Obama, Bush and big contingent head for Mandela memorial together
By Steve Holland ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and their wives shared Air Force One on Monday on a flight to South Africa, where they will be joined by two other former presidents at a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela. The rare gathering is a sign of the respect Mandela - who died on Thursday at age 95 - held among both political parties in the United States. As the three-day trip to Africa began, the leaders were joined in a conference room on the plane by Attorney General Eric Holder, national security adviser Susan Rice, and Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to Obama.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:58:03 -0500
U.S. Senate to vote on housing nominee, confirmation likely: sources
The U.S. Senate will consider President Barack Obama's nominee to head the regulator that oversees taxpayer-owned mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac this week, two Democratic Senate aides said, and he is expected to win confirmation. A vote on Democratic U.S. Representative Mel Watt's nomination to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency could come as early as Tuesday, one of the aides said. Analysts say his appointment could mean a reversal of some of DeMarco's policies, including a rule that prohibited Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce the principal balance on delinquent loans. The Senate failed to advance Watt's nomination in October.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:22:30 -0500
Pentagon chief Hagel in Pakistan for talks on security, drones
By David Alexander ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had a frank exchange on Monday about U.S. drone strikes against militants in remote areas of Pakistan, in the first visit by a Pentagon chief to the South Asian ally in almost four years. The United States has a complicated relationship with Pakistan and ties have been further soured by a dispute over unmanned military aircraft the United States uses to target militants in Pakistan's tribal areas on the Afghan border. Protests by anti-drone activists prompted the United States to suspend ground shipments of NATO cargo leaving Afghanistan via Pakistan last week. "The prime minister ... conveyed Pakistan's deep concern over continuing U.S. drone strikes, stressing that drone strikes were counterproductive to our efforts to combat terrorism and extremism on an enduring basis," the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:03:06 -0500
Rand Paul says 'seriously thinking about' 2016 White House run
By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Rand Paul said on Sunday he is giving serious thought to a run for the presidency in 2016 but might decide against it because of the burden a campaign would cause for his family. "But I'm also very serious about the family considerations." Paul, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement, said politics had become "uncivil" and that sometimes "you have a good week" and other times "the haters and the hacks go after you." Paul indicated on Friday that his wife disliked the idea of a presidential run, ABC News reported. When asked after a speech in Detroit whether he would run, Paul replied, "Where's my cellphone? My wife has both of them, and both of them are 'no' votes right now," Paul said, according to ABC.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 15:10:29 -0500
Democrats wouldn't reject U.S. budget deal over jobless aid: senator
By Caren Bohan and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democrat said on Sunday he hoped an emerging deal on the U.S. budget would include an extension of unemployment benefits but added that his party would not necessarily walk away from an agreement that left it out. "I don't think we've reached that point where we've said, This is it, take it or leave it,'" Senator Richard Durbin told the ABC program "This Week," when pressed on whether his party would insist on including jobless aid in a final deal. Durbin, the second-ranking Senate Democrat, said that based on what he has heard from Senator Patty Murray, the lead Democratic negotiator on the budget, the fiscal talks are making progress and moving in the right direction. The House of Representatives and Senate budget panel, created after the government shutdown in October, is discussing a two-year accord that would ease the impact of across-the-board spending cuts known as the "sequester" and lower the near-term risk of another damaging fiscal showdown.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:28:12 -0500
Watch the moment Lenin's statue was toppled
Protesters topped a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday following another day of massive anti-government demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 13:36:18 -0500
Is Afghanistans Karzai getting the Obama freeze-out?
President Barack Obama hasnt communicated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai since a Nov. 21 letter. And before that, the last known conversation between the two leaders dates back to a June 25 teleconference.
Sat, 07 Dec 2013 12:14:02 -0500
Tough market: 20,000 applicants for only 400 jobs at Ikea
Like many countries around the world, Spain has been hit hard by recessionary conditions in recent years, and its unemployment rate currently stands above 25 percent, more than three times that of the United States.
Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:20:03 -0500
Hillary? Biden? Theyd both be great, Obama says
There may come a day when President Barack Obama has to say whether hed rather hand the keys to the White House to Vice President Joe Biden or former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. That day is not today.
Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:51:37 -0500
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