On the Radar: November 8, 2010

Obama supports U.N. Security Council seat for India
By Christi Parsons, The Los Angeles Times
President Obama said Monday that India should rise to the status of holding a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, a dramatic show of respect to the powerful nation he hopes will play a key role in support of U.S. interests around the world. Read more

Obama's Mid-Course Correction (video)
Featuring John Dickerson, CBS News
Harry Smith talks to CBS News political analyst, John Dickerson, about President Obama's "60 Minutes" interview and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Watch

In Lame-Duck Session, a Hint of the Governing to Come
By John Harwood, The New York Times
Triumphant Republicans will begin moving past the euphoria of midterm election celebrations. Their effort to translate campaign poetry into governing prose will involve negotiations within the Republican Party as well as with Democrats. Read more

Democrats pin losses on Obama's disconnect
By Karen Tumulty and Dan Balz, The Washington Post
President Obama's failure to channel the anxieties of ordinary voters has shaken the faith that many Democrats once had in his political gifts and his team's political skill. Read more

Democrats Divided on Tax Cut Strategy
By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats are struggling for a strategy to deal with the soon-to-expire Bush-era tax cuts, each side uncertain whether the other is up for a fight with Republicans in the wake of the Democrats’ election trouncing — or whether they could win, in any event. Read more

GOP comeback strategy factored in lagging recovery
By Liz Sidoti, The Associated Press
All but wiped out in 2008, Republicans groping for a comeback strategy determined there would be no swift return to economic health under incoming President Barack Obama. Read more

President Obama isolated ahead of 2012
By Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, POLITICO
President Barack Obama has performed his act of contrition. Now comes the hard part, according to Democrats around the country: reckoning with the simple fact that he’s isolated himself from virtually every group that matters in American politics. Read more

A New Battleground
By Doyle McManus, The Los Angeles Times
Here's one thing last week's congressional election wasn't about: foreign policy. The campaign was long, loud and polarized, but somehow the fact that the United States is at war in Afghanistan and Iraq — and carrying out bombings in Pakistan and Yemen — went almost unmentioned. Read more

Now Appearing: George W. Bush
By Peter Baker, The New York Times
When the hip-hop star Kanye West says he can “connect with” George W. Bush, perhaps it is time to think about whether America has begun to reconsider its 43rd president. Read more

Geopolitical Shift: Old Europe to New Asia?
By James Kitfield, NationalJournal.com
For many years, analysts have argued that the center of gravity in geopolitics was shifting inexorably from West to East, from Old Europe to New Asia. Certainly the Obama administration's travel schedule would seem to indicate a shift in strategic focus to Asia. On Friday, President Obama left for the longest foreign trip of his presidency, a 10-day, four-country swing through Asia and the subcontinent. Read more




Posted: Mon, 11/08/2010 - 1:11pm