Suzy Khimm

Will The Next Trade Rep Be An Anti-nafta Protectionist?
December 11, 2008

The front-runner for U.S. Trade Representative--California Representative Xavier Becerra--is already setting off alarm bells among some cheerleaders of free trade. Becerra was a prominent figure in the House opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement and has publicly declared that he regrets voting for NAFTA. Accordingly, the prospect of the Becerra pick has raised "a lot of anxiety" within some trade policy circles, says Paul Blustein, a fellow at the Brookings Institute.

Mumbai 11/29 News
November 29, 2008

Indian commandos retook the Taj Mahal hotel, ending the three-day terrorist siege. The death toll is now at 195, including at least 6 Americans. Local police claim that only 10 terrorists entered the city to carry out the attacks. Hotel officials deny earlier reports that the Westerners were singled out and targeted. Pakistan's foreign minister cut short his four-day visit to the country. Some U.S. intelligence officials say there's increasing evidence that Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible.

Mumbai 11/28 News
November 28, 2008

At least two Americans have been killed in the attacks, and five hostages were found dead at the Chabad center. The death toll now stands at 143. Indian commandos are still battling pockets of resistant militants, with heavy fighting at the Chabad center yesterday and continuing at Taj Mahal hotel today. The attacks are certain to complicate U.S.

Mumbai Attacks: A News Round-up
November 27, 2008

At least one British national, a Japanese, and an Australian were among the 104 people killed.Some hostages have been freed, but others--including eight Israelis in a Jewish outreach center--are still being held.The Indian PM claims the attackers were based "outside the country" and says that India will not tolerate "neighbors" harboring such militants.Experts question the existence of the "Deccan Mujahedeen," which has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but caution against jumping to the conclusion that Al-Qaeda is responsible.Speculation about the attackers' identity has centered around

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
November 18, 2008

Hillary used to tout her husband's globetrotting credentials as an asset to her presidential campaign. But now that she's being vetted for Secretary of State, Bill's financial and philanthropic entanglements abroad could prove to be more of a liability.

Defending Sarah
November 05, 2008

It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon in October, and, as Republican Representative Chris Shays drives between churches in his affluent Connecticut district, he is talking about the possibility of being knifed. "Rahm Emanuel--if I got a knife, it would be in my belly," he says, referring to the combative head of the Democratic Caucus. "With Nancy," he continues, alluding to the House speaker, "it would be in my back." He then goes on to tell a story about an encounter that took place two years ago at the House gym.

Not All Bad News For Women
November 05, 2008

I appreciated Kate’s thoughtful post on how painful it’s occasionally been to be a woman during this race. Having supported Clinton early on in the race, then switched over, I was disappointed that Obama made no mention of her run in his acceptance speech last night. Still, it bears pointing out that, in fact, women did make some small steps forward yesterday.

What's Larry Sabato Doing Today?
November 04, 2008

We asked a few politicos if they have any Election Day rituals or superstitions that they adhere to. Here's Larry Sabato, political analyst and director of the UVA Center for Politics. I refuse to return any telephone calls asking me what I’ve heard about turnout. I refuse to watch any news shows because they distort what’s actually going on. I learned that there’s no such thing as light or medium turnout--turnout is always massive and heavy, it just so happens that this year it is, but every single time they always say it’s going to be.

The Second-most Expensive Battle
October 31, 2008

Outside the presidential race, where’s all the money been going in this election cycle? Well, the runner-up isn’t any of the country’s contested congressional races—not by a long shot. It’s the battle over the proposition to defeat gay marriage in California, whose supporters and opponents have raised nearly twice as much in donations as the most expensive Senate race. From U.S.

Gop Maverick Fail
October 29, 2008

The polls for the Presidential race may be tightening once again, but that hasn’t stopped vulnerable Republicans from jumping ship—if not for the Obama camp, than at least as far away from the McCain campaign as possible. In my story in the current issue of TNR, I explain how Chris Shays, the only New England Republican in the House, has imperiled his own chances for survival by openly embracing the McCain-Palin ticket. Well, it looks like Shays himself has realized the hazards of such loyalty in a district where Obama is now leading by 59 percent.