WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top U.S. officials were set to face off Monday in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations, a signature foreign policy objective of President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America’s leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama’s national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual policy conference.
Obama said the U.S. believes the Malaysia Airlines plane was felled by a surface-to-air missile launched from an area near the Ukraine-Russia border that is controlled by Kremlin-backed separatists. Even as he cautioned that the exact circumstances were still being determined, the president turned his sights on Russia, saying the insurgents would not be capable of carrying out such an attack without Moscow’s support. Continue reading
U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power points to the hope of greater economic ties as a critical leverage point for the United States in persuading Russia to “pull back from the brink.” She joins Gwen Ifill to discuss the new sanctions announced by President Obama against Russia and how giving that country an “off-ramp” to deescalate the Ukraine conflict could be more appealing than the cost of economic and political isolation. Continue reading
As South Sudan battles a widespread and volatile rebellion, the U.S. has focused on securing American citizens and helping the U.N. to strengthen security forces in the region. Gwen Ifill talks to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power about the outlook for diplomacy in South Sudan, as well as the Central African Republic. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks discuss the week’s political news with Judy Woodruff, including the NSA’s secret collection of phone, Internet and credit card data, foreign policy staff changes in the Obama administration and the special election to replace late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Continue reading
The fight for the Democratic nomination was shaken up once again this week as Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama in the Ohio and Texas primaries. Also, Florida and Michigan might hold new primaries after they were stripped of their delegates for holding early contests. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week’s news. Continue reading