The Obama administration is working to help organize a so-called “friends of Syria” meeting, as part of what the State Department says is a push to work “outside the U.N. system” after the Security Council shot down a resolution against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
AP – An Uzbekistan national charged with threatening the life of President Barack Obama was also charged Thursday with providing material aid to terrorism.
AP – A political tip sheet for the rest of us outside the Washington Beltway, Thursday, Feb. 9:
AP – President Barack Obama told gay and lesbian supporters at a big-ticket fundraiser Thursday that there’s more work to do to ensure fairness for all, but he said he “couldn’t be prouder” of his track record for them.
Reuters – Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday the White House was working to address concerns raised by the Catholic Church over a new rule on contraceptives, and he believed an escalating election-year battle over the issue would be resolved.
AP – The college student accused of “glitter bombing” Mitt Romney after the Colorado caucuses has been fired from his unpaid internship with state Senate Democrats.
AP – Wild arm swings, sharp robotic turns, pulsing fist pumps.
AP – Ron Barber was always the behind-the-scenes man for his boss, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Reuters – President Barack Obama assured Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Thursday that the United States will do whatever it can to help stabilize the situation in the euro zone, which he said demanded a more muscular approach to fighting its debt crisis.
ContributorNetwork – COMMENTARY | The Obama administration announced today that 10 states will get a waiver from the stringent requirements of the Bush-era “No Child Left Behind Act.” It’s the beginning of the end for NCLB, unless Congress passes a bipartisan reform of the controversial education law.