In a CBS News/ New York Times poll conducted as the current Middle East turmoil erupted, President Obama has the advantage over Mitt Romney when it comes to who voters trust to handle an international crisis.
Sixty-five percent of likely voters are at least somewhat confident in Mr. Obama's ability to handle an international crisis, including four in 10 who have a lot of confidence. By comparison, 58 percent have confidence in Romney's ability to do so, including just one in four with a lot of confidence.
The poll was conducted Sept. 8-12, and most of the interviews were done in the days just before violent protests against the U.S. broke out in the Middle East.
On Sept. 11, protesters angered by an obscure Internet movie belittling Islam attacked U.S. diplomatic offices in Egypt and Libya. Early the next morning, the U.S. learned that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed. By Friday, Muslims around the world were protesting for the fourth straight day
When asked separately who would do a better job handling foreign policy, 49 percent chose Mr. Obama and 39 percent chose Romney.
McCain again hammers Obama for his weak leadership. On Fox News this morning, host Bill Hemmer plays a clip of former Def. Secretary Bob Gates saying Crimea is gone. He asks the senator if he agrees. McCains says he does agree with Gates.
Senator McCain now worries that Putin is coming for Eastern Ukraine. He says there are things we should be doing right now. "We need to deal with the situation as it is."..."This is a blatant violation (by Russia) of a treaty signed in 1994"
PYONGYANG (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100 percent turnout.
North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of deputies for the Supreme People’s Assembly, the country’s legislature. The vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is generally held once every five years.
Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been announced, North Korea’s media quickly reported Kim had won in his district — located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu — without a single dissenting ballot.
In the previous elections, 687 deputies were chosen. This is first time the election had been held since Kim inherited power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011.
“This is an expression of all the service personnel and people’s absolute support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they single-mindedly remain loyal to him,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency said.
You never know who you might run into in an airport. Just ask Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, who had a reunion at the Jacksonville airport.
Romney and Ryan tweeted similar pics Sunday of their reunion, with the presidential and vice presidential nominees posing with Ryan’s wife, Janna, and Ryan’s children, Liza, Samuel and Charles. CNN reported Romney and Ryan both attended the American Enterprise Institute’s forum at Sea Island, Ga., this weekend.
Romney’s son, Matt, retweeted the image with this line: “U guys would have been the best team!"
With less than a month left to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law, California's enrollment numbers are closing in on the magic number of 1 million as 8,000 people sign up every day.
If only everyone would pay their premiums.
Roughly 15 percent of the Californians who had enrolled by Jan. 31 still haven't sent in their first month's payment, according to four major health insurance companies participating in the Covered California exchange. So those lofty enrollment numbers could soon be dropping substantially.
"In order to receive access to health care, they need to pay their premiums," said Brad Kieffer, a spokesman for Health Net.
Health plans say they are doing everything possible to contact those enrollees who didn't pay -- through email, phone and snail mail. But it's becoming increasingly likely that tens of thousands of Californians could end up the way they started -- uninsured.
That's not to say that the insurance companies haven't been extremely accommodating.
In late December, with huge numbers of applications piling up, all of the exchange's 11 health plans agreed to extend premium payment deadlines through various dates in January.
People who paid by the end of the grace periods saw their health insurance retroactively start the first of the year.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck off of the Northern California coast Sunday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake struck about 10:18 p.m. and was centered about 50 miles west of Eureka, the USGS reported
A suicide bomber driving a truck loaded with explosives attacked a security checkpoint in the southern Iraqi city of Hilla on Sunday, killing at least 45 people and wounding more than 140, security officials said.
More than 30 cars waiting at the checkpoint were set on fire by the blast, and some of the drivers and passengers were trapped inside.
Speaking from a hospital in Hilla, Ahmed Muhammed, a college student, said: “I was sitting in the car waiting to be searched by the police when suddenly it became dark. Then my car was going back, and my legs were no longer there.”
The attack killed security officers and civilians, including women and children, officials said.
The Iraqiya state television channel said two of its employees were among the dead.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Bombings and other attacks killed more than 8,000 Iraqis last year, according to the United Nations, and violence has continued unabated this year.
Many of the attacks have struck in and around Baghdad and in southern Iraq, but the government is also battling militants in Anbar Province, in the west, who have seized parts of Falluja and Ramadi.
Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is coming to Washington this week to discuss Russian troops taking control of the Crimea region of his country, the White House confirmed Sunday to Fox News.
President Obama will welcome Yatsenyuk of Ukraine to the White House on Wednesday, according to the administration.
Russian troops began taking control of facilities in the region about a week ago, amid the political uprising in Ukraine in which residents have ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
Obama has spoken by phone twice with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that taking control of Crimea violates Ukraine's sovereignty.
The visit will highlight the United States' support for the people of Ukraine. And the discussions will focus on finding a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention and how the international community can help Ukraine confront the resulting economic challenges, the White House said.