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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…

For Pentagon Lawyer Who Co-Wrote Report on Gays, Military Bias Hits Home

Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, had to navigate numerous legal challenges to the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law as he prepared the report for repeal. Read…

Lawmakers Weigh Deal to Extend Tax Cuts for All

Negotiators are discussing a deal to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, perhaps for two years, after an Obama plan to let rates rise for top incomes failed in…

News Analysis: Arizona Medicaid Cuts Seen as a Sign of the Times

A decision to eliminate coverage for certain transplants is testament to both the severity of fiscal pressures on the states and the bloodlessness of budget-cutting in Arizona. Read more……

Diplomatic Memo: From WikiLemons, Clinton Tries to Make Lemonade

After five days of headlines, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to highlight the hard work of American diplomats. Read more……

If Only Laws Were Like Sausages

A single cook, a specific recipe, quality control and uniform production — a visit to a real sausage factory suggests Congress could learn from the wurst. Read more……