Politics

01
Dec
Biden goes to Asia to reconnect amid China rumblings and recent Middle East focus

The Obama administration turns its attention next week to Asia with Vice President Biden taking a week-long trip to the region amid China’s renewed claim to a disputed territory and warnings to encroaching planes. Biden is set to arrive Monday in Japan, then meet with leaders in China and South Korea, to re-establish connections in that region, after months of intense U.S. foreign policy efforts in the Middle East and America trying to... [read news]

30
Nov
Sasha could decide Obama's post-White House home according to '20/20' interview

Sasha Obama could be the deciding factor in whether her father stays in Washington after he leaves office. President Obama told ABC News in a taped interview that his now 12-year-old daughter "will have a big say in where we are." When Obama leaves office in January 2017 after two terms, eldest daughter Malia could be off in college and Sasha will be a sophomore in high school. Both girls attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School in... [read news]

25
Nov
Wife of imprisoned pastor says family devastated after Iran deal fails to secure his release

The wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini says she and her family are devastated after learning that the Obama administration did not try to secure the release of her husband as part of the newly signed deal on Iran's nuclear program.  Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year for practicing Christianity. The talks over Iran's nuclear program were seen by his family and those... [read news]

24
Nov
Mayor Eric Garcetti directing strategy to save film in Los Angeles

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to storm Sacramento for help to end runaway production in Los Angeles will get a good leg up this week when he and his new film czar, Tom Sherak, bring together leaders of the industry to develop a strategy on what is needed from the state. The mayor is planning to unite various sides of the industry at a round-table discussion of what they believe can be done to stem the tide of shoots leaving the... [read news]

22
Nov
Obama health care woes becomes credibility fight for president

Throughout President Barack Obama’s first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril. But the political challenge posed by Obama’s disastrous health care rollout is far greater than those he overcame during the nasty debt ceiling fight with Republicans, his stumbling campaign debate in 2012 or even the painful recession. This time, the president is... [read news]

21
Nov

Senate Republicans have blocked a vote on a $625 billion defense bill after Democrats tried to limit amendments. The vote was 51-44, nine short of the necessary votes to move ahead. The vote leaves the measure setting military pay and policy in limbo with a few legislative days remaining for the Senate to act and reconcile its version with the House. Republicans had pressed for votes on amendments dealing with Iran, Egypt and other issues... [read news]

20
Nov
Palin kills Matt Lauer interview over Martin Bashir slur

It's no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her.  And now she's doing something about it.  The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That's now toast.  Palin has now canceled Lauer's scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It's... [read news]

19
Nov
Rob Ford tells his side - minus those tough questions - on his ‘Ford Nation’ TV show

Toronto’s crack smoking mayor got his own TV show - and finally could speak his mind without all those pesky reporters asking questions. The hour-long “Ford Nation” show that aired Monday on Canada’s Sun News Network gave Rob Ford a pressure-free environment to tell his side of the story after spending the last week sticking his foot in his mouth in front of the press and being attacked politically after admitting to drinking too... [read news]

18
Nov
Toronto mayor Rob Ford loses more powers

The Toronto city council has voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of most of his authority, as the embattled city leader resisted growing pressure to step down. On Monday, the council transferred most of Mr Ford's budget and many of his powers to the deputy mayor. Mr Ford, 44, who has promised to fight the council's decisions, labelled the vote as a "coup d'etat". The mayor of Canada's largest city has faced intense pressure to resign after... [read news]

17
Nov
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new gun-control law targets gun makers

New York State’s new definition of assault weapons and magazine restrictions may drive away manufacturers who are being wooed by other states, trade groups sayGov. Cuomo’s tough new gun law has put a target on the state’s gun makers. Cities, counties and states from across the country have been making lucrative pitches to New York’s firearms companies, urging them to relocate. Their argument: They have a gun-friendly atmosphere... [read news]


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