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Remember The Fresh Promise Of Barack Obama? What Happened To That Guy?

WASHINGTON -- While traveling recently, I’ve been asked the same question in Beijing, Auckland and Rome: “What happened to Barack Obama?”<p>This really is several questions: What happened to that fresh, idealistic guy? What happened to his power and popularity in the United States? Why doesn’t he …

George W. Bush: I think Jeb ‘wants to be president’

Is Jeb Bush running for president? His brother sure seems to think he wants to.<p>"I think he wants to be president," former President George W. Bush told Fox News in an interview on Thursday, when asked about his brother's political plans.<p>Bush said he spoke with his brother, the former governor of …

Meet the Woman Who Could Keep Control of the Senate Up for Grabs

There is a nightmare scenario that keeps most politicos working on both sides of the aisle up at night: after the midterm elections, and even through …

Government

Friendship Won't Fix Washington

It'd be great if lawmakers had better personal relationships, but the biggest problems in politics are systemic.<p>"Can we all get along?"<p>That famous plea, uttered by Rodney King in the aftermath of his infamous pounding by police, is a persistent theme in a Washington beset by bickering, demonizing, …

Corporate U.S. Healthiest in Decades Under Obama on Debt

Steve Wynn, founder of the Wynn Resorts Ltd. casino empire, once called President Barack Obama’s administration “the greatest wet blanket to business …

Can Hillary Overcome Iowa’s Woman Problem?

Her campaign-in-waiting is betting that she can.<p>Bonnie Campbell knows all about winning, losing and history. Campbell is a longtime Iowa Democratic activist, former state party chair and prominent Des Moines attorney.<p>But Iowans really learned her name in 1990, when Campbell became state attorney …

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a fence-jumper gaining access to the White House on September 19 and a subsequent congressional inquiry uncovering other security lapses.<p>Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson …

U.S., allied airstrikes target ISIS in northern Syria

U.S. and allied warplanes hit sites near the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, the scene of fighting between ISIS and Kurdish forces in recent days, U.S. Central Command confirmed Saturday.<p>A video released by the U.S. military shows a missile hitting a building. U.S. Central Command said it was …

Echoing Tiananmen, 17-year-old Hong Kong student prepares for democracy battle

He's one of the fieriest political activists in Hong Kong — he's been called an "extremist" by China's state-run media — and he's not even old enough to drive.<p>Meet 17-year-old Joshua Wong, a skinny, bespectacled teen whose meager physical frame belies the ferocity of his politics. Over the last two …

Aid Workers In Short Supply As Ebola Grips Liberia

Sheldon Yett is UNICEF's lead man in Liberia. Over a long career he's been in the thick of all sorts of crises — wars, earthquakes, epidemics. He's seen firsthand how, when disaster strikes a poor country, aid workers and experts from all over the world flood the zone.<p>But with the Ebola epidemic, …

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says National Guard 'tip of spear' guarding border

Gov. Rick Perry told National and State Guard troops headed to the border region that they would play a key role in protecting the U.S. against narco-terrorists who are "spreading their tentacles" into Texas and deep into the American heartland.<p>"You now are the tip of the spear, protecting …

GOP civil war to rage on

The establishment claims it won the 2014 primary season.<p>But maybe not the war.<p>Sen. Lamar Alexander sailed to victory Thursday night, completing a near clean sweep for establishment-backed Senate incumbents this fall that has business groups bragging that they beat back the tea party.<p>But when the …

Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and …

Justice

2016 Contenders Start Organizing Teams in Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Five Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial con­tenders paraded through Iowa this week­end, as much to see voters as to talk with po­ten­tial …

Government

Clinton dances between loyalty and self-interest

Hillary Clinton finds herself in an impossible position.<p>She's seriously considering what some believe is an inevitable second run for the presidency. But the four years she spent as Barack Obama's secretary of state look a lot different today than when she left the administration more than a year …

Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama's: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."<p>President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that …

Police crack down on Times Square costumed characters

Bright red police leaflets warning Times Square tourists that photos with costumed characters are free, and tipping is optional, are taking a bite out of the bottom line for the many Elmos, Mickey Mouses, SpongeBobs and Statues of Liberty who dress up to help make ends meet.<p>"Photos with costumed …

Canadian airline passenger arrested by SWAT is mentally ill, father says

When Sadegh Shahi heard reports about a SWAT team armed to the teeth storming onto a Sunwing Airlines flight to arrest a passenger, he thought to himself, "it's probably my son."<p>The father's intuition apparently was correct.<p>Ali Shahi was arrested Friday by at least a half-dozen heavily armed …