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Bush and Obama at West Point: Bookends of a Foreign Policy Era

July 8, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
Two presidents. One stage. A dozen years apart. One was speaking to the West Point graduating class that would be the first to go off to a kind of war this country had never fought before. In that June 1, 2002, commencement address, George W. Bush made the case that in the post 9/11 era, " If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long. ... Our security will require all Americans to be forward-looking and resolute, to be ready for preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and to defend our lives."
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Remembering Reagan: 10 Years Later

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June 11, 2004
President Ronald Reagan, known as "the great communicator," died ten years ago on June 5, 2004. In this Washington Week vault, Gwen Ifill talks to Dan Balz of the Washington Post and Tom Gjelten of NPR about the leadership and legacy of Reagan and the domestic and...

Obama at a Crossroads

May 30, 2014
We look at the price of the presidency for Obama
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What Obama didn't explain in his foreign policy speech at West Point

May 29, 2014
Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times
President Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday didn’t break any new ground, not even rhetorically. But it wasn’t intended to. It was meant as a rebuttal, an answer to critics who have harried Obama for months complaining that America’s adversaries (Russia, China and Syria, for example) are pursuing their goals with more success than the United States has found in stopping them
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Obama’s Foreign Policy Speech Sounds Familiar

May 28, 2014
Michael Crowley | TIME
For all the hype, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point on Wednesday didn’t break much new ground.
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What Do You Look For in a President?

May 28, 2014
John Dickerson | Slate Magazine
What qualities do voters want in a president? A white male Protestant lawyer of European descent from a big state has been the historical answer, but the Pew Research Center recently asked this question to get a more current view. The results were bad news for the Senate’s class of presidential hopefuls, such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio. Republican Party voters like governors—and just about nothing about the Washington political system in which today’s senators serve.

Pressure on Shinseki, Cyber Spying Tensions, Primary Review

May 23, 2014
Pressure on Shinseki, China cyberspying, Primary review and The Great Society at 50
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The fight LBJ could not win: D.C. home rule

May 21, 2014
Karen Tumulty | The Washington Post
As part of our project on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society, we will take a look this week at some lesser-known but important things that came out of the myriad programs that were created and legislation that passed. We now take many of them for granted. Each day this week we'll highlight one.
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The Great Society at 50

May 19, 2014
| The Washington Post
One day shortly after starting his new job as presidential adviser and speechwriter, Richard N. Goodwin was summoned to see the boss. Not to the Oval Office, but to the White House swimming pool, where Lyndon B. Johnson often went to ruminate.
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