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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

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 31, 2011

Politics and Government
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Part III

  Yesterday I noted that many legal scholars believe that while the text of the Constitution may not have given presidents an independent war-making authority, they have acquired that through two …

Part III

March 18, 2011

Defense and Security
Friday File: Obama “Dithers” No More

  Libyan protesters in Tobruk celebrate after the UN Security Council passes a resolution authorizing a "no-fly" zone and military attacks on Muammar Qaddafi's forces. (Suhaib Salem/courtesy Re…

Libyan Protesters celebrate after a U.N. resolution authorising a

March 7, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Herman Cain, GOP Presidential Candidate

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington in February 2011. (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters) What if when Americans go to the polls on Novem…

Herman Cain takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action conference in Washington on February 11, 2011.  (Jonathan Ernst/courtesy Reuters)

December 16, 2010

Politics and Government
Tea Parties

Two hundred and thirty seven years ago today the Sons of Liberty dumped 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.  It must have been unseasonably warm in Boston in December 1773. The arctic blast now g…

Tea Parties

June 14, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Michele Bachmann, GOP Presidential Candidate

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Michele Bachmann made some news at last night’s rather sedate GOP presidential …

Congresswoman  Michele Bachmann speaks at a rally on Capitol Hill on March 31, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters)

March 25, 2011

Defense and Security
Is Operation Odyssey Dawn Constitutional? Obama Versus the Framers

I noted in a post earlier today that President Obama can make a credible legal case—if he were ever forced to make one—that he had all the authority he needed to order Operation Odyssey Dawn. But his…

Independence Hall

May 10, 2011

Defense and Security
What Are Obama’s Options on Afghanistan?

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, gestures during a gun battle in Helmand province. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) I have a new post up at CNN’s Global Public…

A U.S. Marine from Bravo Company of 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, gestures during a gun battle in Helmand province. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters)

May 9, 2011

Elections and Voting
Quick Takes: So Who Won the GOP Presidential Debate?

Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's "Presidential Summit on Spending and Job Creation" in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 29, 2011. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters) …

Herman Cain speaks at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s