December 2, 2012 |
The NHL Players' Assn. has accepted the league's invitation to hold a meeting between players and owners, but as with most aspects of their labor dispute, this isn't quite what it seems. The session, scheduled to take place Tuesday in New York, won't be strictly limited to players and owners: It will also include staff members and counsel for both sides. However, neither NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr is expected to attend, a good omen for those who think each leader's ego has gotten in the way of reaching a new collective bargaining agreement and saving a semblance of the NHL season.
November 29, 2012 |
Is U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice an appropriate choice as President Obama's second-term secretary of State? Nearly 100 House Republicans have come out against Rice, joining several prominent GOP senators. Meetings on Capitol Hill this week appear not to have helped her cause with them. They consider her either untrustworthy or incompetent, insinuating that she is too much of a partisan to represent the country as a whole on the world stage. But the Republicans should relent in their opposition.
October 21, 2012 |
DEL RAY BEACH, Fla. - On the eve of the final presidential debate - on foreign policy - Mitt Romney declined Sunday to say whether he would favor one-on-one negotiations with Iran to resolve the deadlock over that country's nuclear program. The New York Times reported Sunday that U.S. officials have said Iran is willing to restart one-on-one talks after the Nov. 6 presidential election, and administration officials have told the Los Angeles Times that Iran may be prepared to reengage in those discussions.
February 6, 2012 |
With a Monday deadline at hand, California officials have resumed direct talks with the Obama administration about joining a multibillion-dollar, multi-state mortgage settlement with the nation's largest banks, a source said Sunday. The potential settlement would call for banks to provide financial assistance for homeowners who experienced foreclosure or are in danger of losing their homes. It also would require banks to overhaul their mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices as well as include a component for "principal write-downs," the reduction of mortgage debt for individual homeowners.
October 25, 2011 |
Frustrated in its bid to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, the international group known as the Mideast quartet is pushing both sides to submit detailed proposals for borders of a Palestinian state and measures to ensure Israel's long-term security, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Tuesday. Blair, who serves as envoy for the quartet — consisting of the U.S., Russia, the European Union and United Nations — will discuss the latest approach during separate meetings Wednesday in Jerusalem and Ramallah.
September 19, 2011 |
In Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," the heroine falls down a rabbit hole into a confusing fantasy world. Writing today, Carroll might have placed Alice in the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans this week to seek U.N. recognition of statehood. If Alice was perplexed by the Mad Hatter or the Queen of Hearts, it would be interesting to see her reaction to a president whose mandate has long expired applying for statehood over territory, part of which he is too afraid to visit.