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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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..
Make no mistake: the war on terror just expanded. As President Bush and his senior officials fan out across the media and the country making big speeches this week, it's clear they are preparing America and the world for what's to come in Iraq.
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.
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.