President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap his Asia trip is a setback for his much-advertised pledge to shift the focus of foreign policy to the Pacific and a boost for China’s attempt to gain influence in the region.
By staying home because of the partial government shutdown, Obama hands new Chinese leader Xi Jinping a chance to fill the void at two Asian summits Obama had planned to attend. It’s the third time since 2010 that Obama has cancelled an Asia trip, all because of domestic political crises.
HARTFORD, Conn. — With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he’s “determined as ever” to honor their children with tougher laws.
“Taxation without representation” says the text under the Washington, DC license plate of President Obama’s inaugural limo. Citizens of DC argue they are not represented when the Congress decides on their taxes. One has to ask how well the rest of us are represented. We will get to that with some detail in a moment.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a “fake,” the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.
Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa’s government said it was preparing a statement. Jackson Mthembu, spokesman for the governing African National Congress party, declined to comment.
“Government will be able to assist you,” Mthembu said.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — No progress to report in efforts to stave off looming government-wide spending cuts, President Barack Obama on Tuesday singled out for praise the few Republicans who say they’re open to aspects of his approach, seeking to turn up the heat on GOP leaders ahead of Friday’s deadline.
WASHINGTON — The United States, in a rare diplomatic rebuke, will not grant a visa to Tehran’s pick for envoy to the United Nations, the Obama administration said Friday.
The move could complicate efforts to thaw the decades-long diplomatic freeze between the U.S. and Iran, as the two countries negotiate a deal to curb Tehran’s disputed nuclear program.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith gave a rather stunning rebuke to a suggestion that gun-control measures wouldn't pass Congress because of non-moving polling on the subject. "If we stuck with the polls, we’d have had slavery a lot longer than we did," Smith said.
Tokyo (AFP) - Japan's shaky economy was dealt another blow Wednesday, as official data showed a widening September trade deficit that puts the world's number-three economy on track to log a record annual shortfall.