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Major Garrett Major Garrett is National Journal Correspondent-at-Large and Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News.
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Obama Tries To Put Putin in His Place – Again

March 26, 2014 THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS—Moments after deflecting a question about his diminished influence on the world stage, President Obama described Russia as a “regional power” operating in Crimea out of weakness, not strength. Noting Russia’s long-standing influence in all of Ukraine, Obama said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea “indicates ...

Analysis: Enforcer in Chief Must Reach Far Beyond the Power of the Pen

January 29, 2014 President Obama has discovered the limits of his phone and pen, and he unconsciously revealed them during his State of the Union address. Obama had earlier used the phone to lobby top corporate CEOs to pledge not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed. This he did as part of what ...

What the 50-Year War on Poverty Tells Us About Government

January 8, 2014 Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on a visible, indefatigable enemy—poverty. “Many Americans live on the outskirts of hope,” Johnson said in his State of the Union address. “Some because of their poverty, and some because of their color, and all too many because of both. Our task ...

After Secret Talks, Will the U.S. Get Iran to Open Up?

December 4, 2013 With concision and clarity utterly lacking in administration discussions of Obamacare, the State Department on Monday called a lie a lie. Under persistent questioning from James Rosen, Fox News' chief Washington correspondent, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted that her predecessor, Victoria Nuland, misled reporters when, in February, she denied ...

A September to Surrender: Syria and Summers Spell Second-Term Slump

September 18, 2013 A commander in chief speaks intimately to America, constitutionally to Congress, and authoritatively to the world when he deploys the bullet, bayonet, B-52, or Tomahawk missile. Presidents don’t do pinpricks, either. Every military maneuver—real or feigned, decisive or disastrous—echoes like a drum. The vibrations change the rhythm of domestic politics. ...

Putin Has the Upper Hand on Syria

September 11, 2013 Vladimir Putin wants to keep Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad in power. The best way to do that is to preserve Assad’s maximum military advantage over rebel forces. It would also suit Putin to enhance Assad’s legitimacy on the world stage. The deal offered by the Russian president and rapidly endorsed ...

Analysis: Government’s Vast Lockers of Data Threaten Basic Individual Freedoms

June 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I’m going to try to tie together strands of information NSA-style and see if a pattern emerges. I will be looking for signs that America’s historic definition and understanding of privacy are being eroded. I will also try to understand if that erosion could fundamentally alter an individual American’s relationship ...

Analysis: How We Could Do More for Our Vets

May 29, 2013 I spent several hours on Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall. There is nothing notable or exceptional about my presence. I was too young to serve, and no name close to me is there for the etching, tears, or swollen sense of loss. Two cousins of mine (their ...

Analysis: Obama Appears at a Loss to Define the Way Forward in Syria

May 1, 2013 President Obama did not start the Syrian crisis, and the blood-soaked civil war has never lent itself to easy choices. In fact, the choices have always been among the hardest any U.S. president has faced in the region. Syria is more than a country, and its civil war is more ...

Analysis: Living With the Nuances, Ironies, and Flexibility of Sequestration

March 6, 2013 I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the Twitpic Sequester Olympics. Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, got the games going late Tuesday with a picture from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and a long line of weary travelers. The Twitpic, shot by Jim Neal, a ...