Egypt-U.S. relations in turmoil: Egyptian foreign minister

Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New YorkBy Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Relations between the United States and Egypt are now in turmoil and the entire Middle East could suffer, the Egyptian foreign minister said in remarks made a week after Washington moved to curtail military aid to Cairo. Nabil Fahmy told state-run Al-Ahram newspaper that Egypt had been dependent on U.S. aid for too long but Washington was wrong to assume the Cairo government would always follow its line. …


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Netanyahu urges Britain and France not to ease sanctions on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in JerusalemJERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the leaders of Britain and France to urge them not to ease sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, ahead of talks between Iran and world powers. An Israeli official said on Saturday Netanyahu phoned British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande to tell them sanctions were close to achieving their goal. "Until Iran dismantles its military nuclear program, sanctions must not be eased – on the contrary. …


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Senate Talks Resume as House GOP Plan Falters

A day that began with a House Republican leading the conference in "Amazing Grace" ended Tuesday night with grace in short supply, as the GOP leadership failed to garner enough votes for a plan to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling.
Republican House members typically begin party meetings in the Capitol basement with a prayer, lawmakers say. But Tuesday’s sung hymn, led by Florida Rep. Steve Southerland (a former funeral home director), was noteworthy for its plainly stated theme of redemption.
Now, the Senate will have to pick up the pieces, with some…


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Things Have Come to a Pretty Pass

Since it looks like a deal in the Senate is imminent, the question of the morning is whether Ted Cruz will filibuster it. My guess is that he won’t let it go by with at least a feint in the direction of obstruction, but he doesn’t have the guts to blow the whole thing up. [Read more...]
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Poll: Americans Find Little to Like in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are finding little they like about President Barack Obama or either political party, according to a new poll that suggests the possibility of a "throw the bums out" mentality in next year's midterm elections.
The AP-GfK poll finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people say he's not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.
In the midst of the government shutdown and Washington gridlock, the president is faring much better than his party, with large majorities of those surveyed finding…


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Roger Simon and Media Bias

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Over at Politico, Roger Simon has written a fairly trollish bit of “analysis,” which leads off with what he calls a joke about how America would be better off if John Boehner and Ted Cruz drowned. It goes on with the usual clich


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Live: Bill Gates on World Have Your Say

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will be live on World Have Your Say from 1100 GMT.

We’ll be at a school in London, and joined live by pupils from schools across the world.

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Um whut

Someone please tell me that this ‘Kos diary is wrong and the tea party majority on the House Rules Committee cannot effectively block Boehner from bringing any legislation to the floor that they do not like. Because, uh, crap. Alsotoo, we long ago crossed the Cruz line where any show of defiance at all by [Read more...]
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Why Democrats Love Ted Cruz (Whom They Despise)

Sen. Ted Cruz excites the passions of both his admirers and his detractors. The latter greatly outnumber the former for the moment and probably indefinitely, and they don’t merely dislike Cruz. They despise him.
Animosity that intense and widespread usually has more than one explanation, but I doubt fear is one of them. Certainly the Texas Republican’s constant self-aggrandizing contributes to it. That’s a common enough vice among politicians, but Cruz’s self-promotion is so fulsome and relentless it appears to be pathological rather than a bad…


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House plan ignores government shutdown

Alice Stewart, Paul Begala, and Ralph Reed discuss Day 11 of the partial government shutdown and deadline for hitting the debt ceiling. Watch part two of their discussion here:    


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