Tales from the Trail

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama gets credit for bin Laden death, but not by much

May 3, 2011

President Barack Obama gave the order for a daring raid on a compound inside Pakistan in which the most wanted man on earth was killed, but only 32 percent of Americans say he deserves the most credit for Osama bin Laden’s death.

Bipartisanship on the White House menu

May 3, 2011

At a White House dinner with Senate and House leaders from both parties and their spouses, President Barack Obama got a standing ovation when he mentioned the demise of Osama bin Laden in his welcome.

“Minutes passed like days” for U.S. officials watching bin Laden op

May 2, 2011

It took almost a decade for the United States to find al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But when it came to the final act, time went into slow motionĀ  for U.S. officials holding their breath and hoping the raid in Pakistan would go off without a hitch.

McCain says Trump having fun, Republicans have serious candidates for 2012

May 1, 2011

Republican Senator John McCain, who lost to Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, made clear that he doesn’t see Donald Trump as a serious candidate for 2012.

Washington Extra – Syria slap

April 29, 2011

Reuters correspondent Mark Hosenball got early word that the White House was going to slap additional sanctions on Syria including on the brother and cousin of President Bashar al-Assad.

Washington Extra – Changing hats

April 28, 2011

The national security musical chairs was made official today by President Barack Obama.

Could Petraeus be too shiny for the CIA?

April 28, 2011

An agency all about cloak-and-dagger tends to be wary of the limelight.

So President Barack Obama’s choice of General David Petraeus for CIA director has raised some questions in intelligence and military circles.

Obama has ‘better stuff’ to do than birth certificate ‘sideshows’

April 27, 2011

President Barack Obama tried to put the kibosh on birther speculation by releasing his Hawaiian birth certificate and calling questions about the authenticity of the document a distraction from bigger issues by “sideshows and carnival barkers.”

Wanted: New FBI director ‘ready to go’

April 26, 2011

The search for a new FBI director is under way, and Attorney General Eric Holder wants someone “ready to go” to fill some large shoes.

Attorney General Holder says he plans to stick around for a while

April 26, 2011

Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s attorney general, has been castigated by liberals and conservatives for his decisions about prosecuting terrorism suspects in criminal courts, defending a law that effectively bans gay marriages and then dropping it, and efforts to go after fraud in the financial markets that have resulted in few senior corporate executives going to jail.