Impressions from a Morning in Ohio
November 06, 2012
TOLEDO, Ohio—Two polling places and about two dozen voters. That’s not even close to a scientific sample, even if the sample is from Ohio. If you're reading in order to divine how the rest of the nation will vote, please stop. You won't find it here. But staking out interesting precincts has become an election year tradition for me, because conversations with actual voters inevitably yields some insights about how they are thinking—and, more specifically, how they process the information and arguments so familiar to those of us in the business of politics.
Our New Iran Plan Is to Help a Cult Gain Power. What Could Go Wrong?
September 24, 2012
Why the U.S.'s choice to remove the Iranian group MEK from the list of terror organization could come back to bite it down the road
Russia Tries to Kill U.S. Democracy Promotion Once and For All
September 18, 2012
MOSCOW—When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived for the APEC summit in Vladivostok on September 8, there was one item on the agenda she was not expecting. Sitting down with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the two discussed missile defense and Syria, talked about Iran’s quest to get a nuclear weapon. And then Lavrov dropped the bomb: USAID was to cease all operations inside the Russian Federation starting October 1. Four days later, the Russian Foreign Ministry delivered the news in writing. USAID, the government development agency started by John F.
Russia’s Wild Fantasies of an All-Powerful State Department
September 17, 2012
When journalist Arkady Mamontov aired his television exposé on Pussy Riot last week, the central question was who was behind their riotous performance? Mamontov’s investigation yielded two culprits: oligarch-in-exile Boris Berezovsky, and “some Americans” who hired Pussy Riot and choreographed their act in order to corrupt the souls of Russian youth. Mamontov didn’t need to spell out who those Americans were; everyone watching got the message anyway.
Where’s Claire McCaskill?
September 14, 2012
Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment was a huge gift to his opponent Claire McCaskill. So why is she avoiding the subject?
Who Else Will the Anti-Muslim Video Hurt? Egypt’s Coptic Christians
September 13, 2012
The Coptic Christian who made the Islamopohobic video put his co-religionists at risk
Power of the Incumbent: Why Obama’s Re-Election Would Be Truly Historic
September 06, 2012
If Obama wins in November, we will have the first run of three consecutive presidents who've won re-election since the early 1800s.
Michelle Obama’s Most Important Title Really Is Mom-in-Chief
September 05, 2012
Michelle Obama has been the most active Fisrt Lady in memory. She can only do that by being "Mom-in-Chief."
The Charlotte Letter: Alone Time with Ed Rendell
September 05, 2012
Chatting with Rendell on why Hillary will run in 2016, why Cory Booker is the biggest wuss in the party, and how he thinks CNN should be blown up.
How to Tell If You’re an American Spy in Russia: Ask Hillary Clinton
September 04, 2012
On July 26, the heads of two of the most famous human rights groups in Russia sent President Barack Obama an open letter with a pressing issue: were they, or were they not his spies? It was a strange move, but also quite a clever one. In May, in the last week of its session, the Russian parliament kicked into overdrive and passed a raft of measures widely seen as trying to pull the rug out from under the increasingly vocal and increasingly numerous opposition.