Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push to amend New York’s constitution to allow Las Vegas-style casinos may end a 59-year wait for Jackie Horner, whose story of her student “Baby” inspired the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing.”
The following is a reformatted version of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress, as prepared for delivery yesterday. The remarks were released in an e-mailed statement by the White House.
It is tempting to hope that the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will serve as a cathartic moment, allowing Americans to turn a page on the worries and errors of the last 10 years without diminishing the successes. But history has no pages.
In the 15 minutes Marco Rubio spent speaking to a crowd of anti-tax Tea Party Republicans in Orlando, Florida, he didn’t mention the word “immigration.” Activists at the annual meeting of Americans for Prosperity didn’t hesitate to raise the subject -- loudly.
All contemporary U.S. presidents vacillate between promoting democratic values and human rights around the globe versus protecting security or national interests. Usually, “realpolitik” comes out on top.
As part of the debate over intervention in Syria, the question of whether the U.S. is an exceptional country has once again bubbled up. Yes, says President Barack Obama, who invoked U.S. exceptionalism in his Sept. 10 speech on the need to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria. No, responds Russian President Vladimir Putin, arguing last week in a New York Times op-ed that the U.S. should refrain from striking Syria, and that “it is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation.”
Hillary Clinton has some advice for the next secretary of state on negotiating with Chinese leaders: “You have to be yourself, you have to be America, you have to stand up for American values, interests and security.”
So here’s a question that’s nagging at me as we watch millions of Egyptians express their loathing for Mohamed Mursi, their hapless, power-grabbing president, and for his Muslim Brotherhood movement: How exactly did the U.S. come to be seen by Egyptian secularists and liberals as the handmaiden of a cultish fundamentalist political party whose motto includes this heartening sentiment: “Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope”?
Anglo American Plc hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and UBS AG to sell as much as 49.9 percent of its biggest development project, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.