September 2011

Sep 27, 2011

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.

Sep 30, 2011

Al Qaeda's Anwar al-Awlaki Killed in CIA Drone Strike

With Martha Raddatz, ABC News

The American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a major al Qaeda figure who U.S. officials say inspired several terror plots against the U.S., was killed overnight in Yemen in a CIA drone strike, U.S. and Yemeni officials told ABC News.

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Supreme Court term could influence 2012 election

By Joan Biskupic, USA Today

 The Supreme Court opens a potentially epic term Monday that could roil debate in the 2012 presidential election campaign.

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Stop the Press

By Yochi J. Dreazen

Iraqi journalism—which Washington had hoped would ensure a democratic, transparent government—faces an intense government crackdown. 

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U.S.-Born Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen

By Mark Mazzetti, New York Times

Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate and was considered its most dangerous English-speaking propagandist and plotter, was killed in an American drone strike on his vehicle on Friday, officials in Washington and Yemen said. They said the strike also killed a radical American colleague who was an editor of Al Qaeda’s online jihadist magazine.

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Herman Cain: The GOP’s next big thing?

By Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post

Almost lost amid the buzz this week over the possibility that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may seek the Republican nomination for president was the potential rise of a candidate already in the race: Herman Cain.

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Sep 29, 2011

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

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

Confronting the GOP, Obama Brandishes the Politics of Science

by Alexis Simendinger,

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

Romney Waits as GOP Flirts with Alternates

by Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

The Republican who may have the strongest shot of winning the White House, at least in the eyes of President Obama and his advisers, is Mitt Romney. Now, if Mr. Romney could only persuade Republican voters.  Read more

The Perils of Ignoring History

by David Wessel, The Wall Street Journal

The happy and not-so-happy scenarios for US (and global) economy, and why the latter predominate. David Wessel has details on The News Hub.  Watch video

Solyndra Said to Have Violated Terms of the U.S. Loan

by Deborah Solomon, The Wall Street Journal

Solyndra LLC had such steep financial problems in late 2010 that the company violated terms of its loan-guarantee agreement with the Department of Energy and technically defaulted on its $535 million loan, according to people familiar with the matter.  Read more