Please report any content that violates the terms. This story is part of Barack Obama David Jackson, USA TODAY 5:10 p.m. EST January 12, 2014 Iran would restrict its uranium enrichment program in exchange for the loosening of economic sanctions. President Obama (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images) Story Highlights President Obama announces that six-month nuclear deal with Iran starts Jan. 20 Obama also vows to veto any new Iran sanctions passed by Congress New sanctions would hurt efforts to secure long-term deal, Obama says SHARE 339 CONNECT 98 twitter TWEET 65 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON President Obama said Sunday that the clock starts ticking Jan. 20 on a six-month nuclear deal with Iran, calling it the best bet to deny Tehran the means to make nuclear weapons.
Obama’s recess appointments: Supreme Court to hear landmark case
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Kerry also will not attend the funeral “due to previously scheduled meetings in Paris focused on the situation in Syria and the Middle East peace process.” Kerry issued a more personal statement concerning Sharon, referring to him by his nickname, Arik. “During his years in politics, it is no secret that there were times the United States had differences with him. But whether you agreed or disagreed with his positions – and Arik was always crystal clear about where he stood – you admired the man who was determined to ensure the security and survival of the Jewish State,” Kerry said in a statement. “I will never forget meeting with this big bear of a man when he became prime minister as he sought to bend the course of history toward peace, even as it meant testing the patience of his own longtime supporters and the limits of his own, lifelong convictions in the process,” Kerry said of the burly Sharon. Obama’s remarks about Sharon also were restrained compared with a statement by former President George W. Bush, who formed a close alliance with Sharon during his time in the White House and offered full-throated praise.
Gates: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ fight was only time Obama showed ‘passion’ for military issues
The Constitution also provides that the president shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate. Such recess appointments can take place without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate. It is this recess appointment power that lies at the center of the historic showdown on Monday at the high court. RECOMMENDED: How much do you know about the US Constitution? A quiz. On one side of the issue, the Obama administration argues it has the power to decide for itself when the Senate is in recess for purposes of making recess appointments. On the other side, administration critics argue that President Obamas expansive view of his own authority would yield a virtually unlimited unilateral appointments power. The case arises at a time of extreme partisan differences in Congress that have made it increasingly difficult for President Obama to fill vacant posts in his administration.
Obama honors Sharon’s dedication to Israel, Biden to go to funeral
But in the book, “Duty,” reviewed by Fox News, Gates hit Obama harder — and in personal terms — by contrasting his style with that of former President George W. Bush. “One quality I missed in Obama was passion, especially when it came to the two wars,” Gates wrote. “In my presence, Bush — very unlike his father — was pretty unsentimental. But he was passionate about the war in Iraq; on occasion, at a Medal of Honor ceremony or the like, I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up.” Gates went on to suggest that the president was far more emotional about repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” — the policy barring openly gay people from serving in the military — and passing the health care bill. He wrote that “the only military matter, apart from leaks, about which I ever sensed deep passion on his part was ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ For him, changing the law seemed to be the inevitable next step in the civil rights movement. He presumably was also passionate about health care reform, but I wasn’t present for those discussions.” On Sunday, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs vigorously defended the president by saying Obama opted for a troop surge on a limited timetable to put pressure on the Afghan government.
Obama hails Iran deal, argues against new sanctions
Assuming the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N. nuclear watchdog, confirms Iran is carrying out the deal, the major powers would immediately suspend sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical exports, imports for its auto manufacturing sector and on its trade in gold and other precious metals. Of the estimated $7 billion in sanctions relief over the six months, $4.2 billion is in the form of access to currently blocked Iranian revenues held abroad. One official said access to some of these funds depended on Iran keeping its commitment to dilute half of its 20 percent enriched uranium to no more than 5 percent enriched uranium. Another official said the first $550 tranche would be paid on or about February 1, and the final payment, of the same amount, on or about July 20th. A total of $900 million would depend on Iran diluting the enriched uranium, this official said.
Obama’s growing pains
While wages have fallen, forced part-time work has risen and the economy has specialized in creating low-pay positions, the stock market, to cite just one example, has gone gangbusters. Dream with us: You are among the 1%. Five years ago, you had $1 million. You invested the money in funds that tracked the S&P 500 stock index. Today, you have more than $2 million.