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Harry Reid Hearts Rand Paul, Or So He Says

(6) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- Amidst the nasty partisan torpor that is the U.S. Senate, there are very few Republicans whom Democratic leader Harry Reid likes, or even can stand.

The Nevada senator said these days his favorite is none other than libertarian (and leading GOP presidential contender) Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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Hillary Inevitable? Fading Book Sales Say No

(1136) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:30 PM

WASHINGTON -- If books can make presidencies -- and Barack Obama proved they can-- then hold the talk about the inevitability of Hillary Clinton.

The Huffington Post has learned that new survey figures show sales of her foreign policy memoir, Hard Choices, are falling fast.

According to authoritative numbers from...

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Why Washington Fails The Third Metric And What Some Locals Are Doing About It

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 8:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital is not a happy or well place, Arthur Brooks has concluded.

He should know. A pioneer in "happiness studies," Brooks examines the how and why of human wellness in all its dimensions: physical, mental, moral and spiritual.

As president of the American Enterprise Institute, a...

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Bernie Sanders Thinks Hillary Is Eric Cantor

(293) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:18 PM

WASHINGTON –- Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, self-described “democratic socialist,” claims he hasn’t decided whether to run for president, let alone whether to seek the Democratic nomination or try a third-party bid.

But in an interview in his Capitol Hill office, Sanders sounded like...

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Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:45 PM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in the national political media.

On one level, the initial reception is unfair. Most of the spinners, pro and con, and critics, good and bad, haven’t...

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Hillary Clinton's Game Plan Assumes No Second Obama

(103) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Based on everything Hillary Clinton has done and said since she left the Obama administration last year, her 2016 campaign strategy is as clear as it is simple. The idea is to not run against another Barack Obama.

In 2008, Clinton thought that it was her time, that...

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Obama Makes Rare Mention Of Tiananmen On 25th Anniversary (UPDATE)

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:00 PM

WASHINGTON -- In Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland, President Barack Obama eloquently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the dawn of modern democracy in Eastern Europe.

His Wednesday speech was noteworthy as a whole, especially for Europeans. But in China, President Xi Jinping and his Politburo will focus on just one...

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9 Ways China Could Blow It

(162) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 7:03 PM

SHANGHAI -- China’s officials and technocrats -- the latter in their 40s, with degrees from schools such as Stanford, Berkeley and Harvard -- exude an impatient confidence about their country’s future.

They see China becoming the world’s dominant economy at a time when the reigning “hegemon” – the United States...

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China Is Made For E-Commerce

(3) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 10:26 AM

SHANGHAI -- People wonder what China will do for an economic encore after three decades of nuts-and-bolts industrial growth. But all you need to do is look at your smartphone to find the answer.

It’s ITC, e-commerce and social media. This ancient society is an ideal growth medium...

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China's Love-Hate Relationship With America

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 9:13 AM

BEIJING –- The Chinese love to balance contradictions. They’ve been doing it for millennia. The newest and most compelling one is their intensifying love-hate view of America.
 
This isn’t just a sociological curiosity. Getting beyond simplistic, emotional yin yang to a serious, nuanced and adult relationship is...

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What Tiananmen Square?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 9:44 PM

BEIJING –- Twenty-five years ago, anti-government protesters were gathering force in a movement that would end in a bloody crackdown on June 4, 1989, in Tiananmen Square.

Protestors were seeking a more open, Western-style society, with real guarantees of free speech, independent courts and other...

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One Man And His Apps Take On China's Polluters

(10) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:19 PM

BEIJING -- At lunch, a slightly built man named Ma Jun hunches over his iPad. The screen is cracked, but you can still see what he is showing you: a small but potentially crucial early step in China's monumental struggle with pollution.

With masses of data wrested...

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Middle Kingdom In The Middle

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 9:43 AM

BEIJING -- Vladimir Putin is coming to China this week. So is Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. Not to mention Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran.

Shanghai is the place to be. But does it know where it's going?

Elsewhere in the vicinity, unplanned events are...

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The GOP Is Headed To Where Trey Gowdy Is From

(395) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 1:41 PM

WASHINGTON -- Today’s Republican Party was born in and still pivots around upstate South Carolina, which is why the GOP’s choice of Rep. Trey Gowdy as its congressional poster boy for 2014 explains everything about the party’s midterm election strategy: to burrow into its base, its roots, in an act...

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Karl Rove Rides Again As North Carolina GOP Senate Candidate Rebuffs Tea Party Challenger

(130) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -– As a political handler, Karl Rove is a shapeshifter from way back.

In 1994 and 2000, he molded and ran George W. Bush for president as a tolerant, “compassionate conservative.” But in 2004, Rove placed anti-gay marriage initiatives on ballots in swing states to boost...

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The Rise Of Corruptionism

(90) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 7:30 AM

SIEM REAP, Cambodia –- In a courtyard of Angkor Wat, the famous 12th century Hindu/Buddhist temple here, a policeman approached me as I was taking pictures of an ornate spire.

What had I done? Was I someplace I wasn’t supposed to be? Was I photographing something I wasn’t supposed to...

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Obama The Pacific Islander Looks To The Ocean Of The 21st Century

(77) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 6:00 AM

SINGAPORE -- If you look at President Barack Obama from the perspective of this wealthy island city-state, you appreciate his demographic breakthrough.

He's not just the first African-American president. He's the first Pacific Islander president of the U.S. In fact, he's the first islander to lead a global power since...

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Asia Has 'Pivoted' -- To Itself

(20) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- When President Barack Obama heads to Asia later this month, he's not scheduled to visit Vietnam. But the investors in the Rex Hotel here, who want America to do more business in Vietnam, will watch for signs that his much-advertised "pivot to Asia" is...

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Bill Gates Isn't Worried Because Progress 'Doesn't Depend On Washington'

(48) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:05 AM

WASHINGTON -- The skies were cloudy, gunmetal gray. It was drizzling just enough to make you annoyed at the lack of an umbrella.

Politically, everything in the nation’s capital was just as gloomy. Everyone from the president to congressional backbenchers had abysmal job approval ratings. Everyone complained about “gridlock,” but...

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Mitch & Rand 'Not A Bromance,' But A Shotgun Marriage Built To Last

(25) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 6:32 PM

WASHINGTON -- Jesse Benton was delighted with his handiwork. “Thought it went well,” he told me after the Thursday show he had choreographed for Mitch McConnell.

A former top campaign aide to both ex-Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Benton is now in charge of...

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