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U.S. military chief, lawmakers back Panetta''s assertion of losing patience with Pak

U.S. military chief, lawmakers back Panetta''s assertion of losing patience with PakWashington, June 8 : The United States military chief and lawmakers have backed their Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, saying that the U. S. indeed was running out of patience with Pakistan.

Panetta had earlier warned Pakistan to stop supporting the Haqqani network or else face the consequences as the U. S. was "running out of patience" with this attitude, reports The Dawn.

He said the U. S. was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan, which continued to serve as a safe haven for terrorists attacking American forces in Afghanistan.


Pak steadfast on ''U.S. apology to re-open NATO supply routes'' stand

Pak steadfast on ''U.S. apology to re-open NATO supply routes'' standWashington, June 5 : Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the United States will have to apologise for the air raid, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year, if it wants Pakistan to reopen key supply routes into Afghanistan.

Angered over the lethal November attack, Islamabad shut the supply routes vital for U. S. and allied troops, forcing the alliance to rely on longer and more expensive northern routes through Russia and Central Asia, reports The Dawn.


U.S. denies reports of agreeing to reimburse Coalition Support Fund dues to Pak

U.S. denies reports of agreeing to reimburse Coalition Support Fund dues to PakWashington, June 5 : Denying media reports, a U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson has said no agreement between America and Pakistan has been reached yet for payment of Coalition Support Fund dues.

"There is no agreement at all yet," The Express Tribune quoted Commander Bill Speaks, as saying. He added that discussions on the matter of CSF are still ongoing.

Media reports had earlier stated that the U. S. has agreed to pay 75 percent of outstanding CSF dues to Pakistan.


Bill Clinton says Romney would be ‘calamitous for US, world’

Bill Clinton says Romney would be ‘calamitous for US, world’Washington, June 5 : Former US President Bill Clinton has said that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be `calamitous for America and the world.'

"The politics is wrong on the Republican side, the economics are crazy," Clinton said at a fundraiser in New York.

Clinton, who recently praised Romney's "sterling business career," argued that Republicans' "economics are wrong-headed and their politics are worse."

"The Republican Congress and their nominee for President, Governor Romney, have adopted Europe's economic policies," ABC News quoted Clinton, as saying.


I''ve got another five years coming up: President Obama

I''ve got another five years coming up: President ObamaWashington, Feb 24: The US president Barack Obama has told America's largest Hispanic radio service, Univision, that he still has five years coming up.

"I''ve got another five years coming up," Obama told Univision. This bold statement by Obama is a drastic change from his stance of October last year, when he declared himself as `absolutely' the underdog in the 2012 presidential election, The Daily News reports.

Those apprehensions in Obama's mind have seemed to evaporated now and he looks more confident then ever prior to the presidential elections. (ANI)


Jay Carney says ‘Obama focused on policy, not questions about his faith’

Jay Carney says ‘Obama focused on policy, not questions about his faith’Washington, Feb 22 : White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said that President Barack Obama is focused on policy and helping the middle class, and not questions raised by Republican candidate Rick Santorum and Christian evangelist Franklin Graham, over his faith.

"I did meet with the president this morning, and amazingly, he didn''t bring this up," Politico quoted Carney, as saying.

"This president is focused on doing the things that he believes the American people elected him to do," he added.

Former US Senator Santorum recently said that Obama is guided by `some phony ideal, some phony theology.'


Obama leading in America''s swing states

Obama leading in America''s swing statesWashington, Feb. 16 : U. S. President Barack Obama leads each Republican contender in the swing states.

According to a new Fox News Swing State Poll, Obama leads Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich in swing-state match-ups by about the same margin as he does nationally.

Only Rick Santorum is doing better in swing states than in nation polling.

The registered-voter poll was conducted across 10 states where Obama had small margins of victory in 2008 and is considered decisive in the upcoming presidential election.

These swing states fall into three regional tiers.

The Rocky Mountain tier includes Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.


Homeland Security monitoring potential Iran threat to US

Homeland Security monitoring potential Iran threat to USWashington, Feb. 16 : United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has told a House panel that her department is monitoring with concern the potential threats to the U. S. from Iran or its surrogates.

Napolitano said her department is "conducting a lot of outreach" to Jewish communities across the country to address any concerns after car bombs targeted Israeli officials in Georgia and India, and Iranians set off explosions in Thailand.


Romney splits with key debate coach Brett O’Donnell

Romney splits with key debate coach Brett O’DonnellWashington, Feb. 4 : A Republican operative who won plaudits for bolstering Mitt Romney's recent debate performances is not being retained by the frontrunner's campaign.

Brett O'Donnell, a former top aide to Michele Bachmann, has become an apparent victim of internal tensions over staff receiving too much credit for the candidate's comeback, Politico has learned.

O'Donnell has been paid for his work assisting Romney in the crucial Florida debates, but was not offered a formal role with the campaign as he expected, according to Republican sources familiar with the situation.


Economists pick Romney as best Republican choice to manage economy

Economists pick Romney as best Republican choice to manage economyWashington, De 29 : President Barack Obama doesn't get support for his economic policies in a new survey of economists, and two thirds said they would pick Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate who would do the best job managing the economy.

Half of the 36 economists surveyed said that Obama's handling of the economy has been "fair," while 13 said his economic policies were "poor." No one gave him an "excellent" rating, though five did deem the president's policies "good."

Economists criticized a number of Obama's policies in the survey, Politico reports.


US confident about Pak re-opening NATO supply route

US confident about Pak re-opening NATO supply routeWashington, Dec 22: The Pentagon has expressed confidence that US-Pak ties can be improved, and hoped that Islamabad will re-open NATO supply route on a border with Afghanistan.

Pakistan had earlier sealed its two border crossings in Chaman and Torkham after the November 26 NATO airstrike that had killed 28 soldiers in Mohmand Agency.

Pentagon spokesperson George Little said the US have "stockpiles" of their supplies and added that the troops were "well supplied," The News reports.

Little hinted that U. S.-Pak ties had been fragile since the US Navy Seals' raid, which killed Al Qaeda chief killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2. (ANI)


Palin says ‘its not too late’ to enter 2012 Presidential race

Palin says ‘its not too late’ to enter 2012 Presidential raceWashington, Dec 20 : Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has revived the possibility that she might enter the race for the 2012 Republican nomination for the White House.

"It's not too late for folks to jump in. Who knows what will happen in the future," she told FOX Business Network.

Palin reignited speculation about her political future plans. She announced in October that she would not be seeking the nomination, due to concerns about how it would affect her family, The New York Daily News reports.


Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton planning to re-enter 2012 Presidential race?

Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton planning to re-enter 2012 Presidential race?Washington, Dec 20 : Speculations are rising that former and current female secretaries of states, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, are planning to enter the 2012 presidential race.

Joseph Curl, former White House correspondent for the Washington Times, wrote that Rice could provide a much needed addition to the Republican race, strongly suggesting that she is the silver bullet for the vice presidential slot.

This comes amid reports that an anonymous group has arranged robocalls pushing Hillary Clinton as a spoiler democratic nominee, The Daily Mail reports.


Biden says Taliban isn't US enemy

Biden says Taliban isn't US enemyWashington, Dec 20 : A comment by US Vice President Joe Biden that "the Taliban per se is not our enemy" has given the Republicans a new handle, but the White House is standing by him.

In an interview with Newsweek/Daily Beast, Biden talked about how Pakistan was able to live with a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, which the US would have been able to do had the Taliban stopped harbouring Al Qaeda.


Bachmann says Obama’s spending policies have US ‘acting like banana republic’

Bachmann says Obama’s spending policies have US ‘acting like banana republic’Washington, Dec 19 : Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann has accused President Barack Obama of leading the country as if it were a "banana republic".

Bachmann said so while condemning Obama's decision of not dramatically moving to cut federal spending and debt levels.

"What I''m doing is saying that the decisions that Barack Obama [are] making is acting like a banana republic," Bachmann said during an appearance on NBC.

"We''re acting like Greece and like Italy, and that''s what people are frustrated with," she added.


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