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Obama's Syrian Fire House Is On Fire

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I just returned a few days ago from yet another painful visit to the Middle East. The heat of Islamist terror is felt everywhere. The Syrian civil w...

Barack Obama Meets Neville Chamberlain and Joseph Stalin? Unsettling Parallels With The Infamous Munich Agreement of 1938 and Its Aftermath

Sheldon Filger | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

President Obama has made America's worst strategic blunder by empowering the anti-American regime in Iran, acquiescing in its burgeoning hegemonic role in the Middle East, while legitimating its status as a nuclear threshold power.

Sam Stein

Top Obama Adviser: The President Didn't Change, ISIS Did | Sam Stein | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he embarks on a new, more aggressive approach to confront the rise of the Islamic State, President Barack Obama is being hit from all...

White House Deputy: ISIS Execution Of James Foley Was 'Terrorist Attack'

The Huffington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics

Ben Rhodes, the White House's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting, said that journalist James Foley's execut...

U.S. Eyes Larger Military Action Against ISIS

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extrem...

Obama Focuses On Foreign Policy Crises

AP | By JULIE PACE | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations. Obama's...

Senate Follies Almost Derail Confirmation Of New U.S. Ambassador To Russia

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

In the midst of major political turmoil, fiery rhetoric, sanctions, violence in eastern Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Americ...

U.S.: Downed Ukraine Jets Part Of Russia Influenced Pattern

AP | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists us...

The Politics of Benghazi

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Benghazi has turned into an investigation about talking points. It has become a political rallying cry for Republicans, who see it as the gift that will keep on giving all the way to November 2016, while overlooking similar such incidents under Republican presidents.

White House 'Disappointed' Saudi Arabia Denied Entry To American Journalist

Michael Calderone | Posted 05.25.2014 | Media
Michael Calderone

White House disappointed with Saudi Arabia barring American journalist from Obama's visit.

Obama To Address Iran, Syria In UN Speech

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Seeking to build on diplomatic opportunities, President Barack Obama is expected to signal his willingness to e...

Report: Republicans Altered Benghazi Emails

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

One day after The White House released 100 pages of Benghazi emails, a report has surfaced alleging that Republicans released a set with altered text....

White House Applauds Activist's Exit From China

AP | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics

CAMP DAVID, Md. -- The White House has welcomed the arrangement allowing a blind Chinese activist to leave Beijing and fly to the United States with h...

Deja Vu-doo: The Fuse of Iran?

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Call me crazy. Call me dumb. But I get uncomfortable when I read articles talking about a president wanting to run on national security, particularly when there doesn't seem to be any credible, sustained national security risk on the horizon.

What Is Obama's Message for Tahrir Square?

Jonathan Guyer | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Jonathan Guyer

Last night, I attended the White House's State of the Union "tweet up," a gathering of a couple hundred new media addicts at the Eisenhower Executive ...

White House Webinar: Students Ask Questions On Osama Bin Laden

Posted 07.05.2011 | Education

Teachers and students are invited to join the White House for a webinar Thursday, May 5 at 1 p.m. EST, hosted by Discovery Education. Ben Rhodes, dep...

Obama Moved at Warp Speed on Libya

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

While President Obama has been criticized by many on the political left and right for moving too slowly in reacting to Libya, there is simply no truth to the notion that he dragged his heels in orchestrating action there. The decisions made by the White House on Libya, whether one liked or disliked those decisions, happened at an incredible rate. Obama has changed the dynamics of response to potential and real mass human tragedy.

Is Netanyahu a "Bomber Boy"?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Both Obama and Netanyahu would be wise to think through ways to halt the dysfunctional, paranoiac escalation between Iran and Israel.

White House Correspondents Dinner: Obama Can Also Be His Own Comedian

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

Beyond all of the indulgence of VIP lists, select tables, black tie and gown, meet and greet stuff at this gathering is that there were real moments of serious policy and political discussion that were not trivial.

Communications Corruption at White House

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Many White House correspondents want to write Obama books. But the kind of books that sell need "inside access" -- and this is something that the communications team doles out minimally.

Family Ties: Obama Speechwriter And Fox News Exec Are Brothers

Broadcasting & Cable | Marisa Guthrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Relations between Sen. Barack Obama and Fox News Channel haven't exactly been warm since the Illinois Democrat began his presidential campaign. A yea...