updated George Stephanopoulos has a “read it here first” post up on David Plouffe’s new book before David Gregory has him first on “Meet the Press.” Plouffe is still the most popular guy at the political party. But get this, I called it right about Wright, according to Plouffe: 2) The campaign was in denial [...]
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Full text of interview. Incoming, and I’m not just talking about drones in Pakistan. Clinton faced a tough crowd with even tougher questions over U.S. policy of using CIA drone attacks. From the AP: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with Pakistanis’ simmering anger over U.S. aerial drones firing missiles in [...]
Travers: We found no evidence that Hamas used civilians as hostages. I had expected to find such evidence but did not. We also found no evidence that mosques were used to store munitions. Those charges reflect Western perceptions in some quarters that Islam is a violent religion. Gaza is densely populated and has a labyrinth [...]
bumped That was the question asked by the National Journal in its weekly new media poll, getting answers from the left and right. Both lefties and righties agreed that it would be the economy: left by 93.8%; right by 82.4%. From there partisan opinion diverged. I was the only one who weighed in by adding [...]
It may not be all that you want, but no other person has done it. That it was accomplished by the first female Speaker of the House is no small milestone. It’s not easy for women in politics, especially when your job requires toughness. But if the speaker is tough, it is also a tough [...]
“… Nancy Pelosi, to her credit, has been left to round up votes for a tough public option without much help from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. You know, the idea that the President could have maybe come in and said, you know what, here’s ten guys that I can sway. If the President [...]
“I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to,” she told a group of newspaper editors during a meeting in Lahore. “Maybe they are not ‘get-at-able’. I don’t know,” she said. … While acknowledging the many bumps in U.S.-Pakistan relations, [...]
–expanded piece cross-posted at Huffington Post– Edited and updated with reporting from the event. “Fueling the drama, there are some in Washington who are willing to toss cheap and easy lines about presidential ‘dithering,’ or alleging the president is ‘afraid’ to reach a decision, in an effort to push him to immediately, indeed automatically, endorse [...]
It’s journalistic shorthand to note a politician’s party identification and state after his or her name. For example: Jane Doe (D-NY). And so Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman is identified as (I-CT). But the “I” does not stand for “Independent.” It stands for “Insurance Industry.” – Paul Begala All Paul Szep cartoons printed with permission.
“The only way to clean up Chicago is to get rid of Capone,” General Flynn said. – Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll I wonder if this was Dick Cheney’s idea? Andrew Exum writes today that it’s the most important article on Afghanistan that you’re going to read this week: [...]
We interrupt this packed foreign policy news day to shock you with a case of criminal inhumanity… What kind of teens are people raising these days? What kind of young men would not only participate in gang raping a young girl, but also leave her to die after they were done? Investigators say as many [...]
–updated– While I was J Street yesterday, Sen. Lieberman decided to shoot off a warning shot at Democrats and the majority of the American public (audio here, via Ryan Grim @ Huffington Post). The emails I got on this one were classic. No one is surprised. However, Sen. Reid was nonplussed for reporters. “I don’t [...]
–updated– Trying to reiterate broader support for what the Pakistanis are doing in South Waziristan, Clinton is doing diplomacy at a moment when things are very difficult in the region, with a car bomb exploding killing more than 80 people, according to early reports. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Pakistan on [...]
updated – bumped About the gala event last night… It was wonderful; great food, wine, conversation, and music, compliments of the Jerome Meltzer Jazz Trio, with Steve Clemons coming as Joe Biden! …well, at least he showed up in a Biden mask, all in good fun and with Vice President Biden’s approval. It was a [...]
Aipac officially denies that it has any role in the assault on J Street, but those at the forefront are close allies of the lobby group, from the conservative Weekly Standard magazine (once dubbed the “neocon bible”) to the Zionist Organisation of America. “If you look at this it’s hard not to see this as [...]
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