Tales from the Trail

Making peace with the MILF

November 13, 2009

Grappling with the alphabet stew of world insurgencies can have its pitfalls.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discovered as much Friday as she fielded questions about the Moro Islamic Liberation Front during a town hall-style gathering in Manila.
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MILF has the same acronym as an obscene phrase that gained currency in recent years. It was used in a Saturday Night Live political sketch last year in which characters playing Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton criticized sexism in the U.S. election campaign.

Clinton hopes for success where his effort failed

November 10, 2009

Former President Bill Clinton is clearly hoping that Congress succeeds this time around where his administration failed 15 years ago.

The First Draft: Democrats turn to Clinton in Senate healthcare push

November 10, 2009

Former President Bill Clinton is due to visit Capitol Hill today to talk healthcare reform with Senate Democrats and their independent allies. PHILANTHROPY-CLINTON/

How Hillary got the nod

October 14, 2009

Hillary Clinton was walking with her husband Bill in a nature preserve near their home in New York when the cellphone in his pocket started ringing. RUSSIA-CLINTON/

Clinton, Gingrich, Lott share political war stories and laughs

September 18, 2009

While members of the U.S. Congress angrily debated bogged-down efforts at healthcare reform, three one-time adversaries shared old stories, pats on the back and laughs.

Barack and Bill lunching, can burgers be far away?

September 14, 2009

So we hear that current President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton are going to do lunch today.

The First Draft: Deja vu for Obama, Congress, healthcare?

September 8, 2009

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President Barack Obama heads for Capitol Hill tomorrow to address a joint session of Congress on one of the most pressing issues of the day, healthcare reform. For those with middling-to-long memories of Washington, this may have a familiar ring. Another Democratic president argued for healthcare reform on another September day some 16 years ago, and somehow healthcare remains unreformed.

The First Draft: searching for peace

August 18, 2009

President Barack Obama meets with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the White House around 11 a.m. in the long-running quest for Middle East peace that has bedeviled American presidents for decades.

In Bill-Hillary popularity contest, Bill wins

August 12, 2009

Hillary Clinton may be Secretary of State, but her husband Bill still wins the popularity contest.

The First Draft: Hillary Clinton’s bad day

August 11, 2009

CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/CLINTON-OUTBURSTSome days, you really have to feel for Hillary Clinton. And this could be one of those days.