ABC journo Leigh Sales spills the beans on meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her recent Australian visit, from making small-talk with Hillary about the security risks of kangaroos to her promise of a future one-on-one interview.
When Hillary Clinton spoke about America’s suspension of cap and trade legislation and how it had no implications for Australia, she was doing her best not to embarrass Julia Gillard rather than talking honestly, writes Greg Sheridan.
Hillary Clinton’s weekend visit to Australia in which she smoothly segued between leaders, events and discussion points reminded her audiences that she is a true 21st century round-the-clock politician, and an impressive one at that, says Tony Wright
Crikey Media Wrap: Barack Obama may have twice canceled his plans to visit Australia, but on the weekend America’s most powerful woman - Hillary Clinton - satisfied the nation’s craving for a good whack of high profile American political celebrity.
Despite the US proudly launching peace talks with Palestinian and Israeli leaders just a month ago, no resolution could be reached before the end of Israel’s freeze on West Bank settlement construction. What will Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas do now?
He might not be PM, but Washington is pretty happy with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd leading the “special relationship” between the US and Oz. Rudd even lucked out on a private meeting with Obama at the White House, reports Greg Sheridan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the best speech of the entire Obama administration last week, when she spoke of “a new American moment”. She would have made a far better president, argues Tunku Varadarajan.
When a political coup occurs in a foreign land, why do some get instant US approval while others are refused recognition? Joshua Keating explains how the US deals with overseas military coups and multiple leaders claiming legitimacy.
Judging by this joyful photo gallery showing Jesse Jackson Jnr snapping pics of demonstrators on his mobile and Hillary Clinton giving Barack Obama a giant hug, the Democrats were pretty excited that the US health reform bill passed.
The relationship between Israel and the US is at crisis point, says The Economist, with Barack Obama becoming increasingly fed up after Israel’s announcement of 1600 new houses to be built in Palestinian Jerusalem.
Sarah Palin’s made millions from Going Rogue and Bill Clinton got a US$15m advance for his memoir. Boston Globe examines just how many big ones penning a political book can bring US pollies — doubtful that Battlelines brought in that much.
The debate over internet censorship has moved to the global centre stage, with Hillary Clinton declaring free access to information online as critical a human right. Will Rudd get on board? asks Colin Jacobs.
Afghanistan is beset by immense corruption, with US contracts going to Afghan subcontractors, whom then have to give cash to the Taliban in extortion fees. Douglas Wissing explains the futile political attempts to stop it.