President Obama and his party are pursuing a new strategy to force the GOP into a debate on popular antipoverty programs, beginning with this week’s focus on the extension of long-term unemployment benefits. It’s a plan designed to frame this year’s midterm elections in populist terms – an approach that Democrats believe will exploit a central GOP vulnerability with voters. Republicans – for the first time in a while – are now trying to find an effective defense.
The former defense secretary who served under both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush has less than glowing praise for America’s top two elected officials. In a new memoir, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former Pentagon chief Robert Gates writes that Obama lacked commitment to the decisions he made about his strategy in Afghanistan,
“As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Gates writes in the new book. His words for Vice President Joe Biden are even more harsh, the paper reports.“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates wrote of Biden, whom he also described as a “man of integrity.”
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $2.5 million to a political action committee that aims to help U.S. Senate Democrats maintain their majority in next year's congressional elections, a Bloomberg aide said on Tuesday. The news was first reported by Politico, which said Bloomberg developed a close relationship with Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, working on issues from Hurricane Sandy relief to gun safety. The group was formed in 2011 and worked to boost Senate Democratic candidates in the 2012 elections.
Delhi's Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal urged all legislators on Tuesday to rise above party lines and join together make the capital a better place. In his reply to the motion of thanks to the Lt. Governor's address in the assembly, Kejriwal said Delhi can't be improved by just the 28 legislators of the Aam Aadmi Party. "Only 28 MLAs of our party cannot improve Delhi. All 70 MLAs will have to come together and join hands to make Delhi a better city," he said.