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Can Joe Biden Save the Democrats? (and Do the Dems Need Saving?)

William Bradley | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary's e-mail controversy is a real nagging problem. Why not just carry two devices, one for the official address and one for the private address? It's a curious unforced error. But the smoke signals haven't amounted to a smoking gun.

Leon Panetta's Book, Barack Obama's Plight, and the Shreds of Statesmanship

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama's got a lot of problems, some of his making, many not. The last thing he need is one of his former top officials feeding attack lines to his enemies. So naturally, that's what he has.

Sam Stein

White House Seeks To Turn The Page On Dishy Memoirs | Sam Stein | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In late July, Dan Pfeiffer, one of President Barack Obama's longest-serving advisers, was asked to reflect on how the White House commun...

Kathleen Miles

China, Russia Are Becoming Aggressive As They Perceive U.S. Pulling Back, Robert Gates Says | Kathleen Miles | Posted 05.21.2014 | World

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday that China and Russia are becoming more aggressive as they perceive the U.S. pulling back fr...

Sam Stein

Bob Gates: Russian Control Of Crimea 'Is A Done Deal' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The current Secretary of Defense declined on Sunday to label Russia an enemy, saying such characterizations were overly simplistic and d...

My Way (According to Bob Gates)

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Gates' book is getting a lot of attention because he slams Vice President Biden, Congress and its leaders, various White House staffers, even President Obama. But the DADT sections reveal a petulant Gates determined to be the quarterback making the calls on DADT, not the president.

The Shape of Things To Come: Hillary a Lock, Jerry Brown for President?

William Bradley | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

This is the year in which impressions about the slow-paced economic recovery will solidify into a partial frame for the next presidential campaign.

Former Bush Officials Seek To Make Their Mark On Washington

Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates and Stephen Hadley are joining forces again to create a powerhouse GOP consulting shop, the Associated Press reported W...

Harsh Realities Impinge on Obama's Emerging Doctrine

William Bradley | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
William Bradley

In the wake of the take-down of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama used last week's glittering European tour to further lay out and demonstrate his emerging multilateral geopolitical doctrine.

Obama's Biggest Problems Still Lie Abroad

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
William Bradley

President Barack Obama has no shortage of nasty critics at home, including the present gong show known as the Republican presidential field. But despi...

David Wood

The Unfinished Legacy Of Robert Gates | David Wood | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When President George W. Bush put Robert M. Gates at the helm of the Pentagon in November 2006, more than a few Washington hands wonder...

Is Libya a Turning Point on Humanitarian Interventionism?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Muammar Gaddafi's bloodcurdling speech yesterday promising an imminent massacre of his opponents in rebel-held Benghazi may prove to be one of the classic political backfires.

Sam Stein

Pork Finds A Way: Military's F-35 Funding In Budget Despite Obama Veto Threat | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - Throughout the past year -- perhaps even longer -- the Obama administration and the Pentagon have made a point of showing their eagerness...

Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships With Karzai

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I think that the many tributes to Richard Holbrooke are important and wonderful, but I want folks to see beyond caricatures of a very complex and important global player.

Top 5 WikiLeaks Quotes

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Lauria

"The word 'security' is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment...

Defense Secretary Targets Contractor Funding In Proposed Military Budget Cuts: 'There Are No Sacred Cows'

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that tough economic times require that he shutter a major command that employs some 5,00...

Biden Dances the Tough Dances

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

With occasional blind spots aside, Biden's policy breadth is impressive compared to virtually anyone else on the Obama team. Only Bob Gates comes close to Biden's versatility -- and even there, Biden wins hands down.

Gates Orders Billions In Domestic Pentagon Cuts To Pay For Wars Abroad

New York Times | THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has ordered the military and the Pentagon's civilian bureaucracy to find tens of billions of dollars i...

Republicans Attack Military Leadership to Defend Ban On Gays

Sen. John Kerry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. John Kerry

We have come a long way as a country, and we have come a long way as a military to agree that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military is the right thing to do.

The Wrath of Suburbanites and Independents

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The election results show that no incumbent governor (or incumbent party) can escape the wrath of an electorate that continues to bleed while it watches tax dollars squandered on foreign wars and Wall Street fat cats.

Obama's Cairo Address: Two Months On

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

It's been two months since Obama delivered his address to the Muslim world in Cairo, promising a new era of respect and engagement. How's his opening to the Muslim world going so far?

A Strategic Necessity

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If Israel has full American backing in security and defense, it will have more flexibility to concede the occupied territories because ultimately ensuring Israel's security takes away its main rational for keeping Palestinian and Syrian territories.

Gates and Trucks

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

For once, American manufacturers are producing the best weapons ahead of schedule, and will save lives of men who would die without them.

Obama's Crisis Management: North Korea, Again

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

President Obama changed the old kabuki in dealing with his second North Korean crisis. He has gone in another, tougher, direction that may lead to a naval confrontation.

Obama's Crisis Management: Of Flu and AfPak

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

After plenty of preliminary work by his top aides, and behind-the-scenes preparation by himself Obama is about to bring the question of Afghanistan and Pakistan back to center stage.