Obama Faces Battle with Congress over Iran Deal

Iran

President Obama has started work to win over those in Congress who are sceptical over the new framework deal made with Iran over their nuclear program.  The preliminary agreement will see the country curb nuclear activities in return for relief from international sanctions. US Republicans, in particular, have said they may try to derail the agreement and even seek to impose new sanctions on Iran but the White House remains confident that a deal can be reached by the end of June … [Read more...]

Israel Goes to Polls to Elect New Leader

Israel

Israel has opened its polls for an election that is expected to be a very close contest between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party and an alliance from the centre-left.  The centre-left Zionist Union are promising to repair relations with the international community and with the Palestinians while Mr Netanyahu continues to state he will not allow the creation of a Palestinian state if he wins another term in office but is trailing in opinion polls. Polls opened at 7am and are due to … [Read more...]

Obama Chooses Inside Man for Secret Service Job

Secret Service

President Barack Obama has announced that he has chosen his former chief of his security detail to take on the role of the Secret Service director, despite a government panel’s recommendation that someone outside the agency be chosen.  The president plans to announce Joseph Clancy as the new director, four months after Clancy took over the interim director role and amid a shake up of the Secret Service ranks. Trusted The president ‘s choice will see a trusted hand at the top of the agency … [Read more...]

Romney Rules Out 2016 Presidential Run

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, the Republican who was beaten by President Obama in the 2012 election, has said he will not be running again for president in 2016.  Mr Romney, 67, has said he had made the decision to give other leaders in his party the chance to become the nominee. His statement comes just weeks after a surprising announcement saying he was considering a second attempt but his clear declaration leaves donors free to support other Republican candidates. Potential Florida governor Jeb Bush, New … [Read more...]

Obama Wants to Spread Wealth – State of the Union

State of Union

US President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech to Congress last night and in it he declared that the financial crisis in the country had ended and that he was introducing new economic policies that would benefit everyone. In a speech aimed, according to experts, at working families, the president outlined a strategy for ‘middle class economics’.  The biggest problem he will face, however, is a Republican controlled Congress. Values The speech was focused more on values … [Read more...]

Cuba President Urges Lifting Trade Embargo Following Talks Announcement

Cuba

Cuban President Raul Castro has urged the US to consider ending the trade embargo placed on the country after formal talks on restoring diplomatic relations were announced.  He said that the five-decade long embargo had caused enormous economic and human damage to the island country. Only the US Congress has the power to lift the embargo and many experts say that there are a large number of Republicans who are still deeply opposed to the idea. Ties On Wednesday, President Barack Obama and … [Read more...]

Security Stepped up as Senate Releases Interrogation Techniques Report

CIA

The US Marines, the CIA and even security around the White House has been stepped up ahead of the release of the report by the Senate into interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration. The report has cost $50 million and has been conducted by the Senate Intelligence Committee covering the Bush-era CIA interrogations tactics used on detainees following the attacks of September 11th, 2001.  The report has been long delayed and will discuss ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ … [Read more...]

NFL won’t discipline Rams players for protest

Rams

Before the St. Louis Rams game home against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, several Rams players pantomimed the “Hand ups! Don’t shoot!” pose during warm-ups in a protest against the Ferguson decision. The silent protest got the attention of the St. Louis Police Association, but they were none too pleased about the pre-game antics. In fact, the association released a statement in which they described themselves as “profoundly disappointed,” with the players’ action. The association … [Read more...]

US Benghazi Mission Report Debunks Accusations

Benghazi Attack

A report prepared by the House Intelligence Committee has found little to support the allegations raised regarding the CIA action on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, during the deadly attack on the US diplomatic compound in 2012. The final report was given by Chairman Mike Rogers and concluded that there was no intelligence failure before the attack, nor was there a stand-down order given to the CIA operatives who were attempting to assist the besieged building.  They also found conflicting … [Read more...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated

Keystone-Pipeline

The vote came, as a surprise to some Washington insiders who thought of the bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline was only a formality. After a six- year battle and with strong support on both sides of the aisle, the bill seemed destined to pass. The atmosphere during the vote counting process as the bill was shown to have failed a 60-vote threshold by a narrow 59-41 count was according to some on the floor yesterday “surreal”. As the vote count was announced … [Read more...]