By ANN McFEATTERS A day at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is an eye-opener -- about our soldiers, our government generally and the Bush administration. I visited the renowned hospital complex after The Washington Post ran a series of articles exposing serious problems at the center, where as many as one-fourth of our injured soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are treated. The halls are swarming with the wounded and their families. Residential facilities for recuperating soldiers and their spouses have a long waiting list.
By DALE McFEATTERS Maybe because it's so early, the presidential race has been lackluster to date. There are still too many candidates and they are overeager -- eight Democratic hopefuls showed up for a weekday forum in Carson City, Nev. And the spectacle -- like three Republicans with eight wives among them competing for the family-values vote -- is mainly of interest only to junkies.
A top army general blamed "a breakdown in leadership" for poor living conditions of wounded soldiers at the US Army's renowned Walter Reed Medical Center.
By NEDRA PICKLER Barack Obama's campaign says 9,000 people showed up for his Los Angeles rally, but it's hard to know for sure. The crowd sprawled around the stage set up in a park, a sea of upturned faces and waving campaign signs. What is clear is that Obama is sparking unusual turnout early in the presidential campaign. Massive crowds are signing up for tickets, standing in long lines and taking time out of their day for the chance to hear the freshman Illinois senator speak in person about his vision for the country.
By NEDRA PICKLER and BRENDAN RILEY The rival presidential campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama traded accusations of nasty politics Wednesday over Hollywood donor David Geffen, who once backed Bill Clinton but now supports his wife's top rival. The Clinton campaign demanded that Obama denounce comments made by the DreamWorks movie studio founder, who told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in Wednesday's editions that while "everybody in politics lies," the former president and his wife "do it with such ease, it's troubling."
By DALE McFEATTERS The Justice Department's post-9/11 statistics on terrorism cases have been deeply flawed, sometimes inflated, sometimes underreported -- in any case, just highly inaccurate. Only two out of 26 sets of statistics reported between 2001 and 2005 were found to be accurate by the department's inspector general, Glenn Fine.
By CLIFFORD D. MAY In Iraq, we have been losing not clashes of arms but clashes of perceptions. Our enemies understood early on that they could not defeat American troops in combat. But they were clever enough to realize they didn't need to. Instead, they could win a war of ideas.