Republican Jeb Bush said on Tuesday that "mistakes were made" in the Iraq war, moving to disavow a controversial statement he made in support of the 2003 invasion ordered by his brother, then-President George W. Bush. The former Florida governor, who is likely to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, had told Fox News in an interview broadcast on Sunday that "I would have" authorized the invasion. The comment fed a narrative pushed by Democrats that Jeb Bush is little different from his brother, who left office in early 2009 with his popularity weakened by the Iraq war and a faltering U.S. economy. Jeb Bush on Tuesday went on the talk radio show conducted by conservative Sean Hannity to try to quiet the controversy.
The National Football League's hardline stance on Tom Brady and his role in "Deflategate" sparked predictions on Tuesday that the star quarterback could see his four-game suspension reduced through an appeal. The severity of the punishment for the New England Patriots star combined with a spate of overturned NFL sanctions bode well for Brady in the appeals process, experts said. The appeal, which must be lodged by Thursday at 5 p.m. ET (2100 GMT), would follow a flurry of questions about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of other high-profile cases last season. Brady's four-game suspension is seen as harsh by many, who note it is the same as what is handed to first time offenders violating the league's rules on performance-enhancing drugs, and double the number of games Goodell initially gave Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice for a domestic violence incident.
By Lisa Lambert and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. The Obama administration's regulatory policies, along with the Fed's monetary policies, have stymied economic growth by allowing financial assets to grow substantially in value while wages have stagnated, Christie said. Christie said he would create conditions for the economy to grow at a brisk annual rate of 4 percent through policy changes such as overhauling the tax code and rolling back what he said were burdensome regulations put in place by President Barack Obama. Matthew Green, a politics professor at Catholic University in Washington, said Christie's speech appeared to be an effort to distinguish himself from other candidates and to appeal to members of the Republican conservative base who are critical of the Fed. The sharpest criticism of the Federal Reserve typically comes from the Tea Party and libertarian wings of the Republican party, including from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who in April said he is seeking the presidency and favors opening up the Fed's policy decisions to congressional audits.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys. Market experts say grocery stores and wholesalers are trying to stock up on eggs, but there's no need to worry about having enough turkeys for Thanksgiving.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions.