Secretary of State John Kerry dismissed on Friday as "a myth" suggestions that the United States was withdrawing from world affairs. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth," Kerry told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Kerry cited U.S. involvement with issues from Israel to Iran to Syria and in Asia and Africa to counter a similar view expressed by others in the Middle East and by critics in the United States. He said it was based on a false assumption that the only tool of U.S. influence was its military.
Republican activists at a national gathering are defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie but also are saying it's far too soon to grant him presidential frontrunner status. At the same time, a senior Christie adviser says the governor already has overcome the worst of his challenges, though federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to his recent campaign and Democrats are pressing their abuse-of-power accusations. Christie's popularity has fallen amid revelations that senior members of his administration helped create massive traffic jams, apparently to exact political retribution against a Democratic mayor.
Nigeria's electoral commission declared on Friday that presidential and parliamentary elections would take place on February 14 next year. The elections are expected to be the most closely fought since the end of military rule in 1999. President Goodluck Jonathan's supporters are embroiled in a bitter dispute with other members of the ruling party over whether or not he should seek another term in office.
The Republican National Committee has passed a resolution condemning the NSA's mass surveillance, pushing back heavily on the actions of the security apparatus of the U.S. The resolution contains strong language in favor of privacy, the broad protections of the Fourth Amendment, and limited government. The “Resolution to Renounce the National Security Agency’s Surveillance Program” calls PRISM “an invasion into the personal lives of American citizens that violates the right of free speech and association afforded by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.” This comes on the heels of President Obama's comments about NSA reform.