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  • Report: Clinton changed stance on trade deal after donations to foundation

    04/09/2015 9:21:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/9/15 | Ben Kamisar
    The Clinton Foundation reportedly accepted millions of dollars from a Colombian oil company head before then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton decided to support a trade deal with Colombia despite worries of human rights violations. The report in the International Business Times comes as Clinton readies an expected run for president. She’s been dogged by questions about whether foreign donations to her foundations could have influenced her official decisions. The report centers on donations from Frank Giustra and the oil company that he founded, Pacific Rubiales. In a Wall Street Journal story from 2008, Giustra is described as a “friend and...
  • Dem lawmaker clarifies stance on new DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    04/06/2011 4:12:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4.6.11 | Jordan Fabian
    A Democratic lawmaker Wednesday clarified his opinion on the new head of the Democratic National Committee after some interpreted it as criticism. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said he has full confidence that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) will perform well and that he did not intend for his comments to be seen as critical of the party's choice or the congresswoman. He did reiterate that she will likely experience stress, because neither role is a "part-time job." "Clearly, some of the press would like some kind of fight in the Democratic Party,
  • Whitman softens stance on U.S. health care law

    08/23/2010 2:38:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/23/10 | Bob Egelko
    If elected governor, Republican Meg Whitman plans to add California to the list of states suing to overturn the new federal health care law. Or maybe she won't. The most recent statements by Whitman's campaign are much more equivocal than the position she took in March, during the Republican primary. When supporters at a campaign event asked her whether she would "force (her) attorney general" to join the health care suit, she said yes. Questioned by reporters later that day, Whitman acknowledged that a governor couldn't order the independently elected attorney general to sue, but said she would "strongly encourage"...
  • U.S. reverses stance on treaty to regulate arms trade

    05/21/2010 12:37:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,161+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/21/10 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States reversed policy on Wednesday and said it would back launching talks on a treaty to regulate arms sales as long as the talks operated by consensus, a stance critics said gave every nation a veto. The decision, announced in a statement released by the U.S. State Department, overturns the position of former President George W. Bush's administration, which had opposed such a treaty on the grounds that national controls were better. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would support the talks as long as the negotiating forum, the so-called Conference on...
  • Black support high for Obama's race-neutral stance

    03/20/2010 7:54:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 671+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/20/10 | Jesse Washington - ap
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In this banking center walloped by the Great Recession, where unemployment just hit a 20-year high and as many as one in three black people are out of work, blacks could easily be frustrated with President Barack Obama's insistence that a rising economic tide for all will lift African-American boats. Yet despite surging discontent among some black advocates over Obama's refusal to specifically target rising black unemployment, it's hard to find average black folks here who disagree with the president's approach. "He has been addressing the black agenda as far as health care, education, all that," said...
  • EU Funds Pro-PA Stance on Jerusalem

    05/20/2009 10:50:48 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 157+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 5/20/2009 | Maayana Miskin
    ( The European Union is providing millions of shekels to organizations that promote the Palestinian Authority's claims in Jerusalem, according to NGO Monitor. In a report released Tuesday, the group detailed EU support for groups ostensibly committed to human rights and coexistence that are also overtly pro-PA on political issues. Among the offenders were Ir Amim and B'Tselem
  • (Good job, 9th Circus) Federal court orders judge to reconsider stance on clean-truck program

    03/21/2009 10:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 849+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/21/09 | Louis Sahagun and David Zahniser
    <p>A federal appeals court on Friday ordered a judge to reconsider her refusal to block portions of a clean-truck program at the nation's busiest port complex.</p> <p>In an opinion that dismayed environmentalists and labor leaders, the three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals based in San Francisco ruled that U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder should grant all or part of the American Trucking Assn.'s request for an injunction halting the implementation of new rules that apply to truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.</p>
  • Rice satisfied with Pakistan's anti-terror stance

    12/04/2008 12:09:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 859+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/4/08 | Anne Gearan - ap
    AP ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's leaders know what's at stake after the terror attack in Mumbai and have acknowledged their duty to evict terrorists and prevent future attacks, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday. "I found a Pakistani government that is focused on the threat and that understands its responsibilities to respond to terrorism and extremism wherever it is found," Rice said following sessions with the country's powerful army chief and civilian leaders.
  • Schwarzenegger puzzled by Bush stance on children

    08/29/2007 10:08:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1,257+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/29/07 | Bill Ainsworth
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed a new reaction Wednesday morning to one of President Bush's key policies: disbelief. Schwarzenegger, who campaigned for Bush's re-election's in 2004, said he couldn't understand the president's threat to veto pending federal legislation that would provide new money for children's health coverage. "When you hear decisions like that you say to yourself, ' What has happened? Why? Why would you go after children? Why would you not want to insure them?" said Schwarzenegger at a news conference promoting children's health insurance. "We all sit there and say 'Where did that come from? You can't...
  • Cheney Thanks Australia for Firm Stance Against Terrorism

    02/23/2007 4:21:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 405+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2007 – Australia has earned the world’s respect for its firm stance in the war on terror, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said today in Sydney. Speaking at the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue conference, Cheney praised Prime Minister John Howard and reaffirmed the value of the U.S.-Australian alliance. The vice president recalled a speech Howard made in Washington on Sept. 10, 2001 -- the day before terrorists struck the United States -- in which the Australian leader noted the close working relationship between the two nations and their like-mindedness on the subject of freedom. “In the words...
  • Obama: Dems need tough security stance

    09/17/2006 5:41:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 718+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Mike Glover - ap
    INDIANOLA, Iowa - Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., warned Democratic activists Sunday that the party must take a tougher stance on national security if it wants to succeed in the November elections. "What Democrats have to do is to close the deal," said Obama, the keynote speaker at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (news, bio, voting record)'s 29th annual steak fry. "We have got to show we have a serious agenda for change." Obama's appearance in Iowa, where precinct caucuses launch the presidential season, has raised a number of eyebrows about his intentions for a presidential run in 2008. Though only a...
  • Democrats Agonise Over Anti-War Stance

    08/06/2006 7:36:01 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 893+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-7-2006 | Alec Russell
    Democrats agonise over anti-war stance By Alec Russell in Goshen, Connecticut (Filed: 07/08/2006) A political earthquake is threatening the foundations of the Democratic Party as a liberal anti-war movement prepares to topple one of its best-known senators. The drama, which has the potential to tilt the party to the Left, poses an acute dilemma for its centrist leaders, in particular Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the 2008 presidential nomination. Left-wing, anti-war Democrats have traditionally been trounced when running for the White House. The centre of events is in leafy Goshen, Connecticut, where Joe Lieberman, the party's vice-presidential candidate in 2000,...
  • Presidential candidates take Iraq stance

    06/23/2006 6:54:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 186+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/06 | Liz Sidoti - ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican senators weighing a 2008 presidential bid united behind President Bush's Iraq policy, while potential Democratic candidates favored troop withdrawals but split over a deadline for ending the U.S. military's combat presence. "We cannot pull out and hope for the best," said Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), R-Ariz., calling redeployments now "a significant step on the road to disaster." Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record), R-Kan., likewise dismissed a timetable: "We have to see this through to a successful conclusion." However, Sen. Christopher Dodd (news, bio, voting record), D-Conn., countered: "We must no longer remain...
  • Schwarzenegger blasts House Republicans on immigration stance

    06/21/2006 6:02:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 1,119+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/21/06 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sharply criticized House Republican leaders Wednesday for calling summer hearings on a proposed immigration overhaul before trying to compromise with the Senate. The Republican governor said public forums across the country were unnecessary because "we know what the facts are." "It would be inexcusable, it would be ludicrous for them to say, 'Well, we can't work it out,'" Schwarzenegger said after a helicopter ride along the Mexican border to see where National Guard troops will soon be deployed. "That's their job - to work it out." His remarks highlighted divisions among Republicans on how to tackle the...
  • Carter praises Bush's immigration stance

    05/24/2006 10:23:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 189 replies · 2,687+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/06 | Doug Gross - ap
    ATLANTA - Former president Carter, a Democrat and frequent critic of President Bush, sees eye-to-eye with him on immigration. Carter on Wednesday called the Republican president's commitment to immigration reform "quite admirable," saying he agrees with Bush's support of a system that would eventually grant citizenship to some illegals. The Senate is set to vote as early as Thursday on a bill that calls for tougher border security as well as an eventual chance at citizenship for millions of men and women in the country illegally. The law should secure the nation's borders while "at the same time treating those...
  • Murtha's Anti-War Stance Overshadows Abscam Past (Ethics always in question)

    01/14/2006 6:09:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1,135+ views
    CNS News ^ | 1/13/06 | Randy Hall, Marc Morano
    Murtha's Anti-War Stance Overshadows Abscam Past By Randy Hall and Marc Morano Staff January 13, 2006 Read Article About Murtha's military record ( - Members of the press have given extensive and glowing coverage to Rep. John Murtha's criticism of the war in Iraq, but have overlooked a number of other controversies the Pennsylvania Democrat has experienced over the past 25 years. This includes his reported role as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Abscam bribery scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Murtha has denied any wrongdoing, but Cybercast News Service has learned that one of Murtha's former...
  • AP Interview: Schwarzenegger explains stance on food supplements

    07/16/2005 2:49:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 460+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/16/05 | Todd Wallack
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was criticized for having a conflict of interest last week after it was revealed he vetoed a bill regulating food supplements while he had a multimillion dollar contract with magazines that profit from the industry. In an interview with The Associated Press, the governor explained why he felt there was no conflict and said his support for the magazines and nutritional supplements dates to his earliest days as an aspiring body builder. "This has nothing to do with money," he said in a telephone interview Friday from Los Angeles. "Of course, for me, it...
  • CA: Religious leaders attack Schwarzenegger's anti-immigration stance

    05/18/2005 4:32:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 533+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/18/05 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of religious leaders Wednesday attacked Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's statements and policies involving undocumented immigrants, demanding that he meet with them to discuss changing what one pastor called rhetoric that has "poisoned" the community. "The governor's recent attacks targeting our state's undocumented immigrants run against the grain of American values," Bishop Gabino Zavala of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said at a press conference. The religious leaders called on the governor "to embrace the moral high ground" and meet with them to discuss immigration reform. "We ... look forward to that meeting with...
  • CA: Budget stance diluted - Governor endorses a weaker version of his previous proposal

    03/17/2005 8:33:21 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 306+ views
    OC Register ^ | 3/17/05 | Jim Hinch
    SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday backed a ballot initiative that would require fewer spending cuts than the reform measure he proposed during his State of the State speech in January - an apparent softening of his views on a key element of his reform agenda. The "California Live Within Our Means Act," drafted by members of a business-backed political committee, would let the state budget increase in line with past revenue growth. Though billed as a solution to California's chronic overspending, the measure's formulas, if enacted a decade ago, would have let lawmakers spend more than they actually...
  • Boxer pulls no punches with combative stance (Wass up with Babs?)

    01/25/2005 4:35:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 114 replies · 2,398+ views
    Sacramento Bee, via ^ | 1/25/04 | David Whitney
    <p>WASHINGTON — Just a few weeks into the new congressional session, many are beginning to wonder aloud: "What's up with Barbara Boxer?"</p> <p>The first week of the session, the California Democrat led the Senate challenge over certifying the Ohio presidential vote, citing irregularities.</p>
  • CA: Officials adopt disputed stance on slot licenses

    01/03/2005 8:44:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 192+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 1/3/05 | James P. Sweeney
    SACRAMENTO – Rejecting advice from its attorneys and the prevailing sentiment of tribes in California, the state's gambling commission recently defined a key compact term in a way that appears to benefit a select group of established casinos. The move, taken on a split vote last month, means there will be few if any licenses available anytime soon for additional slot machines under gambling agreements, or compacts, negotiated by former Gov. Gray Davis. That could turn up the pressure on expansion-minded tribes, including several in San Diego County, to negotiate deals with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who faces a multibillion-dollar budget...
  • Kerry Supports Anti-Terror Act, Shifting Stance

    10/21/2004 11:00:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 444+ views
    Business on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/04 | Sean Higgins - IBD
    As John Kerry (news - web sites) barnstorms swing states in the election's final days, he has harsh words for President Bush (news - web sites) on the Patriot Act: It doesn't go far enough. Kerry and other Democrats who once called the law, which gives the federal government sweeping powers to fight terrorism in the U.S., a threat to the Constitution are now praising it. The shift is likely because the act remains popular. A Gallup poll earlier this year found 64% said the act was "about right" or "didn't go far enough." With the war on terror a...
  • NEW BUSH-CHENEY '04 TV AD: Searching

    09/27/2004 7:20:43 AM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 52 replies · 2,343+ views
    Bush-Cheney '04 Campaign ^ | 27 September 2004 | Bush-Cheney '04
    Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest television advertisement, "Searching." The ad contrasts John Kerry's numerous different positions on the War on Terror and asks how he can protect us when he does not even know where he stands. You can view and link to the ad at: A screenshot and transcript are below: President Bush: I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message. John Kerry: "It was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the President made the decision I supported him." "I don't believe the President took us to war as...
  • Stance on Israel sets Rohrabacher apart

    02/08/2004 9:16:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 165+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/8/04 | Dena Bunis
    <p>WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says he always knew that if ever he got involved in Middle East politics, his views would get him in trouble.</p> <p>He was right.</p> <p>Rohrabacher is facing a primary challenge next month from former Rep. Robert K. Dornan. These two Republicans were once comrades in arms in promoting conservative principles. But the Middle East is the one major issue on which Dornan stayed with mainstream conservatives and Rohrabacher has strayed.</p>
  • EU Fails to Forge United Stance on Iraq

    09/30/2003 4:44:26 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 1 replies · 238+ views
    AP ^ | Sept. 30, 2003 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Old rifts over the war in Iraq kept the European Union from forging a united position on when the United States should cede power, highlighting the difficulties Washington will face trying to reach agreement on a new U.N. resolution. President Bush hopes such a resolution will bring more troops and money into Iraq. The unofficial target date for adopting a U.N. resolution is Oct. 22 - the day before a major donors meeting begins in Madrid, Spain, to try to generate funds for Iraq's reconstruction. On Monday, Russia said it wants a "realistic but short" timeline...
  • Israel Softens Stance on Wanted Palestinians

    08/17/2003 10:40:51 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 5 replies · 230+ views
    The New York Times/Yahoo News ^ | August 17, 2003 | JAMES BENNET
    JERUSALEM, Aug. 16 Israel has relented on one of its core demands on the Palestinian leadership, backing away for now from its insistence that the men it regards as wanted terrorists be held under lock and key in Palestinian prisons, Israeli and Palestinian officials said today. Instead, Israel has accepted in principle the assurances of Muhammad Dahlan, the Palestinian minister of security, that he will monitor the wanted men in the cities where they now live and prevent them from mounting attacks, the officials said. That would represent a less aggressive strategy than the immediate "dismantlement" of terrorist infrastructure that...
  • Powell Toughens Stance on Israeli Fence

    08/07/2003 1:53:29 PM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 10 replies · 120+ views
    Associated Press , Yahoo News ^ | August 7, 2003 | BARRY SCHWEID
    WASHINGTON - Toughening his stand on construction of an Israeli security fence, Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said Thursday the Bush administration would abide by congressional provisions for reducing U.S. aid to Israel for settlement activity on the West Bank. "We have identified some problems" with the project and the administration will keep talking to Israel about them until there is a solution, Powell said at a news conference. "We have concerns about that fence," Powell said. "We have problems with it." He said there was no decision yet, but his remarks indicated the administration might...
  • CA: Wesson defends vehicle fees stance

    02/07/2003 7:42:34 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/7/03 | Margaret Talev
    <p>Tripling the annual fee Californians pay to register their cars hardly seems the best way to court voters.</p> <p>It's also guaranteed to irk Gov. Gray Davis. The governor this week said he'd veto such a plan because it threatens to derail his own strategy for closing the state's budget gap.</p>
  • France toughens stance on attacks on Jews

    01/07/2003 9:07:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies · 238+ views
    Times on Line ^ | January 08, 2003 | Charles Bremner
    FRENCH government ministers will attend a Jewish prayer service in Paris today as a show of anger against the perceived rise of anti-Semitism in France. The visit by Nicolas Sarkozy, the Interior Minister, and other colleagues follows vigorous condemnation by President Chirac of a knife attack last Friday on Rabbi Gabriel Farhi of the Jewish Liberal Movement (MJLF). The rabbi was wounded in the stabbing at his synagogue by a man shouting pro-Palestinian slogans. On Monday, Rabbi Farhi’s car was set on fire outside his home. In dozens of attacks last year, synagogues were burnt and damaged and Jews were...