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Gates visits sultan of Oman

He makes a visit to Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said who “has a productive relationship with Iran.” Read more……

U.S. diplomats may be out in the cold for a while

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you are a U.S. diplomat accustomed to coaxing, cajoling or strong-arming governments behind closed doors, you will be out in the cold, at least for a…

China ordered major hack attacks on Google

China ordered major hack attacks on Google

Contacts told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China’s top ruling body and a senior leader demanded action after finding search results that were critical of…

Once a goalie, Pawlenty plays offense

Presidential hopeful: ‘I’ll put my record against the record of any governor.” Read more……

Pawlenty tightened Minn. race, but not enough

The race offers a window into Pawlenty’s home-state appeal–and limitations–as he steps down. Read more……

Cables Depict Range of Obama Diplomacy

The WikiLeaks cables suggest that President Obama’s diplomacy is a mixture of openness to negotiation, constantly escalating pressure and a series of deadlines. Read more……

Feds way behind in cyber security

Feds way behind in cyber security

It will take several more years for the government to fully install high-tech systems to block computer intrusions, a drawn-out timeline that enables criminals to become more adept at stealing…

FiveThirtyEight: The Democrats’ Tax Cut Dilemma

Shouldn’t this be a fight that the Democrats can win? Here’s why their position isn’t very strong. Read more……

Robert Gates to discuss Iran with Oman’s ruler: official

MUSCAT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Oman Sunday for talks with Sultan Qaboos bin Said and was due to visit an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea…

Obama touts S.Korea trade deal, looks for more

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed at the weekend to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model…