Cuba says fast track to restoring ties 'depends on U.S.'

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:45
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba would agree to restore diplomatic relations with the United States in time for the April Summit of the Americas if Washington quickly and convincingly removes the Caribbean country from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior Cuban official said on Wednesday. Diplomatic ties were severed in 1961, and negotiators for the two longtime adversaries will meet in Washington on Friday, following up on the first round…
Boehner faces no-win situation on DHS funding bill
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:22
Washington (CNN)The two Republican congressional leaders in charge of avoiding a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security haven't spoken in two weeks even as the agency is set to run out of money in three days. Instead of coordinating on some way to fund the agency House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have left communications to their staffs, Republican sources tell CNN, and are effectively pointing at each other to…
14 other things Obama might veto next
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:21
Washington (CNN)When President Barack Obama rejected a bill approving the Keystone pipeline Tuesday, he opened a new era of governing -- one where vetoes are a lot more common. Republicans are set to pass a long list of bills that would have never made it to the President's desk in the first six years of his presidency, when Democrats controlled the Senate. The White House, in turn, has been pumping out veto threats on a…
Republicans to DC: Don't legalize pot
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:21
Washington (CNN)House Republicans are warning Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser not to move forward with plans to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital this week -- or else they'll face retribution from Congress. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a letter Tuesday that the city would be violating a spate of federal laws if it went forward with Bowser's plan to implement the new pro-pot…
Why An Improving Economy Is Good For The Dollar
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:58
When Oil Prices Dip, Unexpected Winners Emerge (Part 1 of 6) A stronger dollar is one of the reasons that oil prices are low, which serves many energy-importing economies in Asia while weighing on large oil-producing nations. Most recent economic measures suggested the U.S. economy continues to improve, pushing U.S. stocks to another record close and suggesting the time has come for the Federal Reserve (the Fed) to start normalizing U.S. monetary policy. As I…
GOP congressmen warn D.C. mayor on pot legalization
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:58
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Tuesday that Initiative 71, a marijuana legalization measure passed by 70 percent of the District's voters last November, will take effect on Thursday. But on Tuesday night, a powerful duo of House Republicans delivered a dramatic warning to Bowser: If the city moves forward with legalizing pot, they promised, there will be hell to pay. "Your assertion that Initiative 71 takes effect on Thursday is contrary to law," wrote…
House leader Boehner points to Senate on security funding
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:43
View gallery Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks about funding for the Department of Homeland Securit … WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday called on counterparts in the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which could face a partial shutdown unless the congressional funding fight is resolved by Friday.
Netanyahu speech 'destructive' to U.S.-Israeli ties: Susan Rice
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech next week to Congress, expected to assail U.S. policy on Iran's nuclear program, injects a "destructive" partisanship into U.S.-Israeli ties, President Barack Obama's national security adviser said. Susan Rice's remarks late on Tuesday to the PBS television program "Charlie Rose" were some of the most critical to date. The planned March 3 speech, deepening tensions between Israel and its closest ally, has divided Washington, Israelis and American…
Netanyahu won't meet privately with Democrats
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:57
WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. Netanyahu had previously accepted an invitation from Republican leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress on March 3 and speak about Iran. The GOP leaders did not consult with the Obama administration, which the White House…
Top Obama adviser: Israel PM's visit "destructive"
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:57
There's mounting frustration in the White House over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit next week to Washington. In January, Netanyahu was invited to address Congress by House Speaker John Boehner, but on Tuesday he declined Senate Democrats' request to meet privately. Tuesday night on "Charlie Rose," National Security Adviser Susan Rice called his visit "destructive." "The relationship between Israel as a country and the United States as a country has always been bipartisan and…

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