Driving the Day THE REPUBLICAN VIEW OF JANUARY BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS -- SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL and SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER meet today with W.H. leg director Marc Short and OMB Director/CFPB Chairman Mick Mulvaney in Ryan’s office today at 3 p.m. We wrote yesterday that the general consensus is that Democrats have an advantage going into budget/DACA negotiations. To put it lightly, this elicited a few emails from top-level Republican sources on the Hill, who think otherwise. -- HERE IS THEIR CASE FOR WHY REPUBLICANS ARE WELL POSITIONED: Democrats are pushing the GOP to keep a legislative fix for DACA as part of budget negotiations, and in staff-level and member-level talks, they say they want a clean Dream Act passed into law as soon as possible. Republicans say that’s an absolute non-starter -- they need some sort of border security money/border wall tied to any immigration legislation. In … [Read more...] about STAKES IN THE GOV’T SHUTDOWN FIGHT — TRUMP and N.K. leader argue about whose nuclear button is bigger, as both Koreas restart talks — JAMES RISEN details his time at The Times — B’DAY: Parscale
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The following script is from "Up" which aired on Jan. 11, 2015. Lara Logan is the correspondent. Coleman Cowan and Max McClellan, producers. There are few people in the world who have the skill or the will, to attempt to climb one of the world's Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each continent. Tonight, you'll meet young men who've done it with no legs. Their bodies and their lives were shattered in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But on the big mountains, they find a way to reclaim what they lost on the battlefield, going beyond the limits of their injuries to achieve what seems impossible. At their side is a former Hells Angels biker named Tim Medvetz. He never served in the military, but on his journey to the top of Mount Everest, he says he found a way to help catastrophically wounded war veterans. We joined Tim and a young Marine as they climbed up the tallest peak in Australia, and saw for ourselves how a mountain can change someone's life. It was below freezing at … [Read more...] about Conquering the impossible
If former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb runs for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, he'll do so as a man with very little to lose. And for Hillary Clinton, the party's undeclared frontrunner, that could potentially be a big problem. When Webb retired from the Senate in 2013 after only one term, many assumed his decision to forego reelection marked his exit from the political stage. He was always an outsider, never cultivating deep ties with Democratic donors and party elders during his time in Washington. And at 69 years old, he's probably not eyeing a future in electoral politics beyond 2016. "He's always been an unnatural political animal," Webb's Senate campaign manager Steve Jarding said with a laugh. "And I don't say that pejoratively." Last November, though, Webb jumped back into the fray, surprising observers by becoming the first Democrat to take the step of forming a committee to explore a presidential bid in 2016. In his announcement video, he warned that America was … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Could Jim Webb pose a threat to Hillary Clinton in 2016?
BAGHDAD -- In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is summer camp in Iraq, set up by the country's largest paramilitary force after Iraq's top Shiite cleric issued an edict calling on students as young as middle-school age to use their summer vacations to prepare to fight the Sunni extremists. Dressed in military fatigues, 15-year-old Asam Riad was among the dozens of youths doing high-knee marches, his chest puffed out to try to appear as tall as the older cadets. "We've been called to defend the nation," the scrawny boy asserted, his voice cracking as he vowed to join the Popular Mobilization Forces, the government-sanctioned umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias. "I am not scared because my brothers are fighting alongside me." With dozens of such camps around the country, hundreds of students have gone through the training … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Is the U.S. paying to train child soldiers in Iraq?
LEON PANETTA | CIA DIRECTOR: That memory of going to Arlington to bury one of my officers from the CIA, Elizabeth Hanson, is one that will be with me for a long time. They put their lives on the line to serve this country and that's what Elizabeth Hanson did. I knew that the CIA officers were there because I ordered them to be there. I had to bear some of the responsibility for having taken this risk. KHOST, AFGHANISTAN | DECEMBER 30, 2009 NEWS REPORTER: Initial reports indicate the bomber was being recruited by the CIA as a source...NEWS REPORTER: This was the worst, single loss of life for the CIA since 1983 when a truck bomber blew up the American embassy. LEON PANETTA: This person obviously turned out to be a double agent and had blown himself up, as well as our officers. LEON PANETTA : It's hard to find the words when suddenly you're told that seven of your officers have been killed and others seriously wounded. What went through my mind was the families out there, who … [Read more...] about The Spymasters