So he had some fairly tough talk for the Palestinians,too.
The videos could also play into an expanding investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that is looking at whether security steps could have been taken that would have saved the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans killed that day.Rep. Jason Chaffetz,who is one of the Republicans leading the House investigation,says he hasn’t been given the footage.vera bradley wallet  In addition to the footage from the consulate cameras,the U.S. government is also poring over video taken from an overhead U.S. surveillance drone that arrived for the final hour of the night battle at the consulate compound and nearby annex.Video from the compound’s cameras debunk the initial line from the Obama administration that there was a protest in front of the consulate on the night of the attacks,according to one of the U.
 President Obama and much of official centrist Washington still dream of a grand bargain,implausible as that may seem. Ideology seems to hold that the massive,13-figure annual federal deficit is killing the economy. Paul J. Richards/AFP/GettyThe data show otherwise. And they have been for months. Which is why we have dubbed this the Golden Age of Deficit Reduction.The most recent Treasury Monthly Statement (PDF),released Monday afternoon,updates the figures through July. It wasn't quite as glorious a month as June,when quarterly corporate and personal income taxes and massive dividends from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac swelled the nation's coffers. But it was still pretty good.In July,the government took in $200 billion in revenues,up 8.
 We are anti-gun violence' Official White House Photo/Pete SouzaAt the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on gun violence,Capt. Mark Kelly,Gabrielle Giffords' husband,spoke on behalf of Giffords on reasonable gun control policies. Here is a summary of his remarks (video below):"Gabby's gift for speech is a distant memory. She struggles to walk and she is partially blind. And a year ago,she left a job she loves,serving the people of Arizona." "We are simply two reasonable Americans who realize we have a problem with gun violence,and we need Congress to act... Gabby and I are pro-gun ownership. We are anti-gun violence." "Behind every victim lies a matrix of failure.
In Israel,the media was focused on the European Union's new guidelines regarding its dealings with Israeli institutions that maintain interests in the occupied territories. Officially called a Commission Notice,the guidelines caused an uproar across the political spectrum,with approval from the left and condemnations from the center rightward. For the first time in a long while,the occupation led the domestic news cycle,with strong statements from politicians,including Netanyahu.There has been some speculation that Kerry worked behind the scenes with the Europeans on getting the guidelines passed,as a means of rousing Israel from its apathy regarding the status quo of the 46-year-old occupation.
 "I drink unto you!"Father Paul allowed that he did not know much about the new pope."I was on the Internet last night," the priest said. "He's got a good rep."Father Paul was as excited as any Franciscan would be that the new pope had not only taken the name but had even as a cardinal lived in the simple and humble way of the original Francis,eschewing a palace and choosing to live in a small apartment,make his own meals,and ride public transportation."That's very positive," Father Paul said. "I love that!"Paul was in a brown habit just like the one worn by the figure of St. Francis in the huge mosaic on the front of the church. The original Francis had been a wealthy merchant's son in the early 13th century who outraged his father by giving away all his money to the needy,announcing that he was taking "Lady Poverty" as his bride and setting off barefoot,clad only in a rough peasant's tunic that would become the model for the habit.
So he had some fairly tough talk for the Palestinians,too. An AP story I read suggested that he had infuriated Palestinians. Who knows. You can't win over there.But overall I suspect this speech,simply because it was more blunt than an American president usually is,will at least kick-start the talk about the peace process. Whether it will do any more than that,well,step forward,Secretary Kerry. vera bradley backpack Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Might Model for Bulgari; Beyoncé's H&M Campaign Drops Trago/GettyCarla Bruni-Sarkozy Might Model for Bulgari: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is reportedly getting back into the modeling game. WWD reports that the former model and first lady of France will star in Bulgari's haute joaillerie ad campaign that would break in the second half of 2013.
 That's true,but almost beside the point. What's indelible,immediately apprehensible,persistently top-of-mind is the headline itself. Romney could have claimed he didn't write it; he didn't. He could have argued it wasn't what he meant. Instead,he doubled down,telling an interviewer: "That's exactly what I said—the headline you read—‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.'"In a last-ditch attempt to crack Ohio and Michigan,Romney has now resorted to advertising an outright lie—that Chrysler's Jeep division will soon move its jobs from the United States to China. The media has debunked the fiction,which was borrowed from the fantasy precincts of the rightwing blogs. The Detroit press called it "false" in a news story— not just on the editorial page.
My Dog Solha: From Afghanistan,With PTSD Around this time last year,I got a new dog. Her name is Solha. Solha is from Kandahar,arguably the most dangerous place on earth. She was rescued by my husband,Army reservist Maj. Jake Wilson,during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2011–12. Solha arrived at our place in Virginia four days before Jake himself was due to arrive home from his yearlong tour. Solha was rescued by Jessie Knalder's husband,Army reservist Maj. Jake Wilson,from Kandahar,during his deployment in Afghanistan between 2011-2012. (Jessie Knadler)Right away,I could tell there was something different about this dog. She was a mangy,wiry,desperate-looking thing,hopelessly underweight with bags under her eyes and fur that felt bristly and oily to the touch.
"Which isn’t now. The unresolved makeup of the Israeli government and the rift among Palestinians between Fatah and Hamas "are not promising conditions for audacious moves by either side," says Simon. "The White House will press when there’s some prospect for success."In the meantime,Israel is just one of several priorities the administration and its chief diplomat must address. David Makovsky of the Washington Institute for Middle East Policy says Syria,Egypt,Afghanistan,Pakistan and Iran may be more immediate priorities for Kerry."Governing is about choosing," Miller said,ranking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict behind Iran and Syria as a concern in the region. "Presidents decide what's important to them.
 The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come,but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh."Whether American civilization was to treat some men as property - whether in fact the right to treat men as property was indispensable to American freedom - that was the question for which Americans fought and died a century and a half ago. James McPherson's still definitive history never allows that question to be evaded or denied.How Peter Worthington Taught His Grandson to Love Baseball My son Nathaniel delivered this eulogy to his grandfather at Peter Worthington's funeral in Toronto yesterday.
 On the left,it's been the pattern with Shinui (2003) and Gil (2006),and on the right with Moledet and Tzomet (late 1980s/early 1990s).Each time the new party was formed on individuals who proclaimed their ability to reorder the political system,or claims to fill a much-needed gap among the parties. Kadima,the most prominent example left,is currently polling at zero seats; Shaul Mofaz's extremely bland and repetitive campaign,unveiled yesterday,is not likely to change that.Of all the mergers and splits that have occurred throughout Israel's history,the same Jewish party clusters are dominated by the same parties,in one form or another: Likud on the right,Labor on the left,and Agudat Israel and Mafdal among the religious.