Richard Wolffe

Singing Different Tunes

They are the states the candidates forgot. Utah, Idaho and Hawaii dropped off the traveling schedules of the surviving contenders for the Democratic nomination for president (with the exception of Dennis Kucinich, who found a fine excuse for a couple of tropical trips).

A Win is a Win

Just when he thought it was safe to turn his fire on George W. Bush, John Kerry was ambushed in Wisconsin by an old political foe: high expectations. Less than a week ago the polls gave Kerry a 37-point lead over John Edwards, setting the bar sky high for the Democratic frontrunner in the Badger state.

Moving On

John Kerry had just won big victories in two critical states, almost burying what remains of a bitter rival who once buried him. But instead of a high-pitched celebration, Kerry hit what may well be the defining note of his White House race. "They're the ones who are extreme," he said at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday. "We're the ones who are mainstream."He wasn't talking about Howard Dean's anti-war activists.


After all the cheap motels, the long hours on the road and two bruising defeats, they were looking forward to regrouping back home in Burlington, Vt. But when Howard Dean's senior aides met the day after their latest failure in New Hampshire, it was anything but a cozy get-together.

Can He Keep Winning?

The first word of John Kerry's big win came as his Boeing 737 jet prepared to land in Seattle on Tuesday. The Massachusetts senator was shooting the breeze with some reporters, who were scrolling through their Blackberries for the latest results and exit polls from the seven states that voted in Democratic presidential contests yesterday. "You got 51 per cent in Missouri," one TV producer called out.

Comeback Kerry

Victory rallies are always tough when you lose. But they're even tougher when your last celebration ranks as one of the worst self-inflicted wounds in recent political history.

Worlds Apart

It's a long, long way from the Midwest to the Middle East. But voters in Iowa and Iraq have rarely shared so much at any point in their vastly different histories.Four years ago in the Democratic presidential race, the debate in Iowa was dominated by farming subsidies, agricultural mergers and occasional references to prescription drugs.

Diplomatic Diary: Where They Stand

Maybe it was Saddam Hussein's capture. Or maybe it's because there's not much more than a month before the voting starts in Iowa. Either way, the Democratic pack of presidential candidates have spent the last few days sharpening their rhetoric on foreign policy--and on one bogeyman in particular.

A Man With A Mission

At a little before 6 each morning, a wiry, 27-year-old political operative fires up his computer in his Washington, D.C., apartment. While other Democratic spinners are still in bed, dreaming about their next power breakfast, stubble-faced, bleary-eyed David Sirota is already at the keyboard, hacking out a daily barrage of anti-Bush media clips, commentary and snappy quotes.

Bush's News War

It started out as a little crowd control in Baghdad. But as U.S. troops entered the streets to restore order earlier this month, the protest turned ugly. Someone threw a homemade grenade at the Americans, wounding 13 servicemen.

How North Korea Got The Bomb

Few North Koreans have suffered more directly for Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions than Kimchaek University's class of '62. Shortly before graduation day, the campus began buzzing with news that atomic scientists were needed for a new research lab being built for the "Great Leader," Kim Il Sung. "Our professors really pushed the need for nuclear development," recalls one class member who escaped the country two years ago and recently told NEWSWEEK his story. "The rumor circulating among students...

Force Versus Diplomacy

The world has split into two. On one side, there are the anti-war peaceniks who thought the United Nations and its weapons inspectors could keep Saddam Hussein in his box.

Phoenix From The Ashes

Inside the dowdy lobby of the United Nations headquarters, opposite a collection of children's paintings about world peace, there's a photo display of about two dozen U.N.

Here We Go Again

Another Iraq resolution, another go-round at the U.N. Security Council. Surely it couldn't be as bad as the last time, when those warmongering Americans and Brits slapped down the Franco-German "axis of weasels" and invaded--right on schedule.

Diplomatic Diary: Style Over Substance

It's turning into an end-of-summer ritual, as seasonal as the cooler air and the start of the school year. If it's September, it must be time to talk Iraq to the United Nations.This year, judging by the press coverage, you might think we're headed for one of two versions of fall at the U.N..

Diplomatic Diary: The Real Target

It wasn't just the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that was blown apart by Tuesday's truck bomb. It was the long-standing hope and belief inside Washington that some day soon the reconstruction of Iraq would turn around from torment to triumph.The deaths of at least 20 U.N.

Walking Into Trouble

The phone rang at 5 a.m. in early July at the home of a North Korea expert in the Bush administration. The caller had serious news from the U.S. Air Force's nuclear-detection team.

Diplomatic Diary: The End Of The Crown Princes

Call it the tale of three corpses. The first two marked the end of one of the biggest mysteries in Iraq. The third marks the beginning of one of the biggest mysteries in London.The deaths of Uday and Qusay--confirmed on Tuesday by U.S. CENTCOM in Iraq--represent more than just the delivery of American justice to the murderous and sometimes psychotic sons of Saddam Hussein.