WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration insisted on strong safeguards in a nuclear deal with Iran and has no illusions about the risks that the Islamic state might not follow through on its obligations, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the Congress who worry that the six-month agreement gives Iran too much leeway and that it might end up using it as a stalling tactic.
WASHINGTON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
insisted on strong safeguards in a nuclear deal with Iran and
has no illusions about the risks that the Islamic state might
not follow through on its obligations, U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry said on Sunday.
Kerry sought to reassure skeptics in the U.S. Congress who
worry that the six-month agreement gives Iran too much leeway
and that it might end up using it as a stalling tactic.
WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – Frank Lautenberg, a self-made
multimillionaire businessman who became a leading liberal in the
U.S. Senate and championed smoking bans, gun control, airline
safety and rail transportation, died on Monday at 89, an aide
Lautenberg, who was the Senate’s last surviving World War II
veteran, died from from complications of viral pneumonia, the
aide said. His office said in February 2010 that he had been
diagnosed with cancer and would have chemotherapy and that June
he said he had recovered completely.
By Will Dunham
(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators launched a fresh move to put together a bipartisan immigration reform plan on Sunday, restarting talks on a proposal that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.
Since President Barack Obama was re-elected last week with overwhelming support from Hispanic voters, many Republicans have expressed a new willingness to work with Democrats to pass immigration reform after years of legislative inaction.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Arlen Specter, a gruff, independent-minded moderate who spent three decades in the U.S. Senate but was spurned by Pennsylvania voters after switching in 2009 from Republican to Democrat, died on Sunday of cancer, his family said. He was 82.
Specter had announced in August a recurrence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, cancer of the lymphatic system. His son Shanin Specter confirmed his death.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The two top Republicans in Congress vowed on Sunday to push ahead with efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare law despite the Supreme Court upholding it, but the White House said it is time to stop fighting and start implementing it.
“This has to be ripped out by its roots,” House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, said of the 2010 law on the CBS program “Face the Nation.” Boehner added: “We will not flinch from our resolve to make sure this law is repealed in its entirety.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two senior House of Representatives Republicans expressed confidence in the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Sunday despite the agency’s Colombia prostitution scandal while a Senate committee chairman planned hearings into the matter.
Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent, said that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he chairs will send specific questions to the Secret Service this week about the scandal before the panel holds public hearings. Other congressional committees also are investigating.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Marco Rubio, preparing to hit the campaign trail with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, touted former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Sunday as a “fantastic” choice as Romney’s running mate but remained coy about whether he himself would accept such an offer.
Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party and one of the nation’s leading Hispanic politicians, declined to repeat his previous statement that he would turn down any offer to become the party’s vice presidential nominee this year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped out of the race for the 2012 Republican U.S. presidential nomination on Thursday after a series of gaffes and controversies undercut the campaign of the one-time frontrunner. He endorsed former rival Newt Gingrich.
“I’ve always believed the mission is greater than the man. As I have contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign,” Perry, 61, told supporters in South Carolina, the conservative southern state where he had hoped to revive his campaign in Saturday’s Republican presidential primary.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, just months ago a serious contender to become the 2012 Republican U.S. presidential nominee, was set to drop out of the race on Thursday after a series of gaffes and controversies undercut his campaign.
Perry is abandoning his run for his party’s nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6, campaign sources said, and will endorse Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.