With Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, sitting a few feet away, Mr. Reid complained that Senate Republicans were spitefully blocking the confirmation of dozens of Mr. Obama's nominees to serve as ambassadors. He expected that the president would back him up and urge Mr. McConnell to relent.
Mr. Obama quickly dismissed the matter.
"You and Mitch work it out," Mr. Obama said coolly, cutting off any discussion.
Mr. Reid seethed quietly for the rest of the meeting, according to four separate accounts provided by people who spoke with him about it. After his return to the Capitol that afternoon, Mr. Reid told other senators and his staff members that he was astonished by how disengaged the president seemed. After all, these were Mr. Obama's own ambassadors who were being blocked by Mr. McConnell, and Secretary of State John Kerry had been arguing for months that getting them installed was an urgent necessity for the administration.
Police fired tear gas and arrested seven people in Ferguson, Missouri, to enforce a state-imposed midnight curfew on the St. Louis suburb early Sunday morning. State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said the police response was not a response to protesters, but instead to reports of a barbecue restaurant being broken into and a man flashing a handgun. A man was shot and critically wounded in the area, but not by police, and they are searching for the shooter. The Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation into the Aug. 8 police shooting of Michael Brown, sending 40 FBI agents door-to-door in the neighborhood gathering information.
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Japan "strongly protested" on Wednesday exercises by the Russian military on Pacific islands that have been at the root of strained relations between the countries since the end of World War II. The exercises on the disputed islands are a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to court resource-rich Russia and keep the door open to dialogue, despite the Ukraine crisis. The islands are known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and the Northern Territories in Japan. Russia seized them in the waning days of World War II. "Carrying out this sort of exercises in the Northern Territories is totally unacceptable," Abe told reporters. read more
POLITICO review shows that the Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of government.
Take Broderick Johnson, who is a top aide to Obama as a liaison between federal agencies and the White House. He's the husband of NPR anchor Michele Norris and is known to be close to Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. Until 2011, Johnson was a well-known Democratic lobbyist for companies including Microsoft, Pearson, Globalstar, Comcast and FedEx. Then he disappeared from the lobbying rolls.