Washington (CNN) - It was late in the day with the House oversight hearing on Benghazi winding down. On social media and elsewhere, there was conservative grumbling that Hillary Clinton was getting off relatively unscathed.
Then came conservative Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina's second round of questions.FULL STORY
Dallas (CNN) – George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.
But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.FULL STORY
Jerusalem (CNN) - The most complicated neighborhood in the world is even more uncertain these days, and what you see ranges from breathtaking to heart-stopping.
In Ramallah, West Bank, there are fancier cars and more economic activity than when I last visited five years ago.FULL STORY
Jerusalem (CNN) – The United States is Israel's closest and most important ally, and when there are tensions – over issues like Iran, for example, the Israeli complaint is usually something to the effect of "Washington is too far away to fully understand."
Whether or not you agree, it's worth noting Israel's place in an always complicated neighborhood that is especially uncertain at the moment.
Jerusalem (CNN) - It is not a word used often in Israel, but the country's President Shimon Peres sounds downright zen when asked about the personal frostiness between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I think it is more appearance than reality," Peres told CNN in an interview Tuesday morning. "You cannot adopt personal relations to political leadership. You have to face the situation and put aside your own personal feelings."
Jerusalem (CNN) – The banners hanging on Israeli street corners boast of the "Unbreakable Alliance" with the United States, and the Stars and Stripes is flying side by side with the Star of David all across Jerusalem.
It is a proud moment for the host nation. But as President Barack Obama heads to Israel and the West Bank for the first time since moving into the White House, there is no expectation of any significant policy breakthroughs and countless questions about his frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.FULL STORY
(CNN) - CNN's John King breaks down what parts of Obama's State of the Union address could gain support from House Republicans.
Washington (CNN) – It is the second big speech of his presidency's second act, but there is little or nothing to suggest President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address offers any hope of a new beginning or a new spirit in divided Washington.
Consider the vast partisan differences in expectations.FULL STORY
(CNN) - CNN's John King examines President Barack Obama's second term agenda and House Speaker John Boehner's criticism that he's trying to "annihilate the Republican Party."
Washington (CNN) – What a difference.
Barack Obama assumed the presidency four years ago on a day full of history and hope. The second time around there is less hype, far lower expectations, and no illusions about the capital's political climate.
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