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Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



GOP’s Foreign Policy Unfit for a World Power

Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearings to become secretary of defense have raised questions about the Republican Party’s ability to conduct U.S. foreign policy worthy of a major international player; Hillary Clinton may be responsible for the decline in the use of “Hillary” as a baby name; meanwhile, although President Obama is quite adept at Internet use, his tendency toward waging a “cyber war” is a deficient approach to online security. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

Hillary Clinton Already Has a Super PAC Just in Case

Although the outgoing secretary of state declined a “60 Minutes” invitation to declare her intention to run in 2016, a pair of former Clinton fundraisers are already “ReadyForHillary,” as their aptly named super PAC would indicate.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



A Treasury Department Fail, ‘SNL’ Takes on Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bipartisan agreement reached on immigration reform and Obama and Clinton give a joint interview on “60 Minutes.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE


Questions That Need Asking

Republicans wanted nothing more than to summon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill and grill her about the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. Sadly for them, they got their wish.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton’s Testimony

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Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE



Clinton Accused of Fakery, Biden Eyes 2016, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a victory for women in the military and why John Boehner thinks President Obama is out to “annihilate” the GOP.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE


Clinton Gets Testy With GOP Senator During Benghazi Hearing

After Ron Johnson questioned the State Department’s handling of the deadly terrorist attack, even claiming that it had misled the public about what happened, Hillary Clinton lost her temper and fired back.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



Fiscal Cliff Blame Game, a Hillary Clinton Health Update, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a marriage milestone in Maryland and Politics Today’s pick for the 2012 video of the year.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized

The secretary of state was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday after doctors discovered she had a blood clot related to a concussion she sustained this month.

Posted on Dec 30, 2012 READ MORE



Romney the Reluctant Presidential Candidate, Another Kennedy Weighs Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker’s personal connection with gun violence and the surprising information revealed by the FBI’s internal records on the Occupy movement.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



Piers Morgan Goes Off on Pro-Gun Guest, Norquist Breaks Anti-Tax Pledge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why conservatives think Hillary Clinton’s faking a concussion and Time reveals its 2012 Person of the Year.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



Feinstein to Introduce Gun Legislation, Boehner Proposes Tax Hike, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on Hillary Clinton’s health scare, why a pizza chain founder is suing the Obama administration and what Stephen Colbert is doing with the rest of his super PAC money.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



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How Republicans Would Benefit From John Kerry Secretary of State Nomination

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is reportedly now President Obama’s top choice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state after Susan Rice withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomat position late last week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Susan Rice Withdraws From Secretary of State Consideration

“Today, I made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the American people that I not continue to be considered by the president for nomination of secretary of state,” Rice said in an interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams.

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 READ MORE


Anyone Else Find the Threat of Syrian Chemical Weapons Eerily Familiar?

In the past, the accusation of WMD possession has been the usual formulation when threatening foreign intervention or an attack.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



Scalia’s Anti-Gay Marriage Rant, Nate Silver on Hillary’s 2016 Prospects, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Stephen Colbert’s response to a poll that shows South Carolina voters want him in the Senate and why the Koch brothers postponed a major meeting.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton for President in 2016?

The New Yorker’s David Remnick says the answer to that question, based on the secretary of state’s appearance at the annual Saban Forum over the weekend, is yes, “she’s running.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE



The New Century of Women

We are going from “The Year of the Woman”—that was 1992—to decades of the woman. And it is not only politics anymore.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

In Baseless Persecution of Rice, Republican Reputations Will Sink

The opposition to Susan Rice is cobbled together from the remnants of a failed “October Surprise” election gambit, and has left President Obama little choice but to move ahead with her nomination.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Discipline, Not Democracy, for Afghanistan and Iraq

The U.S. government formally values the human right to be free from indefinite detention without charge, except in certain cases such as when the practice is useful for securing its own interests in Afghanistan and Iraq, writes Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. May Be ‘Filibustering’ Security Council Over Gaza

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations on Monday said an unnamed country (“I’m sure you can guess which”) was engaged in a “filibuster attempt” to block a statement condemning the violence in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE



Allen West Loses, Grover Norquist on Obama’s ‘Poopy Head’ Strategy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a possible surprise pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state and a conversation David Petraeus’ mistress had about him during a January appearance on “The Daily Show.” 

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 READ MORE


Hearing an Echo on Foreign Policy

Mitt Romney claims to disagree with President Obama on many aspects of foreign policy. We’re still waiting to hear what those differences might be.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE


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Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistani Minister Puts Out a Hit on Offensive Filmmaker

The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan, where the U.S. is running paid advertisements of President Obama and Hillary Clinton condemning the video that has sparked global protests.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Mob Kills U.S. Ambassador, 3 Others in Libya (Updated)

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three staff members were killed by an angry mob that sacked the American consulate in Benghazi, reportedly in response to an American-made video mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Obama Refuses to Meet With Netanyahu, or Maybe He’s Just Busy

According to a Haaretz source, the president has no time for the Israeli prime minister during a U.S. visit this month.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Tests Pakistan by Declaring Haqqani a Terror Group

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States would formally recognize the militant Haqqani network operating in Afghanistan as a terrorist organization, a report to Congress said Friday.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Dick Morris Makes Bizarre Claim About Clinton and Obama Administration

The Fox News contributor’s convoluted conspiracy theory claims the Obama administration is holding Hillary Clinton hostage and that she will pay the ultimate price if the president loses his re-election bid.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE



Romney Tax Revelation, Ryan’s Budget Admission, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. John McCain’s advice to President Obama and Rep. Paul Ryan’s stimulus hypocrisy talk.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 READ MORE



Paul Ryan’s Hypocrisy, Another Clinton Candidate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Republican National Convention keynote speaker revealed and Stephen Colbert offers some “praise” for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Clinton’s Clumsy Visit

The top U.S. diplomat wooed Egypt’s new government but wowed very few among a proud people determined to find their own way as a democracy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Must We Go Here Again? Birthers, Neo-Birthers and Right-Wing Sleaze

The roiling paranoia and hatred that marred American politics when Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the White House has resurfaced in attacks on Barack and Michelle Obama, who like the Clintons have been maligned repeatedly as communist, subversive, Satanic and, above all, illegitimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt

Supply Lines to Reopen After U.S. Apologizes to Pakistan

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in drone strikes in November.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Fredrik Persson

Dispatches From Cairo: Ms. Clinton, Kindly Butt Out

Egyptians, beset by a heat wave and overheated politics, resent American meddling in their contested presidential election.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

Mubarak Is Dead, Alive or Somewhere in Between

Former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak, whose health has been questionable since thousands of Egyptians took to Tahrir Square in 2011 to demand his removal from power, was reported close to death Tuesday, following a stroke. One report said he was being kept alive only by life support, though this has been disputed.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Any International Syrian Solution Is Tangled Up in Russia

The reaction of Hillary Clinton and some others in the West has been in the full Cold War mode, denouncing the Russians as obstacles to peace. In fact, the Russians could be very useful in finding a settlement and seem to ask simply that their own interests in the Middle East be respected.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE


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AP/Shannon Stapleton

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.

Posted on May 2, 2012 READ MORE



State Department

Gulf States Will Pay Syrian Rebels, Defectors

After an international conference in Turkey, the Syrian National Council said it will receive millions a month in funding from wealthy Gulf nations to pay Syrians who are either rebelling against or defecting from President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Nam Y. Huh

Romney Wins Illinois, Rivals Aren’t Going Anywhere

The fact that Newt Gingrich, who has done little to impress in this Republican primary, can afford to stay in the race tells you why Mitt Romney’s huge win in Illinois on Tuesday night actually means very little.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Clinton Calls for Unity on Syria at U.N.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the United Nations Security Council on Monday to appeal once again to the international community about the crisis in Syria, making pointed remarks in the general direction of China and Russia as she urged all member nations to get with the regime change program, and soon.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Phillip Pavlovich

U.S. Contemplates ‘Additional Measures’ for Syria

Press representatives at the White House and the State Department are using the same vague phrase, “additional measures,” to describe the administration’s mystery plan for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama Brings Chinese VP to the White House

On Tuesday, Barack Obama played host to China’s Vice President Xi Jinping at the White House to discuss trade, human rights and other diplomatic topics. Why all the fuss over a VP? For one, Xi was returning a gesture that his American counterpart, Joe Biden, recently made.

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 READ MORE


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