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Gingrich to Reich: Every City in Poverty is Run by Democrats.

Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich debated the causes of poverty in America on Sunday, with each blaming the other’s political party for the problem.

Appearing as a panelist on ABC’s “This Week,” Gingrich noted that the GOP should “rethink some of its indifference to the very poor.” He also said Democrats should ask themselves after 50 years of the war on poverty if government isn’t fixing the problem.

Panelist Reich countered that President Lyndon Johnson‘s War on Poverty was successful for a time.

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“What has happened, however, over the last 30 years is that much of the, much of the ardor, much of the concern, much of the, what propelled that war on poverty has dissipated,” Reich said.

“I think it has something to do, perhaps, with the intransigence of the Speaker’s party,” Reich continued, “because every time there was a jobs bill, every time there was an effort to expand a low income housing, every time there was an effort to provide better opportunities for young people. We’re talking about equal opportunity.”

“This is baloney,” Gingrich interrupted. “Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city. Their policies have failed …”

Reich went on to note that long-time New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not a Democrat. (Bloomberg first served as a moderate Republican, but later became an independent.)

“Newt, I am surprised you are not taking responsibility here,” Reich said.

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By Greg Richter

Rep. Cole: Congress Must Avoid Government Shutdown.

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By Amy Woods

Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole said Sunday that Congress will focus on passing a budget and place immigration reform on hold when it reconvenes.

“I think the most important thing right now is to make sure we don’t have a government shutdown, to make sure we deal with the debt ceiling,” Cole said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I don’t think [a government shutdown is] likely, but, look, we’ve stumbled into one before that I didn’t think was wise and didn’t think should occur.”

On the issue of the Affordable Care Act, Cole predicted doom for President Barack Obama’s remaining term and legacy.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and the first impression here was terrible, and I think it’s going to be an unfolding disaster for the president,” Cole said.

While the White House unveiled an improved and functioning website Saturday, the rollout of Obamacare remains rocky.

“The individual market is pretty tiny compared to what’s yet to come,” Cole said, regarding the enrollment of Americans as they join the exchanges. “I think as that unfolds, this thing is going to be an unmitigated political disaster for the president.”

Reacting to Pope Francis’ recent white paper about capitalism and growing economic inequality in the United States, the Republican seemed to side with the pontiff.

“I think this is a very hopeful message in terms of what our obligations are as individuals,” Cole said. “I don’t see this as an attack on the existing system, but I see it as a very useful corrective and a call for us to be better people.”

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Tom Donilon: Karzai Failure To Sign Pact ‘Reckless’.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai‘s refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement with the United States will result in the withdrawal of all American troops from the region by the end of next year, former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said Sunday.

“His refusal to sign it at this point, I think, is reckless,” Donilon said on ABC’s “This Week.” “If the United States doesn’t have a bilateral security arrangement with Afghanistan that supports its troop presence there and provides the kind of guidance and protections that we need, the United States cannot be present in Afghanistan after Dec. 31, 2014.”

The so-called a “zero-option” plan, while necessitated by Karzai’s lack of support, could unravel the military developments made during the 12-year war, Donilon said.

“We think that, at the end of the day, it would be better to have continued support for the Afghan national forces and have a small kind of terrorism presence in Afghanistan,” he said.

When asked to discuss China’s decision last week to demarcate a no-fly zone across a portion of the East China Sea, Donilon said the move has increased political and military tensions with a country that has the fastest-growing economy in the world.

“Asia is a principle opportunity for the United States and the world going forward,” he said, adding China has been able to prosper because of the “security platform” the United States has provided the region for six decades.

Donilon suggested beefing up that security platform.

“It’s a critical role for the United States, and it’s one that we should play going forward,” he said.

Donilon praised President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for reaching a deal with Iran on the nuclear-enrichment program, calling it a “very good foundation” and a “very solid achievement” that lays the base for further negotiations.

“How did we get here with respect to Iran?” he said. “We got here through a U.S.-led, very tough isolation and pressure campaign.”

Donilon said the centerpiece of that campaign were the sanctions.

The sanctions — the most stringent ever put on a country, Donilon said — are the reason the Iranians agreed to the nonproliferation pact.

“There’s a direct line here between the sanctions, [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani’s election and their coming to the table,” Donilon said. “Why? Because we’ve put tremendous pressure on the Iranian economy. We’ve also isolated the Iranians politically. The test now is whether or not the Iranians can do the things they need to do to assure the United States and the national community they don’t have a dangerous program.”

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By Amy Woods

Sen. Chambliss: Deal Lets Iran ‘Out of Trap’.

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By Amy Woods

The six-month deal reached in Geneva early Sunday morning not only will enable Iran to continue to move ahead with its nuclear-development program, it also will leave the United States with less leverage because of the easing of economic sanctions, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss said on ABC’sThis Week.”

“Nothing in this deal requires the destruction of any centrifuges,” said Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “They’re going to be able to replace centrifuges that become inoperable. I just don’t see this movement in the direction of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon at all.”

The deal regarding the sanctions lets Iran “out of the trap,” he said.

“Right now, the sanctions are working,” Chambliss said. “The economy of Iran is heading south. Unemployment is skyrocketing. Instead of easing them, now is the time to tighten those sanctions, and let’s get a long-term deal. We’ve got all the leverage in the negotiations, and we’ve let them out of the trap.”

He said the United States has trusted the Iranians before and been misled because “they continue to hide their development of these weapons.”

“There will be other Middle East countries, I suspect, who come out in opposition to this short-term agreement,” Chambliss said.
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Reports: Katie Couric Leaving ABC News for Yahoo!.

ABC newswoman and popular daytime talk show host Katie Couric is negotiating a deal with Yahoo Inc, a source with knowledge of the discussions said on Friday.

The negotiations would not affect her daytime talk show “Katie,” which is currently in its second season at the Disney-owned television channel, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the talks had not concluded.

No further details were available. Yahoo did not respond to requests for comment.

The Hollywood Reporter said on Friday Couric was negotiating an exit package with ABC, where she has a role as a special correspondent for ABC News in addition to her daytime show.

While ABC would not confirm Couric’s move, an executive familiar with the situation did say she had an opportunity and alluded to a link-up with Yahoo.

“Katie is an incredible journalist and this was an opportunity that she couldn’t pass up,” the executive said.

“Thanks to the powerful association between ABC News and Yahoo we know that Katie will continue to work closely with us and welcome her on our air anytime.”

Couric joined ABC less than three years ago after anchoring the evening news at CBS, following a long stint at NBC’s “Today” show.

The Hollywood Reporter said Couric is expected to finish her daytime talk show’s second season and a decision about her future will not be made until December, when November ratings are in.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, hoping to revive growth at the struggling Internet company, has been trying to attract Internet traffic to the company’s many sites, partly by paying top-dollar for premium content. In August, the AllThingsD website reported that Mayer was personally orchestrating a Web interview show featuring Couric.

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Cheney: Back Up Iranian Negotiations With Force.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that negotiations with Iranian leaders about their country’s nuclear program will fail unless there is a threat of military action by the United States.

“I have trouble seeing how we’re going to achieve our objective short of that,” Cheney said on ABC’sThis Week.” “I don’t have a lot of confidence in the administration to be able to negotiate an agreement. I talked to my friends in that part of the region. They’re very fearful that the whole Iranian exercise is going to go the same way as the Syrian exercise, that is, they’ll be bold talk from the administration, but in the final analysis, nothing effective will be done about the Iranian program.”

Cheney said if President George W. Bush had acted with force to take out Syria‘s nuclear reactor the way the Israelis did in 2007 “we would have sent a clear signal about proliferation.”

“We would have given substance and meaning to our diplomacy,” Cheney said. “The Iranians would have to look and that and say, ‘These guys are serious about it, they mean business,’ and we’d be much more effective today negotiating with the Iranians if we’d taken out that Syrian reactor seven years ago.”

On the issue of the National Security Agency’s intelligence-collecting programs, the Republican said he is all for them.

“It’s nothing new,” Cheney said. “It’s something that we’ve been involved in for a long time. Our overall intelligence capabilities are important to the security of this nation and need to be preserved.”

When asked about the future of his party, he said its salvation will come from a new generation of politicians.

“We got whipped,” he said of the 2012 election. “A lot of us thought we were going to pull it out, and that didn’t happen, and we clearly need to spend time and effort on building the base, building the party. There’s a lot of work to be done, no question about it.

“It’s healthy for the party to be brought up short and say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go to work,'” Cheney continued. “I feel very strongly about it’s time to get a new generation involved.”

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By Amy Woods

Sen. Manchin: Delay in Mandate Penalty Needed to Fix Obamacare.

Sen. Joe Manchin, who is working on a bill to delay the Affordable Care Act‘s individual-mandate penalty until January of 2015, said Sunday such legislation will allow for a transition period in which to fix the law’s problems.

“You have to work through this,” the West Virginia Democrat said on ABC’sThis Week.”
“The transition period of one year is very reasonable and doable.”

Manchin said nobody should be forced to buy a healthcare policy that costs more and offers less coverage than what they had previously. He said that is not the intent of the Affordable Care Act.

“We know it can be done, but we’ve got to work together,” he said. “We can make this happen, but we’ve all got to be on the same team right now, which is team America.”
When asked whether Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign, Manchin said, “I think she should stay, and I think she will get the job done, and I think she needs to bring people around her, and I think she can do that.”

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By Amy Woods

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