This is very old news.. but it’s interesting to see how this topic is slowly moving from "radical lefty blogs" and academic circles towards the center of the political debate.. even if this movement takes years and decades..
But seeing the Catholic Church going in front on this issue is a bit baffling..
President Obama tried Wednesday to turn the conversation back to the economy, calling the growing income gap the "defining challenge of our time."
"Some of you may have seen just last week the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length," . "How can it be, he wrote, that it’s not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points. But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people."
Sympathetic move by Warren.. putting that part of the media chatter to rest.. and also indirectly supporting the candidacy of Hillary but not creating distractions..
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) said that she will not make a presidential bid in 2016, the Boston Herald reports.
Said Warren: "I’m not running for president and I plan to serve out my term,"
Let’s see.. at least the front should be flawless..
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s healthcare law is facing its biggest test this weekend since its disastrous October 1 launch, as Americans find out whether the administration has met a self-imposed deadline to fix its insurance shopping website.
Another major outage of glitch-ridden HealthCare.gov could spell more political trouble for the president, who was forced to apologize for the botched rollout and admit burdening Democratic Party allies in their bids for re-election to Congress in 2014.
If the website does not work on Saturday’s deadline, that could turn off millions of uninsured Americans, especially young and healthy consumers whose participation in the new insurance exchanges are critical for keeping costs in check.
At long last.. Berlusconi is one step further out of politics..
A funny thing though.. being here in Florence, Italy for six months.. is how Rome and national Italian politics seems so faaaaar away..
It’s a very regional country…or at times even more centered around your own city or neighborhood.. which usually has two thousand years of history or more..
(Reuters) – The Italian Senate expelled former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, humiliating the veteran center-right leader who vowed to continue leading his party from outside parliament.
The Senate vote, after months of wrangling and delay, opens an uncertain phase for Italy, with the 77-year-old media billionaire now apparently in the twilight of his political career but prepared to use all his resources to disrupt Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government.
"We are here on a bitter day, a day of mourning for democracy," Berlusconi told supporters from his Forza Italia party in front of his central Rome residence as the Senate voted a short distance away.
This looks promising.. good work by Kerry…
But sad to see Bibi… and how the right wing in Israel is constantly overplaying their hand..
(Reuters) – Iran and six world powers clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start of a game-changing rapprochement that would reduce the risk of a wider Middle East war.
Aimed at easing a long festering standoff, the interim pact between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
(..) But Israel, Iran’s arch-enemy a U.S. ally, denounced the agreement as an "historic mistake". Critics in the U.S. Congress were quick to voice concern, with some raising the spectre of failure to rein in North Korea on its nuclear programmes, but they signalled that Congress would likely give the deal a chance to work.
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This is a bit harsh… but it might be some truth to it.. and it raises questions about other main initiatives too.. like growing jobs..
Dana Millbank: "There may well be enough time to salvage Obamacare. But on the broader question of whether Obama can rebuild an effective presidency after this debacle, it’s starting to look as if it may be game over."
"The record for recent second-term presidents is not good: Reagan had Iran-contra, Clinton had impeachment and Bush had Katrina and Iraq. Once a president suffers a blow such as Obama is now suffering with his health-care law — in which the public not only disapproves of a president’s actions but starts to take a negative view of him personally — it is difficult to recover."
Despite some bumps in the road there seems to be real progress here.. and it might look like Sec State John Kerry is a driving force in this..
Which if so.. is adding to his forceful entry in his job.. already with more tangible accomplishments than Hillary managed in her four years..
GENEVA — With Secretary of State John Kerry and other ranking Western officials converging here on Friday, negotiators wrestled with the final hurdles to a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran that would temporarily freeze its nuclear program.
But they quit shortly before midnight, still confronting several difficult issues. Among the most contentious issues during the talks have been the fate of a reactor that Iran is building near Arak, what to do about Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium and how much relief to give Iran from punishing economic sanctions.
The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.
Republicans took a big step back from the tea party. An ebullient progressive was elected mayor of New York City. And a Democrat was elected governor of Virginia after campaigning unapologetically as a supporter of gun control and a liberal on social issues.
The one bright spot for Republicans, Chris Christie’s landslide reelection in New Jersey, was won precisely because Christie ran briskly away from the party’s right wing and developed a civil relationship with President Obama. His victory speech spoke of the need for politicians to go to places where they might be “uncomfortable” — exactly where the tea party does not want to go.