In the lead-up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, White House officials continued to point to what they see as politically divisive and diplomatically damaging theater. President Obama called it a “mistake” for the prime minister to speak before Congress so close to the March 17 elections in Israel.
“It makes it look like we are taking sides...it is a distraction from what should be our focus,” Obama said in an interview with Reuters Monday. - Referenced Article
Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry openly questioned Netanyahu’s judgment on the issue.
The comments injected new tension into an already strained relationship between the close allies ahead of Netanyahu’s address to Congress next Tuesday. - Referenced Article
The main Russian-backed rebel organization in eastern Ukraine said it would begin moving heavy weaponry away from the front lines on Sunday, but the government said the group mounted a tank assault on a village near the Sea of Azov.
Violence also spread beyond the separatist regions to other Ukrainian cities on Sunday. - Referenced Article
The Fox News host devoted the top of his talk show on Friday to blast the liberal magazine once again for a report alleging that he had exaggerated his accounts from the Falklands War in 1982.
"Mother Jones, which has low circulation, considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America," O'Reilly said in his opening monologue, according to a rough transcript published online by Fox News. - Referenced Article
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he's willing to let funding run out for the Department of Homeland Security in order to advance the GOP's efforts to reverse President Obama's executive immigration actions. "Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way.
They're the ones jeopardizing funding," Boehner told Fox's Chris Wallace, reported Reuters. Boehner added that Democrats will be at fault if a deal isn't reached. - Referenced Article
Yarrow Mamout, a former slave, entrepreneur and Georgetown property owner, is the “man who never was” in a city in full-throated celebration of Black History Month.
Today, nearly 200 years after his death, Mamout looms large as one of the best, mostly unknown stories in our nation’s capital. Mamout’s biographer, James H. Johnston, laid it out in his book and in testimony last month before the Old Georgetown Board... - Referenced Article
Ukrainian President Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart reluctantly shook hands before sitting together with Germany’s Merkel and France’s Hollande to broker a deal on Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday.
Since the fight began 10 months ago in east Ukraine, more than 5,400 people have died according to the United Nations. Ukraine blames Russia for the conflict after annexing the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea last March. - Referenced Article
The U.S. military plans in March to start training Ukrainian soldiers who are battling Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, a top U.S. military commander in Europe said Wednesday.
U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians from the Interior Ministry at the Yavariv training center in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. - Referenced Article