White House does not dismiss idea of Castro visit

Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:57
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House does not dismiss the possibility of an eventual, precedent-shattering visit to Washington by Cuban President Raul Castro as part of President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Havana. "I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Thursday, a day after the two governments announced they would restore ties and open embassies after half a century of…
'Obama, formerly of Somerville,' dials in to Mass. Gov.'s radio show
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:57
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick got an apparently unexpected call on his final monthly radio show before his term ends in January in the form of U.S. President Barack Obama, who lived in the state during his years at Harvard Law School. "Governor, this is Barack Obama, formerly of Somerville. I've got a few complaints about service in and around the neighborhood, but I've moved down South since that time," Obama said when…
Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:56
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for Tsarnaev's final pretrial conference. Tensions ran high, and one bombing victim had a testy…
Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'
Thursday, 18 December 2014 14:56
View gallery.O'Reilly (Frank Micelotta/AP) Bill O'Reilly, who has become Christianity's General Patton in the so-called “War on Christmas," declared victory on Wednesday. “We won the war," O'Reilly said on his Fox News show after learning that a recent Pew survey found 72 percent of Americans say Christian symbols like Nativity scenes should be allowed on government property. View gallery.According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 44 percent support the public displays whether or not…
CIA insider: Spy swaps "very, very important" for U.S.
Thursday, 18 December 2014 13:56
After a 45-minute phone call with Cuban President Raul Castro, President Obama made the historic announcement on restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, which were severed in 1961. PlayVideoCBS This Morning Obama moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba Governments around the world are applauding the U.S. and Cuba after their diplomatic breakthrough. President Obama said Wednesday that it was tim.
U.S.: Drug lord's mother-in-law helps him skirt sanctions
Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:56
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is imposing sanctions on the mother-in-law of a Mexican drug lord because she allegedly concealed assets from a drug cartel's operations around the world. Alejandra Araujo Uriarte is a Mexican national who was added to a list of specially designated narcotics traffickers. That's for her role in holding and hiding assets in her name on behalf of her son-in-law, Juan Jose Esparragoza Moreno. He's a leader of the Mexican Sinaloa cartel.…
White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack
Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama's National Security Council was considering a proportionate response. Obama's top national security officials have met daily about the attack, which was done by a "sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. But Earnest said he was not in a position to confirm…
Obama to hold White House news conference on Friday
Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will hold a White House news conference on Friday before leaving on a two-week vacation in Hawaii, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Earnest described the event as an end-of-the-year news conference. Obama leaves on Friday evening for Hawaii to spend the holidays. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Susan Heavey)Politics & GovernmentBarack ObamaWhite HouseJosh Earnest
Democratic lawmakers warn against investment rules in trade pacts
Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some Democrat lawmakers have urged the U.S. administration to exclude foreign investment protections from major free trade agreements, warning they might undermine buffers against future financial crises and hurt public support for trade deals. Rules allowing foreign companies to sue host governments for unfair treatment have become contentious after recent high-profile cases, such as tobacco company Phillip Morris's challenge to Australia's plain packaging laws for cigarettes.
Powell on Cuba shift: "We can produce positive change"
Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:54
President Obama announced Wednesday that more than 50 years after the U.S. cut diplomatic ties with Cuba, he would begin normalizing relations between the two countries. While critics from both parties voiced their concerns, some officials are optimistic. PlayVideoCBS This Morning Obama moves to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba Governments around the world are applauding the U.S.

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