WASHINGTON — The leader of the House Democrats said Thursday that Republican Speaker John Boehner blundered when he invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress amid sensitive negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program and in the shadow of Israel’s elections.
In our news wrap Wednesday, senators pushed a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions on Iran unless the country curbs its nuclear program by a July deadline. President Obama has said he would veto such a bill. Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House first. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, police in France, Germany and Belgium arrested more than two dozen people with suspected links to Islamic militant groups. The head of Europol warned that Europe now has up to 5,000 Muslim radicals. Also, President Obama warned lawmakers that imposing new sanctions against Iran could end all hope for reaching a deal with that country on its nuclear program. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, House Republicans challenged President Obama’s executive actions protecting millions from deportation by voting for a broader bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. Also, Kremlin officials warned of cuts on government spending and double-digit inflation. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran’s foreign minister in Switzerland next week to discuss the current state of nuclear negotiations as a March target date for the outline of a deal approaches, the State Department said Friday.
Monday was the deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran, but instead of a deal there was a new extension. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised the progress so far, but some leading Republican senators issued a joint statement on increasing sanctions. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner reports potential challenges ahead. Continue reading
Negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program failed to achieve a permanent agreement by Monday’s deadline, but Secretary of State John Kerry said some “new ideas surfaced” in the past few days and “we would be fools to walk away.” Continue reading
A Monday deadline looms for a nuclear deal between Iran and the West. Hari Sreenivasan is joined by NewsHour’s William Brangham, who reported from Iran earlier this year, and David Sanger of the New York Times via Skype, who is in Vienna covering the talks. Continue reading