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Sep 29, 2011

  • Confronting the GOP, Obama Brandishes the Politics of Science

    by Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics.com

    When President Obama mocked Rick Perry on Sunday for suggesting that climate change is a fiction while Texas battled wildfires and drought, the president's remarks got plenty of attention.   Read more

  • Is Christie ready to be president?

    by Dan Balz, The Washington Post

    It was about this time five years ago when political strategist David Axelrod sat down and wrote a memo to then-Sen. Barack Obama, who was seriously considering whether to run for president after months and months of saying he would not.  Read more

  • Leading Bystander

    by John Dickerson, Slate

    Chris Christie made a rousing call for leadership at the Reagan Library Tuesday night. He outlined what it looks like (a certain New Jersey governor) and what it doesn't (a sitting U.S. president). "We continue wait and hope that our president will finally stop being a bystander in the Oval Office," he said. "We hope that he will shake off the paralysis that has made it impossible for him to take on the really big things."  Read more

Sep 28, 2011

  • Perry's Not the Only GOP Star to Support Tuition Breaks for Illegal Immigrants' Kids

    by Beth Reinhard, National Journal

    With Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry under attack for supporting tuition breaks for children of illegal immigrants, former Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday offered some solidarity by calling a similar proposal in Florida “fair policy."  Read more

  • Arnould: Europe Needs to Manage Wars Independently of U.S.

    By James Kitfield, National Journal

    On his final swan-song tour of Europe this past summer, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued what amounted to a primal scream of frustration from a Cold War warrior who tried to lead the NATO alliance in a time of war, only to discover that it stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts. Unless European nations stopped slashing defense spending, he warned, the trans-Atlantic alliance faced the “real possibility of a dim, if not dismal future.”

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  • The Christie Shuffle

    By John Dickerson, Slate

    Round and round the speculation has swirled over whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will jump into the presidential race. After his speech Tuesday night, only one conclusion is possible: Chris Christie is not running for president until such time as he decides he will run for president, which he might announce in a sentence that abuts a previous one denying that he's running for president. Twice he was asked about his intentions. Once he seemed to say he wasn't running. The second time he suggested he was considering it. The effect could only have been improved if he had spoken while circling a mulberry bush. 

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  • Republican Primary Calendar Takes Shape

    By Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

    The unrelenting clamor about the possibility of new candidates joining the Republican presidential race may be overlooking one important number: 100.

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Sep 27, 2011

  • On the Trail: August 19-21

    As the Republican candidates and President Obama hit the road, Washington Week tracks moments from the campaign trail.

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  • On the Trail: August 25

    As the Republican candidates and President Obama hit the road, Washington Week tracks moments from the campaign trail.

    August 25

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  • On the Trail: September 13-14

    As the Republican candidates and President Obama hit the road, Washington Week tracks moments from the campaign trail.

    September 13 - 14

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  • President Obama and Gov. Perry on Israel and the Arab Spring

    President Obama spoke at the United Nations today, defending US policy towards Israel and criticizing the governments in Iran and Syria. Yesterday, Texas governor and GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry attacked the President's stance on Israel and the Arab Spring.