Restrictive U.S. policies toward Cuba are ineffective, have failed to achieve their stated purpose of promoting democracy and should be reevaluated to take advantage of recent political changes on the island, according to the senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
More than 140 countries have agreed to negotiate a legally binding treaty aimed at slashing the use of the metal mercury, with the goal of reducing people’s exposure to a toxin that hampers brain development among infants and young children worldwide.
CHICAGO, Feb. 20 — Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) has no intention of quitting, his spokesman said Friday, despite a call for his resignation from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and a suggestion from White House spokesman Robert Gibbs that Burris ponder “what lies in his future.”
Holed up in a windowless West Wing office, Jim Messina is working on his usual assignment: fixing President Obama’s problems.
President Obama warned the nation’s mayors yesterday that he will hold officials at all levels of government accountable for how they spend federal stimulus money, pledging to “call them out” if the funding is wasted on projects that do not generate jobs for the struggling economy.