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Shadowed by Secret Servicemen President Barack Obama arrives at Schiphol Airport to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague earlier this week. The crisis over the Crimean peninsula has cast a shadow of its own over Obama’s agenda. He planned to discuss further sanctions against Russia with European leaders; but Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and other economic considerations will complicate the conversation. And while international events have demanded the president’s attention lately, a key part of his domestic agenda is in the news as March 31 approaches—that’s the deadline by which uninsured Americans have to sign up for health care coverage.
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Per the Washington Post: President Obama just laid off contractor CGI, the company that botched healthcare.gov, weeks after a Newsweek investigation into how the global company messed up a pivotal piece of the Administration’s legacy.
The post-election issue of Newsweek hits newsstands and tablets (iPad, Kindle, Nook) tomorrow morning. On it, a very Napoleonic-looking Barack Obama stands triumphantly with sabre under the cover line, “The Obama Conquest.”
“Give me generals who know something about tactics and strategy,” Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “but best of all give me generals who are lucky.”
So the question: Is Obama a lucky general—or master of the game? Daniel Klaidman’s cover story, Fortunate One, says sure, Obama’s lucky. But he also relentlessly seizes his chances and makes every one of them count.
[Update! Switched “Napoleonic” from “Napoleonistic,” grammar h/t gifthorsedentistry]
"Mitt Romney is playing an old Republican game: if you don’t like the reality that exists, try to create a new one", writes special correspondent Michael Tomasky in this week’s issue - can the president close the deal on November 6th? PLUS, Simon Schama on 50 iconic years of Bond and on tablet watch a very rare interview with Korean pop sensation Psy on the inspiration behind his "Gangnam Style" http://bit.ly/TjJF2y
It means so much. Having an Uncle that spent 13 months overseas fighting for what he believes in is already a great thing, but watching my Aunt raise two young girls and be pregnant with another while he was away is spectacular within itself. It means the world that finally other families can have their loved ones home just like we were fortunate to get when he came back a few years ago.
The president is tumbling testimonies from families of Iraq War vets.