April 1, 2013 |
Rebels may be moving on Aleppo, Syria's largest city, but who says the Assad regime is in disarray? Last month, the Syrian Arab Republic's minister of foreign affairs informed the World Intellectual Property Organization (the United Nations agency headquartered in Geneva) that the regime had ratified the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The treaty was negotiated in Beijing last June, and Syria on March 18 became the first — the very first! — nation to formally join it. The treaty does not come into force until 30 countries...
April 13, 2008
Guests to be interviewed Sunday on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (WTTG), 9 a.m.: Former senate majority leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley , Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), Olympic medalist Joey Cheek , Washington Capitals player Alex Ovechkin . THIS WEEK (ABC, WJLA), 10 a.m.: Hadley , former president Jimmy Carter . NEWSMAKERS (C-SPAN), 10 a.m.: U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab . FACE THE NATION (CBS, WUSA)
April 26, 2012 |
The U.S. Senate — one-half of one branch of our government and an institution crucial to resolving serious issues before our country — is routinely described as dysfunctional, gridlocked and broken. We feel obligated to do something about it. That's why we went to the Senate floor last week to encourage our colleagues to embrace a classic virtue: self-restraint. Senate rules require, at most steps of the legislative process, agreement from all 100 senators; absent unanimous agreement, they entail a time-consuming process...
January 4, 2009
CHICAGO, Jan. 3 -- Illinois's embattled governor said through his spokesman Saturday that Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has a conflict of interest regarding the Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama . Reid telephoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) in early December to discuss the seat, said Lucio Guerrero, a gubernatorial spokesman. Guerrero said he did not know firsthand which candidates Reid supported during the call, but added that he knows...
September 17, 2009 |
It sounded like the beginning of a joke from the 1990s: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott walk into a bar . . . But on Wednesday afternoon, it really happened. The three old adversaries who ruled the nation in the mid-1990s got together to talk and laugh, not in a saloon but in the Old Senate Chamber at the Capitol. They had come at the invitation of Lott to unveil his official Senate portrait -- and the joke wasn't lost on any of them. "I was kidding Newt about accusing me of being 'the enemy of normal Americans' -- that was one of his...
January 9, 2013
Dana Milbank's Jan. 6 Sunday Opinion column on gerrymandering [" Republicans' stacked deck in the House "] was as witty as usual; it's a pity that he made the same mistake that Post editorial writers always seem to make on the subject. Objectively, the Republicans have been worse on gerrymandering since Texas's GOP-controlled legislature, goaded by then-House majority leader Tom DeLay, pushed through a redistricting plan in 2003 , thus tossing out the precedent of drawing districts only after a decennial Census or court...