President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House after their Texas visit, April 25
11:20: The President delivers remarks at the Planned Parenthood Gala
11:30: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
1:55: The President holds a bilateral meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan
3:0: Meets with U.S. business leaders with a significant presence in Mexico and Central America in advance of his trip to the region
The Guardian (UK): Obama is right to be cautious over Syria’s possible use of sarin – but then? The debacle of the Bush administration’s rush to judgment over Saddam Hussein’s ‘WMD’ shows why the US is in a quandary
The circumstances are familiar. The US is pointing to evidence that a despotic Arab regime has used weapons of mass destruction (WMD). But with the caution and caveats of its letter to Congress, the Obama administration is seeking to demonstrate this is not a repeat of the Iraq debacle.
…. There are no easy options and no road maps. Iraq showed what not to do in the absence of proof. It provides no lessons on what to do if the evidence does eventually become overwhelming.
Full article here
US economic growth accelerates in first quarter buoyed by strongest consumer spending in more than 2 years: apne.ws/15VNKVN -CJ
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 26, 2013
Steve Benen: At first blush, one might look at the new report on the strength of the U.S. economy and consider it good news. After all, the economy is, in fact, growing, and it expanded in the first quarter of 2013 at a much faster pace than the last three months of 2012. Overall, the nation has seen 14 consecutive quarters of economic growth, starting in mid-2009, when President Obama’s Recovery Act helped put the nation on stronger footing.
But the closer one looks at the details, the more discouraging the new figures appear…
Dallas, April 25 – Photo by Pete Souza