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June 18, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama is turning to one Massachusetts pol to help him prepare for a pivotal showdown with another. Sen. John F. Kerry , the Democratic nominee for president in 2004, will serve as a stand-in for 2012 Republican standard bearer Mitt Romney in Obama's preparations for nationally-televised debates, aides to the Massachusetts senator and Obama campaign confirm. With Kerry, Obama has a skilled sparring partner for the key fall face-offs -- and one who is arguably as familiar as any elected Democrat with Romney's political resume, having viewed his governorship and his 1994 campaign for U.S. Senate from the front lines.
July 17, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has called for an "urgent" meeting Thursday of his senior advisors, the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee and other factions to consider the latest proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry to restart peace talks with Israel, his office said Wednesday. Though there were some signs that Kerry's effort is making headway, officials on all sides said it remained unclear whether a breakthrough was imminent.
October 4, 2012 | By James Rainey
President George W. Bush became an object of scorn and near-pity eight years ago for some voters watching his first debate with Democratic challenger John F. Kerry. Sitting amid a group of 100 swing voters who assembled to watch the debate at a college auditorium in Pennsylvania, I heard some laugh. Others shook their heads in dismay, as the president smirked or stammered and groped for words - particularly as he tried to defend the troublesome war in Iraq. The crowd had been given portable dial-rating devices to instantly register their feelings about the two presidential contenders.
April 21, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay a planned visit to the Gaza Strip, saying it could jeopardize efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Ending a two-day visit to Istanbul, Kerry told reporters Sunday that he believed that "it would be more helpful [for Erdogan] to wait for the right circumstance.... We're trying to get off the ground, and we would like to see the parties with as little outside distraction as possible.
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
April 18, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry implored Congress on Thursday not to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, warning that such a move could disrupt diplomacy over Tehran's disputed nuclear program at a delicate moment. Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said that because Iran is two months away from an election, new U.S. economic penalties could become an inflamed political issue and reduce the chances of a deal to curb the nuclear program. "There's an enormous amount of jockeying going on, with the obvious normal tension between hard-liners and people who want to make an agreement," he told committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
March 1, 2013 | By Paul Richter and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - When John F. Kerry's political foes complained in 2004 that he "looked French" and ordered Swiss cheese on his Philadelphia cheese steaks, the Democratic presidential nominee began keeping his affinities for Europe bien caché - well hidden. But now that he is America's chief diplomat, snail eating comes with the job and Kerry's Europhilia is back with a vengeance. In his first trip to Europe as secretary of State, Kerry this week spoke in French, German and Italian, warmed to discussions of European cuisines and lifestyles, and recited a Thomas Jefferson epigram in French.
June 30, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In December 2003, badly trailing Howard Dean in polls of the Democratic presidential field, Sen. John F. Kerry mortgaged his house to raise $6.4 million for his struggling campaign. The risky bet paid off the next month when he won the Iowa caucuses. In 2010, he led a fight for legislation to counter climate change that involved 300 meetings or phone calls before the bill died. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had never seen anyone work harder on a piece of legislation.
February 6, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Sunday applauded the Egyptian vice president's potentially breakthrough meetings with demonstration leaders. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) said he was heartened by the dialogue and reports that the ruling Cairo government had agreed to a number of the protesters' demands, including the lifting of a decades-old emergency law that had been used to repress opposition forces. It's "frankly quite extraordinary," Kerry said as he described some of the unexpectedly rapid developments over the weekend.
April 17, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress on Wednesday that any chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating a separate Palestinian state may be lost in two years. The unusually specific prediction was intended to highlight Kerry's urgency in trying to encourage peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. "The window for the two-state solution is shutting," he said. "I think we have some period of time, a year and a half or two years, or it's over.
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