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Kerry Says World Leaders Mocked Him Over Shutdown

October 24, 2013 Just how bad was the shutdown for America's image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are ...

John Kerry: Foreign Leaders Mocked Us Over the Shutdown

October 24, 2013 Just how bad was the shutdown for America's image on the world stage? So bad, says Secretary of State John Kerry, that foreign officials joked about buying him meals. "I have seen how our allies, our partners and those who wish to challenge us or to do us harm are ...

The Syria Vote is Confounding Members of Congress

September 5, 2013 Alan Lowenthal has a headache. Who can blame him? The freshman House member, a California Democrat, is genuinely torn—torn up, really—over whether to vote for military strikes against Syria. After a classified briefing Wednesday in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he was heading back to Long Beach, no closer to ...

How Syria Gives Rand Paul a Political Advantage Over Marco Rubio

September 4, 2013 For an unconventional but likely presidential contender such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, timing is everything. The debate in Congress over President Obama's call for a military strike against Syria comes at an ideal moment for the noninterventionist expected to seek the Republican nomination in 2016. The vote on ...

Why Democrats Laugh at the Republican Digital Strategy -- And Why They Shouldn't

July 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Phil Musser has spent most of his career in the stodgy Beltway political establishment, from the Bush administration to the Republican Governors Association to advisory posts with the Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns. Now he's hanging out with a passel of 20-something data nerds in an all-white-and-glass loft ...

Rand Paul to Be First Presidential Contender to Hit All Early Primary States

April 8, 2013 Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will be the first potential 2016 Republican contender to touch base in all three of the states hosting the earliest nominating contests, revealing raw electoral ambitions to surpass his father’s standing as a leader of the tea-party movement. Paul already visited South Carolina in January, ...

Republicans Turn to An Unlikely Name for Inspiration: George W. Bush

December 19, 2012 As Republicans reassess their future in the presidential wilderness, seeking a message and messenger to resonate with a new generation of voters, one unlikely name has popped up as a role model: former President George W. Bush. Prominent Republicans eager to rebuild the party in the wake of the 2012 ...

Obama wins reelection: how he did it

November 6, 2012 Elected on hope in a season of despair, President Obama won his first term by being the right guy at the right time. He won his second term making Mitt Romney the wrong guy. Obama turned what could have been a stinging referendum on his economic stewardship into a pass-fail ...

For Michelle Obama, a new image but an old role

September 4, 2012 When Michelle Obama spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, she was warily viewed as a woman proud of her country “for the first time” and caricatured by The New Yorker as an Afroed and armed rebel soldier. Four years later, she’s now better known as the fashionista first lady ...

Convention challenge: VIP speakers who send wrong message

August 7, 2012 Pity the organizers of the Democratic and Republican conventions this year. The host governors -- Bev Perdue in North Carolina and Rick Scott in Florida --happen to be two of the least popular state executives in the country. But geographic protocols demand that they address the convention hall. What to ...