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July 8, 2010

United States
Obama and Asia, Part Deux

Crack Palinggi/courtesy Reuters My colleague Elizabeth Economy raises some important points about my article in Newsweek, but I think that, overall, she takes a far too rosy  view of the White House…

Supporters of U.S President Obama gather for party to welcome him at Fabulous Bellagio Mall in Jakarta

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

January 7, 2011

Friday File: Welcome Back Bill Daley, Congratulations Gene Sperling

U.S. President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff. (Jason Reed/courtesy Reuters) Above the Fold. President Obama has a new White House chief of staff, Bill …

President Barack Obama introduces William Daley as the new White House Chief of Staff

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

April 11, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington on February 11, 2011. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) The United States …

Campaign 2012: Hello Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential Candidate

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

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

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)

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

March 21, 2011

Politics and Government
Campaign 2012: Hello Tim Pawlenty, GOP Presidential Candidate

Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Spring Event on March 8, 2011. (Brian Frank/courtesy Reuters) Only one Big Ten university has ever graduated an American preside…

Tim Pawlenty speaks during the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Spring Event at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa on March 8, 2011.