The relationship between the White House and Congress on foreign policy has often been called “an invitation to struggle.” The last two years of the Obama administration are shaping up as a classic example of that tension.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who would dearly love to be president, recently berated his fellow Republicans for insufficient fortitude in opposing President Obama’s executive orders that gave legal protection to millions of undocumented immigrants.
There is a very short list of topics on which the Democratic president and the Republican Congress might actually cooperate. In fact, the list might contain only one item.
Hillary Rodham Clinton has played many roles in her 67 years: first lady and Secretary of State, senator and presidential candidate. All those titles have one thing in common: They are intensely political and largely partisan.
On a single day — exactly a year before the Iowa caucuses — look what happened to two Republican presidential hopefuls.
Last year, noted President Obama in his recent State of the Union address, his critics were saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive moves into neighboring Ukraine were “a masterful display of strategy and strength.”
The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs.
The late, great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”
The economic news from abroad is not good. Japan has plunged into a recession and Europe could soon follow. America’s performance — 3.5 percent annual growth, 5.8 percent unemployment rate — looks positively robust by comparison.
American workers need a raise, and there’s one simple way to boost incomes at the lower end of the pay scale: Increase the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.
Which Republican party will show up on Capitol Hill in January, when the GOP assumes control of the Senate?
If Republicans gain control of the Senate, what will that mean for the last two years of the Obama administration? As young people often say about their relationships on Facebook: It’s complicated.
Two years ago, President Obama was striding the beaches of New Jersey and spearheading the federal response to the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Chris Christie was praising the president and Washington’s help for his battered state — much to the dismay of his fellow Republicans.
“Run, Mitt, run.”
Bill Clinton campaigned in Arkansas this week, focusing on college campuses and urging students to support candidates like Mark Pryor, one of the most endangered Democrats in the Senate. At each stop, staffers scurried through the crowds, gathering email addresses and cellphone numbers that could be used to mobilize voters on Election Day.
Tony Blinken, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was outlining administration policy in the Middle East. “We’re not going to fall into their trap of sending hundreds of thousands of Americans back,” he told Fox News. “That’s exactly what they want us to do. They want to bog us down.”
Suddenly, Kansas is the center of the political universe. Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican, is trailing an independent challenger, Greg Orman, in the polls. A Roberts defeat could jeopardize Republican hopes for gaining a majority in the Senate.
When Steve was hosting a show on NPR this week, several callers questioned whether the United States should be sending 3,000 troops and $500 million to help control the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.
When Bill Clinton and George W. Bush announced a project jointly sponsored by their presidential libraries, news coverage focused on the style, not the substance, of the event.
“We’ve got to win and stop these guys.”
RIOFRIO, SPAIN — Sunday in Spain and time for lunch.
This is a tale of two cities. Murrieta, in southern California, attracted a lot of TV cameras last month when protesters blocked three buses carrying illegal immigrants to a processing center.
Karina Velasco paid her way through college by cleaning office buildings in downtown Washington for five hours every evening. She did her schoolwork after getting home at midnight, and is on track to receive her degree in social work next spring.
Conservatives are quick to embrace religious figures who agree with them on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and the right of business owners to deny contraception coverage to their employees.
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