President Barack Obama likely will directly engage in talks on cutting budget deficits, his spokesman said, after a deadlock over taxes caused two Republicans to drop out of negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden.
Redistricting obliterated his House seat serving central Iowa. Still, Republican Representative Tom Latham has something going for him: a 4-1 cash edge in his re- election race against Democratic Representative Leonard Boswell in a merged district.
House Speaker John Boehner said he will pursue a smaller deficit reduction accord than the one that President Barack Obama is seeking because the White House won’t approve a bigger deal without tax increases.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their countries will continue to “work closely in the coming days” to break the impasse in Middle East peace talks.