U.S. Debt Limit Talks Embroiled in Chaos | Reuters

May 13, 2011

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said she had been holding almost daily meetings with members of Congress. "People are just throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks," MacGuineas said. ...

Analysis: Core Qaeda Priority Is Survival, Not Succession | Reuters

May 3, 2011

Author Steve Coll wrote on a New York magazine website that Zawahri had a history of alienating colleagues. "Bin Laden was a gentle and strong communicator, if somewhat incoherent in his thinking. Zawahiri is dogmatic and argumentative, he wrote. ...


Pakistan Faces Tough Questions Over Osama Bin Laden | Reuters

May 3, 2011

"There are a lot of al Qaeda look-alike cells," said Steve Clemons, a Middle East analyst at the New America Foundation. "Bin Laden was an animating force but there are other ways these groups get oxygen and can remain a threat. ...

9/11 Author Who Defied Bush | Reuters

May 2, 2011

A book by US writer Steve Coll, "The Bin Ladens", suggested the death in 1988 of his extrovert half-brother Salem -- again in a plane crash -- was an important factor in Osama's radicalisation. Bin Laden condemned the presence in Saudi Arabia of US ...


Newsmaker-Republican Ryan at Center of U.S. Budget Fight | Reuters

April 5, 2011

"He is the single politician, in the face of ... people sweeping the issue under the carpet, who was willing to get specific" on deficit cutting, said Maya MacGuineas, head of the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. ...

In Elective Surgery, U.S. Doctors in Regions Hold Sway | Reuters

February 24, 2011

... "These striking variations are the by-product of a doctor-centric medical delivery system," Shannon Brownlee of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who led the study, said in a statement. ...

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Pause in U.S. Pakistan Strikes Seen Linked to U.S. Prisoner | Reuters

February 20, 2011

The New America Foundation, which tracks the strikes, estimated they have killed some 2189 people from 2004 through January of this year. Of those, 1754 were reportedly militants. The last reported strike was January 23, when intelligence officials ...

U.S. Entering Direct Talks With Taliban: Report | Reuters

February 19, 2011

"They're exploratory, at least as I understand them," Steve Coll, the article's author, said in an interview on National Public Radio. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has held sporadic talks with current and former Taliban members, but with little ...


Analysis: Change in Egypt to Ratchet Pressure on Israel | Reuters

February 18, 2011

"The Middle East's tectonic plates are shifting," writes Peter Beinart, associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York. "For a long time, countries like Turkey and Egypt were ruled by men more interested in ...

Drones Hurt Pakistan Bid To Win Hearts and Minds

February 14, 2011

... The New America Foundation, which tracks drone strikes, estimates they have killed a total of 2,189 people from 2004 through January of this year. Of those, 1,754 were militants. ...

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