Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Jun 24, 2014

Pro-Russian rebels agree to abide by cease-fire in Ukraine

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds and ravaged the country’s industrial heartland. The announcement came as the Russian and U.S. presidents ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

Jun 23, 2014

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

by Julie Pace

President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become snarled in mission creep. But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs ...

Jun 22, 2014

Back to Iraq

A token U.S. force of military advisers will not help Iraq turn the tide against the ISIS siege. Only sweeping changes, including enfranchisement of the Sunni population, will stop the country from disintegrating.

U.S. to open family detention centers as illegals flood across border

Jun 22, 2014

U.S. to open family detention centers as illegals flood across border

The Obama administration is actively looking for additional space to house families caught crossing the border from Mexico illegally, primarily for mothers with young children, officials said. Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the statement Friday amid a surge of migrants seeking to ...

Jun 22, 2014

China insists on direct negotiations to resolve maritime disputes

China believes territorial disputes in the region should be settled through direct talks with the countries concerned, the nation’s top foreign policy official said. “We will never trade our core interests or swallow the bitter fruits that undermine our sovereignty, security and development interests,” ...

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

Jun 22, 2014

Iraq crisis offers hint of vindication for Biden

As Iraq edges toward chaos, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is having a quiet moment of vindication for a grim forecast that was dismissed by the Bush administration. In 2006, Biden was a senator preparing for a presidential campaign when he proposed that Iraq ...