Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Budget talks resume: Don’t expect much

Talks to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. debt default resume on Tuesday after signs Republicans might soften their stance over a key obstacle to a deal with Democrats, but hopes for a breakthrough remain slim. Vice President Joe Biden leads senior lawmakers in their third round of negotiations to lift the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt […]

Playing the political flip flop game

Playing the political flip flop game

Political flip-flops are in fashion these days, in red and in blue, from the White House to the Congress to the 2012 campaigns for both. Raise the debt limit? Democrats who voted against it when George W. Bush was president now say Republicans could wreck the economy if they do the same. Republicans who voted […]

Netanyahu, Obama clash over borders

Netanyahu, Obama clash over borders

In a blunt display of differences, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of using his country’s 1967 boundaries as the basis for a neighboring Palestinian state on Friday, declaring his objections face-to-face to President Barack Obama who had raised the idea just 24 hours earlier in an effort to revive stalled Mideast peace […]

Pawlenty running for President

Pawlenty running for President

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a laid-back Midwestern Republican who governed a Democratic-leaning state, is running for president and will declare his candidacy on Monday in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, an adviser told The Associated Press. The adviser, who disclosed the plans on the condition of anonymity in advance of next week’s announcement, […]

Obama meeting with angry Israeli Prime Minister

Obama meeting with angry Israeli Prime Minister

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were sharply at odds over terms for Middle East peace ahead of a highly anticipated Oval Office meeting Friday. In a speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Mideast, Obama for the first time endorsed the Palestinians’ demand that their eventual state be based on borders […]

Republicans: Obama screwed Israel

Republicans: Obama screwed Israel

Republicans looking to unseat President Barack Obama charged that he undermined the sensitive and delicate negotiations for Middle East peace with his outline for resumed talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Obama, whom he served as U.S. ambassador to China until last month, undercut an opportunity for Israelis and Palestinians […]