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November 10, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The U.S. Marine Corps turns 244 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have …

U.S. Marine Corps

July 22, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
مع السلامة, Güle, güle, להתראות, Farewell

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end.  So it is with From the Potomac to the Euphrates.  It has been a lot of fun during the last nine years, spanning I have lost count of how many…

An Egyptian pigeon fancier waves on his pigeons with a flag of Al Ahly Sport Club to guide them as the Great Pyramids are seen during sunset in Cairo, Egypt November 19, 2018.

July 18, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
A Woman on the Moon and Equality on Earth

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and push toward a new frontier in space exploration, it is time to ensure women are equal partners in STEM and space.

President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson at the White House on November 24, 2015.

June 5, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can you get a second chance to make a first impression? Rick Perry hopes so. When the former Texas governor threw his hat into the presidential ring back in 2011, he was a favorite to grab the nomina…

Republican presidential candidate Perry acknowledges supporters after formally announcing candidacy for president in Addison, Texas

May 28, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Rick Santorum, GOP Presidential Candidate

Can the second be first? Rick Santorum certainly hopes so. In 2012, the former Pennsylvania senator finished second to the eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Now Santorum hopes to improve on that surp…

Santorum-Foreign-Policy

October 14, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Can Rick Perry Create 1.2 Million Energy Jobs?

Perry waves as he addresses a summit in Washington (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters). The centerpiece of Rick Perry’s economic plan, released this morning, is a pledge to create 1.2 million energy j…

Can Rick Perry Create 1.2 Million Energy Jobs?

September 15, 2011

Defense and Security
Rick Perry Wants U.S. Troops Home from Afghanistan

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage before the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential debate in Tampa on September 12, 2011. (Scott Audette/courtesy Reuters) Time magazine got Rick Perry to sit…

Texas Governor Rick Perry takes the stage prior to the CNN/Tea Party Republican presidential candidates debate in Tampa, Florida, September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Scott Audette

August 30, 2011

Defense and Security
A Foreign Policy Platform from Rick Perry? Not Quite

Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry walks to his bus after a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 16, 2011. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Rick Perry used his speech y…

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry walks to his bus after a campaign stop at D.C. Taylor Roofing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, August 16, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

October 18, 2011

Fossil Fuels
Can Rick Perry Create 1.2 Million Energy Jobs? Part II

My earlier post regarding Rick Perry’s energy plan appears to have attracted some attention. I want to follow up on one important point. First a recap of what I wrote: “The numbers that Perry and R…

August 13, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Rick Perry, GOP Presidential Candidate

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)  For seventeen of the past forty-eigh…

Texas Governor Rick Perry delivers remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)