- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Obama administration is accelerating diplomatic efforts to get Israel and the Palestinians back to peace talks although there is little evidence the two sides are ready to resume direct negotiations.

With most Mideast experts focused on the crisis in Syria and political upheaval in Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has stepped up contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials over the past week to persuade them to return to the table, beginning with a high-level meeting between Israeli Deputy Premier Shaul Mofaz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

WHITE HOUSE

Liberals urge president to hit Wall Street harder


Message from liberals to President Obama: Your economic message is muddled, go after Wall Street harder.

With the November election looming, some of the president’s most ardent backers are fretting that the incumbent Democrat isn’t successfully making the case for a second term at a time of economic turmoil. And they argue that he should sharpen his message by taking a firm stand against the financial sector’s excesses.

“If he really took on Wall Street big time, if he told the story of how Wall Street are villains, made them the enemy, we could take them down,” Paul Sasso, a 47-year-old liberal from San Diego, said this week. “To me, that could win him the election, I’m sure.”

It was a sentiment similarly expressed by more than a dozen other self-described progressive activists attending this week’s Take Back the American Dream conference in the District.

WISCONSIN

Tommy Thompson holds lead in latest Senate poll

Former GOP Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson holds an 8-percentage-point lead over Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin for the Badger State’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a new independent poll.

Results of the Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Mr. Thompson with a 49 percent to 41 percent advantage among likely voters.

The poll was conducted June 13 through Saturday by phone. The November matchups have a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points, while the Republican primary results have a margin of error of 5.4 percentage points.

CAMPAIGN

Women’s group airs ad criticizing health care law

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