Tales from the Trail

Clinton finds ‘Hillary fans and fanatics’ in Philippines

November 12, 2009

If you’re a hard-traveling foreign secretary and need a place to recharge your batteries after a week of diplomacy, the Philippines seems to be the place to go.

Clinton and the Berlin Wall domino

November 9, 2009

When the Berlin Wall topples for a second time Monday, more may be laid bare than the inherent weakness of a political system.

Clinton pushes for cooperation on confronting extremism

November 9, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an awards ceremony Sunday in Berlin to push European allies for greater cooperation in confronting extremism, nuclear proliferation and other challenges of the 21st century.

The First Draft: Gripes and Goblins

October 30, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton griping about Pakistan while in Pakistan. PAKISTAN USA/

She says it was “hard to believe” that no one in Pakistan’s government knew where al Qaeda leaders were hiding. She talked about her tough talk in a series of morning television interviews, and said on CNN “trust is a two-way street.”

The First Draft: Obama Decision Time On Afghanistan?

October 28, 2009

AFGHANISTAN/The latest violence in Afghanistan may raise the drumbeat in Washington for a decision from President Barack Obama on whether to send more U.S. forces.

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/

Well isn’t that special! Clinton reassures Britain on its U.S. relationship

October 12, 2009

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It turns out the relationship between the United States and Britain is very special.

The First Draft: Hillary Clinton marginalized? If you have to ask…

October 12, 2009

IRISH/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent the weekend in Switzerland and Ireland, but landed on the morning talk shows on Monday, fending off questions about whether she has been marginalized in the Obama administration. It’s not considered a good sign when people start asking this question in Washington, because the implication is that the answer is “yes.”

The First Draft: David Letterman and the Dalai Lama

October 6, 2009

CANADA/This is one of those Washington days that seems to defy a theme. Consider:

Iran is the topic at the Senate Banking Committee, where officials from the State and Treasury departments are set to testify on economic sanctions against Tehran.

In his own words, former Bush speechwriter blabs

September 15, 2009

Matt Latimer, who used to make a living writing speeches for former President George W. Bush, has decided to let loose in a book under his own name that describes the White House as more like the TV show “The Office” and less like “The West Wing.”