Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Hold Nomination Hearing for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of the Honorable John F. Kerry, to be United States Secretary of State. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will preside. With terrorism heating up in Algeria and the U.S. and Europe agreeing “to provide new support for the fight against al Qaeda-backed rebels in Mali,” it will be interesting to see what Kerry as Secretary of State will bring to the table on the issue of terrorism.

Poll Finds Positive Outlook on Obama’s Second Term as Inauguration Day Approaches

Republicans may be worrying about their future, but most Americans overall have a positive outlook as President Obama prepares to begin his second term. As President Obama prepares for his second inauguration on Monday, findings from a recent Harris poll show that a slight majority of Americans are feeling hopeful about the president’s second four-year term in the Oval Office. Just over half (52 percent) of U.S. adults describe themselves as very or somewhat happy about Obama beginning his second term, considerably more than indicate being very or somewhat upset (39 percent). Similarly, nearly half of Americans (47 percent) believe things will be better for the country at the end of the president’s second term, putting this sentiment well ahead of feelings … Continue reading

Mental Health Advocates Laud Obama’s Gun Agenda

Even as the debate over gun rights takes center stage in President Obama’s response to the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., advocates are applauding his new mental health-related initiatives. The White House on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping new agenda to reduce the nation’s gun violence, which has left some opponents going as far as threatening impeachment of the president over the issue. That agenda includes a number of new initiatives to improve U.S. mental health services, which the head of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) immediately praised. “NAMI applauds the President’s plan for its significant provisions to strengthen and expand mental health services,” says Michael Fitzpatrick , executive director of NAMI. “The plan in fact reflects the thrust … Continue reading