Jeb Bush says alter political climate in D.C.
As speculation swirled around his potential run for president in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made a plea Friday for greater bipartisanship, hailing President Barack Obama's dinner invitation to a dozen Republican senators this week as a promising development. Striking a tone that set him apart from the more strident rhetoric of the 2012 Republican contenders, Bush argued that the future of the Republican Party could hinge on enhancing cooperation between the parties. He praised work in the Senate on immigration reform, as well as Obama's recent moves. In a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Bush spoke at length about the toxic climate in Washington. He contrasted the rancor of the past few years with the style of historic figures like Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson, whose "forceful hands-on leadership," he said, produced historic civil rights legislation. "The stories about Johnson grabbing people by the shoulders and getting right in their grill to make them realize how important it was to get things done was the kind of leadership that we need to see today," he said. He paid tribute to Reagan for "embracing his adversaries," invoking the former president's friendship with Democratic House Speaker Tip O'Neill.
Army questioned on stress disorder
An Army report released Friday finds the service still has trouble diagnosing and treating soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, despite more than doubling its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers over the past five years. Confusing paperwork, inconsistent training and guidelines, and incompatible data systems have hindered the service as it tries to deal with behavioral health issues, the report by a task force concluded. It's a crucial issue: After a decade of war, soldier suicides outpace combat deaths.
Suspect in theater shooting got care
Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in November because he was considered a danger to himself, and he was frequently held in restraints while hospitalized, according to a court document released Friday. The document also described an earlier incident in which Holmes was hospitalized for "potential self-inflicted head injuries in his cell." It did not say when that incident occurred. The revelations heighten expectations that Holmes would plead not guilty by reason of insanity on Tuesday, his next court appearance. Holmes faces multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the July 20 shootings in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Twelve people were killed and 70 injured.
Syria: The United Nations said Friday that an agreement had been reached to secure the release of the 21 Filipino peacekeepers seized two days earlier by Syrian insurgents in the disputed Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel. But it was unclear when the captives would be freed.
New York: A jury ended deliberations Friday without a verdict in the case of a police officer accused of plotting to abduct and cannibalize women.
Iraq: Iraq's agriculture minister announced his resignation Friday after police opened fire on Sunni demonstrators in the country's north, killing one protester and wounding five others.