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  • Three questions for Marwan Bishara
    Three questions for Marwan Bishara 2 hours 38 minutes ago

    What to expect from Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington, DC. More »

  • The not-so-simple murder of Boris Nemtsov
    The not-so-simple murder of Boris Nemtsov 4 hours ago

    Vladimir Putin had little reason to have Boris Nemtsov killed, let alone at the Kremlin's doorstep. More »

  • Rhetoric eases ahead of Netanyahu's speech to Congress
    Rhetoric eases ahead of Netanyahu's speech to Congress 9 hours ago

    Secretary of State Kerry says speech should not be a "political football" as Israel PM arrives in US to talk about Iran. More »

  • Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech
    Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech 15 hours ago

    By Matt Spetalnick and Dan Williams WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Netanyahu arrived in the United States on Sunday afternoon for a speech to Congress, which has imperilled ties between the two allies. More »

  • Israeli official sees U.S. Congress as 'last brake' to stop Iran de … 15 hours ago

    The U.S. Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States for a speech this week that has strained U.S.-Israeli relations. The official, who declined to be identified, told reporters on Netanyahu's plane that the prime minister in his address to Congress on Tuesday would give a detailed explanation of his objections to a deal with Iran. "In my opinion, Congress could be the last brake for stopping the deal - including if it is to happen on March 24," the official said, adding it was Israel's impression that members of Congress "do not necessarily know the details of the deal coming together, which we do not see as a good deal." Israel fears that President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord with six countries including the United States, will allow its archfoe to develop atomic weapons, something Tehran denies seeking. More »

  • Rubio tells Club for Growth its picks are GOP's new leaders Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told the anti-tax group Club for Growth on Saturday that the Senate candidates they've backed recently represent the Republican Party's new leadership. More »

  • Rubio tells group its favored candidates are GOP leaders Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is telling the anti-tax group Club for Growth that the Senate candidates they've backed recently represent the Republican Party's new leadership. More »

  • Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee
    Christie to Calif. Republicans: No rush to pick 2016 nominee Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told California Republicans on Saturday that the party should not rush to choose a 2016 presidential nominee because of pressure from pollsters, pundits and GOP donors. More »

  • Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second
    Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, Scott Walker close second Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual presidential preference straw poll. More »

  • Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll again, but Scott Walker comes on very strong Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    For the third year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky has won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll taken at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His young libertarian legions made that possible again, as they did for Sen. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul. More interesting – and likely more significant for the run-up to the 2016 presidential race – is how well Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did as well as former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s relatively mediocre showing. Gov. Walker surged from sixth place in 2014 to second place this year, tripling his portion of the 3,007 votes spread among 17 candidates to 21.4 percent, not far behind Paul’s 25.7 percent. More »

  • Mayor of Fresno won't seek US Senate seat Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said. More »

  • Is Jeb Bush 'evolving' on same-sex marriage and other gay rights is … Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Like all Republicans seriously competing for their party’s presidential nomination, Jeb Bush doesn’t favor same-sex marriage. At least that’s his stated position, repeated this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "No. I believe in traditional marriage," the former Florida governor said when asked by Sean Hannity of Fox News if his position on the issue had changed. “Traditional marriage,” among social conservatives, is code for the legal and religious union restricted to one man and one woman. More »

  • Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor
    Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. More »

  • US Homeland Security shutdown averted for one week
    US Homeland Security shutdown averted for one week Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Congressional representatives in the Republican-controlled House vote to extend short-term funding for one week. More »

  • Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself?
    Why would GOP candidate for Missouri governor kill himself? Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state's most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, when he launched an anti-corruption campaign for governor last month. More »

  • GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS
    GOP contenders push for military action against ISIS Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Republican Party's leading presidential contenders on Friday promised conservative activists they would pursue aggressive military action to prevent the spread of global terrorism, including a renewed use of ground forces in the Middle East. More »

  • Would chilly reception at CPAC hurt Jeb Bush's 2016 chances? Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Jeb Bush speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference today and it may be an awkward appearance. To many CPAC attendees, the former Florida governor represents just the sort of squishy Republican-in-name-only they’ve been trying to oust from party leadership for years. An example of the possibilities occurred Friday morning when conservative commentator Laura Ingraham ripped Bush from the CPAC podium, getting cheers when she asked how many in the audience were skeptical of the idea of another Bush term. She suggested that Bush and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton run on the same ticket – they could call it “Clush 2016”– and that a few wealthy donors are trying to foist the Bush family scion on the party. More »

  • GOP's Jeb Bush working to reassert conservative credentials
    GOP's Jeb Bush working to reassert conservative credentials Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — As Florida's governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation's most conservative state chief executives. He's quietly embarking on work to convince the right flank of the Republican Party that he would be that same kind of conservative in the White House. More »

  • Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide'
    Police call death of Missouri auditor an 'apparent suicide' Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had recently launched a Republican campaign for governor, fatally shot himself Thursday in what police described as an "apparent suicide," minutes after inviting reporters to his suburban St. Louis home for an interview. More »

  • On visit to U.S., Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans
    On visit to U.S., Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States. Speaking to an audience of conservative activists outside Washington, the anti-E.U. politician criticized Obama for not doing enough to fight Islamic State and other extremist groups. "I see an American president who doesn't actually have the courage to address the essential issues of why those three people were arrested on the streets of New York yesterday," he said, referring to three Brooklyn men who were charged on Wednesday with trying to aid Islamic State. He also said Republicans were doing a poor job of appealing to the type of working-class voters who abandoned the Democratic Party to help Ronald Reagan win the U.S. presidency in 1980 and 1984. More »

  • Former US Rep. Todd Akin: I'm not running in 2016 Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Todd Akin is putting an end to the rumors: He will not make another run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. More »

  • Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire
    Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama's ire Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Congress next week will shatter already poor relations with President Barack Obama and test the resilience of US-Israeli ties. More »

  • Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches
    Anti-EU challenger fights Conservatives on the beaches Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    By Andrew Osborn RAMSGATE, England (Reuters) - Thanet, a spur of southern England jutting into the North Sea, has been run by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative Party for 117 of the last 130 years. This year however, upstart right-wing challenger UKIP thinks it can grab it on May 7. The mainly coastal region is rich in history: troops sailed from its shores to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo and fighter pilots roared out from its chalky cliffs to repel the Nazis during the Second World War. The loss of local jobs, angst about immigrants and dented national pride has resulted in a huge swing towards the UK Independence Party, as UKIP is fully known, threatening the traditional balance of Britain's political power and Cameron's party in particular. More »

  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group
    Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller government and lower taxes and how an insurgent party can become bigger". More »

  • US officials question Netanyahu's judgement
    US officials question Netanyahu's judgement Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Escalation of hostile exchanges between traditional allies comes six days before Israel PM gives speech to US Congress. More »

  • Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate
    Deadline near, deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. More »

  • Muslim group: Tennessee lawmaker's Facebook post was racist Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization on Wednesday urged Tennessee Republican leaders to repudiate what they consider a racist Facebook post by a GOP state lawmaker. More »

  • As White House, Netanyahu spar over speech to Congress, the gloves come off Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Reporters are scrambling for the thesaurus to find new ways to describe the deteriorating relationship between the Obama White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government over negotiations to curtail Iran's nuclear program. Whatever word you reach for, the animosity has reached rare, almost unprecedented levels a little more than a week before Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to address Congress. He’s coming – at the invitation of Republican lawmakers and over the objections of the White House – to make his case that the United States and other world-powers should not reach a nuclear agreement with Iran that would give the Islamic Republic some sanctions relief in exchange for curtailing its nuclear research. Netanyahu and his ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, a former Republican Party operative, appear to have decided that alienating a large swathe of the Democrats – he's declined to meet privately with Democratic senators during his trip – is a price worth paying if it can head off a deal with Iran that, though not yet completed, he has already decided is a bad one for Israel. More »

  • Kerry questions Netanyahu's judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens
    Kerry questions Netanyahu's judgment as U.S.-Israel row deepens Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Arshad Mohammed and Allyn Fisher-Ilan WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. officials on Wednesday questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's judgement and said his outspoken condemnation of efforts to secure an Iranian nuclear deal had injected destructive partisanship into U.S.-Israeli relations. In an escalation of hostile exchanges between the allies six days before Netanyahu gives a speech to Congress on the threat from Iran, the Israeli leader accused world powers of abandoning a pledge to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, engaged in international talks with Tehran on its nuclear programme, said Netanyahu may be wrong. Kerry told a congressional hearing: "He may have a judgement that just may not be correct here." Kerry advised waiting to hear what Netanyahu had to say in Tuesday's speech. More »

  • Bipartisan deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate
    Bipartisan deal sets up Homeland Security vote in Senate Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President ... More »

  • Ohio's Strickland to focus US Senate bid on opportunity
    Ohio's Strickland to focus US Senate bid on opportunity Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Democrat Ted Strickland says his run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Rob Portman will focus on expanding job and educational opportunities that he believes have been denied to average people by GOP policies in Washington and Ohio. More »

  • Israeli vote triggers battle between media magnates
    Israeli vote triggers battle between media magnates Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    As politicians intensify their campaigning for Israeli snap elections, an equally ferocious battle is playing out between two media tycoons -- a friend and a foe of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More »

  • DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional  coordination
    DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own. More »

  • Netanyahu Invites Arab Diplomats to His Big Speech—and Gets Rejected
    Netanyahu Invites Arab Diplomats to His Big Speech—and Gets Rejected Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with a group of ardently pro-Israel Democratic senators next week in Washington, but he very much wants to see the faces of Arab ambassadors in the audience during his controversial address to Congress. Netanyahu's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has tried, without success, to recruit Arab ambassadors to come to his boss’s speech, e-mailing them personally to plead for their attendance. Dermer, who is not a trained diplomat, is the man who helped engineer the invitation to Netanyahu to speak to Congress in opposition to President Obama’s (so far theoretical) Iran nuclear deal. Israeli sources tell me that Dermer in recent days has e-mailed at least two Arab ambassadors, those of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. More »

  • Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry touts low taxes in Va. visit Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry touted his record to Virginia Republicans on Tuesday as someone who favors low taxes and a more aggressive foreign policy. More »