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  • U.S. intervenes in Europe’s circumcision wars

    2 days ago

    The Obama administration’s anti-Semitism monitor has added an issue to his office’s portfolio: defending circumcision in Europe.

    Circumcision has become a top focus for Ira Forman, the State Department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. He has been using the...

  • Thousands sign ‘No Unity Government with Hamas,’ a Simon Wiesenthal Center petition to Obama

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center has called on the Obama Administration to pressure President Mahmoud Abbas into ending the Palestinian Authority’s unity government with Hamas.

    Yesterday, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit released a petition, “Letter to President Obama – No Unity...

  • U.S. Jews should respond to the murders with more than tears

    1 week ago

    Jews throughout the United States will hold memorial services this week to mourn the murders of the three Israeli teenagers. There will be tears, there will be prayers, there will be words of consolation. And then the mourning needs to be followed by action – political action.

    ...
  • Statement by President Barack Obama on the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach and Gilad Shaar

    1 week ago

    On behalf of the American people I extend my deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel – who held Israeli and American citizenship. As a father, I cannot imagine the indescribable pain that the parents of these teenage boys...

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  • With Republicans opposed, Obama vows to act on his own on immigration

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama vowed to act on his own on U.S. immigration reform on Monday after House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told him Republicans would not permit a vote on immigration legislation this year.

    Obama, in a White House Rose Garden appearance, said he had...

  • American jailed in Cuba plans suicide, lawyer says

    2 weeks ago

    A U.S. foreign aid contractor jailed in Cuba is planning suicide as his health declines and he grows increasingly depressed, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Alan Gross, 65, has served 4-1/2 years of his 15-year sentence for illegally attempting to establish an online network for...

  • Obama expresses concern for missing Israeli teens

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama expressed “deep concern” about three missing Israeli teenagers during a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres and American Jewish leaders.

    “They expressed their deep concern and reiterated our support for efforts to find the teens,” National Security...

  • U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

    2 weeks ago

    Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

    With the agreement, Washington has overcome a...

  • Obama says U.S. ready to send advisers, conduct strikes in Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.

    Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq. He said...

  • White House: U.S. federal system can handle Benghazi suspect

    3 weeks ago

    The White House said on Tuesday the U.S. criminal justice system could prosecute the captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and that he would be questioned for intelligence.

    The comments came in response to criticism...

  • Benghazi suspect Khatallah to be tried in the U.S. court system, not Guantanamo

    3 weeks ago

    The suspect in the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, who was captured over the weekend, will be tried in U.S. courts, U.S. officials told Reuters.

    The decision to do so is in line with President Barack Obama's policy of bringing suspected militants...

  • Obama: Benghazi suspect will face ‘full weight’ of U.S. justice system

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the recently captured suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, would face the "full weight" of the U.S. justice system.

    In a statement released by the White House,...

  • Obama tells Congress U.S. deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq

    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama told Congress on Monday the United States was deploying up to 275 military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the country's embassy in Baghdad after militants seized control of the north of the country.

    "This force is deploying...

  • U.S. Treasury to discuss funding for Iraq militant group

    June 13, 2014 | 3:00 pm

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will discuss counterterrorism financing during his visit to the Middle East, including the funding network of the group fomenting an insurgency in Iraq, Treasury officials said on Friday.

    President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States was...

  • Obama weighs action in Iraq but rules out combat troops

    June 13, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he needs several days to determine how the United States will help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, but he ruled out sending U.S. troops back into combat and said any intervention would be contingent on Iraqi leaders becoming more...

  • Obama does not rule out air strikes against Iraq insurgents

    June 12, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    The United States is not ruling out air strikes to assist the Iraqi government fight a growing radical Islamist insurgency, President Barack Obama said on Thursday, raising the possibility of the first American military intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

    ...
  • Obama warns of U.S. action as jihadists push on Baghdad, Iraq

    June 12, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    President Barack Obama threatened U.S. military strikes in Iraq on Thursday against Sunni Islamist militants who have surged out of the north to menace Baghdad and want to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

    Iraqi Kurdish forces took advantage of the chaos to take...

  • Obama congratulates Israel’s President-elect Reuven Rivlin

    June 11, 2014 | 10:44 am

    President Obama congratulated Reuven Rivlin on his election as president of Israel.

    “Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our...

  • Obama says ‘we should be ashamed’ of failure to enact modest gun control measures

    June 10, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration on Tuesday at the inability by Washington to enact even modest gun control measures, in the aftermath of a rash of shootings around the United States.

    "The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the...

  • U.S. unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

    June 2, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels under federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy.

    The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the...

  • Obama says spokesman Carney to step down, names deputy Earnest as replacement

    May 30, 2014 | 11:09 am

    President Barack Obama interrupted the White House daily press briefing on Friday to announce that his spokesman Jay Carney is stepping down, and named as a replacement Josh Earnest, Carney's deputy.

    Obama said he would miss Carney and his advice, but called Earnest "a straight shooter and a great guy" who had been part of his team since he first ran for president.

    Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu

  • U.S. veterans affairs chief resigns over healthcare scandal

    May 30, 2014 | 8:35 am

    Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, facing calls for his ouster by lawmakers and veterans groups, resigned on Friday after taking responsibility for a healthcare scandal over delays in medical care for U.S. veterans.

    President Barack Obama said he accepted the...

  • Anatomy of a scandal

    By David Suissa

    May 28, 2014 | 11:20 am

    Recalling the story of an 89-year-old South Carolina veteran who committed suicide after being repeatedly denied access to health care, the candidate bellowed: “How can we let this happen? How is that acceptable in the United States of America? The answer is, it’s not. It’s an...

  • Netanyahu: Obama’s deal on Syria ‘ray of light in dark region’

    May 23, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria and said his government had no partner in Ramallah.

    Netanyahu’s endorsement of Obama’s policy on Syria came in an interview he gave last week to the Bloomberg news agency which was...

  • Senate confirms Stanley Fischer to Fed board

    May 21, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    Stanley Fischer was confirmed as a member of the Federal Reserve, clearing the way for the former Bank of Israel governor to become the Fed’s vice chairman.

    The U.S. Senate voted 68-27 in Fischer’s favor on Wednesday afternoon, four months after President Obama nominated the dual...

  • Barbara Walters bids farewell after 53-year career

    May 21, 2014 | 11:26 am

    Pioneering journalist Barbara Walters, who paved the way for women in television news and was the first female to co-anchor a network evening news program, retired on Friday after an illustrious 53-year career.

    The 84-year-old TV newswoman bid farewell on "The View," the morning...

  • Hillary’s choice: Clinton seeks to differentiate herself from Obama on Mideast

    May 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    A month before her foreign policy autobiography, “Hard Choices,” hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience.

    Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee on May 14 was meant to send a...

  • Hillary Clinton in AJC address embraces Obama Middle East policies

    May 15, 2014 | 11:56 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton embraced the Obama administration’s second-term Middle East policies in an address to the American Jewish Committee.

    Clinton, in a major foreign policy address Wednesday coming as she nears a decision on whether to seek the presidency in 2016, outlined her...

  • Obama says kidnapping of Nigerian girls shows man’s ‘darkest impulses’

    May 8, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that "we have not extinguished man's darkest impulses."

    Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the...

  • Obama urges fight against global tide of anti-Semitism

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 8, 2014 | 2:49 am

    Recalling the horrors of the Holocaust, President Barack Obama urged nations to fight growing anti-Semitism and threats against Israel.

    Speaking Wednesday night (May 7) to 1,200 supporters of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, Obama called for “confronting a...

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