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Trump University: Sales strategy foreshadowed campaign

Jun 2, 2016

Trump University: Sales strategy foreshadowed campaign

Grand promises. Boundless boasts. Absolute faith in the man behind it all. The strategies that Donald Trump’s now-defunct educational company used to woo customers have plenty of echoes of the presumptive Republican nominee’s current pitch to voters, based on newly disclosed court documents about ...

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Feb 1, 2015

White House grapples with fraught terrorism language

Twice this past month, the White House has publicly grappled with the politically fraught language of terrorism. In the days after a deadly terrorist spree in Paris, President Barack Obama was criticized for purposely avoiding calling the attacks an example of “Islamic extremism,” settling ...

Obama, Pentagon bogged down in uneasy alliance

Dec 2, 2014

Obama, Pentagon bogged down in uneasy alliance

On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama’s first term, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephone line at the military’s special operations headquarters that linked directly back to a top White House national security official. “I had them tear ...

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 ...