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Apr 22, 2015

White House says ‘job is not done’ in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Yemen remains unstable and much more work needs to be done in the region, despite a declared halt to the Saudi-led bombing campaign in the country, the White House said on Wednesday.

“Obviously, the job is not done,” Jen Psaki, White House communications director, said on CNN.

Apr 20, 2015

U.S. tightens airport worker screening after gun smuggling arrest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airport workers will be subject to extra security screening under new rules prompted by the December 2014 arrest of a baggage handler in Atlanta on gun smuggling charges, federal authorities said on Monday.

Airport and airline employees will now have to be screened before flying by the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said. They will also face an increase in random screening throughout their workday.

Apr 16, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Chafee says “I’m running,” campaign says, “Not yet”


Lincoln Chafee got ahead of his own campaign on Thursday over a  possible bid to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee (R) gestures after signing the the Marriage Equality Act into law and handing it to Speaker Gordon Fox (L) at the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, May 2, 2013. Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Apr 9, 2015

Islamic State assault was catalyst for Iraqi unity, Biden says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Islamic State’s assault on northern Iraq last summer galvanized the country’s rival factions to fight a common enemy and halt the militant group’s momentum, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday.

In an upbeat assessment before a White House meeting next week between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Biden said Iraq has gained the upper hand against the radical Sunni group since it seized territory in Iraq and Syria and declared a “caliphate” eight months ago.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. says Iran sanctions face phase-out, Obama knocks Israel demand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel.

“The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Apr 6, 2015

Netanyahu seeks better deal on Iran; Obama says it is best hope on nuclear issue

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not to give Tehran “a free path to the bomb.”

President Barack Obama, hoping to sway skeptics at home and abroad to get behind the framework agreement struck on Thursday between world powers and Iran, defended the deal as the best hope to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Apr 5, 2015

Netanyahu presses U.S. to seek better deal on Iran: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States on Sunday to seek a better deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program and said he would press American lawmakers not give Tehran “a free path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu, in the first of several appearances on U.S. Sunday news programs, said he has spoken with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress – nearly two thirds of House of Representatives members and a similar number in the U.S. Senate – about the Iran nuclear issue.

Mar 25, 2015

FBI needs better intelligence, information sharing: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI needs to strengthen its intelligence programs and information sharing to counter the diverse and fast-moving national threats that have evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a new U.S. report said on Wednesday.

The 9/11 Review Commission report said the bureau’s progress in developing key intelligence programs, analysis and human intelligence collection lags behind its law enforcement capabilities.

Mar 23, 2015

White House chief demands end to 50 years of Israeli occupation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States expects the next Israeli government to end nearly 50 years of occupation and clear the way for a Palestinian state, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told Jewish Americans on Monday.

To cheers from the liberal Jewish group J Street, McDonough vowed to safeguard Israel and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s abandonment of a Palestinian state in the run-up to his re-election on March 17.

Mar 19, 2015

Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel’s ally the United States.

But the White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s post-election effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against the Israeli leader and signaled that Washington may reconsider its long-standing policy of shielding Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.