Quick Catch Up

Quick post on some recent articles to look at.  Fred Kaplan is a smart foreign policy analyst at Slate.com, who wrote this piece after President Obama’s speech on Syria. Though numerous critics are attacking Obama for various style points (sounded too weak, policy messaging was too confused) several commentators have pointed out that he got exactly what he wanted from the confrontation.  What was it he wanted and what was it he got?

On the domestic front, the budget wars continue to heat up and Speaker John Boehner does not seem to have a path forward to keep the government open through the end of the month.  The looming debt ceiling fight is an even more critical text of his leadership skills.  Here is a piece from Politico on the current state of play. How do you think he could resolve his current dilemma?  Can he do that and still keep his job as Speaker?


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