Obama speech strategically crafted

President Obama's state-of-the-union speech is a reminder that most of what we'll remember was how it was said, not what was said. Smart beginning, high energy, powerful ending.  It was brilliantly crafted to make the most of a not-great situation: low approval ratings (37%, 40%), Congressional resistance to doing almost anything, election-year jockeying, the cusp of …

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Hillary Clinton challenges global women leaders

 "Democracy is a new thing in my country," Naheed Farid, the youngest member of the Afghanistan parliament, said to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday morning at Wellesley College.  "Don't you think that after 2014 there will be disaster for democracy in the region?" she asserted.  Clinton, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, made the answer very clear …

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