Tales from the Trail

Do wars and transparency mix?

October 5, 2009

President Barack Obama says he wants to have the most transparent administration ever.

The First Draft: Public option, Afghan policy under scrutiny

September 29, 2009

Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee face off Tuesday over whether an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system should include an optional government-run health insurance plan.

Skelton making point on Afghanistan with turn of phrase

September 22, 2009

Sometimes it takes a colorful phrase to get the point across.

IRAQ-USA/PETRAEUSAnd these days when it seems almost everyone’s got an opinion on Afghanistan, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton’s words caught attention.

An honest assessment of Afghan mistakes, but what is next?

September 21, 2009

It is encouraging that the U.S. administration finally seems to be getting a handle on what went wrong in Afghanistan these past eight years.

The First Draft: Obama courts autoworkers, Biden visits Iraq

September 15, 2009

President Barack Obama courts autoworkers in Ohio and union leaders in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

McCain says troop increase in Afghanistan needed

September 11, 2009

Republican Senator John McCain is clashing with Democratic Senator Carl Levin over Levin’s comments that he does not want to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Group accuses U.S. Kabul embassy guards of misconduct

September 2, 2009

Nearly naked, drunken guys dancing around a bonfire and engaging in lewd conduct. And there are pictures and videos. No it’s not a frat party gone wild.  It’s downtime for some private security contractors hired to protect the U.S. embassy in Kabul,  according to the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight.

The First Draft: missiles, jobs and a soldier captured

July 2, 2009

USA-SUMMIT/PROTESTAs sometimes happens in Washington, much of the news reverberating around town this morning started someplace else.

Obama remembers U.S. war dead, including Civil War rebels

May 25, 2009

President Barack Obama sent a wreath Monday to a memorial for soldiers who fought on the side of slavery during the Civil War, continuing a 90-year-old Memorial Day tradition despite being urged by historians to “break this chain of racism.”
 
The first black U.S. president also started a new tradition by sending a wreath to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington honoring the 200,000 black soldiers who fought for Union forces in America’s bloodiest conflict.
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“We ask you to break this chain of racism stretching back to Woodrow Wilson and not send a wreath or other token of esteem to the Arlington Confederate Monument,” a group of historians urged Obama earlier this month.
 
“This monument should not be elevated in prestige above other monuments by a presidential wreath,” the scholars said.