WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a trailblazing journalist who reported on every U.S. president from John Kennedy to Barack Obama, died on Saturday at the age of 92, the Gridiron Club and Foundation said.
Thomas, who broke many barriers for female journalists during her 49 years on the White House beat for United Press International and Hearst newspapers and died after a long illness, the Washington journalists’ organization said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell on Sunday ruled out raising tax revenues on top of the
tax hike on the wealthy in the “fiscal cliff” deal, and said the
full focus must now be on spending cuts to curb U.S. deficits.
But Democrats said they would push for a “balanced” approach
of more tax revenue from the rich as well as spending reductions
as Congress headed toward another fiscal standoff in March over
raising the federal debt ceiling.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Richard Lugar, defeated in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, was a quiet and respected voice on foreign policy during more than three decades of service that focused on stemming the worldwide spread of nuclear weapons.
While he was seldom in the limelight, the Indiana lawmaker chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or served as its top Republican, and has been a behind-the-scenes force for international cooperation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans will try to spare defense programs by reconfiguring the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that are to be triggered starting in 2013 by the collapse of a congressional deficit-cutting committee, a leading Republican senator said on Sunday.
“I think there’s a broad consensus that too much of the cuts are weighted on our defense’s capabilities and would really, really cut in deeply into our ability to defend this nation,” said Senator Pat Toomey, a member of the “super committee” that failed last week to reach a deal to reduce the huge U.S. debt.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans will try to spare defense programs by reconfiguring the $1.2 trillion in spending cuts that are to be triggered in starting in 2013 by the collapse of a congressional deficit-cutting committee, a leading Republican senator said on Sunday.
“I think there’s a broad consensus that too much of the cuts are weighted on our defense’s capabilities and would really, really cut in deeply into our ability to defend this nation,” said Senator Pat Toomey, a member of the “super committee” that failed last week to reach a deal to reduce the huge debt.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis will influence where the United States builds its nuclear power plants, and the operation of a facility near New York City will be reviewed in the wake of the disaster, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said on Sunday.
“Certainly where we site reactors — and where we site reactors going forward — will be different than where we might have sited them in the past,” Chu said on “Fox News Sunday.”
WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s tax
deal with Republicans will likely win grudging passage in the
U.S. Congress, backers and critics agreed on Sunday, after
Obama clashed with liberals in his own party who branded it a
giveaway to the rich.
White House adviser David Axelrod said he believed the
House of Representatives would approve the sweeping package
without significant changes, despite loud complaints from
liberal Democrats that Obama conceded too much to Republicans.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House adviser David Axelrod said on Sunday he expected the House of Representatives will pass President Barack Obama’s tax deal without significant changes.
The Senate was expected this week to approve the deal Obama cut with Republicans but many Democrats in the House have complained that the president made too many concessions.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration said on Sunday it was investigating whether al Qaeda was involved in a Christmas Day attempt to blow up a passenger jet and sought to head off Republican attacks over its anti-terrorism measures.
The Nigerian suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was moved to prison from a hospital. He was not expected to appear at a 2 p.m. EST court hearing on Monday in Detroit, where prosecutors plan to seek an order to obtain his DNA.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is no initial evidence that the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet was involved in a larger plot, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday.
But al Qaeda involvement is a “subject of investigation” in Friday’s incident, U.S. homeland security chief Janet Napolitano said after U.S. authorities on Saturday charged Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, with attempting to blow up the plane by setting alight an explosive device attached to his body.