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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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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 ...

Analysis: Hysteria over fiscal cliff may spur deal

November 29, 2012 If there is one redeeming feature of the otherwise gutless and indolent sequestration process, it is the underappreciated component of hysteria. Already, local news stations are running “fiscal cliff” countdown clocks. Fevered curiosity over the ebb and flow of cliff negotiations is rising and may soon creep near the Kardashian ...

Obama counters Boehner's opening bid on fiscal cliff

November 9, 2012 Wedged between standing ovations from supporters fore and aft, President Obama on Friday steered the good ship reelection straight toward the rocks of Speaker John Boehner’s refusal to raise income-tax rates on wealthy Americans. “We have to combine spending cuts with revenue,” Obama said from the East Room in his ...

Romney campaign denies acting rashly on Libyan situation

September 12, 2012 Caught up in the middle of a roiling and deadly foreign policy crisis, Mitt Romney’s campaign denies it acted rashly in condemning the Obama administration’s reaction to fatal assaults against U.S. diplomats in Libya and a violent raid against the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Senior Romney advisers, who declined to ...

Decision to move Obama's speech inside sparks scramble

September 6, 2012 The game was called on account of thunderstorms. Or at least a 30-to-40 percent chance of them. The decision to relocate President Obama’s acceptance speech tonight from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena left thousands of would-be attendees frustrated and hunting for other venues to watch ...

Obama Campaign Is Brutal This Time

August 21, 2012 President Obama's reelection effort isn't the toughest, or most aggressive, in American history. It only looks and feels that way compared with the gauzy memories most have of the lilt, sunshine, and post-partisan pixie dust of 2008. Never mind that Obama was tough in the clutch during his primary cage ...

Romney-Ryan Pros and Cons

August 14, 2012 Paul Ryan isn't a two-fer in presidential politics. He's a ten-fer. Not because it's convenient but because it's true, Ryan brings five potential advantages and five potential hazards to Mitt Romney. Unlike anyone else Romney could have picked, Ryan is multifaceted politically and genuinely memorable on the gritty substance of ...