Tue, Jul 30, 2013 11:07 AM EDT 1:03
A White House official said President Barack Obama met privately with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington. The meeting came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years in a U.S.-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met for lunch in a private dining room at the White House, spawning a frenzy of predictable media speculation about whether they might be putting their heads together about Clinton?s much-rumored 2016 run. President Barack Obama has narrowed his choices to succeed Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to "some extraordinary candidates" and will announce his pick "over the next several months,"