Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: Will Giuliani try for the U.S. Senate?

November 20, 2009

He probably won’t run for New York governor but might for the U.S. Senate … or will he?
That’s the speculation swirling around Rudy Giuliani, the Republican former New York City mayor who walked tall after the Sept. 11 attacks and ran for U.S. president in 2008.
A spokeswoman says the 65-year-old former federal prosecutor has made no decisions.
But the New York Daily News, the New York Times  and the New York Post  all report that Giuliani has decided not to run for New York governor in 2010. USA-POLITICS
Analysts think he could defeat Democratic incumbent Governor David Paterson without much fuss. But overcoming a possible challenge from New York’s Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, could be have been difficult. Cuomo has not announced his candidacy.
The Daily News reports that Giuliani is strongly considering a Senate run against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to fill out the remaining two years of Hillary Clinton’s term. Clinton, who lost in last year’s Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama, is now U.S. secretary of state.

The First Draft: Crossing the Grey Line

November 18, 2009

President Barack Obama admits he has crossed the grey line.

In the well-worn tradition of those who entered the White House before him, the president’s hair has greyed. And it’s only his first year in office.

The First Draft: Palin for President?

November 16, 2009

Is she running for president? Seeking a coffee summit with Hillary Clinton? Or just selling her book?

Clinton open to coffee with Palin

November 16, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is open to having coffee with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose new book about the 2008 presidential campaign is stirring controversy.

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.
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 pays tribute to U.S. war dead at Manila cemetery

November 13, 2009

U.S.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath on Friday at the Manila American Cemetery,  paying tribute to American war dead in the Pacific two days after the U.S. Veterans Day holiday. 
Most of the 17,202 Americans buried in the 152-acre (61.5-hectare) cemetery were killed in the defense of the Philippines and East Indies during World War II in 1941 and 1942 or in the battle to recapture the islands. 
The cemetery, located on part of the former Fort William McKinley U.S. military reservation, has a limestone tower at its center with a small chapel inside and a relief sculpture adorning one side.
The memorial courtyard is ringed by two hemicycles whose walls bear the names of 36,285 missing.
Clinton placed a wreath at the chapel during the ceremony, which was attended by a small group of veterans.
The Security and Escort Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines played “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis” and a pair of buglers played “Taps.”

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.”