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The Swampby Bay Fang There was much talk surrounding the State Department's third-ranking diplomat, Bill Burns, attending nuclear talks with Iran Saturday in Geneva. But what, in the end, did all the speculation lead to? Not much, it seems. State Department......
Tags: Diplomacy, Politics, Government, Defense, Heads of State
The Swampby Katie Fretland Seven senators, including Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), sent a letter to President Bush today endorsing a limited diplomatic presence in Iran. Durbin joins Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Russ Feingold...
Spin CyclePrepared text of Obama's speech after the jump. Big crowd, one-world/break-down-walls substance, but watching on TV you didn't have the impression the crowd was going totally wild. Echoes of Reagan's tear-down-this-wall speech, and an effort -- as he...
Tags: Politics, Terrorism, Defense, Democracy, Human Rights
Spin CycleObama released excerpts earlier, and now the full speech. It's after the jump. So the drama is the delivery and the crowd, not the words. Here's the ending, invoking King's "Dream" speech in a passage about the "American promise:" "It......
Spin CycleOne day after Hillary dropped out of an anti-Iran rally because Sarah Palin would make it too partisan, the Jewish groups that organized it disinvited Palin. Craig Gordon of our DC bureau sketches the action: Washington ??? The organizers......
Tags: Judaism, Government, Ceremonies, National Security, Joe Biden
The Swampby Mark Silva The beating goes on at Saturday Night Live, where a whole cast of impersonators has turned out to explain the presidential election campaign underway. That includes the eyebrow-raising interview that Republican Sarah Palin had with CBS News....
Tags: Tony Rezko, Bono, Government, Rob Reiner, Political Candidates
The Swampby Frank James Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington today of, among other things, the need for the U.S. to modernize its nuclear weapons capability. I'll deal with what he said on......
The Swampby Frank James How much have you heard on the presidential campaign trail about the growing weaknesses in the U.S. nuclear arsenal? I don't recall hearing much about it at all, which probably says more about the way we view......
Palm Beach Politics - Sun-Sentinel BlogsBoca Raton Sen. Ted Deutch today called on Gov. Charlie Crist to "examine" a $100 million fuel terminal being constructed in Brevard County's Port Canaveral by a European oil company, Vitol, that Deutch says supplies more than half the oil......
The Swampby Frank James President-elect Barack Obama is announcing his national security team this morning. There are no surprises, all are people whose names were leaked in recent weeks. They are: Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, selecting Defense.....
The Swampby Mark Silva "There's been some disappointments,'' President Bush said in the latest of a series of interviews that he is granting on his way out of office, interviews in which questioners are questioning what Bush regrets about his presidency.......
Spin CycleClinton is delivering her opening statement -- delivering a lecture on the importance of diplomacy and "smart power," which unfortunately she didn't seem to grasp when she voted to go to war in Iraq in 2002. Her opening statement is......
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