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January 14, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Hu Is Coming

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China's President Hu Jintao in Seoul. (Jim Young/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Chinese President Hu Jintao comes to Washington next week for his first vi…

U.S. President Barack Obama meets China’s President Hu Jintao in Seoul

December 24, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Vacation Time

Above the fold. So President Obama is now off on vacation in Hawaii. He presumably will enjoy it, having crossed repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and passage of the New START Treaty off his to…

Friday File: Vacation Time

March 4, 2011

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2012: Hello Newt Gingrich, GOP Presidential Candidate?

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) Someone had to go first. So Newt Gingrich did. While the other major …

Newt Gingrich addresses the 38th annual CPAC meeting in Washington

February 18, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: Mubarak Is Gone, Now Comes the Hard Part

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo. (Amr Dalsh/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. The TV cam…

A family of Egyptian pro-democracy supporters ride on a motorcycle carrying an Egyptian flag after Friday prayers near Tahrir Square in Cairo

March 4, 2011

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Friday File: What If Qaddafi Is Right?

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of President of Yemen Saleh and then-Egyptian President Mubarak during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte. (Asmaa Waguih/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. In the mid…

Qaddafi leans on the shoulders of then Egyptian President Mubarak and President of Yemen Saleh during the second Afro-Arab Summit in Sirte

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Going to End Well?

A French fighter jet prepares to land at its military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold…

A French fighter jet prepares to land at the military air base on the island of Corsica where France runs its military operation against Libya. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/courtsey Reuters)

March 11, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Is Obama “Dithering” on Libya?

Anti-Qaddafi protesters attend Friday prayers today in Benghazi. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Is President Obama dithering on Libya? The president’s critics certainly think so and…

Anti-Qaddafi protesters attend Friday prayers in Benghazi

April 8, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Who Will Succeed Bob Gates as Secretary of Defense?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma's speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011. (Larry…

U.S. Secretary of Defense Gates and Admiral Mullen enter the auditorium before Oabma’s speech about the conflict in Libya at the National Defense University on March 28, 2011.

May 13, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Will We Come to Regret the Raid on Abbottabad?

A policeman walks in front of Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. (Faisal Mahmood/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. Actions, even virtuous ones, have consequences. Sometimes those consequenc…

A policeman walks in front of the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad.

April 28, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The World Next Week: Will the Debt Debate Roil the Markets?

Floor trader Joe Quaglieri uses a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on April 18, 2011, when Wall Street fell more than 1 percent as sovereign debt fears on both sides of the Atlantic …

Floor trader Joe Quaglieri uses a phone on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 18, 2011. Wall Street fell more than 1 percent on Monday as sovereign debt fears on both sides of the Atlantic and China’s monetary tightening hurt the outlook for global economic growth. (Brendan McDermid/courtesy Reuters)