President Barack Obama revealed he spoke Friday by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have spoken since the 1979 Iranian resolution. Obama´s conversation with Rouhani comes amid recent conciliatory statements made of late by the Iranian leader, who took office in August. The possibility of a meeting between Obama and Rouhani was a major cause for speculation during the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week, though no meeting came to pass. "Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani," Obama said, noting that the conversation "underscores the deep mistrust between
Comments: Another major diplomatic breakthrough for B. Hussein 0bama....may Allah be praised ! /s
How many times will this fool play Charlie Brown to Iran´s Lucy. No one takes greater delight in humiliating and deceiving the West than Rouhani. Just look at this actions when he headed Iran´s nuclear negotiating team.
No way I believe Barack Hussein, a first-rate liar. Rouhani won´t meet with him at the United Nations, but he´ll speak to him on the phone? Not convinced. He and his media lackeys can lie all they like. No way.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation´s fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected. While the proposal highlights the government´s struggle to ramp up production of homegrown biofuels that are cleaner-burning than gasoline, but is unlikely to mean much for consumers at the pump. The change would require almost 3 billion gallons less ethanol and other biofuels to be blended into gasoline in 2014 than the law requires. The 2007 law tried to address global warming
A recent study found that the condition of polar bears in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea has remained stable despite sea ice loss, while the condition of another population in the Beaufort Sea has declined. The researchers studied the overall health and reproductive rates of polar bears in the Chukchi Sea, located between Alaska and Russia, and the adjacent southern Beaufort Sea. They compared the Chukchi Sea population from 2008 to 2011 with data from the same population from decades earlier. Despite experiencing a 44-day increase in the number of reduced ice days over productive continental shelf waters during that elapsed
As the 50th anniversary of his death by an assassin´s bullet approaches, many admirers are noting how President John F. Kennedy´s progressive agenda enabled government to better the lives of Americans while his conciliatory outreach to the world made the United States a safer place to live. (snip) In a recently published book, "JFK Conservative," Mr. Stoll argues that Mr. Kennedy´s liberalism was myth and that the former president was actually a staunch Cold War warrior who believed that big tax cuts would drive the economy and provide financial opportunities for all. As Mr. Stoll sees it, Mr. Kennedy would
President Barack Obama will visit John F. Kennedy´s gravesite and honor two of Kennedy´s lasting initiatives as the nation observes the 50th anniversary of his assassination in the coming week. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be accompanied by former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, at a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Also that day, Obama will be joined by scores of prominent Americans who have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in paying tribute to Kennedy´s legacy. Kennedy established the modern version of the medal, the highest award the U.S. bestows on civilians,
Barack Obama´s second term fumbles have pitched him to record low poll ratings and splintered his credibility with the American people. But has his presidency reached the point of no return? History and opinion poll data suggest that when re-elected presidents slump in the ratings, it is tough, if not impossible to bounce back. Obama, stung by the amateurish debut of his health care plan, which has sent fellow Democrats into revolt, is beginning to sense the depth of his woes. "I do make apologies for not having executed better over the last several months," he said at a Thursday
Top officials in Egypt have hailed talks with Russian ministers in Cairo as "historic". The head of the Egyptian army, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said the talks signalled the start of a new era of enhanced military co-operation. There are on-going discussions about a possible arms deal that could be worth as much as $2bn (£1.2bn), though no agreement has been reached. It is the highest level visit to Egypt by a Russian delegation in years. It follows the US decision to cut defence aid to Egypt in response to the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi. But Egypt´s Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, insisted that he
Sen. John McCain had some blunt words to describe the policies of Secretary of State John Kerry. “This guy has been a human wrecking ball,” McCain said Thursday, according to reports. “I’m very disappointed.” (snip)The outlet reported that McCain also called Kerry a “friend” and said the two “have known each other well and worked together for a number of years.” However, McCain took another swipe saying, “They don’t know from one hour to the next where the plane is going.” “Fly into Riyadh and talk to the king of Saudi Arabia. Fly to Egypt and praise their steps towards democracy.” McCain’s office told
SAN DIEGO — “60 Minutes” should not have thrown out its report on Benghazi with the bath water.(snip) Under pressure from the liberal group Media Matters, and from defenders of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who still has many questions to answer about Benghazi — the network brass was so eager to atone for the errors that they overcompensated. CBS retracted the entire story, when only part of it had been challenged. Despite the claims by Clinton defenders that Davies’ interview was the linchpin of the story, this was not the case. I’ve watched the segment several times, and
Clinton confidante John Podesta came out as another critic of Obamacare just moments after President Barack Obama finished his tense press conference announcing changes to the law. Podesta remarked on Twitter that it just took him only five minutes to apply online for Medicare, a clear contrast with the disaster that individuals attempting to sign up for Obamacare have faced. “Single payer anyone?” remarked Podesta, alluding to a major difference between Medicare and Obamacare, and one of the major policy objectives of many on the left. Podesta is reportedly in discussions to take over the leadership of super PAC Priorities USA as it
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,
With President Obama trying to quell a rebellion among Democrats by proposing his own administrative fix to Obamacare, foes of the law took to Twitter today to demand what authority the President has to unilaterally change his law by “fiat,” as at least one critic put it.(snip)I put the question to the Obama administration. Here’s the answer, from a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services: “The Supreme Court held more than 25 years ago that agencies charged with administering statues have inherent authority to exercise discretion to ensure that their statutes are enforced in a manner that achieves
As the young U.S. senator takes the oath to become president, he sets out to fix an economy struggling with rising unemployment, slumping profits and depressed stock prices. He knows the deep recession could prevent him from advancing his broader domestic and diplomatic agenda. Yes — all true for President Obama. But that´s what John F. Kennedy faced as well. On his frosty Inauguration Day in January 1961, Kennedy had to start fulfilling his campaign pledge to "get America moving again." Like Obama, he would need to win over a deeply skeptical business community. The similarities mostly end right there. Since taking office, Obama
Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. In an interview with the BBC to coincide with the release of her latest film The Butler, the chat show host said generations had been ´marinated´ in racism. The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S. [Snip] She highlighted an incident in 2009 when Republican congressman Joe Wilson
The Times Of Israel is reporting that a team of negotiators led by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been conducting secret talks with Iran about it´s nuclear weapons program for the past year. The report states the deal submitted in Geneva earlier this month was a direct result of these secret year-long negotiations between teams headed by Jarrett and Iran´s Ali Akbar Salehi. That deal was ultimately rejected when France and Israel raised strong objections, and talks are expected to resume this Wednesday. The White House was very quick to issue a categorical denial of the report. According to
Second-term presidents in the past 30 years have had some pretty embarrassing news conferences, full of frank admissions of failure, submissive spasms of shame and groveling, grieving apologies. Bill Clinton had to admit that he actually did have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky; George W. Bush finally thought of something he might have done wrong; his dad had to explain all those new taxes after his unequivocal pledge; and even Ronald Reagan ate crow over the Iran-Contra affair. But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama.
Congressional Republicans have Obamacare right where they want it. The idea of a one-year delay of the law, always far-fetched as long as the Democrats controlled the Senate, is suddenly looking plausible. “I think there needs to be a one-year suspension of the entire law, at least, if not a longer suspension,” says Georgia Republican Tom Price. “The Senate Democrats and the president are the ones that have to decide it needs to be done.” When asked about a delay, House Republican whip Kevin McCarthy chuckles but doesn’t answer. Instead, he suggests that the law’s destructiveness could upend the entire health
Carbohydrates are rotting our brains and contributing to devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, an American neurologist has warned. David Perlmutter, from Florida, believes that even ‘good’ carbs, such as grains, are severely affecting our brains. And the staples of our modern diet aren’t only increasing the risk of dementia, but contributing to depression, epilepsy and headaches, he believes. [Snip] The solution? Going back to the days when our diet was mainly fat--with this making up 75 percent of our diet, and carbs just 5 percent. Protein intake should stay the same as it is, at about 20 percent.
Most women will tell you that other than the N-word, the C-word is the most vile in the English language never to be used. Cher apparently doesn´t hold such a belief, for she disturbingly took to Twitter Friday to call former Alaska governor Sarah Palin a "Dumb C Word": Cher ? @cher Follow Go to dictionary,& look up The “C"Word,....next 2 the definition...you’ll see a Pic of Sarah PALIN ! NO...WAIT ...SHES UNDER DUMB C WORD?? 12:11 PM - 15 Nov 2013 716 Retweets 834 favorites ReplyRetweetFavorite Three minutes later she put an exclamation point on it:
On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation. When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”
“The Affordable Care Act’s political position has deteriorated dramatically over the last week.” That, coming from longtime Obamacare cheerleader and Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein, was pretty strong language. And it was only Wednesday. That was the day after the release of a devastating Quinnipiac national poll. It showed Barack Obama’s approval rating at 39 percent, with his disapproval rating at 54 percent — sharply down from 45 percent approval and 49 percent disapproval on Oct. 1, the day the government shutdown began and healthcare.gov went into (limited) operation. Democrats hoped that Republicans would take a shellacking in public opinion for the
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about? In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the
Mary Cheney, a daughter of the former vice president, and her wife, Heather Poe, sharply criticized on Sunday a comment by by Ms. Cheney’s sister, Liz Cheney, a candidate for the Senate in Wyoming, that they disagreed on the issue of same-sex marriage. “Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,” Mary Cheney, who is gay, wrote on her Facebook page. Ms. Poe’s comments were sharper and more personal. “Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when
As the story of the Obamacare website fiacso unfolds, senior administration aides tell me that the president is “mad, frustrated and angry.” Mad that his signature legislative achievement is stuck at the gate, frustrated that he’s running out of time to fix it, and angry that he’s got a second term agenda now going nowhere. He’s so furious, in fact, that he stepped out of character to vent to an assembled group of top aides. “If I had known [about the website problems] ,” the steaming president reportedly said, according to the New York Times, “We could have delayed the
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has entered the final, mortifying stage of denial where one flails feebly about in the desperate search for an argument that might generate some traction. The spectacular collapse of Democratic standing in public opinion polls has prompted Democrats to voluntarily chip away at the very financial foundation of the Affordable Care Act – a prospect that any pundit would have deemed unthinkable just three weeks ago. Democrats are terrified, but Pelosi, an old pro, never wants to let them see her sweat. To that end, during a press conference with her fellow Democratic leaders