Posted: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 11:05 |
In an apparent confirmation that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are making little if any progress after three months and 15 sessions, Secretary of State John Kerry is going out next week to try to give them a boost that is expected to include a face-to-face meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The Palestinians have been complaining that the only thing Israelis want to talk about is security, and the Israelis say that is the most essential issue and, besides, the Palestinian positions on other topics are unrealistic.
Posted: Mon, 10/28/2013 - 20:53 |
It was one of those routine, periodic phone conversations between government leaders, but this one will make the Israeli papers because the recipient of today’s presidential call was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Presumably the NSA knows what was said, but the White House isn’t saying, merely issuing a news release – called a “readout” – saying:
Posted: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 20:36 |
In their inept and failed effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act by holding the federal government hostage for 16 days, Republicans actually succeeded in making the President's health reform law more popular. The badly bungled rollout of the program's website was overshadowed by the shutdown, but with government back in business, that is changing.
But if the past is prologue, look for Republicans to go overboard once again. The rollout was poorly done and those responsible should be held accountable and the reasons why exposed to public scrutiny.
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 15:06 |
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Secretary of State John Kerry next week in Rome "to discuss ongoing final status negotiations with the Palestinians, along with Iran, Syria and other issues of mutual concern," the State Department announced this afternoon.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is apparently not on Kerry's schedule but the secretary will be meeting in Paris with representatives of the Arab League's Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee to update them on Israeli-Palestinian talks.
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 13:37 |
John Boehner and the Republicans ran up the white flag and the government began reopening this morning as experts began assessing the damage from the GOP's disastrous shutdown strategy.
Standard & Poors said it cost the national economy $24 billion. Economists report the shutdown will affect unemployment (up), business earnings and hiring plans (down), borrowing costs (up), consumer confidence and international economic standing (down).