Philip Rucker

For Philip Rucker's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Obama meets Iraq's al-Maliki, remains mum on arms sales

Nov 2, 2013

Obama meets Iraq's al-Maliki, remains mum on arms sales

President Barack Obama assured visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Friday that the United States wants to be a strong partner in bringing about a stable and inclusive Iraq amid a rapid spike in sectarian violence that threatens security across the country. But ...

Democrats find rare unity in budget fight

Oct 2, 2013

Democrats find rare unity in budget fight

Shortly before the government shut down, House Republicans crafted their final spending offer, including two health care provisions designed to scare red-state Senate Democrats facing re-election battles: one to delay the Affordable Care Act’s unpopular individual mandate and another removing subsidies for lawmakers and ...

Giffords tries gentler touch on guns

Jul 7, 2013

Giffords tries gentler touch on guns

It was day two of Gabrielle Giffords’ whirlwind nationwide tour to revive the push for tougher gun laws. The former congresswoman’s husband, Mark Kelly, woke up early, placed his black case of firearms into the car trunk and raced across a vast stretch of ...

Obama keeps fluid grip on levels of power

May 20, 2013

Obama keeps fluid grip on levels of power

President Barack Obama’s professed ignorance of the targeting of conservatives by one government agency and his support of tracking journalists’ sources by another highlight one of the great paradoxes of his presidency: Sometimes he uses his office as aggressively as anyone who’s held it; ...

Democrats no longer gun-shy on restrictions

Jan 19, 2013

Democrats no longer gun-shy on restrictions

For the first time in more than a decade, Democratic presidential aspirants see a political advantage in championing far-reaching restrictions on guns. In Massachusetts on Thursday, Gov. Deval Patrick unveiled a sweeping set of proposed restrictions that would restrict access to high-powered ammunition, broaden ...

Aimless Romney tends wounds in seclusion

Dec 3, 2012

Aimless Romney tends wounds in seclusion

The man who planned to be president wakes up each morning now without a plan. Mitt Romney looks out the windows of his beach house in La Jolla, a moneyed and pristine enclave of San Diego, at noisy construction workers fixing up his next-door ...