April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will nominate Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the new secretary of Transportation on Monday, a White House official said. If confirmed, Foxx would take charge of a department that has been in the spotlight of late because of flight delays associated with furloughs of air traffic controllers. Last week, under pressure from inconvenienced travelers, Congress passed legislation allowing the Federal Aviation Administration - part of the Transportation Department -- to halt the furloughs, which are related to $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts.
April 21, 2013 |
CAIRO - Egypt's besieged justice minister has submitted his resignation after protests over the weekend by Islamists, who want to purge the courts of judges and lawyers perceived as political enemies of President Mohamed Morsi. Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki, who has wanted to quit his post for months, offered his latest resignation amid anger at the inability of Morsi's government to revive the nation's economy and ease political divisions. Morsi announced Saturday that he would soon reshuffle his Cabinet.
April 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's pick for Labor secretary, Thomas E. Perez, emerged unscathed Thursday from a Senate confirmation hearing that was more perfunctory than contentious. Conservatives have been critical of Perez, the administration's top civil rights enforcer, portraying him as a dangerous liberal who would be an overly assertive regulator at the Labor Department. But despite predictions that his confirmation could be acrimonious, there was very little of the tough questioning that Republican adversaries said he deserved.
March 29, 2013
Re "Palestinian politics do matter," Opinion, March 24 Khaled Elgindy, a former advisor to Palestinian leadership, is right when he says, "The United States does not have to like Palestinian politics or endorse its themes or outcomes - any more than it needs to embrace the appointment of pro-settlement and anti-peace figures to Israel's Cabinet - but it does need to acknowledge them. " Israelis are fond of saying, "How can you expect us to negotiate with organizations that want to destroy our state?"
March 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday named the nation's top civil rights lawyer, Thomas E. Perez, to lead the Labor Department, setting up the next confirmation fight with congressional Republicans who vowed to investigate the nominee's record on voting rights and immigration. Perez, the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, would replace Hilda L. Solis, the former California congresswoman who stepped down after four years. If confirmed, Perez would be the only Latino so far in Obama's second-term Cabinet.
February 19, 2013 |
The Tunisian prime minister stepped down Tuesday after failing to form a new government, a move he had hoped would defuse tensions in the divided country. Hamadi Jebali had tried to persuade his ruling Nahda party, a moderate Islamist faction, to dissolve its Cabinet and create a new government of technocrats. The revamped government was meant to dial down tensions after the assassination of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, which infuriated secular liberals and propelled thousands of protesters into the streets early this month.