Pic of the Day: Newport in Summer

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photo credit: Andrew Oros I love the water — and I love Summer. This is from Newport, Rhode Island from the banks of the magnificent grounds of the US Naval War College. This pic, taken by a TWN regular, just moved me. Pics of the day are back. Send yours in. More soon. — Steve Clemons

John McCain’s Institute Launching Today

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Despite some of my foreign policy differences — like the whole bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran thing — with Senator John McCain who once told me he was “the original neoconservative”, I have always greatly, truly admired his patriotism and dedication to trying to get the American political system to operate honestly and in a way consistent with what the framers of the Constitution intended.  He has been a major voice in the country on campaign and elections reform,…

Fooooood Stuff, Martha Stewart, Mario Batali & More

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One of the benefits of working for high quality operations like the New America Foundation and The Atlantic is that one gets on a permanent learning track — exposed to ideas, controversies, and personalities of consequence just about every other day. Real knowledge deficits for me are issues about food production, obesity, and sustainability of a healthy and diverse ecosystem for global food consumption (among a lot of other topics — particularly in health policy) — but The Atlantic Food…

Romney Playing Cheney Card in Foreign Policy

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Had a great discussion a few days ago with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and The Washington Post‘s Eugene Robinson about Mitt Romney’s increasingly Cheney-like foreign policy positions. Chris Matthews discusses Romney foreign policy frame with The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons & The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson. Romney seems like he is trying to cover up his Rockefeller Republican DNA with a mix of Goldwater foreign policy stridency combined with Dick Cheney/John Bolton style pugnacious hard-line attacks on President Obama’s global deal-making. Tonight…

Back in Action at TWN

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The Washington Note has been flirting with on and off commentary of late, more off than on — in part because I have had a new base over at The Atlantic and also because I got so frustrated with the tenor of debate and policy work on Middle East issues, which was a big part of the focus here. However, I have some new support folks helping me here at TWN — and we are going to do our best…

Romney vs Obama on Afghanistan, Terrorism, & bin Laden

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photo credit: Reuters The anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death has spiked public interest in the foreign policy positions of President Obama and Mitt Romney — particularly with regards to fighting terrorism and the war in Afghanistan.  Over the last couple of days, I have done a number of shows across the networks — but mostly have the clips from Current TV and MSNBC and want to post here (on next page). I argue that Barack Obama deserves enormous credit…

Obama Punctuates End of Afghan Conflict

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On the one year anniversary of President Obama ordering a Navy SEAL team to “go in and get Bin Laden and if he not there, to get out”, the President has given a speech tonight framing what America’s post-Afghanistan game will look like. In a relatively brief 1,540 word statement offered at Bagram Air Base in a surprise trip to Afghanistan, President Obama opened the door to what the elements of an endstate will be — moving in 2013 to…

Anti-Gay Advocates Win: Grenell Resigns from Romney Campaign

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Richard Grenell, recently hired by the Mitt Romney for President campaign to serve as the GOP presidential contender’s national security spokesman, has resigned. His statement: I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of…