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Obama Besieged on Many Fronts

Posted May 14th, 2013 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)
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Circling the Wagons at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue The recent history of second term U.S. presidents indicates trouble will come at some point.  You just don’t expect it to come three at a time with roots both foreign and domestic.  But for the moment that is where the Obama administration finds itself. All of sudden last […]

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Early Onset Second Term Blues

Posted May 2nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm (UTC+0)
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Obama’s Leadership Test It was only a few months ago that Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second presidential term with all the pomp and pageantry that official Washington can muster.  There was a time in this country when the early days of a second term were a heady time for a freshly re-elected president. […]

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Boston Strong and Pulling Together

Posted April 23rd, 2013 at 7:23 pm (UTC+0)
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Unity in the Face of Adversity Boston is a tribal town.  I know because I grew up in the area.  Back in the day, it was the Irish who held sway politically, while the descendants of the English, the so called “Boston Brahmins,” controlled business and finance.  My grandmother could recall the days when signs […]

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Bipartisan Hopes Spring Eternal

Posted April 12th, 2013 at 8:51 pm (UTC+0)
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Progress on Guns and Immigration It’s taken a while but spring has finally come to Washington.  The weather is warming, personal moods are improving and thousands of tourists continue to flock to what remains of the world famous cherry blossoms near the Jefferson Memorial. There are signs of a ‘political spring’ as well.  Progress is […]

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The Early Line on 2016 Contenders

Posted April 5th, 2013 at 9:14 pm (UTC+0)
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Republican Youth versus Democratic Experience Okay, I know, it’s way too early to be talking about 2016 presidential contenders but the fact is Washington is a political town and is fueled by political speculation.  And if you’re a Republican, there is no better way to escape the gloom of last year’s presidential election than to […]

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Rushing the Court on Gay Rights

Posted March 29th, 2013 at 2:58 pm (UTC+0)
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Justices Caution Not So Fast It’s not often that a revolution winds up on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, but it seemed to happen this past week.  The nine justices heard two potentially significant cases on same sex marriage and while decorum was maintained inside the chamber, a lot of the action seemed […]

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Budget War Pause

Posted March 25th, 2013 at 8:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Bracing for a Summer Showdown Members of Congress are away for the next two weeks, but before they left town they approved a law that will keep the federal government funded through the end of September.  Passage of the funding measure avoided a government shutdown and includes the $85 billion worth of across-the-board spending cuts […]

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Republicans Study Autopsy Report

Posted March 19th, 2013 at 9:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Party May Need Heart Transplant Like all smart political parties, Republicans have been spending some time looking in the mirror after last November’s dispiriting election results.  In a report called the Growth and Opportunity Project, Republican leaders studied what went wrong last year and offer up some general ideas about improving the party’s electoral prospects […]

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Conservative Restart

Posted March 15th, 2013 at 9:05 pm (UTC+0)
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  Looking for the Next Reagan Thousands of election-weary conservatives gathered at a resort hotel outside Washington this week, trying to figure out what went wrong in last November’s election and how to fix it for the future. The Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, is a kind of melting pot for the conservative […]

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Washington’s Early Political Spring

Posted March 8th, 2013 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)
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Will Changes in Tone Lead to Action? Like the warming breezes of an unexpected early spring, there was a subtle shift in Washington’s political landscape this week.  President Barack Obama took the unusual step of having dinner with a dozen Senate Republicans to open an informal dialogue on the budget issues that have crippled this […]

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Jim Malone

Jim Malone

After a stint in the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Jim joined VOA in 1983 as a reporter and anchor on English broadcasts to Africa.  He served as East Africa correspondent, then covered Congress in the early 1990′s.   Since 1995, Jim has served as VOA national correspondent responsible for coverage of U.S. politics, elections, the Supreme Court and Justice Department.  Jim has been involved in VOA’s election coverage since the 1984 presidential campaign and has co-anchored live VOA broadcasts of numerous national political conventions, candidate debates and election night coverage.

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