Obama and Putin Discuss Ukraine
Friday, March 7, 2014
President Obama spoke by phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin last night and informed him that the international community has mobilized to impose sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine. During their one-hour conversation, President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which addresses the interests of Russia, the people of Ukraine, and the ...
Kerry in Rome: “Crimea is Ukraine”
Thursday, March 6, 2014
In the wake of the decision of recently installed pro-Russian authorities to conduct a referendum in Crimea on March 16th on breaking away from Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “Crimea is Ukraine” at a press conference in Rome. Kerry further said that “the proposed referendum would violate the constitution of Ukraine and international law and the sovereignty ...
Obama Rips Senate’s Vote on Adegbile
Thursday, March 6, 2014
President Obama called the Senate’s failure to confirm Debo Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice “a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.” Yesterday, the Senate voted 52 to 47 to reject Adegbile’s confirmation. While the vote was mostly along party lines, seven Democrats did vote against him. Adegbile currently ...
Federal News Service Will Hold a Lunch and Learn on March 19
Friday, February 28, 2014
Come learn why Federal News Service is key to major media companies publications! What are you missing out on? It’s hard to stay on top of the news and events in Washington. We can help you. Run the Sunday morning talk show circuit in record time. We’re posting transcripts in near real-time, and we post in sections until the transcripts ...
State of the Union Word Clouds
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Here’s a list of FNS-created State of the Union word clouds, including for each of President Obama’s addresses: President Barack Obama 2013 2012 2011 2010 President George W. Bush 2002 (first since 9/11) President Bill Clinton 1996 (first since Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years) President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 ...
FNS State of the Union Response Archive
Monday, January 27, 2014
The tradition of a State of the Union response by the opposition party to the president originated in 1966. The first such response, in answer to Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address that year, was given by two famous Republican Party names: Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) and Representative Gerald Ford (R-MI). Senator Dirksen was the minority leader for the Republicans ...
U.S. Losing Influence in the Middle East? Saudi Prince Says Yes
Monday, December 16, 2013
Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was the Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States back in 2005-2006, told The Wall Street Journal yesterday that the United States is losing influence in the Middle East and that U.S.-Iran negotiations were “surprising” to the Saudis. Prince al-Faisal’s comments, in an interview, touched on points of contention between the Saudis and the United ...
Secret FISA court gets a critique from within
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Stewart M. Powell / Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — To hear James Comey tell it, judges on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court routinely put spy agency lawyers through their paces before approving electronic eavesdropping designed to combat terrorist attacks. People “hear secret court, sometimes they hear rubber stamp,” the long-time Justice Department lawyer and FBI Director nominee said in ...
Aging Population an Economic Worry for Europe
Monday, June 17, 2013
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria Simeon Djankov told the Council on Foreign Relations today that Europe’s demographic situation may well play a large part in its economic future. Europe’s population is declining due to less-than-replacement birthrates among Europeans. For example, Djankov said, Germany alone is estimated to lose seven million people of working age – ...