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  • Battle of wills in Brussels: Brexit negotiations given boost as EU chiefs snub Juncker

    07/10/2016 7:41:50 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 4 replies
    Express ^ | July 10, 2016 | MARCO GIANNANGELI
    BRITAIN is likely to deal with Europe’s member states and not the European Commission when thrashing out the Brexit deal, the European Council has indicated. It would signal a victory for Britain’s negotiators following a battle of wills between the Council and Jean-Claude Juncker’s EU Commission, which had hoped to play a central role. It was feared that Commission president Mr Juncker would try to apply pressure for the UK to exit Europe before working out an alternative deal. One senior EU official said: “Juncker wanted Britain to leave the parking lot before programming the sat nav.” However, during a...
  • Abbas urged to abandon negotiations with Israel

    07/07/2016 4:30:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/7/16 | Dalit Halevi
    Taysir Kubaa, deputy head of the Palestinian National Council, on Thursday called on the Palestinian Authority (PA) to abandon the path of negotiations with Israel which, he said, does not lead to success for the Palestinians. Speaking in an interview with Hamas's Palestine newspaper, Kubaa said that the Palestinian reliance on false negotiations is wrong, since negotiations are “worthless”, as he put it, and “the only option we face is a return to national unity and enlisting our people to the forces of the struggle.” Referring to the French peace initiative which calls for an international conference to renew peace...
  • UPDATE: "Glitch"; After Obama Administration Caught Lying About Iran Deal,

    05/10/2016 7:21:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 10, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it over the weekend, National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes admitted in a lengthy New York Times Magazine profile that the Obama administration used the media to manipulate and lie to the American people about the nuclear deal with Iran. Here is one of the lies pushed by the administration, which David Reaboi highlighted yesterday at The Federalist. First, the lies and the denials about the negotiations. It took months before a few dogged journalists started to ask questions about the talks Obama officials were engaged in with Ahmadinejad’s regime. In February 2013, then-State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland...
  • PA: No more negotiations with Israel, ever

    02/15/2016 11:41:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/2/16 | David Rosenberg
    In an unprecedented statement Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki explicitly rejected the possibility of renewed direct negotiations with Israel - ever. While visiting Japan on Monday, Malki pledged to never again engage with Israel in direct negotiations towards a final settlement. “We will never go back and sit again in direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.” In what may have been a response to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s statements on Monday to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power calling for a resumption of direct talks with the PA, Malki both rejected the idea of an invitation to return to the...
  • PA: No more negotiations with Israel, ever [Palestinian Authority]

    02/15/2016 11:13:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 2/15/2016, 7:28 PM | David Rosenberg
    In an unprecedented statement, Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki explicitly rejected the possibility of renewed direct negotiations with Israel - ever. [...] In what may have been a response to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's statements on Monday to US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power calling for a resumption of direct talks with the PA, Malki both rejected the idea of an invitation to return to the negotiating table and suggested that Islamic State (ISIS) may be poised to take over Judea and Samaria. ...
  • The Suffering of Iran’s Victims will Endure

    10/09/2015 6:59:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | David Grantham,
    The ink is not even dry on Obama’s ill-conceived executive agreement with Iran and already observers have found potentially unlawful stipulations baked into the agreement. A predictable development, to be sure, but it seems last minute. The administration has already ignored other judicial pronouncements through the course of negotiations without much fanfare. As the debate now inevitably plunges into squabbles over illegalities, it is time to address the outstanding judgment still haunting grieving victims of Iran’s terrorism. The Islamic Republic still owes billions in settlements to its American victims and the White House refused demand payment as part of the...
  • Donald Trump on Iran: "They have suckered us" CBS News- 'You'll Never Get Bored with Winning'

    10/08/2015 8:48:56 PM PDT · by Ziva · 3 replies ^ | 10/9/2015 | Zionists 4 Trump
    Trump called both the deal and the Americans who negotiated it, "incompetent.""We will have so much winning if I get elected, that you may get bored with winning," said Trump at the rally. "Believe me. I agree, you'll never get bored with winning. We never get bored."When I asked Trump what he'll demand in the deal that isn't already there, he told me: "You're going to have to watch.""I don't want to say things that the other side is going to learn everything about me," Trump added. "Do you understand that? That's part of the problem. Everything is talk...
  • PA: Offer of Return to Negotiation is a Trap

    09/10/2015 3:49:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/9/15 | Gil Ronen
    The Palestinian Authority responded unenthusiastically Thursday to offers by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to come to Ramallah and renew peace talks unconditionally with the Palestinian Authority (PA). According to Kol Yisrael radio, Palestinian “prime minister” Rami Hamdallah said that the Palestinians are interested in a new framework for talks. He explained that the talks would not be renewed if a date is not set for ending them, and if the problem of borders is not discussed. Another senior PA official, top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, said that the idea of returning to the unconditional negotiations is “a trap.” He said...
  • Iranian Senior Officials Disclose Confidential Details From Nuclear Negotiations: Already In 2011

    08/10/2015 3:23:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 8/10/15 | staff
    Iranian officials recently began to reveal details from the nuclear negotiations with the U.S. since their early stages. Their statements indicate that the U.S. initiated secret negotiations with Iran not after President Hassan Rohani, of the pragmatic camp, was elected in 2013, but rather in 2011-2012, in the era of radical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1] The disclosures also indicate that, already at that time, Iran received from the U.S. administration a letter recognizing its right to enrich uranium on its own soil. Hossein Sheikh Al-Islam, an advisor to the Majlis speaker, specified that the letter had come from John Kerry, then...
  • What U.S. Officials Said on Iran, What We Know Now

    07/05/2015 12:52:59 PM PDT · by smmt433 · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy Initiative ^ | June 29, 2015 | Tzvi Kahn
    Over the past three years, the Obama administration has delineated the criteria that any final nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran must meet. In speeches, congressional testimony, press conferences, and media interviews, administration officials have also articulated their expectations from Tehran with repeated declarations: “No deal is better than a bad deal.” This FPI Analysis, which updates an earlier publication from January 2015, compiles many of the administration’s own statements on nuclear negotiations with Iran over the past three years, and compares them with current U.S. positions. It also examines U.S. statements on a range of other issues related...
  • Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20% in 18 Months

    06/03/2015 1:45:42 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/6/15 | Ari Sofer
    Iranian nuclear fuel stockpiles grew by a massive 20% over the past 18 months of negotiations between Iran and world powers, a report last month by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has revealed. The report comes just one month ahead of the June 30 deadline set for the P5+1 powers and Iran to finalize a deal over Tehran's nuclear program. News that Iran has been busily expanding its stockpiles contradicts claims by US President Barack Obama that the Islamic Republic had "frozen" its nuclear program during the last year and a half of negotiations. Despite that, western leaders appear...
  • My Concern With The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    04/18/2015 4:21:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 18, 2015 | James Lankford
    Amidst the various twists and turns of our nation’s negotiation with Iran on a nuclear deal, one thing is clear: the American people are skeptical. Americans know that a nuclear Iran is a threat to every nation. Our concern is not just Iran in possession of a nuclear bomb; we all know that the leadership of Iran continues to threaten its neighbors and the World. Iran is the world’s largest state-sponsor of terrorism and there is little doubt that if they had nuclear weapons, they could transfer those weapons or nuclear material to their global terror proxies. This week, the...
  • Emerging details of possible Iranian nuclear deal draw bipartisan ire

    03/28/2015 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/2015
    Emerging details of a possible nuclear deal with Iran have drawn sharp criticism from congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who say the U.S. and its international partners may be ceding too much as a key deadline nears. If reports are true, "then we are not inching closer to Iran’s negotiating position, but leaping toward it with both feet,” charged Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a vocal critic of the direction of the talks. “My fear is that we are no longer guided by the principle that ‘no deal is...
  • North Korea strikes down US talks, vows 'final doom'

    02/03/2015 9:36:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/2/15 | Park Chan-Kyong
    North Korea on Wednesday appeared to rule out any resumption of dialogue with the United States, threatening to react to any US "war of aggression" with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare. The statement from the country's top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), came after reported moves by Washington and Pyongyang to revive long-stalled six-nation talks on denuclearisation. The NDC said recent comments from President Barack Obama had revealed that the United States' goal was to "bring down" North Korea. The statement was an apparent reaction to an interview Obama gave on January 22 in which he spoke of...
  • Fox and Dish TV contract ends today.

    12/20/2014 9:01:39 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12-20-2014
    DISH FAQS Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:50 PM CST 1. What is happening? By law, WBOC and FOX21 must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal to carry WBOC and FOX21. Our existing agreement with DISH expires at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. If no deal is reached before that date, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WBOC and FOX21,...
  • Dermer on Including Hamas in Govt: Would it be a solution for Iraq to Include ISIS in Govt?

    08/03/2014 12:15:55 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 11 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 3, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Mr. Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States. He makes excellent points in this video posted on July 3, 2014 explaining Israel's positions on the war in Gaza, negotiations and Hamas, et al. [youtube] Video linkThe current unanimous ceasefire demands of the various Palestinian factions -- which have not honored any previous Gaza ceasefires -- are summarized here. The document detailing the Palestinian conditions, which was drafted by representatives of Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian groups, called, among other things, for a cease-fire in return for an immediate Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said. The document...
  • White House Petition: Punish Bowe Bergdahl for AWOL/Desertion

    06/02/2014 4:00:50 AM PDT · by jdfromny · 27 replies
    White House website ^ | 5/31/2014 | unknown
    Army member Bowe Bergdahl "who did not earn the rank of SGT" went AWOL / Deserted the United States Army in June 2009. Punish Bowe Bergdahl for walking off base with intent to not support the War On terror. Bowe Bergdahl broke several Articles under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and needs to be punished not rewarded. Bowe Bergdahl, directly disobeyed the following articles Article 86 AWOL and Article 85 Desertion. both articles call for trial by court martial. He is not a hero and is directly responsible for several military members death. Bring punishment to Bowe Bergdahl and...
  • Bergdahl release arrangement could threaten the safety of Americans, Republicans say

    05/31/2014 9:39:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 86 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2014 | Karen Tumulty
    <p>Amid jubilation Saturday over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity by the Taliban, senior Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were troubled by the means by which it was accomplished, which was a deal to release five Afghan detainees from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p>
  • At Last, the Season of Hope

    04/11/2014 9:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | April 11, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The brutal winter ebbs at last, giving way to the season of hope, deliverance and renewal. The celebrations of Passover and Easter, marking the beginning of spring, overlap this year, as they often do. Jewish children practice reciting the four questions and dream of finding the hidden Passover mazoh. Christian children celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, decorating eggs and hiding them for a hunt. Nature awakens, and suddenly all things look possible again. Just not for a lasting peace in the Middle East. President Obama, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry as his messenger and chief instigator, badly misjudged...
  • Venezuela is falling down the rabbit hole into Blunderland.

    03/21/2014 2:43:19 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 15 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 21, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The protests continue. Off with their heads, says the Red Queen. When Venezuela reaches the bottom, will she be able to get back up?  Bello Monte when tear gas was dropped from far away the protest rally.Daniel at Venezuela News and Views posted an excellent article on March 20th titled First day of the dictatorship, referring to March 20th as the first day. An article at My Way titled Venezuela moves swiftly against opposition lists many of the same regime perversions and begins, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows...
  • Is Obama Seeking an Opening to Iran the way Richard Nixon did With China?

    02/11/2014 7:22:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | February 11, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Is Barack Obama trying to shift alliances in the Middle East away from traditional allies and toward Iran? Robert Kaplan, author and geopolitical analyst for the Stratford consulting firm, thinks so. In a article, Kaplan argues that the Obama administration sees the recently elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "as a potential Deng Xiaoping, someone from within the ideological solidarity system who can, measure-by-stealthy-measure, lead his country away from ideology and toward internal reform." Such a development, he goes on, is "something that could, in turn, result in an understanding with the West." That of course is not what...
  • Iran, North Korea and Nuke Negotiations

    11/19/2013 11:32:21 AM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 19, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Although different in many ways, both are rogue nations. Neither can be trusted. In the case of North Korea, negotiations that resulted in "humanitarian" aid and relief from sanctions led to continued development and testing of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Iranian descendants of Persian rug merchants have more sophisticated negotiating strategies and the outcome there is likely to be worse rather than better. A November 13th  article at The Diplomat ends with this observation:  not only is Iran not North Korea, but the North Korea case strongly suggests that engagement can produce results, while additional sanctions during this engagement will scuttle those...
  • John Kerry Hits A Bump

    11/13/2013 8:46:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | November 13, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    Everything was all set. The scenery had been painted, the lighting arranged, the actors given their lines and put through their paces. The proper air of suspense had been maintained throughout the opening acts, and now the curtain was about to rise on the grand finale. The management wasn't quite ready to admit it, maybe even to itself, but the Happy Ending had already been written. All the players had to do was follow the script. The stars were already practicing their bows. The supporting cast of foreign ministers from far and wide -- Teheran to Paris, Moscow even...
  • Obamacare Fiasco Proves President Is No Chess Master-

    11/01/2013 7:24:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies ^ | November 1, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Often in error but never in doubt, Barack Obama could walk into the Rose Garden and step on a half-dozen rakes like Foghorn Leghorn in an old Looney Tunes cartoon, and the official line would be, "He meant to do that." And the amazing thing is that so many people believe it. "Mr. Obama is like a championship chess player, always several moves ahead of friend and foe alike. He's smart, deft, elegant and subtle," proclaimed then-New York Times columnist Bob Herbert in 2009. It's an image of the president that his biggest fans, in and out of the press,...
  • Can We Negotiate With Obama In Good Faith?

    10/21/2013 3:56:28 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/21/13 | LD Jackson
    I already know the answer to this question, but it bears asking anyway. Can President Obama be negotiated with in good faith? Over anything? Can he be trusted to do anything except dig in his heels and refuse to budge on his position on any given issue? The answer, of course, is a resounding no! He proved that during the government shutdown that should have belonged to him and the Democrats. I continue to hold the belief that the non-negotiable position Obama held, leading up to and during the government shutdown, was not a tenable position. Regardless, he won this...
  • White House rips new GOP plan; Obama to huddle with Dems

    10/15/2013 8:34:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2013 | Justin Sink
    The White House appeared to reject a proposal by House Republicans Tuesday morning to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, calling the proposal "a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans." "The president has said repeatedly that Members of Congress don’t get to demand ransom for fulfilling their basic responsibilities to pass a budget and pay the nation’s bills," said White House spokesperson Amy Brundage. The White House also announced that the president and Vice President Biden would meet with House Democratic leaders at the White House at 3:15 Tuesday afternoon. Attendees will...
  • ‘Not Going to Happen’: Reid Says No Negotiations with GOP Before Shutdown Ends

    10/10/2013 7:06:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 43 replies ^ | October 10, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Minutes after concluding a meeting with President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters outside the White House that there would be no negotiations with Republicans until the House passes a “clean” continuing resolution which ends the government shutdown. Reid began by saying that the government must reopen and the debt ceiling must be raised. “We, if that happens, will negotiate on anything. Anything,” he said. Reid indicated that the Senate would consider a resolution from the House that extends the debt limit but does not reopen the government. He added, however, that the House has to...
  • Obama: No negotiations 'with a gun held to the head of the American people'

    10/04/2013 1:29:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 10/04/13 | Carrie Dann
    **SNIP** President Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he won't negotiate with Republicans to end the budget standoff "with a gun held to the head of the American people." "I'm happy to have negotiations but we can't do it with a gun held to the head of the American people," Obama said of congressional Republicans, according to a pool report. The president made the comments while visiting sandwich shop Taylor Gourmet, just blocks from the White House. He told reporters that he and Vice President Joe Biden decided to visit the lunch spot in part because "we're starving" and in...
  • President Obama: The Tale of Two Calls

    09/29/2013 9:05:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | September 29, 2013 | Kevin McCullough
    President Obama made news with two phone calls this week. On one of the calls he pledged fervent cooperation--even though he foresees difficult negotiations ahead. On the other, Obama warned the person on the other end the line that he could expect nothing but the back of his hand. On the first call, he admitted that "while there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward... [he] believe[d] the two parties could reach a comprehensive solution." (Comprehensive, mind you. Not partial, not segmented, but over-arching, all encompassing, and addressing the most important items to both sides. Hence, comprehensive.) On...
  • Op-Ed: Palestine: Kerry Commits Harakiri

    08/05/2013 11:34:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 32 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/8/13 | David Singer
    US Secretary of State John Kerry has fallen on his sword in attempting to seek a renewal of negotiations designed to culminate in the creation of a new Arab State between Jordan and Israel for the first time ever in recorded history. He has apparently learned nothing from the failed attempts of his predecessors - James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Christopher, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Each was confident in his or her ability to persuade and cajole Israel and the PLO to do a deal - but all failed for one simple reason - both...
  • Taliban behead two children: Obama welcomes negotiations

    07/09/2013 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    BBC and Huntsville Examiner ^ | 7/8/13 | BBC and Huntsville Examiner HANK RICHARDS
    "The Taliban beheaded two boys while President Obama's negotiators carried on a dialogue with the terrorist group," a Middle East event received by the Huntsville Examiner for publication from a BBC correspondent . Until President Obama came on the scene, the U.S. almost always maintained a policy for top level administrators to 'never negotiate with terrorists.' Obama’s push for talks with the Taliban is described as ‘personal political cover’ for his failed personal policy in Afghanistan as violence continues to escalate and talks continue in Qatar. © 2013 Nokia© 2013 Microsoft CorporationPictometry Bird's Eye © 2012 Pictometry International Corp Location:...
  • Livni Mulling Release of Terror Murderers

    06/01/2013 2:11:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/6/13 | Gil Ronen
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni is considering the release of terrorist murderers and has received, for this purpose, the files of 120 Arab terror prisoners currently held in Israel. There is international pressure on Israel to carry out “gestures” toward the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a prelude to “peace talks” with it. The Almagor terror victims' organization has asked Livni to meet with its representatives before she decides on recommending the release of any terrorists. Almagor head Meir Indor voiced concern that a release is becoming more likely, following an interview in which President Shimon Peres said that he favors a...
  • Campaigner in Chief Holds “Pep Rally” to Discuss Status of Fiscal Cliff Deal22

    12/31/2012 2:33:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | December 31, 2012 | Leah Barkoukis
    If you watched Obama’s comments this afternoon you would not be remiss to think it was actually a campaign event. Obama came out, flanked by ‘middle class Americans’ or what Twitchy aptly referred to as a “human rainbow,” and played the blame game all while reminding Americans Republicans that he won the election. Oh, and the “middle class taxpayers” repeatedly applauding when Obama took shots at Congress for its inaction thus far really helped set the pep rally vibe, too. GOP lawmakers weren’t thrilled with the comments, either: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said President Obama likely lost votes for the...
  • Republicans Do Have Leverage; Use It!

    12/14/2012 5:01:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    At this stage of the fiscal cliff pseudo negotiations, do the American people have any idea what the Republicans stand for other than to protect the wealthy and cut Medicare and Social Security to harm the sick and aged? People constantly invoke Ronald Reagan, but one thing is certain and very relevant: If Reagan were on the national stage today, the public would not be confused about what the Republican Party stands for and why it matters. The GOP is having difficulty even consolidating around a central message, much less selling it to the public. There is no excuse for...
  • It's Time To Turn the Tables on this Presidential Bully

    12/07/2012 8:42:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | December 7, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    Something is very wrong in the world when the most dogmatic and inflexible president in recent memory can make unreasonable demands of his GOP budget opponents and yet be confident they'll be blamed for the impasse. It is past time Barack Obama be held accountable for his intentionally irresponsible fiscal policies that are guaranteed to take us into national bankruptcy. It is outrageous enough that he is steering us into insolvency, but it is unbearable that he's fraudulently blaming the Republican Party for it to boot. This is not a close call, and reasonable people, if they understood the facts,...
  • Obama's Economic Lumps of Coal

    12/05/2012 4:39:13 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | December 5, 2012 | Donald Lambro
    President Obama would have failed Negotiations 101, if there was such a course, the first rule being "do not insult" the people you're dealing with. Hitting the road to campaign for his plan to raise taxes on small business employers, investors and people in the top two income brackets, he hurled some mean-spirited accusations and insults at House Republican leaders even before they got down to serious negotiations to avoid the dreaded "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team, whom Obama likened to Charles Dickens' hard-hearted, skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge, were offering the American people nothing more than...
  • Republicans' Ace in the Hole: Simpson-Bowles?

    12/01/2012 9:31:12 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 19 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Nov 30, 2012 02:45 PM EST | Guy Benson
    Democrats appear to have the upper hand on the politics of the fiscal cliff, which might explain their brash pronouncements and mind-blowing conceptualization of "compromise." ... The GOP's dilemma is a doozy. Their opponents, emboldened by the election, are pushing for counter-productive tax hikes on "the rich" -- a politically popular proposition at the moment -- while offering almost nothing meaningful in return. Meanwhile, Democrats' allies in the media have been crafting a 'Republicans-as-stubborn-obstructionists' narrative for years. To a large extent, they've been successful; Republicans are poised to bear the brunt of an irate public's blame if a fiscal cliff...
  • Boehner on 'Cliff' Talks: 'We're Almost Nowhere'

    11/30/2012 1:15:30 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | November 30,2012
    House Speaker John Boehner lashed out Friday at President Barack Obama, saying negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" are "almost nowhere." Boehner spoke after Republicans disclosed that the White House was $1.6 trillion in tax increases up front, as well as $50 billion in additional stimulus spending. (Read More: Speaker Boehner Discusses 'Fiscal Cliff.') Boehner said the plan would be a "crippling blow" to an economy that is still struggling to find its footing. "There's a stalemate. Let's not kid ourselves," the Ohio Republican told reporters. "Right now, we're almost nowhere," Even so, he added, he was determined to continue...
  • President Obama's Negotiations Avoided Storm Damage.

    10/28/2012 2:05:20 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 7 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 28, 2012 | Dan Miller
    The World's smartest and firmest negotiator, President Obama has already secured agreements to spare critical metropolitan areas from significant damage due to Hurricane Sandy.President Obama, having previously demonstrated his superb negotiating skills in causing The Seas to halt their rise as soon as he took office, once again negotiated with them and was anxious to give them whatever they may might demand in exchange for assistance in his reelection campaign. There had been some concern that Hurricane Sandy might adversely impact President Obama's prospects for reelection. Indeed, David Axelrod, a top advisor to President Obama’s reelection campaign, said Sunday that...
  • Iran Charges IAEA 'Spying' for West

    06/06/2012 1:55:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gabe Kahn
    Iran accused the United Nations nuclear watchdog of spying and vowed never to suspend uranium enrichment on Monday, Bloomberg reported. The move cast doubt on whether a deal between Tehran and the P5+1 allowing wider atomic inspections is possible. Tehran's IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh in Vienna said “Iran will resist to the end” and “will not permit our national security to be jeopardized” by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors working for Western intelligence agencies. Soltanieh added, “Iran will never suspend its enrichment activities." His comments came as the agency’s 35-member board of governors concluded its quarterly review of the...
  • Abbas to accuse Netanyahu government of undermining Palestinian Authority

    04/04/2012 3:25:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/4/12
    Haaretz has obtained a copy of a letter that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas intends to send to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Passover, in which he accuses Netanyahu of undermining the Palestinian Authority. According to both Israeli and Palestinian sources, an envoy headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will deliver the letter, which places responsibility for the freeze in negotiations on Israel, during a meeting with Netanyahu over the Passover holiday. Photo “We entered a contractual agreement with international backing in order to bring the Palestinian people from occupation to independence,” Abbas wrote in the letter. “Currently, and...
  • Erdogan to Haniyeh: Hamas Must Be Part of Negotiations

    01/02/2012 5:38:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/1/12 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met on Sunday with Hamas’ Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, in his residence in Istanbul. The visit was part of Haniyeh’s first official regional tour since Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007. The tour has already included stops in Egypt and Sudan. According to reports from sources in the Palestinian Authority who were quoted by Channel 10 News, the two leaders discussed during the meeting the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas and plans for rehabilitation of Gaza. One source was quoted by Channel 10 as having said that Erdogan told Haniyeh during the...
  • Berlin: Israeli Construction "Devastating" to Peace

    12/19/2011 2:21:06 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    Germany called on Israel to refrain from publishing construction tenders in Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem saying it sends a "devastating message" for peace efforts. "The Israeli government must be aware that the continuous announcements of new settlements convey a devastating message with a view to the current efforts and resumption of peace negotiations," government spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters. "We strongly urge the Israeli government to refrain from inviting tenders for housing units," Streiter added. Israel's housing and construction ministry said Sunday it would publish tenders for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units to meet natural growth needs...
  • The End of the :Peace Process" Era

    11/15/2011 12:21:21 PM PST · by tedbel · 2 replies
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | Nov 15/11 | Ted Belman
    The PA announced today that it is abandoning swaps and negotiations. That means it has formally abandon Oslo and the Roadmap both of which require negotiations. We are back to Res 242. Khalid also admitted the PA has no interest in reaching a bilateral agreement with Israel - that is, peace - and plans to continue on its current unilateral track. By Ted Belman The Palestinian/Israeli conflict has entered a new era. Since the UNSC passed Res 242, it had been focused on the “peace process,” which included the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Accords, The Roadmap, Annapolis and finally Obama’s...
  • McClatchey: As U.S.-Iraqi troop talks faltered, Obama didn't pick up the phone

    10/25/2011 6:36:20 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 10-25-11 | Roy Gutman
    BAGHDAD — Throughout the summer and autumn, as talks on a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq foundered, President Barack Obama and his point man on Iraq, Vice President Joe Biden, remained aloof from the process, not even phoning top Iraqi officials to help reach a deal, according to logs released by the U.S. Embassy here.
  • U.S. Defense Secretary Warns Israel is Becoming 'Isolated'

    10/03/2011 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/10/11 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East, The Associated Press reported. Panetta added Israel must restart negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. Panetta made the comments as he was traveling to Israel, saying the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region in order to have stability. “There’s not much question in my mind that they maintain that (military) edge,” AP quoted Panetta as having told reporters...
  • Abbas Turns Down Quartet, Demands Agreement before ‘Talks’

    09/25/2011 12:23:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/9/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Abbas, after rebuffing President Barack Obama, now has taken on the Quartet and rejected its proposal for resuming talks with Israel because it does not include pre-conditions. The Quartet – the United States, United Nations, Russia and the European Union – set a timetable for an agenda for peace talks within a month and concrete proposals within three months. It also set the end of 2012 as a new deadline for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. PA Foreign Minister Riad Maliki quickly rejected the idea as “incomplete” because it does not call on Israel to halt all...
  • Shaath: Netanyahu Not Serious About Negotiations

    09/24/2011 3:59:45 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/9/11
    Senior Fatah official Nabil Shaath slammed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's calls for an immediate resumption of negotiations as insincere. "He talks about making painful concessions, but he has not made a single concession on the ground," Shaath said in a Saturday interview with Channel 2, adding that twenty years of negotiations with Israel has led the Western-backed Palestinian Authority nowhere. Shaath stated that the United Nations bid did not contradict negotiations and asserted that the PA would enter negotiations if Netanyahu agrees to ban all Jewish construction in Israel's disputed Samaria and Judea regions. "Netanyahu must say 'peace is more...
  • Political Theater At The Highest Level (debt limit)

    08/02/2011 6:26:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Brussels Journal ^ | 8-2-2011 10:11AM | Johnny Fincioen
    Last Sunday evening the leaders of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress reached an agreement with President Obama to raise the debt ceiling. Almost exactly as I predicted in my previous letter. The deal has two sides. On the one hand: Obama gets permission to make 2,400 billion dollar more debt. This is just enough for him to reach the end of his first term without the need to beg for still more money. During the negotiations it became clear Obama had only one bottom-line: the raise had to be high enough. On the other hand: the Republicans succeeded for...
  • UAW wants bigger cut of Detroit's newfound profits

    07/25/2011 10:14:07 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 28 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 07/24/2011 | AP
    To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago. Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much they get is the central question hanging over contract talks that start this week between Detroit and one of the nation's largest and most powerful unions. The negotiations, the first since Chrysler and GM took government aid and emerged from bankruptcy, will set wages and benefits for 111,000 members of the United Auto Workers, including those at Ford, which avoided bankruptcy...