The U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the government’s top civil rights enforcer after Republicans and law enforcement groups objected to his role in the case of a Black Panther activist convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a rare direct appeal to the American public, urged the Obama administration to embrace a proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical arms as foreign ministers from the U.S. and Russia prepared to meet to discuss the initiative.
For a 70-year-old man, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sure spends an awful lot of time winning the Internet. No other living politician has quite the same ratio of words spoken to memes inspired. Last week’s contribution was the patter of joyously weird, occasionally creepy, one-liners he threw off while swearing in the 113th Senate.
The U.S. Senate is putting off consideration of a resolution authorizing strikes against Syria to give President Barack Obama the “time and space” to pursue diplomacy with Russia, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.