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  • U.S. job growth stumbles, raising doubts on economy

    4 days ago

    U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year.

    Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month and August figures were revised...

  • Multiple fatalities, wounded as gunman opens fire at Oregon college

    5 days ago

    A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, officials and local media said.

    There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded at Umpqua...

  • Former Obama adviser: Netanyahu’s tactics on Iran deal led to worst crisis in relationship

    6 days ago

    Israel’s public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal has led to possibly the lowest point in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Phil Gordon, until recently the top White House adviser on the Middle East, said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a forum hosted by the Israel Policy Forum at the...

  • Congress moves on spending bill as shutdown deadline looms

    1 week ago

    The U.S. Congress moved on Monday to rush legislation to President Barack Obama that avoids a government shutdown on Thursday as the new fiscal year starts while setting aside a bitter Republican feud over money for Planned Parenthood.

    The Senate kicked off the effort by...

  • Iran’s Rouhani at U.N.: Israel ‘only impediment’ to nuclear-free Mideast

    1 week ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Israel the “only impediment” to a nuclear-free Middle East and said that the United States’ support for Israel was the cause of terrorism in the region.

    Rouhani also praised the he sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal reached in...

  • Netanyahu leaves for U.N. address, Kerry meeting

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will call for an end to incitement on the Temple Mount and discuss “Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians” during a meeting with John Kerry.

    Netanyahu also said that during his address this week to the United Nations...

  • Contender for House speaker blasts Obama’s foreign policy

    1 week ago

    Republican U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to be the next House speaker, voiced sharp disagreement with President Barack Obama's foreign policy on Monday with calls for a tougher response to Islamic State and Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    McCarthy was...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    1 week ago

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Kerry and Iranian counterpart meet on nuclear deal, Mideast issues

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart since reaching a nuclear deal, said achieving regional peace was on the agenda.

    “We have a lot of issues to talk about,” Kerry said Saturday before his meeting with Javad Zarif in New York...

  • Happy new year, Pope Francis

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Pope Francis,

    I’m sure your much-anticipated visit to the United States was not timed to coincide with our season of holy days, a time of personal renewal and return to God, all in celebration of the world’s creation. But we are delighted to share this special season with...

  • ‘No justification whatsoever’ for homelessness, Pope Francis says in Washington

    2 weeks ago

    Pope Francis met for lunch with 200 people who are homeless or living in poverty in Washington on Thursday and told them there was no social or moral justification for homelessness.

    Francis, after delivering a speech to the Congress in which he urged lawmakers to do more to help...

  • Iranian president says it’s premature to talk normalizing ties with U.S.

    2 weeks ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on American television that it was premature to discuss normalizing U.S.-Iran relations.

    “The enmity that existed between the United States and Iran over the decades, the distance, the disagreements, the lack of trust, will not go away soon,”...

  • Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire on Friday from Republican and Democratic rivals and the White House for not correcting a man who called President Barack Obama a Muslim at a Trump campaign event.

    Trump, who in the past has expressed doubts about...

  • Stephen Mull named U.S. coordinator on Iran nuclear deal

    3 weeks ago

    Stephen Mull, a former U.S. ambassador to Poland with experience working on nuclear and sanctions issues, will be the lead U.S. coordinator for implementing the July 14 nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    "Steve will lead the interagency...

  • U.S. to make Iran deal official in a month, no date set for sanctions relief

    3 weeks ago

    The formal adoption of the Iran nuclear deal will be Oct. 18, but it is not yet clear how long it will take for Iran to satisfy conditions to relieve sanctions, top U.S. officials said.

    The senior administration officials, speaking Thursday afternoon in a conference call with...

  • Last bid to kill Iran nuclear deal blocked in Senate

    3 weeks ago

    Senate Democrats blocked legislation meant to kill the Iran nuclear deal for a third time on Thursday, securing perhaps the greatest foreign policy of President Barack Obama's six years in office and clearing the way for the agreement's implementation.

    By a vote of 56-42, the...

  • Desalination: Science, engineering and alchemy

    September 11, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    'Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press; September 15, 2015) reveals the secret to Israel’s bold approach to water security and how the rest of the world can adopt these measures now, to get ahead of the looming global...

  • Obama hails Senate vote protecting Iran nuclear deal

    September 10, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    President Barack Obama welcomed a Senate vote blocking a Republican-backed measure to derail the Iran nuclear agreement, saying it was a victory for diplomacy and U.S. and international security.

    "I am heartened that so many senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike," Obama said in a White House statement after Senate opponents of the pact failed to get the 60 votes necessary to advance a resolution of disapproval.

  • Khamenei says Israel will not last 25 more years; will not negotiate with U.S. beyond nuclear talks

    September 9, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Iran's Supreme Leader has said Tehran will not negotiate with the United States on any issue after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers in July and that Israel "will not see next 25 years” and adds that the Jewish state will be hounded until it is destroyed, according to his...

  • Obama musters more Senate votes for Iran nuclear deal

    September 8, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday secured 42 votes in the U.S. Senate for the international nuclear deal with Iran, more than enough to keep Congress from passing a resolution disapproving of the pact.

    Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal, Gary Peters, Ron Wyden and Maria...

  • Kerry reaffirms U.S. commitment to Israel security in call with Netanyahu

    September 8, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Iran with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a weekend telephone call and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, the State Department said on Tuesday.

    "The secretary and the prime minister reiterated the need to...

  • Why we lost the debate to kill the Iran deal, and how we could ultimately win

    September 8, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Early on in February of this year, as the President and his Secretary of State were starting to leak information on the  negotiations around the proposed deal with Iran, the world looked on and assumed like so many attempts before it, the prospects of success where slim - they...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    September 4, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • Biden: Iran deal opponents seek regime change

    September 4, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were seeking regime change, which could only be achieved through a messy war.

    “The only thing that would satisfy deal opponents,” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is a change in regime,” Biden...

  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    September 2, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

    September 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

    The moment the Iran nuclear deal becomes law, as seems increasingly likely given growing congressional support for the agreement, the focus of the U.S.-Israel conversation will shift to the question of what’s next.

    What more will Washington do to mitigate the Iranian threat and...

  • Obama in landmark interview: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

    August 31, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    A focus of security enhancement once the Iran nuclear deal goes through will be neutralizing Hezbollah’s threat to Israel, President Barack Obama said in a landmark interview with The Forward.

    “As soon as this debate is over, we will, I think, be able to invigorate what has been...

  • Could a ‘broken windows’ policing strategy work for the Iran deal?

    August 28, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    As Congress weighs the Iran nuclear agreement, confidence that Tehran will comply must be high on its agenda. Because the revolutionary regime has a history of cheating on nuclear deals, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany have tried to ensure compliance...

  • Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

    August 28, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

    "As soon as this particular debate is...

  • More than 900 rabbis sign letter opposing Iran nuclear deal

    By Aron Chilewich

    August 27, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Over the past three weeks, more than 900 rabbis across every major denomination have signed an open letter calling upon the United States Congress to reject the proposed Iran nuclear deal. The letter was written by two Los Angeles rabbis, Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation and...

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