In today’s news round-up, we view links to news articles on the Obama-Bush debate, the EU economic summit and a report on US job satisfaction.
As President Obama conducts a summit meeting on the Christmas near-tragedy, backers and critics beyond the White House are sure to be arguing about his approach to terrorism — writing yet another chapter in the battle between the Obama and George W. Bush presidencies.
BRUSSELS, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — The European Union (EU)’s first full-time President Herman Van Rompuy marked his first working day on Monday with a call for a special summit among EU leaders to discuss economic issues.
“This is my first official working day. I am preparing already the next European Council (summit) on Feb. 11, I took the initiative to convene this council,” Van Rompuy, who took office in the new year but just started his job Monday due to the holiday, said in a statement.
An annual survey suggets that Americans who still have a job are less satisfied with their work than at any time in the last two decades.
Researchers found that only 45% of workers were happy with their jobs, dropping from 49% in 2008.
The Conference Board research group concluded that the recession was only partly to blame for the drop.
The head of C-SPAN has implored Congress to open up the last leg of health care reform negotiations to the public, as top Democrats lay plans to hash out the final product among themselves.
C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb wrote to leaders in the House and Senate Dec. 30 urging them to open “all important negotiations, including any conference committee meetings,” to televised coverage on his network.
“The C-SPAN networks will commit the necessary resources to covering all of the sessions LIVE and in their entirety,” he wrote.