Robert Schlesinger

September 2008


Legislators Move to Cut Down Border Seizures of Travelers' Laptops

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When can the government search you and seize your belongings—like laptop computers and digital cameras—without any actual evidence to show that you're, you know, a criminal? When you're trying to re-enter the country (even if you're a U.S. citizen, by the way).

As my colleague Alex Kingsbury ...

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Customs and Border Protection
laptops
computers
travel
Congress
Department of Homeland Security

GOP Lawmakers Who Voted Against the Financial Crisis Bailout Because of Pelosi? Sounds Like a Myth

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Sam seems to buy into the GOP talking point that Nancy Pelosi was to blame for the Wall Street bailout flameout on the Hill yesterday. Sam should know better.

Yes, Pelosi's speech was dumb and unnecessary, but the notion that it so wounded GOP legislators' tender feelings that they reversed their ...

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government intervention
House of Representatives
Congress
politics
Republican Party
Pelosi, Nancy

Sarah Palin's Foreign Policy Goofs—Let's Hope the Russians Don't Take Her Seriously, Either

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It's so very easy to ridicule Sarah Palin's recent Katie Couric-induced pratfalls. Some might say it's cruel. But it would be even crueler to take her seriously, though, since she aspires to the vice presidency, we should.

Take her widely discussed, laugh- or tear-inducing explanation to ...

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Air Force
Putin, Vladimir
2008 presidential election
running mates
Palin, Sarah
Russia
foreign policy

Iraq, the Surge, and the Sunni Awakening: Not So Fast, Jack

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Jack wrote yesterday that it's time to admit that the surge has worked (and that John McCain should himself also admit some hard truths). I'm still not convinced.

To wit, I commend to your attention an interesting commentary by Wayne White, a former deputy director of the State Department's ...

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Islam
Iraq
Iraq war (2003-2011)
military strategy
military
national security terrorism and the military

Sarah Palin's International Debut: All Friends, No Media

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Sarah Palin made her international debut at the United Nations today in much of the same manner that she has made her entrance onto the national stage: among friends and with minimal press access.

As my colleague Thomas Omestad reports, Palin met with leaders from "countries tied most closely to ...

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running mates
McCain, John
2008 presidential election
foreign policy
UN
media
Palin, Sarah
campaigns

A Crisis Too Far: the Financial Crisis and the Bush Administration's Credit Deficit

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Do you remember this administration's first crisis? It was energy, right? That was back when chants of "drill, baby, drill" were confined to the hallways of oil executives and top Bush officials (no distinction there, in some cases) rather than convention halls and national TV.

Then it was the ...

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deficit and national debt
Bush administration
credit
Wall Street

Sarah Palin's Charles Gibson Interview—We Know She Can Memorize the Talking Points, but Does She Understand Them?

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Talking points will only take you so far.

Last night the governor of Alaska sounded less like the Palin-ator (an implacable political force sent to save the Republican Party) than a robot struggling to handle inputs for which it was not programmed. And that illustrates a critical aspect of the ...

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Palin, Sarah
ABC
2008 presidential election
running mates

Sarah Palin and Charlie Gibson Got the Bush Doctrine Wrong: It's Preventive War, Not Pre-emptive

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For the record, Charles Gibson didn't get the Bush Doctrine right either. But at least, unlike Sarah Palin, he had an idea of what he was talking about (a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy for the last six years).

If you haven't yet seen it, Gibson asked Palin if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine.

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Palin, Sarah
foreign policy
ABC
Bush administration
military strategy
2008 presidential election

Barack Obama and the White Women Vote—Democrats Just Don't Win That Group

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According to today's Washington Post poll, John McCain has pulled back into a virtual tie with Barack Obama, thanks to a swing among white female voters.

Maybe so (we're just now starting to reach the point of the calendar where polls can be taken seriously), but this represents less a tidal ...

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Obama, Barack
voters
female voters
Democratic Party
2008 presidential election
McCain, John
Bush, George W.

The Age of Palin Draws to a Close

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ST. PAUL—It seems hard to believe that Sarah Palin week is finally drawing to a close. One almost wonders why, since she gave her acceptance speech last night, the Republicans are having another night of convention. Oh yeah: She's not running for president.

This is not merely snark, there's a larger ...

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Palin, Sarah
McCain, John
Republican National Convention
speeches
Republican Party
2008 presidential election
Obama, Barack

10,000 Facebook-ers Have More Foreign Policy Experience Than Sarah Palin

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Ah, Facebook. Some wit has formed a group on the social networking site called "I have more foreign policy experience Sarah Palin." The description: "For all of you dumbfounded by the selection of Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate. This moose-eating political featherweight could be ...

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foreign policy
2008 presidential election
running mates
Palin, Sarah
internet
Facebook

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