Republican Response to Obama Focuses on Economy, 'Opportunity Inequality'
U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state focused on addressing what she called "opportunity inequality" as she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.
She said Obama is focused instead on inequalities in income, and that his administration's policies are widening the gap between where people's lives stand now and where they want to
The congresswoman said Republicans have plans to add jobs without increasing government spending, and to improve education and training programs to better prepare people for the workforce.
She also said Republicans want to let workers keep more of their paychecks through lower taxes, and more affordable energy and healthcare.
She also briefly highlighted a desire to address the nation's immigration system, saying reforms must begin by securing the country's borders.
Afghan President Denies Blaming US for 'Insurgent-Style' Attacks
The Afghan government is denying reports that it suspects the United States of aiding "insurgent-style" attacks in an effort to undermine the government.
A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai, Aimal Faizi, said Tuesday there is no evidence to prove the United States is behind the recent suicide attack on a Lebanese restaurant in the capital, Kabul
In an article published Tuesday by The Washington Post, unnamed senior Afghan officials said Afghan President Karzai has a list of "dozens of attacks" he believes the U.S government may have been involved in an attempt to weaken him and foment instability in the country.
U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham is quoted in the article as describing the allegations as "deeply conspiratorial" and "divorced from reality".