(CNN) – The pressure is mounting on President Barack Obama to free Jonathan Jay Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel.
Israeli President Shimon Peres says he will ask Obama to give clemency to the former U.S. naval intelligence analyst who pleaded guilty to providing Israel with classified documents in 1987.
(CNN) – Remember all the negative attacks that Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum leveled against Mitt Romney during the Republican primaries?
Many of those attacks were very nasty indeed.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney now completely disagree on the sensitive issue of same-sex marriage.
But they apparently do agree that the elimination of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring homosexuals from serving openly in the U.S. military is fine.
(CNN) – President Obama’s campaign has released a powerful new 60-second ad touting his accomplishments since taking office. It points specifically to the U.S. auto industry coming back, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and the improving U.S. economy. “Instead of losing jobs,” the announcer on the ad says, “we’re creating them – over 4.2 million so far.”
Those are all good points. But in that ad, I noticed that the Obama-Biden campaign once again failed to mention what is arguably the administration’s number one legislative achievement over the past three-and-a-half years: the health care reform law.
(CNN) – For a long time, U.S. intelligence officials have testified before Congressional committees that there are probably fewer than 100 al Qaeda terrorists remaining in Afghanistan right now. They have suggested that there are many more al Qaeda members in other countries, including Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
If true, and I believe it is, that raises this question: Why does the United States still have 90,000 troops in Afghanistan and virtually none in those other countries?
(CNN) – For all practical purposes, Mitt Romney is now the leader of the Republican Party.
Move over Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the others. You have a new boss.
(CNN) – It’s shocking that a country that receives billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer money can tell an American Congressman that he’s not welcome to visit that country.
And it’s also shocking that the highest U.S. officials – and even fellow Members of Congress – would go along with this outrage.
(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has written a very powerful new book on the Holocaust and her Jewish heritage. She didn’t know her parents were Jewish until she was 59 years old and about to become President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State.
“I had no idea that my family heritage was Jewish or that more than twenty of my relatives had died in the Holocaust,” she writes in “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.”
(CNN) – President Obama took a very important step today when he ordered the U.S. intelligence community for the first time to routinely prepare National Intelligence Estimates "on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide."
It's a significant development. The intelligence community is always charged with preparing estimates on global national security issues. How close is Iran to building a nuclear bomb? Where are the most serious al Qaeda threats? What's going on in North Korea? How secure is Pakistan's nuclear arsenal? How vulnerable is the U.S. to cyberwarfare attack?
(CNN) – It's amazed me over the years how a few words spoken by a presidential candidate potentially can have an enormous impact. I've been thinking a lot about that while covering the Republican race for the White House in recent months. The candidates are under enormous scrutiny – as they should be. They understandably have to be very precise.
I've been especially sensitive to the words uttered by candidates since my interview with then-Vice President Al Gore in March 1999. He was already running for the Democratic presidential nomination. Here's the exchange that caused an uproar and certainly had an impact on his eventual general election race against then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.