March 22nd, 2012
04:17 PM ET
Feminist writer Gloria Steinem and the anti war activist group Code Pink are pressing high profile women in the Obama administration, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to oppose military action against Iran.
Code Pink has started a petition drive to influence three women in the Obama administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and the first lady, to “say no” to a war on Iran.
The international community along with the United States has imposed severe economic sanctions on Iran which is suspected to be developing nuclear weapons. Iran maintains it's nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
As the window shrinks for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program, the activists are circulating a petition titled "Women say no war on Iran."
The petition reads in part, "We, American women and our allies, join with Iranian, Israeli and Palestinian women to oppose the inflammatory rhetoric of war and the recently publicized plan of the Israeli government to attack Iran."
Pink posters of Steinem, Alice Walker and others are emblazoned with the group’s message: “Iranians. We will never bomb your country. We love you.” The organization hopes to gather 7000 names on the petition to send to the first lady, secretary and ambassador.
March 22nd, 2012
08:00 AM ET
Day two of President Obama's energy tour will bring him to Cushing, Oklahoma a major trading hub for crude oil and the site where a key portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would begin. As our White House correspondent Brianna Keilar reported this week, the president Thursday will announce a new executive order to streamline the permit process for infrastructure projects and a specific memorandum addressing what the administration now calls the "Cushing pipeline" or the southern part of the Keystone pipeline. Republicans have been critical calling the move purely political since this portion of the Keystone pipeline does not require presidential approval. In January the administration denied approval for the pipeline that would bring oil from the Canada's oil sands to the Texas coast.
Mr. Obama then returns to Ohio for his 19th trip as president to this critical election battleground state as he speaks at Ohio State University in Columbus. He will highlight the university's energy related research and development. The president will return to the White House Thursday evening.
For the full schedule released by the White House, click below. FULL POST