U.S. 2012 Election


11 Charts That Track the Weight of Foreign Policy in U.S. Primary Debates

Candidates have faced fewer global questions since the elections of 2004 and 2008, but China and trade have remained consistently popular topics.

John McCain gives a speech at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 1, 2008, in Annapolis, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

John McCain Loved the Military Too Much

He was a hero in Vietnam, but he was too quick to advocate for future wars.

John McCain (R-AZ) prepares to greet supporters during a Veterans rally for U.S. Sen candidate and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at the American Legion Post on October 13, 2014 in Covington, Louisiana.  (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

John McCain Was Always There for America

Remembrances of a hero the United States—and the Republican Party—will miss.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  After answering questions from reporters, Sen. John McCain departs the U.S. Capitol for a briefing on North Korea at the White House April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Members of U.S. President Donald Trump's national security team held a briefing on North Korea at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain

McCain fervently believes in the ennoblement of caring about something bigger than your own interests.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gestures to U.S. Rep. Peter King before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

John McCain Is a National Treasure

The Republican senator reflects the better aspects of what our democratic system can produce.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11:  Senate Armed Services Committee members (L-R) Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (R-RI) listen to testimony during the confirmation hearing for Richard Spencer in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Spencer was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the 76th secretary of the U.S. Navy.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As Sanctions Bill Stalls, Lawmakers Highlight Russian Interference in Montenegro

Russia staged a failed coup in the small republic. Lawmakers worry they will try again.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump hosts an event for military mothers on National Military Spouse Appreciation Day May 12, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Donald Trump Is the President America Deserves

Democracy is less resilient in the United States than in Europe because Americans forgot it needed to be.

Robert Lighthizer, nominee for US Trade Representative, speaks at the Senate Finance Committee full hearing on the nomination of the U.S Trade Representative in Washington, DC March 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos KATOPODIS        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Confirms Trump Trade Pick, Clearing Way for NAFTA Overhaul

Robert Lighthizer, a former Reagan-era trade official, is seen as too protectionist by some key Republicans, who refused to back him.

Robert Lighthizer, nominee for US Trade Representative, speaks at the Senate Finance Committee full hearing on the nomination of the U.S Trade Representative in Washington, DC March 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos KATOPODIS        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Opposition to Trump’s Trade Pick Underscores GOP Divide Over Free Trade

Robert Lighthizer’s support of protectionist policies doesn’t sit well with some key Senate Republicans.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 12:  A sign stand outside the U.S. State Department September 12, 2012 in Washington, DC. U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ex-Palin Aide Lands Job at Trump’s State Department

The former Alaska governor’s “go-to girl” for communications and Christian outreach has found a new home in Foggy Bottom.


Senate Pushes for More Russian Sanctions in Bipartisan Legislation

The legislation would codify Obama's most recent executive order sanctioning Russia.


McCain Doubles Down on Russia Position, ISIS Claims Credit for Istanbul Attack: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

On Eastern Europe, some senators signal they're standing their ground. Plus more to watch in the coming days.


Congress Just Passed a Watershed Human Rights Provision — Tucked Inside Its Defense Spending Bill

The Senate adopted the Global Magnitsky Act. Here’s how it came to be, and what it means for human rights and anticorruption efforts worldwide.


Newt Gingrich Carves Out Powerful New Position Under Trump: ‘Chief Planner’

The former House speaker won’t serve in the cabinet — and says the president elect shouldn’t tap other Washington insiders, either. (Too late.)


John McCain to Serve Sixth Term

John McCain thwarts a challenger and insults from his party's candidate to keep his Senate seat.

OSKALOOSA, IA - JULY 25:  Republican presidential hopeful businessman Donald Trump speaks to guests gathered for a rally on July 25, 2015 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. During his last visit to the state Trump sparked controversy when he said Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former POW, was not a war hero.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Qualities of Command

The President of the United States has many responsibilities, but none is more important than Article Two of the Constitution’s charge that 'The President shall be Commander in Chief...' of our armed forces.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10:  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wait to speak at the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally,  on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Some conservative lawmakers are making a push to try to defund the health care law as part of the debates over the budget and funding the federal government. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rand Paul, Lone Among GOP Hawks, Drops Out of Presidential Race

2016 was supposed to be the year to run against intervention. Then ISIS happened.


Vets Are Furious Sarah Palin Blamed Her Son’s Domestic Violence On PTSD

Track Palin allegedly beat his girlfriend and threatened to kill himself.

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