President Barack Obama dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol
Hill on Thursday to begin negotiations between Republican and Democratic
leaders on how much to spend to keep the government running through the
end of the fiscal year in September.
The U.N. resolution imposing tough sanctions against Libya marked the
first time that the United States has given its support to the
International Criminal Court and signified a remarkable turnaround,
though it includes a key exemption demanded by the Obama administration.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson appealed to Cuba on Tuesday to release an
American contractor facing a possible 20-year sentence on charges of
trying to undermine the government, saying granting him freedom on
humanitarian grounds could open the door for better relations.
Tens of thousands of Chinese workers are scrambling to escape the chaos
in Libya, highlighting the risks taken by Chinese businesses piling into
unstable African countries in search of oil, gas and other resources.
Easy for them to say: Cut spending, no matter what. Don't let the
government borrow any more. Shut it down if you have to. While the cast
of potential White House contenders tells Congress to get tough, drawing
lines in the sand is risky for lawmakers who have to live with the
The plan was simple: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chicago's other black
leaders would choose one black candidate to run for mayor, invoke the
name of the city's respected first black mayor and watch its largest
racial group flock to the polls to vote for the anointed candidate.
After anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital and protesters
seized military bases and weapons Sunday, Moammar Gadhafi's son went on
state television to proclaim that his father remained in charge with
the army's backing and would "fight until the last man, the last woman,
the last bullet."