resident to enroll in the marketplace. It opened Oct. 1 as part of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Baker said Tuesday that she started looking on Oct. 1 and, like many people, made several frustrated attempts to signup online and spent hours on the phone. But Baker says she had success once she cleared the browsing history, cookies and other temporary data on her computer.
While Democrats are being cast as the early winners in the deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit, the White House doesn´t see itself as the victor. "There are no winners here," press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily briefing Wednesday. "We said that from the beginning, and we´re going to say it right up to the end because it´s true. The American people have paid a price for this." Earlier this month, a senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal that "we are winning" with a drawn-out shutdown, but the White House pushed back on that quote in much the same way that Carney did on Wednesday.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Texas Senator Ted Cruz have given up their opposition to a Democrat-led bill that will ensure the country doesn´t default on its debts ahead of a midnight deadline. The bill still needs to be navigated through the House and Senate, but observers on Capitol Hill expect it to sail through. (Snip) ´We are not putting odds on anything,´ said White House press secretary Jay Carney in his afternoon briefing, but he urged both houses of Congress to ´act swiftly´ and ´as soon as possible´ to avoid economic disaster. ´The president applauds Leader [Harry] Reid and
Marine Le Pen aims to set up radical, anti-Europe faction in the European parliament with help of Geert Wilders, the Dutch MP The leader of France’s far-Right party has vowed that the European Union would “collapse like the Soviet Union” as she conspired to form what would be the most radical faction yet seen in the European parliament. Marine Le Pen, buoyed by a weekend by-election triumph in southern France, criticised the EU as a “global anomaly” and pledged to return the bloc to a “cooperation of sovereign states”. She said Europe’s population had “no control” over their economy or
LOS ANGELES — A marine science instructor snorkeling off the Southern California coast spotted something out of a fantasy novel: the silvery carcass of an 18-foot-long, serpent-like oarfish. Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore Sunday. Staffers at the institute are calling it the discovery of a lifetime. "We´ve never seen a fish this big," said
It is a signal of how just how far expectations of Congress have fallen, that the prospects of a deal to reopen the US government and raise the debt ceiling only until just past the New Year could be hailed as any kind of breakthrough. [Snip] While China scoffed and scolded and several hundred thousand US workers went unpaid, the stockmarkets remained wearily sanguine--confident that in the end, as always, a limited deal would be done. But kicking the fiscal can down the road does not answer the fundamental question raised by Fitch, the ratings agency, about how to end
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he hopes the House “will get some adult supervision from the Senate” to achieve a debt ceiling deal. (Snip)King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess. “Ted Cruz has been a total fraud from the start,” King said. “It never could have succeeded. I can’t imagine going into battle knowing you can’t win and continue telling your people you are winning. It’s Never Never Land, parallel universes, whatever you want to call it.” Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four
As Congress inches toward passing a continuing resolution and raising of the debt ceiling that contains no major concessions to the GOP, Heritage Action President Michael Needham told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Wednesday morning that any large scale repeal of Obamacare would have to wait until the GOP had recaptured the Senate and the White House three and a half years from now—despite the weeks House Republicans just spent adamantly opposing the law’s implementation. “‘Even many on the left, including powerful unions, who were once the law’s stronger supporters, have conceded that it’s a train wreck,’” Hemmer quoted from
Philadelphia — Residents in one Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood had a rude awakening Wednesday morning when they woke up and discovered vulgar graffiti spray-painted on their cars and homes. The vandalism happened on four blocks in the city’s Rhawnhurst section. The streets targeted were Hoffnagle Street, Benson Street, Emerson Street and Solly Avenue. According to investigators, the vandals spray-painted racial epithets, sexual symbols and swastikas on cars, houses and fences. The spray paint vandalism included the saying “Fu* Crakers” and some on the swastikas were backwards. So far, no arrests have been made.
The White House welcomed a Senate deal Wednesday to end the federal government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, saying the pact would “remove the threat of economic brinkmanship” if approved. White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Obama fully supported the Senate proposal, expected to receive a vote later Wednesday. It is unclear how the House will move forward on the legislation. Carney said Obama “applauds” lawmakers for “working together to forge this compromise.” He added that the president “encourages Congress to act swiftly” to pass the deal. Asked if the White House was confident that the GOP-controlled House
The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has allowed an employee to go ahead with the publication of his book about the agency´s failed “Fast and Furious” gun-walking campaign. According to The Associated Press, John Dodson would be able to publish the book with a few parts redacted. Dodson initially alerted congressional investigators to the campaign, which started in 2009. The report said it is unclear if Dodson would be able to receive compensation from the book, given the governmentwide ban on receiving pay for writing related to an employee´s official duties. That decision will be left up
It was the perfect end to a bizarre day of World Cup qualifying: the United States saved Mexico. The longtime rivals rarely do anything to help the other out, but on Tuesday there was no mistaking what took place. Mexico, which has struggled throughout the Concacaf qualifying tournament, was just minutes away from losing to Costa Rica, 2-1, and failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. El Tri’s only hope was that the United States, which was losing to Panama at the time, would somehow rally for at least a tie. The United States
National Park Service director Jarvis said he discussed closing the open-air monuments and memorials with the White House, as well as the secretary of the Interior Department: "Yes, I did," says the director when asked whether he discussed the closures with the secretary of the Interior Department. "You didn´t discuss it with anyone in the White House, did you?" asks a congressman. "Um, in -- several times, on the phone, with the White House, I presented with the secretary my decission," says the director. "But it was never the reverse--" "So you discussed with officials in the White House your action?"
Washington - Hold the champagne. Even if Congress reaches a last-minute or deadline-busting deal to avert a federal default and fully reopen the government, elected officials are likely to return to their grinding brand of brinkmanship - perhaps repeatedly. House-Senate talks are barely touching the underlying causes of debt-and-spending stalemates that pushed the country close to economic crises in 2011, last December and again this month. Late Tuesday, the GOP-controlled House dropped efforts to craft a bill to raise the debt limit and fully open the government. House members will wait for the Democratic-controlled Senate to act, which could push
This is very funny. A Daily Kos regular gets his Obamacare premium notice and is shocked to learn that as young, healthy people, he and his wife will pay twice as much! My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe. Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to
To paraphrase one of the more memorable lines of American cinema: If you build it badly, they’ll stop coming. Every private-sector firm operating in the on-line market discovered that in 1995 or so, but the Obama administration only just started to learn it after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the world’s worst web portal. And now consumers are staying away in droves, according to the Washington Post: The number of visitors to the federal government’s HealthCare.gov Web site plummeted 88 percent between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13, according to a new analysis of America’s online use, while less than
Washington — Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, according to a Republican senator who also said congressional leaders would push for passage as soon as possible. The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was easing, rising roughly 200 points by late morning. "I understand they´ve come to an agreement but I´m going to let the leader announce that," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans called to review details of the emerging deal
Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison? We´re not sure how much difference one person could make in the toxic, chaotic, hyperpartisan atmosphere in Washington, but if we could choose just one it would be Hutchison, whose years of service in the Senate were marked by two things sorely lacking in her successor, Ted Cruz. For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times. This revealed itself in a thousand different ways. Hereabouts, we miss her advocacy for NASA, the Port of Houston and the energy industry. And we
Washington -- Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he won´t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default. Cruz had forced the shutdown by demanding that President Barack Obama gut his health care law in exchange for a bill to keep the government running. He told reporters Wednesday that he would vote against the bipartisan bill but wouldn´t use Senate delaying tactics to stall the legislation. The Texas senator has won praise from the tea party and other conservatives for his actions.
WASHINGTON — Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reached final agreement on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February, with votes in the House and Senate possibly to begin this afternoon, according to aides familiar with the negotiations. Senate Republicans have gathered for a final review, but lawmakers have given no indication they will block it. A government shutdown into its third week yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans other than some minor tightening of income verifications for people obtaining subsidized insurance premiums under the new health care law.
Ricky Lewis was driving along Florence Avenue on April 29, 1992, when the neighborhood erupted. "I saw all the crowds and thought, ´What is going on here?´" He was witnessing, as he soon learned, a defining moment in Los Angeles. The verdict had just landed in the trial of the officers who beat Rodney G. King senseless, and the rioting that followed would lead to dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries. Fires flared, businesses were looted, and National Guard and Marine units were called in. (Snip) "I called some of the men of Omega Psi Phi and said: ´You