Posted: Tue, 11/19/2013 - 15:45 |
The U.S. Senate won't act on a House-passed bill expanding sanctions on Iran until senators have time to assess what emerges from the negotiations that begin later this week in Geneva between the Iranians and the international group known as P5+1, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (United States, France, Britain, Russia and China) plus Germany.
Posted: Sat, 11/16/2013 - 11:32 |
The worst wounds a politician can suffer are usually self-inflicted. Nixon had Watergate, Clinton had Monica Lewinsky, Reagan had Iran-Contra, Bush 41 had "read my lips" and his son, Bush 43, had Katrina.
And now it's Barack Obama and "if you like your insurance plan you can keep it."
Posted: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 11:49 |
The answer to that question is Yes and No.
U.S. law prohibits spending any American aid money beyond the Green Line, the pre-June 1967 border, to make sure none of it goes to build or benefit settlements or those who live and work there, which every single administration has considered illegal.
Posted: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 17:13 |
Secretary of State John Kerry seemed overly anxious to sign an interim agreement with the Iranians in Geneva last week, and many in the Congress, in Israel and parts of the Arab world breathed a sign of relief when he left empty-handed. Israel and America's Arab allies in the Persian Gulf were convinced that Kerry wasn't paying enough attention to the details.
That, and Benjamin Netanyahu's withering criticism, helped torpedo the first round of nuclear talks with the Iranians since the election of the Rouhani government this summer. And that's a good thing.
Posted: Sat, 11/09/2013 - 23:45 |
Speaker of the House John Boehner has vowed to block the House from taking up Senate-passed legislation protecting gays from job discrimination because it's bad for business.
He insists he's not a homophobe or a bigot, just looking out for business interests. Besides, he doesn't see any need for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA), which the Senate approved last week by a 64-32 bipartisan majority.
Posted: Sun, 11/03/2013 - 11:05 |
Throw the bums out but don't toss out the baby with the bathwater. That's the difference between elections and term limits.
Term limiting members of Congress is an inviting answer to a body deservedly held in record low esteem by the American public, but it is an arbitrary, ineffective and unconstitutional method of cleaning house.