Obama and Libya: Tell us how this ends
President Obama leads a briefing on the current situation in Libya aboard Air Force One.
March 22nd, 2011
07:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama and Libya: Tell us how this ends

Washington (CNN) - The story of the Libyan intervention may pain some of the most ardent believers in the proposition that it is America's role to take the lead, all of the time, everywhere.

But when the French and the British began the first sorties into Libyan airspace, it made an awful lot of sense: It's their neighborhood after all. And when the Arab League decided to support some kind of allied intervention, it seemed a powerful consensus was developing.

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Filed under: Libya • President Obama
What exactly does Obama want?
March 8th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
3 years ago

What exactly does Obama want?

Washington (CNN) – President Obama, one might argue, is someone we've gotten to know over the past two years. At first, he was Zelig incarnate, seemingly everywhere, all the time. That's calmed down a bit, but by now his nature is clear: a deep temperamental caution, served with a side order of prudence.

And that probably shouldn't be a complete surprise. After all, we signed a complex contract when we elected Obama the candidate: One part "Cool Hand Luke," the other, an audacious character full of the promise of transformation. We wanted the best of both worlds - a president without the bravado of a Bush, but with the smarts and ambition of a Clinton.

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Filed under: President Obama
Pawlenty presidential decision close
March 2nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Pawlenty presidential decision close

(CNN) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty may be closer to making a decision on a presidential run than previously thought.

A source close to Pawlenty said he will form an exploratory committee in two to three weeks, significantly sooner than most political observers expected.
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Filed under: 2012 • Tim Pawlenty
The arrogance of the new budget-cutters
February 24th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

The arrogance of the new budget-cutters

Washington (CNN) - Well, we said we wanted budget cutters, so that's what we have.

In fact, it's a downright frenzy of fiscal rectitude in Washington. You've heard it all: Every cut matters. No cut is too small. Nothing is off limits, even the unkindest cuts of all. After all, the problem is just too large to put off any longer.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
The beauty of unruly Republicans
February 10th, 2011
01:56 PM ET
3 years ago

The beauty of unruly Republicans

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - So Republicans are now in charge in the House, and they're having some growing pains. It seems that their new flock is filled with independent sorts who may listen to their leaders, but still go their own way.

A revolt over a vote to retrieve some money from the United Nations? You bet. A refusal to approve an extension of George W. Bush's Patriot Act (acting in cahoots with Democrats, no less)? Yep. And, behind closed doors, arguments for more budget cuts than the leaders think is prudent, or doable. Who do these new guys think they are, anyway?

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Filed under: Republicans
U.S. struggles to get Egypt policy right
February 2nd, 2011
02:36 PM ET
3 years ago

U.S. struggles to get Egypt policy right

Washington (CNN) – Watching the administration try to find the right balance in its response to the crisis in Egypt is like seeing the public face of the foreign policy establishment change before our very eyes:

First, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declares that Hosni Mubarak's regime is stable.
Next, Vice President Joe Biden declares that Mubarak's Egypt needs reform but that he is not a dictator.

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Filed under: Egypt
Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit
January 27th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Borger: Why Obama punted on slashing deficit

Washington (CNN) - It's easy to see why any politician would want to avoid making huge promises on the deficit. After all, it's out of control, unpredictable and chances are you'll fail anyway.

That's because any pollster will tell you that while people always say they want the deficit fixed, they never believe they're part of the problem. So they won't hear of reducing Medicare and Social Security, which amount to nearly a third of the domestic budget. That kinda rules out any serious discussion.

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Filed under: Deficit • President Obama • SOTU 2011
Why America is growing tired of Palin
January 20th, 2011
12:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Why America is growing tired of Palin

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - OK, you've got Palin fatigue. Not to worry. So does much of the country: The latest CNN poll shows that 56 percent of Americans view her unfavorably.

More damaging, though, is this: Sarah Palin's unfavorable rating among women has gone up 10 points. And 59 percent of those all-important independent voters don't like her - and that's up a stunning 14 points in just a few months.

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Filed under: Sarah Palin
Borger: A real test for our political leaders
January 11th, 2011
06:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Borger: A real test for our political leaders

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN) - It is probably some form of poetic justice that, in reacting to the attempted murder of a congresswoman and the murder of a judge, some of the political discourse has devolved into an unhelpful and unenlightening argument that goes something like this: It's your fault; no, it's your fault.

Let's just stipulate a few things: The gunman is unhinged. We're not sure of his political or cultural beliefs, if he has any floating around a very warped mind. To ascribe a political motive to this shooter right now is impossible.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords • Gloria Borger
Huge gap in how Democrats, Republicans define 'compromise'
December 15th, 2010
12:39 PM ET
3 years ago

Huge gap in how Democrats, Republicans define 'compromise'

(CNN) - Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether big men should cry, given Speaker-elect John Boehner's soggy "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Just for the record: fine by me, no big deal, even a good thing.

Now that that's out of the way, there is one exchange that actually matters way more than a few tears: Boehner's refusal to let the word "compromise" pass between his lips.

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Filed under: Democrats • Republicans
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