#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:
Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea. http://ow.ly/GePS9
McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’ “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said. http://ow.ly/Gf13H
Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said. http://ow.ly/Gf0xN
Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP
Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism? The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said. http://ow.ly/GeZ8A
Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt
Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack. http://ow.ly/GfcDl
Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’ The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1
NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8
NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox
Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows. http://ow.ly/GfdOF
Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations. http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS
Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’ Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility. http://ow.ly/GeXQt
McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’ “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said. http://ow.ly/Gf2rM
Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v
US Election 2016:
Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016 “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ
So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.
#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.20 – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heads into the next Congress newly empowered by her feisty opposition to a year-end spending package that outraged her caucus Mike Lillis reported.
Although the California Democrat was ultimately on the losing side of the debate over a $1.1 trillion government-funding measure, her decision to take on President Obama and side with a vast majority of House Democrats won across-the-board accolades from her troops at a time when many are grumbling about their party’s future.
Big banks are unnerved by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) rise in Democratic circles, which is raising the prospect of her running for the White House Kevin Cirilli reported.
Supporters who have launched campaigns to push her into the race as a rival to Hillary Clinton launched a protest in Warren’s name outside Citigroup’s Manhattan offices on Thursday, which only added to the industry’s anxiety.