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Why the White House Social Secretary Is Going to Have a Tough Week
Pope Francis will be in the nation's capital this week, causing headaches for thousands of commuters. One Obama administration official will certainly be feeling the pressure too. White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, 37, will be coordinating Pope Francis’ visit to the White House, an event
4 Reasons the Kids' State Dinner Is Way Cooler Than an Adult One
Want to drive the president crazy? Just show him a bowl of guacamole he can’t eat. Obama “lose[s] his mind” over chips and guac, he told guests at the annual Kids’ State Dinner Friday. The dinner (technically a lunch, Obama pointed out) honors the 54...
State Dinner Curse Strikes Again With French President Visit
Looks like French President Francois Hollande will attend Tuesday’s state dinner tout seul . Since Hollande split with live-in girlfriend Valérie Trierweiler , France’s de facto first lady, amid allegations of an affair with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet, the White House has likely been puzzling
In Cambodia, Obama Hails 'Constructive' US-China Relationship
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — President Obama today said the United States and China have taken a “cooperative and constructive approach” to their relationship, as he came face-to-face with the rising economic power that his administration is trying to counter-balance in the region. Meeting with ...
Xi Jinping Era Begins in China as Secretive Leadership Lineup Unveiled
The Xi Jinping era began in China today with a smile and an apology. Xi and his six fellow Chinese Politburo Standing Committee members were supposed to meet the media and the world at 11 a.m. Beijing time but did not walk out onto the dais inside the Great Hall of the People until minutes before
China's Leadership May Include First Woman
For the first time in China’s modern history, there are hints that a woman has come very close to reaching the highest levels of government. China today gave its strongest indication yet on who will lead the country for the next decade and for the...
2012's Most Compelling International Elections
As voters in the United States have just cooled down from the 2012 election season, contests across the globe are just heating up. From Ukrain's disputed election, to Egypt, which held its first democratic election in centuries, a stream of countries are set for or have held highly contentious and
Former Chinese Leader's Influence Holds Sway as Transition Begins
(Image Credit: Lee Jin-man/AP Photo) After the most politically tumultuous year in a generation, which saw the scandal-ridden fall of party official Bo Xilai and the Sino-U.S. diplomatic kerfuffle over blind activist Chen
Iran and Russia Among Countries With Messages for Obama
Not long after President Obama stepped off the stage in Chicago where he celebrated his re-election early this morning, congratulatory messages began to roll in from world leaders. The messages were often delivered in diplomatic language that hinted at tensions or the possibility of breakthroughs.