Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Barack Obama of dramatically weakening the United States' position in the world, drawing a straight line between Obama’s ever-yielding foreign policy and the increasing troubles around the world.
The State Department is presenting a global webcast on February 4, titled "From the Street to Mainstream: The Evolution of Rap/Hip Hop Music." The host of the webcast, rapper and State Department Music Ambassador Toni Blackman, will be joined by Pras Michel, a founding member of the hip hop group the Fugees, to discuss "how rap and hip hop have increased social awareness of the African-American experience — and raised even broader issues in contemporary society." Some of Michel's more inflammatory comments in the past raise questions about the appropriateness of his appearance with the U.S.'s music ambassador on a government-sponsored webcast representing America to the world.
McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed has found audio of Condoleezza Rice's "speech she delivered at the candidate's closed-door June fundraising retreat in Park City." It is believed that this is the speech that propelled the Romney campaign to consider selecting Rice to be Romney's ru
The boss has been suggesting that Mitt Romney might be looking at adding former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the Republican ticket, so imagine my surprise this morning when I received an email from ... Condoleezza Rice! Could it be that Rice was emailing me to weigh in? Was she going to thank THE WEEKLY STANDARD for saying that she could very well be in the running?
Erin McPike's "close examination of the [Romney] campaign's activity" at RealClearPolitics suggests four leading contenders for Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick—former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Ohio senator Rob Portman, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. McPike's article is an intelligent explanation of why these men seem to be leading the pack, with New Hampshire senator Kelly Ayotte, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, and Florida senator Marco Rubio as long shots.
The belief that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is inches away or perhaps only one long negotiating session away never dies. Not even 64 years after the birth of the state of Israel and 45 years after Israel’s conquest of Sinai, Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem in 1967.
The Atlantic magazine’s website reported what would have been a surprising bit of news. “Condoleezza Rice Blames Georgian Leader for War With Russia,” the headline for Joshua Kucera’s article reads. The sub-headline states: “The former secretary of state contradicts the view, held by many U.S. Republicans, that Russia began the 2008 war.” And the author writes, “Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says Georgian President Saakashvili alienated potential NATO allies by 'letting the Russians provoke him' into starting a war over South Ossetia.” Indeed, the surprise in Kucera’s article is that it is completely wrong, and yet the Atlantic published it anyway.
Erin McPike at RealClearPolitics reports that, following a big fundraising speech by Mitch Daniels's wife, the Indiana governor kicked back with some college students who are asking him to run for president: