President Obama meets with BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg Wednesday in the Oval Office. (PHOTO CREDIT: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)
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Washington (CNN) - Supporters of Israel in the U.S. House warned Turkey on Wednesday they might support a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide that so far has failed to come up for a vote by the full chamber.
Turkey opposes the resolution that would bring formal U.S. recognition of the 1915-1923 campaign by Turkey's Ottoman Empire against the Armenian population of eastern Anatolia region as genocide.
The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a single vote in March, but so far has not come up for debate by the full House. Turkey called home its U.S. ambassador to protest the House committee vote.
However, House members who have been unwilling to support the resolution now say they might change their minds due to Turkey's pro-Iranian moves and support for the recent effort to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.
"There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told a news conference. "It will bear upon my view and I believe the view of many members of Congress on the state of the relationship with Turkey."
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama travels to Ohio Friday for the sixth time since taking office in a visit focused on the economy.
According to the White House, the president will "meet with workers and deliver remarks at the groundbreaking of a road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" in Columbus.
Columbus was the location of his first visit to Ohio as president. In March 2009, he attended a graduation ceremony for 25 police cadets who had been slated to lose their jobs until the city used stimulus money to fund their salaries for the year. The White House credited the economic stimulus plan for saving those jobs and used the trip to illustrate that the plan was working.
Since that first trip, Obama has also visited Shaker Heights, Cincinnati, Elyria, and Strongsville, Ohio.
Washington (CNN) - Before an Oval Office meeting with President Obama Wednesday afternoon, Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown told a Boston radio station he's concerned the president will use the oil spill to pass a national energy tax sending jobs overseas.
Brown spoke in the morning with WBUR, the Boston NPR affiliate, following the president's Tuesday night address to the nation about the ongoing oil spill.
"I wish he would spend more time focusing on how we are going to clean up the spill and how we are going to contain it," Brown said. "And less time trying to pass the blame … and also trying to push, I feel, a national energy tax that will ultimately drive jobs overseas. That seems to be where they're headed."
Brown and Obama are scheduled to sit down at 2:30 p.m. ET in the president's West Wing office. The meeting is closed to the press.
"I'm going to talk, I'm presuming, about his national energy tax idea, and I'm sure he'll bring up immigration, and then I'm going to try to focus on jobs and see what the plans are to try and get this economy moving again," Brown told WBUR.
Washington (CNN) – Many Americans believe that some beaches and wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will never recover, according to a new national poll. Also, more than four in five think the oil spill will hurt the country's economy, with 79 percent adding that American consumers will see a jump in gas and food prices.
A USA Today/Gallup survey released Wednesday also suggests a gender gap on the issue, with women respondents much more pessimistic than men. Six out of ten women say some beaches will never recover, compared to 37 percent of men. And 65 percent of females say some species may never return to pre-spill levels, compared to 52 percent of male respondents.
The poll indicates that overall, 59 percent of the public thinks that normal levels for some species hurt by the environmental catastrophe may never recover, with another one in five saying that it could take ten or more years for such species to recover. Forty-nine percent of people questioned say that some of the affected beaches will not recover, with another one in four adding that it will take a decade or longer for such beaches to return to normal.
Washington (CNN) - The Tea Party Express endorsed on Wednesday a little known Alaska candidate in a bid to oust an incumbent Republican senator who is part of the Senate GOP leadership.
The group is backing Joe Miller in Alaska's Republican senate primary. In a statement, the Tea Party Express "vows to defeat" Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
CNN first reported the story, exclusively, on Wednesday.
"The Tea Party Express will make Miller's campaign its top priority between now and the August 24th Alaska Primary, and will devote the resources necessary to ensure Miller's victory," the group said in a statement.
BP executives meet with President Obama and high level cabinet members in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (PHOTO CREDIT: Pete Souza/White House)
New York (CNNMoney.com) - BP has agreed to put roughly $20 billion into an escrow account to cover costs related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a senior White House official told CNN Wednesday.
The official said the agreement was worked out ahead of a highly-anticipated meeting between BP executives and President Obama in Washington.
The amount to be placed in the fund is "in the ballpark of $20 billion," according to the official.
Obama is expected to make a statement later Wednesday.
(CNN) - Military operations will need to be reduced for the rest of the year unless Congress approves additional funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned senators Wednesday.
"I am becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of progress on the supplemental and strongly urge Congress to complete its work on the request as quickly as possible," Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The Pentagon has requested an additional $33 billion to support the added financial costs of President Barack Obama's new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, now the longest conflict in U.S. history. Gates told senators that if there is no passage of the funding by the July 4 congressional recess, "We will have to begin planning to curtail defense operations."
"Such planning is disruptive, can be costly and especially in a time of war, and I ask your help in avoiding this action," he said.
Washington (CNN) – The Republican National Committee accuses President Obama of failing to focus his full attention on the Gulf oil spill, specifically criticizing him in a new web video of waiting 58 days to meet with BP executives to discuss how to address this environmental disaster.
Obama met with BP officials Wednesday morning in the Roosevelt Room, less than 24 hours after he returned from the Gulf and delivered a primetime address from the Oval office outlining his plan to revive the region.
The RNC’s hard hitting video, which CNN viewed before it was released publicly Wednesday, alleges that instead of trying to find a solution to the Gulf crisis, Obama was too busy playing golf and attending events such as Paul McCartney’s White House concert.
The video weaves together devastating images the Gulf, Obama playing golf, a fictitious day planner and footage of him singing with McCartney.
Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°" and "State of the Union" as well as participating in special event coverage.
Washington (CNN) - We're not used to seeing President Obama in the Oval Office, and that's for a good reason: He's never spoken to us from there. Yet Tuesday night, he chose to address the nation from behind the desk on the stage that yells a few things before a word is even spoken - importance of topic, urgency of task and, of course, commander in chief.
Trappings in place, Obama did sound like a president waging a fight, using the language of war to talk about the "battle" in the Gulf, one that is "assaulting" citizens; a "siege" for which he has a "battle plan."
But the warrior soon morphed into a company man with a PowerPoint presentation: an authorization to deploy 17,000 National Guard members, 5.5 million feet of boom laid across the water, the building of new islands in the barrier reef, more burning and skimming to collect the errant and ugly oil.
If you wanted to hear inspiration about the cleanup effort, it happened in the last paragraph of the speech when the president invoked the national "strength" and "resilience." But this was about a president asserting control on the ground, not soaring rhetoric.