The international scramble over development, energy and climate change in the Arctic — highlighted by President Obama’s trip to the Alaska’s far north this week — is prompting fresh debate over whether American influence in the region may be limited by the fact that the U.S. is the only nation in the fight to have never ratified the Law of the Sea treaty.
President Obama’s intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate.
President Obama this week raised the stakes in the fight against global warming, laying out a challenge to other nations and saying the world will have failed if it does not reach a comprehensive agreement on climate change later this year.
Outside the courthouse where pretrial hearings began Wednesday for six officers accused in the death of a black man in their custody, demonstrators gathered to voice outrage over police brutality and race relations tearing the city apart — but their antagonism was just as intense when asked about the leading Democratic presidential candidates.
The White House on Wednesday celebrated the news that 34 senators now have publicly said they’ll back President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, a development that virtually ensures that the agreement will survive in Congress.
House and Senate lawmakers hoping to avert a government shutdown, pass a long-term highway bill and vote on Iran’s nuclear ambitions this fall are squeezing in another item that has bedeviled Congress for years — settling on a bipartisan rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that can win over the White House.
More than 300,000 dead veterans are still listed in VA computers as actively trying to sign up for health care — part of a massive 860,000-claim backlog that hasn’t been cleared up, according to an audit Wednesday that portrayed a department struggling with the basics of tracking benefits.
Donald Trump said Wednesday that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could set an example in the 2016 GOP nomination race by speaking English — not Spanish.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she is open to listening to the eventual GOP presidential nominee if they are interested in talking with her about becoming their running mate.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, came to the defense Wednesday of a Kentucky clerk that has defied the Supreme Court by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, threw cold water Wednesday on President Obama’s Alaska climate-change tour, saying the president’s proposed regulatory fixes have put him on “thin ice.”
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Wednesday she hasn’t made gender an issue in the 2016 presidential race and that she’s not in it to be a running mate on someone else’s ticket, dismissing such talk as “sexist.”