November 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States and Iran traded heated accusations Monday over who was to blame for the failure of the latest international talks to limit Tehran's nuclear program, even as they insisted a deal remains possible. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said it was the Iranians, and not the French, whose last-minute objections Saturday stalled a preliminary deal that diplomats hoped would lead to a final settlement of the nuclear dispute after a decade of stalemate. "The French signed off on it, we signed off on it," Kerry said Monday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he sought to reassure Arab allies about the nuclear negotiations.
November 10, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - After working at the top levels of state government in three administrations, Marty Morgenstern is calling it quits - again. This time, California's outgoing Labor and Workforce Development secretary is stepping down as head of the agency that oversees unemployment insurance, workers' compensation and on-the-job safety. At age 78, he has worked on and off for Gov. Jerry Brown, himself 75 years old. Morgenstern, who will remain an unpaid senior advisor to the governor, distilled his theory of government work to just three sentences: "We never have enough money.
November 9, 2013 |
Under the chandeliers at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, guests sipped white wine and sampled Vietnamese spring rolls as Hollywood's power players gathered for yet another fete celebrating Hillary Rodham Clinton, this time for her work with women and girls in Third World countries. President Clinton, a surprise guest, had popped into Friday night's VIP reception upstairs to greet industry heavyweights including Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and Rob Friedman, co-chairman of Lionsgate's motion picture group.
November 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top Western diplomats flew to Geneva on Friday in the hope of completing an accord to freeze Iran's nuclear program, but the high-stakes diplomatic push ran into obstacles that dimmed prospects for a quick resolution after a decade-long stalemate. Instead of the expected signing ceremony Saturday, disappointed diplomats said they expect the talks to spill at least into next week. Diplomats declined to say why the deal has stalled, but the two sides are known to disagree about Iran's construction of a plutonium reactor, a possible route to a nuclear bomb.
November 6, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday to extend support at a tense juncture in peace talks. Heading into a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry acknowledged that the peace process always experiences difficulties and tensions but expressed confidence in the ability to work them through. "We are in critical talks with respect to the possibilities of a long, long sought goal....
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November 6, 2013 |
Marty Morgenstern, a longtime confidant of Gov. Jerry Brown who returned to state government to head the state's Labor and Workforce Development Agency in 2011, has stepped down, according to a statement released by the governor's office Wednesday. Brown named David Lanier one of his top legislative aides, as Morgenstern's replacement. Morgenstern, who turns 79 later this month, will remain on as an unpaid senior advisor to the governor. Morgenstern's resignation comes as the state's unemployment benefits system, which is run by a department within the labor agency, has come under fire for software glitches that have led to delays in tens of thousands of benefit checks. Brown spokesman Jim Evans said on Wednesday that there was “absolutely no connection” between Morgenstern's departure and the unemployment benefits problems, adding that “it was always Marty's intention to retire at this time.” Brown first appointed Morgenstern as director of the Office of Employee Relations in 1975, Brown's first year in office in his first term.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Just as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell started her job in April, her department was faced with across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Then there was the 16-day partial government shutdown last month, where the National Park Service took heat from Congress and the public for shuttering parks and monuments. The shutdown served as a reminder of "what's at stake" for America's public lands, Jewell told a group Thursday at the National Press Club, where she highlighted the importance of a conservation legacy amid budget cuts, tensions between development and conservation, and climate change.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the technical problems could be fixed. Sebelius acknowledged that enrolling in insurance plans through the federal government's online marketplace was a “miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans” - an observation Republicans repeatedly underscored by pointing to a screen that showed in real time that the website, healthcare.gov, was displaying an error message.
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October 26, 2013
Mary Finch Hoyt Press secretary to Rosalynn Carter Mary Finch Hoyt, 89, White House press secretary to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, died Oct. 17 in Washington, according to Carter's spokeswoman Deanna Congileo. She had cancer, the Washington Post reported, citing her family. Carter said that Hoyt was a "trusted adviser and loyal friend who served the nation with honor and distinction. " During the 1968 presidential campaign, Hoyt served as press secretary to Jane Muskie, wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Edmund Muskie, and in 1972, she served in the same role for Eleanor McGovern, wife of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
October 11, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - Secretary of State John F. Kerry made an urgent visit to Afghanistan on Friday to spur stalled negotiations on an agreement that would keep some U.S. forces in the country after the NATO mission concludes next year. The Bilateral Security Agreement has been under negotiation for a year and both sides agreed in January the deal must be completed by the end of October. The lead time is needed to secure bases beyond 2014 and to draft deployment plans appropriate to the post-withdrawal responsibilities, officials have said.