Washington on Thursday blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals for evading sanctions on Iran in a clear warning to Tehran to comply with a nuclear deal, and persuading US lawmakers to hold off on new punitive measures. Only hours after the surprise announcement, two top senators bowed to White House pleas not to introduce new sanctions, acknowledging it could "rupture" unity among global powers seeking to rein in Iran's suspect nuclear enrichment program. I support strong sanctions, and authored many of the US sanctions currently in place," said Senate banking committee chairman Tim Johnson, who has been in the spotlight over whether he would introduce a new sanctions regime this year, as several senators have sought. "But I agree that the administration’s request for a diplomatic pause is reasonable," Johnson told a hearing.
Industry tracker eMarketer forecasts that YouTube will rake in about $5.6 billion from ads this year, pocketing nearly two billion of those dollars as profit. The Google-owned online video sharing venue should net $1.96 billion, after divvying YouTube ad revenue with partners and creators of content, in a 65.5 percent jump from what it netted in 2012, according to eMarketer. YouTube's expected 1.7 percent share of digital ad revenue worldwide will top those of Twitter, Amazon.com, LinkedIn, Pandora, AOL, and Millennial Media, the market-tracker said in a released forecast. The $1.08 billion in ad revenue YouTube will reap in the US alone will equal 6.3 percent of Google's total ad revenue here for the year in a 51.7 percent increase from 2012, according to eMarketer.
By Susan Cornwell and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner erupted in anger at conservative groups who oppose a rare bipartisan two-year budget deal on Thursday as lawmakers prepared to vote on the measure in the lower house. The Republican Boehner said external groups had "lost all credibility" and stepped "over the line" by urging lawmakers to oppose the bill, which would avoid showdowns for about two years and mitigate some of the automatic budget cuts known as the "sequester". Separately, a source close to Mitch McConnell, the Republican Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate, said he would vote against the measure if and when it arrives in the Senate next week. McConnell, who faces a challenge from a Tea Party conservative in his bid for re-election from Kentucky, opposes the deal because it would increase the spending level for government programs to about $1.012 trillion this year, up from $967 billion that had been previously scheduled.