(CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for tighter controls over tourism and other forms of pollution in Antarctica Monday, arguing for greater global cooperation to help preserve the continent's environmental and scientific research value.
Addressing a joint session of the Arctic Council and the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Clinton said the Obama administration is concerned about the growing popularity of tourism in the southern polar region. She said the United States is proposing new international limits on the number of landings from tourist vessels, as well as greater cooperation to prevent potentially hazardous discharges from those ships.
Her remarks came as the United States helped mark the fiftieth anniversary of Antarctic Treaty, a model for "how agreements created for one age can serve the world in another," Clinton said.
(CNN) – Former New York Rep. John Sweeney was arrested early Sunday morning on his second DWI incident in 17 months after refusing to take field sobriety tests, the Saratoga County District Attorney's office confirms to CNN.
"We will treat this prosecution like any other felony DWI case," District Attorney James Murphy said in a statement provided to CNN. "We are fortunate that his alleged conduct did not result in death or serious physical injury to himself or any one else."
In 2007, Sweeney pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor DWI charge, Murphy also said in the statement.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand defeated Sweeney in 2006 when he sought re-election to represent New York's 20th Congressional District. Gillibrand was recently named by New York Gov. David Paterson to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. The race to replace Gillibrand resulted in a virtual tie and is not likely to be determined until absentee ballots are counted and a possible recount takes place.
(CNN) - Top Obama adviser David Axelrod sharply criticized Dick Cheney's recent contention that the president's national security policies have made the country less safe, suggesting the former vice president is not behaving like a "statesman."
[President Bush] has behaved like a statesman," Axelrod told CNN's John King on State of the Union regarding the former president's decision not to criticize the new administration. "And as I've said before, here and elsewhere, I just don't think the memo got passed down to the vice president."
In an interview on State of The Union last month, Cheney said the president’s decision to reverse a series of the Bush policies with respect to the war on terror was putting the country's national security at risk. (Video below)
"I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoy, of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11," he said then. "I think it's a great success story. It was done legally, it was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles…"
But in the interview Sunday, Axelrod suggested the Bush Administration terrorism policies had largely failed.
(CNN) - It was another eventful Sunday, beginning with an early-morning wake-up call for the traveling President Obama.
As if his first overseas trip wasn't busy enough already, North Korea reminded Obama that presidents don't always get to pick their challenges.
It added to the drama of an already big day. In a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, scripted to outline an ambitious goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons, the president added condemnation of North Korea's rocket launch and a call for quick international action.
ANKARA, Turkey (CNN) - On his first state visit to a Muslim nation, U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday the United States and Turkey can send an important message to the world through their friendship.
"Turkey and the United States can build a model partnership in which a predominantly Christian nation and a predominantly Muslim nation - a Westernnation and a nation that straddles two continents - that we can create a modern international community that is respectful, that is secure, that is prosperous, that there are not tensions, inevitable tensions, between cultures - which I think is extraordinarily important. That's something that's very important to me," Obama said at a news conference.
He added that "one of the great strengths of the United States" is that it does not consider itself "a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. I think modern Turkey was founded with a similar set of principles."
Obama said he was hoping to "make a statement" by ending his week-long overseas trip in Turkey.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (CNN) - Visiting Prague, Czech Republic, U.S. President Barack Obama was awakened at 4:30 a.m. Sunday with the news that North Korea had launched a rocket, as it had threatened to do over the past several weeks.
During his presidential campaign, Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton debated over who would be better qualified to take a hypothetical early-morning call of an international crisis. But in Prague, where both Obama and Clinton - now Secretary of State - are participating in the European Union summit, they acted in concert.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he personally woke up the president to tell him the launch had been confirmed. Obama consulted with his top aides - some by phone and others in person, as some are traveling with him. They included Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and various other intelligence officials.
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American officials condemned the North Korean launch of a long-range rocket Sunday, with President Obama calling it a "provocative act."
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod sharply criticized Dick Cheney's recent contention that the president's national security policies have made the country less safe, suggesting the former vice president is not behaving like a "statesman."
The United Nations Security Council should immediately respond to North Korea's recent rocket launch, Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.
Newly-minted General Motors CEO Fritz Henderson told CNN's John King that all options are in play as the beleaguered company struggles to steer clear of bankruptcy court.
Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin gave the republican response Saturday to the president's budget, saying that while there is "no doubt" that President Obama inherited a fiscal crisis, the question remains: "Is he fixing it or is he making it worse?"
Hours after North Korea’s missile test, President Obama on Sunday called for new United Nations sanctions and laid out a new approach to American nuclear disarmament policy — one intended to strengthen the United States and its allies in halting proliferation.