Romney Abroad: A Candidate Tries to Find His Diplomatic Voice

Seasoned foreign policy advisers will tell you that in diplomacy there’s an inside voice and an outside voice. Candidates – especially those running in primaries – will say the most bombastic and outrageous stuff on the record only to admit moderation and identify areas of compromise off the record. For diplomats the opposite is true: off the record, they will […]

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New Welfare Reform Directive Creates Unlikely Political Issue for Obama

During the 2008 presidential campaign, pastor Rick Warren asked Senator Barack Obama if he had changed his mind on any substantive issue in the past decade. Obama’s answer: welfare reform. Obama said he initially thought President Clinton’s 1996 welfare-reform bill would have disastrous results. By 2008, he was “absolutely convinced” that the work-centered approach in Clinton’s law must be “the […]

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Get Serious, Lockheed

Over the last few months, the aerospace industry has become a thespian, staging a drama of fear about the impact of a sequester on defense. Lockheed CEO Robert Stevens warned his employees that as many at 10,000 Lockheed jobs could be affected and thumped the tub about the one million defense jobs that a sequester would threaten (according to an […]

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Mitt’s Mission in Israel: Optics, Christian Zionists and Absentee Ballots

The Republican candidate hopes to increase the perceived space between Obama and Netanyahu to court prized electoral groups in November. The incumbent, however, isn’t sitting idly. There are a number of ways to understand Mitt Romney’s visit to Israel, where he pitches up Saturday night from London. One is optics, as they like to say in Washington. The presumptive Republican […]

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Obama seeks to energize black vote in New Orleans speech

President Barack Obama ends four days of travel Wednesday with a speech to the National Urban League that will seek to energize the African-American base for his re-election bid in November. A new report by the group’s policy institute warns that low turnout by African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008, could hurt his chances this time in the […]

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