Debt-panel chairs make changes to draft: report

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The chairmen of the White House’s debt-reduction commission are making changes to their draft proposal in a move broaden support before Wednesday’s vote, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Read more

Amid WikiLeaks uproar, Clinton heads to Central Asia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amid a global uproar over WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins a trip to Central Asia and the Middle East on Monday, during which she may personally feel some heat from affronted allies. Read more

U.S. consulting allies on proposed North Korea talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Sunday it was consulting with South Korea and Japan on China’s proposal for emergency talks on the North Korean crisis, and it again called on Beijing to act to curb Pyongyang’s “provocations” Read more

Top Republican denies blocking START treaty

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A top Republican in the Senate denied on Sunday he was obstructing ratification of a new nuclear arms deal with Russia, saying Congress had bigger issues to work on before its Christmas recess. Read more

White House condemns latest WikiLeaks release

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House condemned on Sunday WikiLeaks’ “reckless and dangerous action” in releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables, saying it could endanger lives and risk hurting relations with friendly countries. Read more

Republican lawmaker plans to target spending: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming Republican chief of a congressional oversight panel wants to expand the scrutiny of government waste by giving subpoena power to federal watchdogs, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Read more

Obama defends airport security measures

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended controversial new security measures at U.S. airports in an interview released on Friday, saying the methods were necessary to prevent a potential terrorist attack. Read more

U.S. engagement on Iran must be realistic: military chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs to be realistic about its efforts to engage Iran, whose leaders are lying about Tehran’s nuclear program and are on a path to building nuclear weapons, the top U.S. military officer said. Read more

Wikileaks must stop "dangerous" leaks: military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is endangering the lives of U.S. forces and people who support the United States around the world, the top U.S. military officer said, ahead of the expected release of more classified U.S. documents. Read more