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WHITE HOUSE: NEGOTIATORS WORKING WITH KERRY HINT BREAKTHROUGH
Israel will make “dramatic decisions” to reach a final peace agreement that will end the conflict with the Palestinians, Israel’s chief negotiator said Tuesday while warning that hawks inside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition are making her job more difficult
. Tzipi Livni’s remarks came as a senior Palestinian official said that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met for their second round of peace talks Tuesday. The first round was held last week in Jerusalem under a cloak of secrecy. The Palestinian official, who is close to the negotiations, said the sides held two rounds of talks in Jerusalem but refused to disclose the precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because both sides promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry not to discuss details with the media.
WHITE HOUSE: GENERAL SAYS SYRIAN REBELS WOULDN’T BACK U.S. INTERESTS
The Obama administration is opposed to even limited U.S. military intervention in Syria because it believes rebels fighting the Assad regime wouldn't support American interests if they were to seize power right now, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to a congressman in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
WHITE HOUSE: BIDEN’S SON EVALUATED AT TEXAS CANCER CENTER
Beau Biden, the Delaware attorney general and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, is being evaluated at a cancer center in Texas, according to people with knowledge of his condition
. Two people familiar with the situation said Biden was being evaluated Tuesday at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1 of the leading cancer centers in the nation. Beau Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, felt weak and disoriented on the night of Aug. 14 after driving to Indiana for a family vacation, said Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice.
WHITE HOUSE: LAST NIXON TAPE TO BE RELEASED OVER KEY PERIOD
The final installment of secretly recorded phone calls and meetings from President Richard Nixon's White House will be released Wednesday, marking a final chapter in a campaign for public access that continues as memories of Watergate fade
. The recordings cap the chronological release of 3,000 hours of tapes Nixon recorded between February 1971 and July 1973 that have been released by the National Archives and Records Administration. The final installment covers the tumultuous three months when Watergate was closing in on the 37th president. Still, he forged ahead with Soviet peace talks, worked to cement Chinese relations and welcomed home Vietnam prisoners of war. "This is a really big release in volume and importance, because of the time period it covers," said Luke Nichter of Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen, who runs a website cataloging Nixon's secret recordings. "This is the end of taping and this is Watergate really beginning."
CONGRESS: WALORSKI RETURNS FROM ISRAEL TRIP
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski recently returned from Israel where she gained firsthand understanding of some of our nation’s most pressing foreign policy challenges
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. During the trip, Walorski met with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders and learned more about the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israel’s security situation, and current political and economic trends in the region. “As Israel continues to experience constant terror threats from surrounding countries, the United States recognizes its special bond to Israel and is proud to be a strong ally. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I believe it is critical that the United States continues to focus on Israel’s security, particularly from the growing nuclear threat in Iran, to help stabilize the region and protect our own national security interests,” said Walorski. “I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with a wide range of leaders across the spectrum, including Israeli and Palestinian leaders about their quest to reach lasting peace across the region.” As part of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Walorski offered an amendment expressing the sense of Congress to fully support implementing U.S. and international sanctions on Iran.
CONGRESS: WALORSKI COMMENTS ON EYGPTIAN UNREST
Upon returning from her trip to Israel, Walorski issued the following statement on the continuing unrest in Egypt
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: “Egypt's stability is also paramount to the security of Israel and the entire region. The horrific blood-shed between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces must be stopped, focusing on a non-violent resolution to restore stability for the Egyptian people. The United States needs to carefully consider the consequences of suspending foreign aid to the Egyptian military, who currently uphold a strong national security presence that prevents Al Qaeda from acquiring safe havens in the Middle East and maintains important resources like access to the Suez Canal,” said Walorski.
CONGRESS: MESSER SUPPORTS CONTINUED AID TO EGYPT
Just last week, two members of Congress from Indiana, freshmen Luke Messer and Susan Brooks, were in Israel on a trip designed to help them understand the politics of that region
. With the unrest in Egypt, it's a trip that has already taken on new importance, especially for Messer (R-6th District,) who serves on the Foreign Affairs committee. With the Egyptian military cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, with daily riots and demonstrations and a thousand recent casualties, Congressman Messer worries that the Obama Administration policy on Egypt is unclear. "I think that we need to be careful," he says, "that we don't inadvertently send the message that we support the Muslim Brotherhood more than we support democracy in the region." Just a week ago, Messer met with Israeli President Shimon Peres along with Susan Brooks and they came away with optimism…Messer also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, he said, was more concerned about instability in Iran and Syria than in Egypt. His comments at the time echoed those of Brooks. "There is hope that peace can happen in this region of the world," he said. Now the optimism has become concern and Messer supports a continuation of American military aid to Egypt as the Administration considers suspending it. "I think it's important to send the message that the violence must stop," he says, "and the democratic processes should continue. I would support continuing the aid conditioned on those requirements rather than cutting the aid right now."
CONGRESS: COATS APPLAUDS CUMMINS EXPANSION
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats issued the following statement regarding Tuesday’s announcement that Columbus-based Cummins Inc. will provide a new 5.0L V8, turbo-diesel engine for the Nissan Titan pickup truck
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: “Today’s announcement is good news for Cummins, Columbus and Indiana,” said Coats. “All Hoosiers can celebrate the news that this innovative engine will be built in Columbus, bringing more jobs to Bartholomew County. For decades, Cummins has been a widely-respected employer and generously given back to its local community and state. Even in difficult economic times, Cummins continues to invest in Indiana and provide good-paying jobs for Hoosier workers.” The new engine will be built at Cummins’ Columbus Engine Plant.
CONGRESS: DONNELLY APPLAUDS CUMMINS EXPANSION
Sen. Joe Donnelly released the following statement after Cummins announced that the company’s plant in Columbus, Indiana, will provide a new 5.0L V8, turbo-diesel engine for the Nissan Titan pickup truck
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: “This announcement is great news and is the result of the high-quality work done by Hoosier Cummins employees,” said Donnelly. “I’m pleased that Nissan will be making the investment in Cummins engines and that they will be made by men and women in Columbus. Indiana is home to many excellent manufacturers, and I look forward to working with Cummins and other Hoosier employers to ensure that every Hoosier who wants a job has a job.”
CONGRESS: ROKITA VISITS KOKOMO
U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita visited with Ruth Lawson at CAM on Monday afternoon
. Rokita was in Kokomo learning about the lack of emergency housing in his district. CAM is one of the few shelters that can provide housing for families in need.
Donnelly on military sexual assault bill that passed 97-0
“I have met with and heard from courageous survivors of military sexual assault from Indiana, and their heartbreaking stories of experiencing sexual assault while serving our country made it crystal clear to me that we must do more to address this epidemic. The bipartisan Victims Protection Act is an important step forward to empower survivors of military sexual assault and hold commanders and perpetrators accountable. While I think that overall we must make a significant, serious change to the status quo in order to lead to a truly ‘zero tolerance’ policy, I supported this bipartisan bill today because I think we must continue to work together to end the scourge of military sexual assault.”
- U.S. Sen.
, after the U.S. Senate passed 97-0 a bill that establishes new rules for military sexual assault victims.
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