President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton are promoting the nation's new health care law in advance of a critical sign up period.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that a government shutdown would hurt Republicans politically and "wouldn't be the worst thing" for her own Democratic Party.
In rare remarks for a senior Federal Reserve official, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher criticized the White House's process of picking the next Fed chair. "The White House has mishandled this terribly," told the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. "It just makes it sound like we are a political instrument. We are not, we cannot be, we should not be, we must never be a political instrument."
With the United States and other nations extending an increasingly warm welcome to the new president of Iran at the United Nations in New York, Israel finds itself in a bind: eager to unmask what it sees as an empty charm offensive, yet at risk of being seen as a spoiler unwilling to consider the possibility of change in Tehran?s nuclear policy.