Former President Jimmy Carter, who brokered a peace accord between Israel and Egypt in 1978, on Sunday called the political unrest and rioting in Egypt earth-shaking and said that President Hosni Mubarak probably will have to step down.
Carter told a Sunday school class that he teaches that the unrest is "the most profound situation in the Middle East" since he left office in 1981. He said he thinks the unrest will ease in the next week, but his "guess is Mubarak will have to leave." Read More
Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.The developments were a sign that President Hosni Mubarak's regime was toughening its crackdown following the biggest protests in years against his nearly 30-year rule.The counter-terror force, rarely seen on the streets, took up positions in strategic locations, including central Tahrir Square, site of the biggest demonstrations this week. Read More
Cold after spending hours in a car that had run out of gas in deadlocked traffic on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Tammie Grice decided to walk.Grice was headed home to Fort Washington, Md., from Gaithersburg, Md., just as the snowfall peaked during the Wednesday evening rush hour. She got stuck on the narrow highway that winds its way through woods along the Potomac River in northern Virginia.After five hours, Grice abandoned her car and walked, eventually finding a U.S. Park Police barracks. She slept in a chair at the barracks for a few hours. Read More
The Illinois Supreme Court put Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot for Chicago mayor on Thursday, reviving his campaign to lead the country's third-largest city.The former White House chief of staff was thrown off the Feb. 22 ballot by an Illinois appellate court for not meeting a residency requirement because he hadn't lived in Chicago for a year before the race. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in his favor.Emanuel lived for nearly two years in Washington working for President Barack Obama until he moved back to Chicago in October to run for mayor. Read More
Call it Apple’s county fair.About 26,000 Apple fanboys and girls are expected to gather at the Moscone Center today through Saturday for Macworld Expo 2011. The 27-year-old annual convention no longer includes any formal connection to the Cupertino company, but 270 vendors of Apple products will be there to show off their latest wares and apps for the popular electronics. Read More
Redevelopment is crucial to creating jobs in California to fight the plague of 12.5 percent unemployment, the mayors of the state’s nine largest cities insisted in a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.
That theme was echoed by every mayor in attendance. Each spoke positively about the meeting and the governor’s promise to work with them on a compromise. Read More
The nation faces a crushing burden of debt and is on course for an economic disaster without dramatic action to wrestle the budget deficit under control, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Tuesday in the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
And such spending cuts must start immediately as the price of getting GOP conservatives to cast a painful vote to increase the government's ability to borrow to pay its bills this spring, Ryan said. Read More
A gunman opened fire inside a Detroit police precinct on Sunday, wounding four officers including a commander before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.The gunman walked in through the precinct's revolving door shortly after 4 p.m. and opened fire indescriminantly at officers, police said. The officers fired back, killing the gunman."Utter chaos and pandemonium took place," Police Chief Ralph Godbee said at a news conference. "We have a number of officers who are shaken up." Read More
Gabrielle Giffords on Thursday felt the sunshine on her face for the first time since the shooting, as doctors prepared her to leave behind the Arizona hospital where she dazzled them with her rapid recovery.Her next stop will be a Houston rehab center, where she will face an even more arduous task: Getting life back to normal.Her husband said he's hoping she'll make a full recovery, calling her "a fighter like nobody else that I know."The doctors who will help her offered a more sober outlook. Read More
House Republicans on Wednesday took the first step to keep their pledge to undo the nation¹s health care reform law, passing a bill to repeal the measure even as they gear up to create a replacement.The GOP¹s new House majority assured easy passage of their repeal measure on 245-189 vote Wednesday that split largely along party lines. But the long-term prospects of actually undoing the new law are far less certain.With the Democrat-led Senate unlikely to act on the bill, a complete repeal is unlikely. Read More