Alexi Giannoulias Mulling Mayoral Run?

Just when it looked like the names of every possible mayoral candidate had been tossed about and largely discarded, now comes scuttlebutt linking Alexi Giannoulias to the fight to succeed Mayor Richard M. Daley. While the outgoing state treasurer claimed that aldermen and donors are trying to draft him for mayor in the Feb. 22 […]

Obama Spotlights Failure Of U.N. Reform

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s support for India’s bid for permanent membership on the U.N. Security Council put the spotlight on the failure of the United Nations to reform its most powerful body. Despite widespread agreement that the Security Council needs to reflect the 21st century world – not the international power structure after […]

No Breakthrough In Clinton-Netanyahu Israel Settlement Meeting

NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held lengthy talks here Thursday but failed to break an impasse that has stalled Middle East peace negotiations. After multiple meetings over seven hours, some one-on-one and others with aides, Clinton and Netanyahu said in a joint statement that they […]

U.S. Fails To Finalize Stalled Trade Deal With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea and the United States failed to score a breakthrough on a long-stalled free trade agreement and will keep negotiating, their presidents said Thursday, in a sharp setback to hopes of speedily ratifying the ambitious accord. The two sides have been holding negotiations this week to jump-start the deal to […]

Michael Steele Could Face Major Opposition Effort From RNC Members

Michael Steele’s path to a second term as chairman of the Republican National Committee is getting increasingly tangled, as reports Thursday suggest that the effort to recruit a viable replacement has expanded considerably. According to Hotline On Call, the mobilization effort to draft a Steele challenger is contingent on one main condition: Those who want […]

Joe Miller Accuses Lisa Murkowski Of Receiving Special Treatment

Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) said Thursday that recent decisions by the state’s board of elections to change the standards for vote counting amounted to a violation of the “rule of law” and suggested that his opponent, incumbent Sen. and write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski, is the beneficiary of special treatment. Miller is hoping to […]

Deepak Chopra: Obama’s Even-Handedness Works Against Him

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not to visit the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar during his time in India because it required a head covering that his advisers feared would fuel speculation about his faith. A Pew study showed that nearly […]

Thomas Bates: The Young Voter Know-It-all at Family Dinner

Family dinners, a tradition that both my wife and I grew up with, are an important part of our growing household. First there were two of us. Now our four-month-old son joins us at the dinner table — either on a lap or on top of the table in his vibrating chair — to provide […]