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 might be the right way to do it… no tricks or WH fixes to this situation, just put all pressure on Congress. You spend, you pay.
Paul Krugman gets a call from the White House after they rejected the trillion dollar coin idea to stave off default on the nation’s bonds:
“The White House insists that it is absolutely, positively not going to cave or indeed even negotiate over the debt ceiling — that it rejected the coin option as a gesture of strength, as a way to put the onus for avoiding default entirely on the GOP.”
Wall Street Journal: “The White House also has rejected another escape clause: invoking the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and borrowing more even if Congress hasn’t acted.”
Get ready folks!
Projections from an AP survey:
“The economists think the unemployment rate will fall from its current 8.3% to 8% by Election Day. That’s better than their 8.4% estimate when surveyed in late December. By the end of 2013, they predict unemployment will drop to 7.4 percent, down from their earlier estimate of 7.8%.”
Looks like America is getting back on her feet.
Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader McConnell went to the White House yesterday – and called it a “very positive” meeting.
Regarding the Keystone pipeline:
“I did press the president on the Keystone pipeline. The president said, ‘Well, you’re going to get part of it,’ ” the Speaker recalled. “I just wish we were getting the part that was actually going to deliver the oil from Canada and from North Dakota.”
The administration announced this week it would approve a section of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas, but McConnell said “the part of the Keystone pipeline we’re getting, the president had nothing to do with.”
“We wish he’ll reconsider.”
First a brilliant campaign in 2008 – then a brilliant return in 2011. David Plouffe might be the one real unique operative that saves Obama’s reelection – and gets the policies implemented.
Ny Times has a piece today here.
Sen. Coburn from Oklahoma (R) has been beating this drum for a while – being one of the first Republicans to stand up against the 1% agenda that has destroyed America.
Now he’s going after billionaire’s theft of middle class tax money.
From his latest report:
“From tax write-offs for gambling losses, vacation homes and luxury yachts to subsidies for their ranches and estates, the government is subsidizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Multimillionaires are even receiving government checks for not working,” Coburn said in a statement Monday.
[..] “This welfare for the well-off — costing billions of dollars a year — is being paid for with the taxes of the less fortunate, many who are working two jobs just to make ends meet, and IOUs to be paid off by future generations. We should never demonize those who are successful. Nor should we pamper them with unnecessary welfare to create an appearance everyone is benefiting from federal programs,” Coburn said.
Note – this is a conservative position.
The Democrats have kept their stand on the jobs bill since last Thursday! This almost calls for a celebration.
Here’s Axelrod last night:
David Axelrod told ABC News that the White House is not negotiating changes to the President’s jobs bill.
Said Axelrod: “It’s not an a la cart menu.”
It’s a bit hard to interpret Chris Christie at times.. A few weeks back he defended a muslim-american appointment to the state supreme court, slamming the critics as driven by “ignorance”. Then he made some speeches praising Obama and Napoletano’s work on Irene a few days ago – using phrases like “Great Leadership”.
And now he’s standing strong and loyal by the President in this clip:
In today’s enviroment on his side of the political spectrum – this is almost Huntsman-like behavior. A 2016 hopeful should probably not do these kinds of things, unless he aims for the Teddy Roosevelt genre – reforming a corrupt and industry-ruled US government (like the late 19th century) and grooming a center-right Presidency based on reason and fairness and country before profits.
One could hope.