January 9th, 2013
08:22 PM ET

Obama's image problem? Administration loses another high-profile woman

The President's Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigned Wednesday. She was one of eight women in the President's cabinet.

Her resignation comes the same day an image caught our attention in the New York Times.

The White House recently released a photo of President Obama with his top advisers discussing the fiscal cliff negotiations.  The only woman in the picture is Senior adviser to the president Valerie Jarrett.

The problem is all you can see is a portion of her leg – behind another adviser.

Photo of the day: President Obama meets with senior advisors in the Oval Office, Jan. 8, 2013

It appears the White House must have realized their mistake.

Because the same day the New York Times published that picture, the White House released another photo of the President with his advisers. Three women are in the picture and are all visible.

Filed under: Politics
January 9th, 2013
08:15 PM ET

Gov. Christie 'can't paint a different picture of the state' after Sandy, says Sen. Stephen Sweeney

"The master of disaster" - That's how Time magazine is referring to Chris Christie this week. The New Jersey governor has seen a big bounce in approval ratings after his handling of hurricane Sandy and today he told NBC his recent outbursts over aid has nothing to do with politics.

Christie for president in 2016: "I'd be more ready

"Sandy is and was above politics in every other element except what happened in the congress a week ago." Christie said, "And so what I was trying to point out very clearly was there are people suffering in New Jersey, there are people suffering in New York, they need to be taken care of, Remember this Matt, we've now waited seven times longer than the victims of Katrina waited for federal aid."

But some of Christie's democratic colleagues say he is taking advantage of the situation. New Jersey state senate president, Steve Sweeney blasted Governor Christie saying "I guess he prayed a lot and got lucky that a storm came."

Sweeney apologized immediately after that comment, but it raises the question, can you fault a politician for leading in a time of crisis?

OutFront tonight: NJ State Senator Stephen Sweeney. FULL POST

Filed under: "Superstorm" Sandy • Politics
January 9th, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Fires rage in Australia, people fear a repeat of "Black Saturday"

In Australia, where more than 130 fires are raging in New South Wales and many are fearing a repeat of 2009's "Black Saturday," the series of bushfires that killed 173 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Volunteer firefighters battle Australia blaze

As temperatures soar to 109 degrees, officials are warning residents "the risk is real and potentially deadly" and they should listen to local authorities.

SKY News' Jemma Veness is at a Fire Service Headquarters in Sydney. We asked her how widespread are these fires?

Filed under: International • OuterCircle
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