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For Julie Pace's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

Aug 18, 2014

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as America’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” ...

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

Jul 27, 2014

Obama's U.N. envoy spearheads plane response

One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration’s case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were ...

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

Jun 23, 2014

Can Obama avoid mission creep in Iraq?

President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be “dragged back” into a lengthy conflict or become snarled in mission creep. But recent U.S. military history is full of warning signs ...

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

Jan 26, 2014

Obama plans laws to shrink income gap

President Barack Obama will confront a politically divided Congress with a demand to expand economic mobility in the U.S., asserting in his State of the Union policy address Tuesday night that he will take action on his own if lawmakers fail to help shrink ...

Jan 17, 2014

NSA review will be test for Obama

Faced with Edward Snowden’s first leaks about the government’s sweeping surveillance apparatus, President Barack Obama’s message to Americans boiled down to this: Trust me. “I think on balance, we have established a process and a procedure that the American people should feel comfortable about,” ...

Health care woes shake Obama's credibility

Nov 18, 2013

Health care woes shake Obama's credibility

Throughout President Barack Obama’s first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril. But the political challenge posed by Obama’s disastrous health care rollout is far greater than those ...