Tales from the Trail

Obama: Still the big man on (high school) campus

September 29, 2010

If President Barack Obama ever needs a pick-me-up,  he can visit the campus of an American public high school, as he did on Tuesday at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin, where he remains, indisputably, a rock star.

from Reuters Investigates:

In case you missed them

September 23, 2010

Just because it was summer, doesn't mean we weren't busy here at Reuters. Here are a few of our recent special reports that you might have missed.

from Summit Notebook:

Five weeks: It’s an eternity in the world of politics

September 22, 2010

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Five weeks:  It may not be a lot of time for many people, but with the pivotal mid-term elections looming on Nov. 2 Delaware Senator Tom Carper said five weeks is an eternity for Democrats to use to turn the tide in their favor.

Wisdom of Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Kennedy and King in Obama’s new Oval Office

August 31, 2010

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The first family had a little redecorating done back at the White House while they were on vacation last week, just in time for President Barack Obama to make only his second nationally televised address from the imposing — and newly redone — Oval Office.

Politics beckon again as Obama’s Maine getaway ends

July 18, 2010

After a laid-back family getaway on Maine’s scenic shoreline, it’s back to political reality for President Barack Obama.

A ‘critical moment’ in Afghanistan

July 5, 2010

U.S. General David Petraeus made no mention of July 2011 as he formally took command of international troops in Afghanistan fighting a growing Taliban insurgency.petraeus1

First Oval Office address — an “inflection point” on spill – but which way?

June 15, 2010

 

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To underscore how seriously he is taking the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama has chosen to make his nationwide address on the environmental disaster his first speech from the Oval Office, a setting presidents typically reserve for the gravest occasions – President George W. Bush spoke from there after the September 11 attacks, President Bill Clinton announced air strikes on Iraq, and President Ronald Reagan chose the Oval to talk about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger.

from Pakistan: Now or Never?:

With Karzai off to Washington, Taliban talks back in focus

May 8, 2010

marjah"The effort required to bring about a compromise was indistinguishable from the requirements of victory—as the administration in which I served had to learn from bitter experience."

Obama calls New York street vendor-turned-hero

May 3, 2010

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President Barack Obama on Monday called the street vendor who may have saved the day in New York when he alerted police to a smoking vehicle. Times Square was evacuated when a failed bomb was found in the Nissan sport utility vehicle. 

Honk! Wheeze! Atchoo! It’s getting hot in Washington, and it’s not just the weather

April 21, 2010

USA/Spring in Washington means cherry blossoms, azaleas and a collective wet sneeze from the hundreds of thousands of allergy sufferers in the region. This year, a long snow-covered winter may actually have protected plants while an early burst of summer-like temperatures called forth the blossoms, creating what felt to many like a pollen bomb.