Diplomatic efforts to broker a political settlement between the interim Egyptian government and supporters of Mohamed Morsi have failed, said interim President Adly Mansour. Meanwhile, Qatar's foreign minister said that the release of imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood members could help move the talks forward.
The U.S. broke several temperature records in 2012. Looking just at the U.S. climate, January to October 2012 were the warmest first 10 months of any year in U.S. history, with temperatures 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of 55 degrees.
The White House has announced a one-year delay to a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law, giving medium and large businesses more time before they'll be required to provide health insurance for their workers. Business leaders welcomed the news as a "pleasant surprise," but some analysts said the decision raised awkward questions for the administration. "You trade off one set of painful stories for another set of painful stories,” says former Obama policy adviser Bob Kocher. "It’s a way more troublesome news story for people to say that we’re not ready to launch.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell has fired the first shot at his Democratic challenger in the 2014 election, posting an online video titled "What Rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?" Over a thumping beat, the video rhymes the name of Kentucky's secretary of state with "left-wing mime," "not ready for prime time" and "sticks to party line."
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi defied a deadline imposed by the Egyptian military today, even as thousands of pro- and anti-government protesters massed in the streets of Cairo. The increasing tension, which has already begun to spill over into violence, presents a thorny diplomatic challenge for the Obama administration, which has little love for Morsi's government, but fears that a military coup could undermine the spread of democracy in the Middle East.