With all the issues on President Obama's plate recently -- implementing the health-care bill, passing financial regulatory reform, filling a Supreme Court seat and changing the nation's nuclear policy -- gay rights seemed an unlikely subject to lead the news coming from the White House Thursday. But that's what happened.
Since President Obama was elected, only a fraction of the ink expended writing about his tenure has focused on foreign policy, with a much larger share going to health-care reform and Obama's efforts to pull the economy out of recession.
As the president wheels and deals on nuclear policy with dozens of world leaders at the Washington convention center, administration aides are back at the White House leaking a "short list" of Supreme Court candidates that may or may not accurately reflect the real universe of potential candidates.
It's been close to 72 hours since John Paul Stevens announced his plans to retire from the Supreme Court. What have we learned? That a partisan fight is likely, but a filibuster isn't, and that President Obama's shortlist doesn't so far contain any surprises.
Divided over Michael Steele and undecided on a 2012 frontrunner, Republicans are nonetheless united this week in New Orleans on the failings of President Obama and the importance of ousting him in two years.
A year ago, President Obama vowed in Prague "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." On Thursday, a president who has grown accustomed to settling for compromises returned to the Central European capital to ink an arms control agreement that would move the world only a small step toward his stated goal.
April 8, 2010; 8:06 AM ET |
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