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George E. Condon Jr.

George Condon Jr. George E. Condon Jr. is White House correspondent for National Journal. He joined National Journal at the beginning of the Obama administration, covering the White House for CongressDaily. Prior to that, he covered the White House and national politics as Washington bureau chief for Copley News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Condon has interviewed eight presidents and reported from 88 countries. He led the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the corruption of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Condon is a past president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club and past chairman of the National Press Foundation.
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Obama's 'Counterterrorism Campaign' Is a Declaration of War

September 11, 2014 Never has a declaration of war been so cautious. Never has an American president spent so much time talking about what the declaration doesn't mean and left so many questions about what it does mean. But what President Obama put forth in his nationally televised address Wednesday night still was ...

Will Russia Compel NATO to Spend More on Defense?

September 3, 2014 For two decades, American officials have been nagging allies to stop cutting their defense budgets and despairing that European leaders would ever again pay their share of NATO costs. President Obama is taking the same message to the NATO summit that opens Thursday in Wales. But this time—thanks to Russia—the ...

White House Hopes NATO Allies Will Boost Defense Spending

September 3, 2014 For two decades, American officials have been nagging allies to stop cutting their defense budgets and despairing that European leaders would ever again pay their share of NATO costs. President Obama is taking the same message to the NATO summit that opens Thursday in Wales. But this time—thanks to Russia—the ...

Obama to Push NATO's Renewed Purpose

September 2, 2014 NATO summits in the post-Cold War era have been notoriously tedious, with President Obama making little effort to hide his restlessness in Chicago in 2012 and Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding that his staff supply him with crossword puzzles in Strasbourg, France, in 2009. But when the president arrives in ...

Behind Obama's Hesitation on Syria

August 29, 2014 The immediate focus after President Obama's press conference Thursday was his unartful declaration that he doesn't yet have a strategy for the terrorist group sweeping through Iraq and controlling parts of Syria. But the main message he conveyed was much larger than any semantic squabble: This is a president who ...

The World Will Blame President Obama if Iraq Falls

August 11, 2014 The world will not blame the Iraqi government if the children and women huddled atop Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq die of hunger and exposure. Nor will Pope Francis blame Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki if the Islamic extremists attacking the country slaughter the 40,000 Christians and other minorities who have ...

During Africa Summit, a Rare D.C. Species Is Spotted: Bipartisanship

August 5, 2014 In other parts of Washington, participants in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit were talking Monday about how to save the endangered pygmy hippopotamus, the black rhinoceros, and the Ethiopian wolf. But on Capitol Hill, something even more threatened was on display—bipartisanship. There, in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate ...

At the U.S.-Africa Summit, Economics, Electricity and Terrorism

August 4, 2014 Africa, traditionally the continent most ignored by American policymakers, is getting its day in the spotlight this week. More accurately—and amazingly, to Africa experts—it is getting three days in the diplomatic spotlight as President Obama hosts the first-ever U.S.-Africa Summit. The event, Monday through Wednesday, features more than 50 official ...

Why Obama and Boehner are So Cautious About the Malaysian Jetliner

July 18, 2014 While the cable channels were exploding in speculation from one panel of experts after another Thursday following the Malaysian airliner tragedy, the most cautious public reactions came from President Obama and Speaker John Boehner. Both were low-key. The president spoke of finding out "what happened and why." The speaker called ...

Disgraced Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cunningham Is a Free Man Again

July 11, 2014 A federal judge says it is time to forgive Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the most corrupt member of Congress ever if measured by the amount of bribes he admitted accepting. U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns, in a ruling issued July 1 in San Diego, has granted Cunningham's request to have ...