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  • Obama Urges Congress to Approve TPP ‘This Year’

    02/05/2016 8:29:35 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 02/04/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    After trade ministers from the U.S. and 11 other countries on either side of the Pacific on Thursday signed one of the biggest trade deals in history, President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to approve it "this year." Obama said in a statement he would "continue working with Democrats and Republicans in Congress to enact it [the Trans-Pacific Partnership] into law as soon as possible so our economy can immediately start benefiting from the tens of billions of dollars in new export opportunities." "We should get TPP done this year and give more American workers the shot at success...
  • Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader power to fight 'evildoers,' urges tech firms to cooperate

    08/18/2015 7:09:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    <p>Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."</p> <p>At a national security forum in the early voting state of South Carolina, Bush put himself at odds with Republican congressional leaders who earlier this year voted to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.</p>
  • Twitter campaign urges ripping down rebel flag

    07/13/2015 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 94 replies
    WND ^ | 07/13/15 | Cheryl Chumley
    A new Twitter campaign called #NoFlaggingChallenge is encouraging people around the nation to shoot video of themselves ripping Confederate flags off their poles and posts, and then put the film on the Internet for the world to see. Some are predicting the campaign which basically urges people to trespass on private properties wont end well. This #NolagginChallenge is going to end badly, wrote one Twitter used, Twitchy found. And another: PLEASE DONT do this stupid #NoFlagging Challenge. You could get shot! No joke people are crazy enough to shoot you for it! And a third: please please be...
  • N Korea urges Mexico to free detained ship (Ummm Sugar Sugar!!)

    04/08/2015 8:47:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/8/15 | BBC
    North Korea has accused Mexico of illegally holding one of its ships, after it ran aground last year. It said the Mu Du Bong was a legitimate commercial ship and its detention a "rampant violation" of sovereignty. But a UN expert says the ship belongs to North Korea's Ocean Maritime Management, which is on a UN blacklist. In July 2013 one of its ships was seized in Panama after Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets were found hidden under sugar sacks. United Nations sanctions ban most arms shipments to North Korea. Under resolutions adopted after Pyongyang's nuclear tests in 2006 and...
  • U.S. urges North Korea to refrain from provocative actions

    03/16/2014 3:20:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/16/14 | Arshad Mohammed - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Sunday called on North Korea to refrain from provocative actions following reports Pyongyang had fired 10 short-range missiles into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula.
  • State Dept. urges US citizens to leave Yemen

    08/06/2013 3:20:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 8/6/2013
    The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country following the threat by al-Qaida that has triggered temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa. The department said in a travel warning that it had ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Yemen "due to the continued potential for terrorist attacks" and said U.S. citizens in Yemen should leave immediately because of an "extremely high" security threat level. "As staff levels at the Embassy are restricted, our ability to assist U.S. citizens in an...
  • State Department urges Americans to leave Syria while commercial transportation is available

    08/05/2011 7:17:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    WASHINGTON The State Department is urging Americans in Syria to leave the besieged country immediately while commercial transportation is still available. The Syrian government is clamping down on a rebellion in the city of Hama, the center of anti-government activity. Thousands of protesters across the country are marching, demanding solidarity with the people of Hama and demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad. On Friday, the State Department urged U.S. citizens who must remain in Syria to limit travel and warned U.S. citizens not in the country to avoid traveling there for now.
  • President Obama Urges Both Dems And GOP To Compromise, Avoid Credit Downgrade (flashback!)

    08/05/2011 6:58:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/5/11 | Colby Hall
    In a speech delivered just earlier today President Obama warned that without serious compromise by both Democrats and Republicans, the U.S. will lose its top-credit rating it if falls into a credit default. It was the second debt-crisis related speech that Obama has delivered today, and comes the day after the House GOP failed to pass a balanced budget bill because of lack of support from representatives viewed as sympathetic to the Tea Party movement. The president pointed out that the possibility of a downgrade are not great developments for either party, though some are suggesting that even if a...
  • Israel Urges Apple to Remove Pro-Palestinian App

    06/21/2011 12:56:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Baltimore Jewish Life ^ | 6/21/11 | Josef Federman, AP
    JERUSALEM The Israeli government on Tuesday appealed to Apple Inc. to remove an application called "ThirdIntifada" from its App Store, saying the program glorifies violence against the Jewish state. Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, sent the request in an email to Steve Jobs, the chief executive of the American iPhone maker. "Intifadah" is the Arabic term for two violent uprisings against Israel over the past two decades. The free application encourages its followers to share opinions and organize protests against Israel. It is linked to a website that, among other things, helped organize violent clashes with Israeli troops recently...
  • Rumsfeld Urges White House to Keep Lid on Bin Laden Intel

    05/08/2011 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 66 replies
    fox ^ | 5/8/11 | staff
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday questioned why the Obama administration is releasing so much information about the operation that resulted in the death of Usama bin Laden and the intelligence behind it. While Rumsfeld praised President Obama for overseeing and green-lighting the daring raid last weekend, he suggested the White House could be taking a risk in sharing the details it has with the public. "The more information that goes out about intelligence, the greater the risks to our people and the less likelihood we're going to be able to capture and/or kill some of the people who...
  • Obama urges patience with higher gas prices

    04/07/2011 10:06:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/7/11 | Hayley Peterson
    FAIRLESS HILLS, PA. President Obama on Wednesday urged Americans to be patient with higher prices at the gas pump for now and trust that his administrations energy policies will eventually tamp down on the soaring costs. We cant afford to continue this kind of being in shock when gas prices go up, Obama said from a town hall-style meeting of roughly 500 employees at Gamesa Technology Corp., a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Fairless Hills, Pa. Weve got to have a sustained energy policy that is consistent, he said.
  • White House Urges Supreme Court Not to Jump Into Health Care Law Cases Prematurely

    03/15/2011 10:31:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3/15/11 | Lee Ross
    The Obama administration told the Supreme Court on Monday night it should stay away from a high-profile challenge to the 2010 health care law until after a lower court has had a chance to review the case. (Snip) In his filing last month, Cuccinelli said there's a "palpable consensus" that the high court will ultimately have to pass judgment on the merits of President Obama's health care law and should do so without delay. Furthermore, Cuccinelli argues that his case involves "pure issues of constitutional law" that appellate judges on the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will be unable
  • Democrat urges unions to 'get a little bloody when necessary'

    Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin. "Im proud to be here with people who understand that its more than just sending an email to get you going," Capuano said, according to the Dorchester Reporter. "Every once and awhile you need to get out on...
  • Issa urges firing of Amtrak chief, counsel

    01/24/2011 10:41:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    washington times ^ | 1/25/11 | Jim McElhatton
    A powerful House Republican wants Amtrak's chairman and top lawyer fired. Rep. Darrell Issa of California, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a recent letter to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV that both Amtrak Chairman Thomas Carper and General Counsel Eleanor Acheson "unlawfully interfered" with the independence of the rail agency's Office of Inspector General.
  • Doctors' lobby urges Congress to prevent steep Medicare cut

    11/09/2010 7:58:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/9/10 | Mike Lillis
    Blaming congressional inaction, the nation's largest doctors' lobby is urging lawmakers this month to block a steep cut scheduled to hit Medicare doctors at the start of December. The American Medical Association (AMA) is warning that a failure to prevent the cut would be "a catastrophe for seniors" because many doctors would stop seeing Medicare patients altogether. Physicians are facing a 23 percent cut on Dec. 1, and an additional 1.9 percent cut is scheduled for Jan. 1. "This is not about doctors," AMA President Cecil Wilson told reporters on a press call Monday. "It's about access to care for...
  • 'Tea party' urges drastic cutting

    10/20/2010 7:14:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/20/10 | Patrice Hill
    "Tea party" activists are exhibiting a fervor for budget cuts not seen in years, pushing to slash everything from Social Security to unemployment benefits in their drive to cut the burgeoning federal debt. But while applauding their budget-cutting zeal, economists are divided over whether their prescription is good medicine for a weak economy. Some say it's reminiscent of President Hoover's drive to balance the budget during the Great Depression and would backfire this time as well. Tea party groups and candidates, while fractious at times, are mostly united
  • (Video) Schakowsky Urges Dems to Intimidate Voters: Oct. 18, 2010

    10/20/2010 2:29:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 10/20/10 | PollakForCongress
    On Monday night, my opponent Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) delivered this speech to Democrats at a restaurant in Chicagowith U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias and Governor Pat Quinn in attendance
  • DOJ urges appeals court delay on oil spill ruling

    06/25/2010 4:44:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/25/10 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Friday urged a federal appeals court to delay a judge's ruling overturning a drilling moratorium in the Gulf. In court papers, the Obama administration said the suspensions in deepwater drilling are crucially important to protect human health and the environment from another disaster. At the same time, the federal government's lawyers argued that the moratorium targets only a small number of deepwater operations that present safety concerns, affecting less than 1 percent of the existing structures in the Gulf dedicated to oil exploration and production.
  • Prince Charles Urges Environmentalists,"Follow The Islamic Way To Save The World"

    06/10/2010 2:22:56 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 75 replies · 1,296+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | Rebecca English
    Prince Charles yesterday urged the world to follow Islamic 'spiritual principles' in order to protect the environment. In an hour-long speech, the heir to the throne argued that man's destruction of the world was contrary to the scriptures of all religions - but particularly those of Islam. He said the current 'division' between man and nature had been caused not just by industrialisation, but also by our attitude to the environment - which goes against the grain of 'sacred traditions'.
  • IMF chief urges EU use rescue money for growth

    05/26/2010 3:27:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 207+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/10 | AFP
    BRASILIA (AFP) IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn urged EU countries to coordinate their national crisis recovery plans, notably by using part of a one-trillion-dollar EU-IMF stabilization fund to boost growth. "Part of this money should be used to boost growth, because without growth prospects in the eurozone and European countries it will be difficult to get out of the crisis," he told reporters during a visit to Brasilia. The fund he was referring to is a 750-billion-euro (one trillion dollar) rescue package put together earlier this month in a bid to prop up the euro after markets took fright at...
  • Dem lawmaker urges White House to release details on Sestak job

    05/24/2010 9:13:09 AM PDT · by MissesBush · 34 replies · 1,032+ views
    The Hill ^ | 05/24/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) called on the White House Monday to detail conversations it allegedly had with Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) to try to convince him to drop his Senate bid. Weiner said allegations that White House officials had offered Sestak an administration job in exchange for his dropping his primary bid against Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) had become a growing political liability. "I think what the White House should do is, to some degree, say, 'Here are the facts,'" Weiner said Monday morning during an appearance on MSNBC. "If there's not a lot [to] what's going on here,...
  • Memo Purportedly Urges Dems to Keep Quiet on Critical Health Care Topics

    03/19/2010 3:31:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 268+ views
    fox ^ | 3/19/10 | Maxim Lott
    As the leadership in the House tries to persuade fence-straddling Democrats to push health care reform over the finish line, a "talking points" memo is being widely circulated in Washington that purports to show that those same leaders and the Obama administration are secretly planning to push for an increase in Medicare payments -- an increase that would alter the cost of the bill. As the leadership in the House tries to persuade fence-straddling Democrats to push health care reform over the finish line, a "talking points" memo is being widely circulated in Washington that purports to show that those...
  • AJC Urges U.S. Administration to Halt Public Denunciations of Israeli Government

    03/15/2010 7:16:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 284+ views
    breitbart ^ | 3/15/10 | PR Newswire
    NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee (AJC) today urged the Obama Administration to call a halt to its public denunciations of the Israeli government and return to the use of language befitting the close relations between Washington and Jerusalem. "Israel made a serious mistake last week in announcing a controversial Jerusalem housing project during Vice President Biden's visit," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "It should not have happened. We fully understand the White House dismay, but Vice President Biden accepted Prime Minister Netanyahu's apology. The shared values that bind the U.S. and Israel, as the...
  • Hillary urges rich Pakistanis to pay more tax

    02/26/2010 8:04:29 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 456+ views ^ | 2/26/10 | Anwar Iqbal
    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged wealthy Pakistanis to pay a larger share of taxes to reduce their countrys dependence on foreign aid. In a testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the top US diplomat reminded rich Pakistanis that they had a duty to enable their government to fund schools and hospitals and to spend more on other social projects by paying taxes. The very well-off in Pakistan do not pay their fair share for the services that are needed, in health and education primarily, she observed. Secretary Clinton said the US, along with the International...
  • Germany urges deeper US greenhouse cuts

    04/11/2009 10:31:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 485+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) Germany's environment minister warned on Saturday that if Washington does not go beyond its current greenhouse gas cutting commitments, agreement on a new climate pact this year will prove difficult. So far, the Obama administration has agreed to cut heat-trapping greenhouse gasses only to 1990 levels, far short of European Union commitments. "If the United States isn't ready to go further than that, things are going to be very difficult in Copenhagen," minister Sigmar Gabriel told AFP, referring to a key summit to be held in December which will look to draft a new version of the...
  • Obama urges international cooperation

    04/11/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 680+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/11/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) US President Barack Obama on Saturday urged nations of the world to unite to resolve the most pressing global challenges -- from extremism to environmental pollution to the economic crisis. In a weekly radio address timed to Easter and Passover celebrations, Obama cautioned that the world remained a dangerous place, and people must be strong and vigilant in the face of multiple threats. "But let us not allow whatever differences we have with other nations to stop us from coming together around those solutions that are essential to our survival and success," he said. The comments came...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urges Ireland to take in Gitmo detainees

    03/17/2009 4:00:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies · 1,279+ views
    Daily News ^ | 3/17/09 | Richard Sisk
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a plea to Ireland on Monday to give asylum to Guantanamo prisoners. "It is clear that we will need help" in shutting down the Gitmo terror prison, Clinton said, "because many of the detainees cannot safely, for themselves or others, be sent back to the countries from which they came."
  • US urges radical action to fight crisis

    03/11/2009 2:15:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 407+ views ^ | 3/11/09 | Alan Beattie
    The US raised the stakes in its drive for an aggressive response to the global financial crisis on Wednesday, calling for a tripling of the International Monetary Funds firepower and bigger fiscal stimulus measures worldwide. Tim Geithner, US Treasury secretary, called for the radical changes ahead of the Group of 20 finance ministers meeting in the UK this weekend. Lots of things that did not seem realistic in the past are not just realistic but compelling, he told reporters. Forceful financial sector actions are critical to rebuild confidence, restore market functioning, get credit flowing again and bring stability to the...
  • Bernanke urges bold action to avoid lengthy slump ('Bold'='higher taxes, socialized healthcare?)

    03/03/2009 9:09:17 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 917+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday urged bold action action to pull the economy out of a deepening slump, even if it means a surge in U.S. government debt. "We are better off moving aggressively today to solve our economic problems," he told the Senate. "The alternative could be a prolonged episode of economic stagnation that would not only contribute to further deterioration in the fiscal situation, but would also imply lower output, employment and incomes for an extended period," he said. President Barack Obama's recent budget proposal projects an explosion of the budget deficit to...
  • Don't link Islam to terror, Islamic chief urges

    12/19/2008 10:32:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,093+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/08 | Robert Evans
    GENEVA (Reuters) The world's top diplomat for Islam called on Friday for an end to what he termed efforts to equate the religion with terrorism and said the 'demonization' of Muslims around the world must be fought. But speaking soon after the U.N. General Assembly passed an Islamic-sponsored resolution condemning "defamation of religion" for the fourth year in a row, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said his group was committed to respecting freedom of expression. There was a "rising tide of incitement to religious hatred and discrimination and intolerance targeting Muslims," he told a meeting called by the Organization of the Islamic...
  • Obama urges Congress to pass costly stimulus bill

    11/24/2008 3:52:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 766+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/24/08 | Beth Fouhy and David Espo - ap
    CHICAGO Citing an "economic crisis of historic proportions," President-elect Barack Obama urged Congress to pass a costly, job-creating stimulus bill as quickly as possible, a rare pre-inaugural call to action delivered as the outgoing Bush administration approved fresh billions to bail out one of the nation's largest banks. Stock prices surged the biggest two-day percentage gain for the Dow Jones industrials in 21 years as investors took heart Monday from the actions and words of the incoming and departing chief executives. "If we do not act swiftly and boldly, most experts now believe that we could lose...
  • Democrat urges Congress examine loans to lawmakers (Barney FRank and the Countrywide Six VIPs)

    06/19/2008 9:34:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/08 | John Poirier
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Thursday said Congress should examine Countrywide Financial Corp's mortgage loans to Democratic Sens. Christopher Dodd and Kent Conrad. "My view is that these allegations should be considered by the appropriate bodies, and I understand that the Senate Ethics Committee has already begun to look into the matter," Rep. Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement.
  • Chavez urges FARC to end armed struggle

    06/08/2008 6:24:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 217+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/8/08 | Christopher Toothaker - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez urged Colombian rebels on Sunday to lay down their weapons, unilaterally free dozens of hostages and put an end to a decades-long armed struggle against Colombia's government. Chavez sent the uncharacteristically strong message to the leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, saying their ongoing efforts to overthrow Colombia's democratically elected government were unjustified. "The guerrilla war is history," said Chavez, speaking during his weekly television and radio program, "Hello President." "At this moment in Latin America, an armed guerrilla movement is out of place." Such declarations were unexpected from...
  • McCain urges path to legal status

    05/23/2008 10:35:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 92 replies · 194+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 5/23/08 | Peter Hecht
    Arizona Sen. John McCain faced withering criticism from conservatives in Republican presidential primaries for backing a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. But Thursday, McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling for an immigration plan including visas to bring employees to California's Silicon Valley and the state's agricultural fields. McCain's broad immigration pitch coming at a global competitiveness roundtable of California technology executives stood out from a far more cautious tone he had adopted earlier in the primary season.
  • Schwarzenegger urges GOP to claim political middle

    09/07/2007 8:47:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 588+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/7/07 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning the state's Republican party to move toward the political center or risk losing voter support. Schwarzenegger is speaking Friday night at a state party convention in Indian Wells near Palm Springs. According to excerpts released in advance of his speech, Schwarzenegger says the party has lost the political middle and "will not regain true political power in California" until the GOP gets it back. He argues the party must tackle issues with broad public appeal, like climate change and building highways, railroads and tunnels.
  • McCain urges Congress to approve immigration overhaul

    05/29/2007 10:52:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 867+ views
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Tuesday urged Congress to adopt a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws and challenged critics to offer a better alternative. The Arizona senator criticized his leading rivals, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, when a reporter asked about their opposition to a Senate compromise brokered earlier this month. "Anyone who says we shouldn't pass this legislation, I would ask for their proposal," McCain said. "I have not heard their recommendation." McCain said the U.S. cannot afford to continue allowing an estimated 12 million people to live in...
  • Chertoff urges data-sharing deal with EU

    05/12/2007 12:49:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 430+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/07 | Colleen Barry - ap
    VENICE, Italy - Pieces of information gathered about airline passengers arriving in the United States can be crucial when least expected to preventing terror attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Saturday as he pushed for a deal with European countries on sharing data. European government are trying to ensure the deal will not violate their strict privacy laws, a legacy of the continent's history with authoritarian regimes. "I think the value of this data perhaps is not widely understood. You can't have an informed discussion on how to handle it unless you know what it is that it provides,"...
  • U.N. chief urges streamlined bureaucracy

    04/16/2007 7:29:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 320+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/07 | Michael Weissenstein - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon formally endorsed a radical streamlining of United Nations operations Monday, delivering a report to the General Assembly that urges the elimination of unnecessary bureaucracy. The sprawling U.N. system contains 16 specialized agencies, 14 funds and programs, and 17 departments and offices, leading to costly duplication and competition for resources. A high-level panel recommended a series of reforms in November including the consolidation of different programs as many two dozen separate operations in some countries into one U.N. operation per country, with one budget, one leader and one common office if possible. Ban...
  • U.N. chief urges single world agency for women

    03/08/2007 3:08:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 448+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/8/07 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world body on Thursday to create a single agency to empower women and girls and fight for their rights. In an address to mark International Women's Day, Ban said the 192-member United Nations should take the lead in the global battle with a fully funded new agency that combines the work currently done by three different U.N. bodies. "Such a new body should be able to call on all of the U.N. system's resources in the work to empower women and realize gender equality worldwide," Ban said. "It should mobilize...
  • Gates Urges Congress to Pass 2007 Supplemental Budget

    02/27/2007 5:03:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 231+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2007 Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Congress to quickly act on the fiscal 2007 supplemental request to fund ongoing operations in the war on terror. Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee today. President Bush is asking for $93.4 billion for the Defense Department, and that money is vital, Gates said. If these additional funds are delayed, the military will be forced to engage in costly and counterproductive reprogramming actions starting this spring, in April,...
  • Edwards urges direct talks with Iran

    02/18/2007 9:02:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 469+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/18/07 | Todd Dvorak - ap
    DUBUQUE, Iowa - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards criticized the Bush administration on Sunday for failing to engage directly with Iran to resolve problems with the Iraq war and Iran's effort to develop nuclear weapons. "It's a huge strategic mistake not to be dealing directly with Iran," Edwards told the Associated Press in an interview before a campaign event in Dubuque. "What we should be doing with Iran, both on the Iraq issue and the nuclear issue, is being much smarter than we're being now. We have tools available to us to engage them." America's relationship with Iran emerged as...
  • Pelosi urges political reconciliation in surprise Iraq visit

    01/26/2007 8:29:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 844+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/07 | Bill Ickes
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - The new Democrat speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), made a surprise visit to Baghdad where she urged Iraqi leaders to pursue political solutions to end spiraling sectarian violence. But US and Iraqi officials announced tough new tactics to starve sectarian violence of outside support with US forces now targeting Iranian agents in Iraq for capture or killing. Despite US and Iraqi efforts to increase security in the capital, bombers on Friday killed 15 people in Baghdad's famous pet market. Pelosi, 66, the first female Speaker of the House who...
  • Hastert urges quick action on Foley

    10/24/2006 2:09:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 689+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/06 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert testified in private before ethics investigators Tuesday and then said they should work quickly to find out who knew about Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s come-ons to congressional pages and what was done about it. Hastert spoke briefly after his closed-door testimony to the House ethics committee that is trying to pin down when he and his staff learned about Foley's actions. "I answered all the questions they asked to the best of my ability," Hastert said after testifying for almost three hours. "I also said that they need to move quickly...
  • Iraqi leader urges Saddam execution

    10/19/2006 10:13:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,570+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/19/06 | Bushra Juhi and Jamal Halaby - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq's prime minister says Saddam Hussein's execution would help undermine the insurgency as the ex-president's genocide trial heard more testimony Thursday of poison gas attacks on Kurdish villages two decades ago. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he hoped the trial, which began in August, would not last long and "shortly a death sentence will be passed against this criminal tyrant, his aides and the criminals who worked with him." "Definitely, with his execution, those betting on returning to power under the banner of Saddam and the Baath (Party) will lose," al-Maliki told reporters Wednesday in Najaf. Saddam...
  • 3rd Corps Commander Urges Resolve on 9/11 Anniversary

    09/15/2006 5:35:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 283+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2006 -- The commander of the Armys 3rd Corps and Fort Hood used the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States as an opportunity to remind his troops -- most of whom have played active roles in the global war on terror -- about the importance of their mission in keeping America safe. Soldiers and first responders at Fort Hood, Texas, drape a large flag over the second story balcony in the east atrium of the 3rd Corps Headquarters building during a Sept. 11 ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the...
  • Iran's supreme leader urges Muslims to 'defend' Hezbollah

    08/08/2006 10:09:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 319+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/8/06 | AFP
    TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has renewed calls on Muslims to rally to the defence of the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah in its war against Israel, state television reported. "Today it is the entire Muslim community's duty to defend Hezbollah," Khamenei told a meeting Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the birth of the Shiites' first Imam, Ali. Iran helped to create and arm Hezbollah in 1982 in response to Israel's invasion of Lebanon, and Tehran stands accused by the United States and Israel of fomenting chaos in the region by channelling weapons to the guerrillas....
  • Attorney general urges Congress to find immigration compromise

    07/22/2006 10:37:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 497+ views ^ | 7/22/06 | Tyche Hendricks
    U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, speaking at a Santa Clara forum Friday, called on members of Congress to end the election-year maneuvering and compromise on their widely different views of immigration reform. During a summer when members of the House and Senate are holding hearings across the country on competing immigration bills, Gonzales has been on the road touting President Bush's immigration reform proposal -- which combines a temporary guest worker program and legal status for the nation's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants with stepped-up border and workplace enforcement, a plan that resembles the Senate bill. The House bill focuses...
  • Bush Urges North Korean Leader to Give Up Weapons (Like the Chia-Pet will do that.)

    07/07/2006 6:43:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 339+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, July 7, 2006 North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has the power to set his country on a more productive course by giving up its nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions, President Bush said today during a news conference at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. "There's a choice for him to make," Bush said. "He can verifiably get rid of his weapons programs and stop testing rockets, and there's a way forward to help his people. The choice is his to make." North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is an isolated, repressive...
  • Bush Urges Troop Support Through 'America Supports You'

    07/02/2006 12:42:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 268+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | John D. Banusiewicz
    WASHINGTON, July 2, 2006 President Bush yesterday urged Americans to find ways to support the nation's servicemembers through the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program. In his weekly radio address, the president noted sacrifices made for freedom throughout the nation's history, and suggested that during this Independence Day weekend, Americans turn to America Supports You to find a way to thank the men and women - and their families - who are making those sacrifices now. "Today, a new generation of American patriots is defending our freedom against determined and ruthless enemies," Bush said. "At this hour, the men...
  • Possenti Society Blasts Vatican UN Gun Grabbers for 4th of July Insult to American Gun Owners

    07/01/2006 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies · 1,231+ views
    Earned Media ^ | 6/29/06
    Possenti Society Blasts Vatican UN Gun Grabbers for 4th of July Insult to American Gun Owners; Urges Church Collection ProtestsContact: John Snyder, 703-212-9863 ARLINGTON, Va., June 29 /Christian Newswire/ -- John Snyder, Founder/Chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, issued the following statement today: As we approach next weeks 230th commemoration of the signing of our Nations Declaration of Independence, we face the reality of three institutional insults to our countrys Fourth of July celebration of freedom. The first insult comes from a United Nations group meeting in New York, taking place now through July 7, to undermine the traditional,...