Obama Orders Sanctions on More Russian Officials over Crimea

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama says the United States, working closely with European allies, is imposing more sanctions on senior Russian officials and others for their involvement in the Crimean crisis in Ukraine. “Over the last several
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Kerry, Russia’s Lavrov Discuss Crimean Crisis

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Secretary of State John Kerry says a referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean region is effectively a backdoor annexation of Crimea into Russia. Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for in-depth and constructive talks for “a good six hours” on (more...)

U.S. Response to Russia’s Comparison of Crimean Crisis to Kosovo

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna March 13, 2014 Sorry Mr. Chair, I was hoping to allow you to conclude, but I really do think this is important, just so that we’re clear on the facts of this latest assertion. President (more...)

Global Efforts Proving Successful in Suppressing Maritime Piracy

By Jane Morse Staff Writer Intensive international efforts to suppress maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia are proving to be successful, says Donna Hopkins, the U.S. State Department’s coordinator for counterpiracy and maritime security issues. In the last 20 months, there have been no piracy hijackings off the (more...)

Biden’s Call with Ukrainian President Yanukovych

Vice President Biden called Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to urge an immediate de-escalation in the standoff between protesters and security forces in downtown Kyiv. The Vice President urged President Yanukovych to take steps to end violence and to meaningfully address the legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters, stressing the (more...)

Treasury’s Lew on Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chief

Statement Of Secretary Jacob J. Lew On The Confirmation Of Janet Yellen As Chair Of The Board Of Governors Of The Federal Reserve System I am pleased the Senate took bipartisan action today to confirm Janet Yellen as the next Chair of the Board of Governors of the (more...)

Treasury Secretary Lew on U.S. Economy

Statement of Secretary Lew “We welcome the bipartisan action Congress is taking to resolve this crisis, re-open the government, and lift the cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy. Over 224 years, the United States has established our credit as the strongest in the world. The United States (more...)

Half a Century Ago, John F. Kennedy Addressed United Nations

“We meet again in the quest for peace.” On September 20, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy greeted the U.N. General Assembly with those words and outlined his vision for a world moving beyond the shadow of war to a future of hope and peace. “The world has not escaped (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 12, 2013 Remarks by the President in THE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:15 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, fellow citizens: Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this chamber that “the Constitution makes us not (more...)

30 Years Later, Praise for and Words from Former Iran Hostages

By Jeff Baron Staff Writer When hundreds of young Iranian activists took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979, the U.S. diplomats there thought they would face an uncomfortable but brief incident in a period of tense relations between the two countries. After 444 days, the crisis ended (more...)

Broken Promises, U.N. Inaction Doomed Annan’s Syria Mission

The Obama administration praised the efforts of Kofi Annan, the outgoing joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syria crisis, but officials also said Annan’s efforts could not succeed because the Syrian government would not honor its promises, and the (more...)

G8 Nations Agree to Promote Economic Growth, Job Creation

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer

President Obama says leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) nations agreed at the 2012 Camp David Summit to promote further economic growth and job creation that will stabilize and strengthen their economies for the future.
“For the past three years, our nations (more...)

U.S. Economy Strongly Linked to Global Recovery

By MacKenzie C. Babb Staff Writer The global economic recovery requires the support of a strong U.S. economy, says International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde. “The global economy is trying to emerge from the deepest and most painful economic crisis since the Great Depression,” Lagarde said April (more...)

About Middle Class, Medicare & Crisis

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz issued the following statement after the joint Senate-House conference committee signed a conference report to extend middle class tax cuts, extend unemployment assistance, and prevent cuts to the Medicare physician payment rate. “The Conference Committee has reached a bipartisan agreement to (more...)

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