A look at some of tomorrow’s top talkers from Washington Post reporters and columnists who know the topics best.
OBAMA/FOREIGN POLICY: The President laid out his new, post-9/11 foreign policy today (see the transcript). David Nakamura writes “he sought to strike a balance between those who want to avoid involvement in foreign conflicts and “interventionists on the left and right” who want to apply U.S. power to solve various world problems.” Meanwhile, Kevin Sieff in Afghanistan reports that people there are anxious about Obama’s plan to end U.S. troop presence by 2016.
SNOWDEN/NSA: Edward Snowden’s first TV interview with NBC’s Brian Williams airs in full tonight at 10pm. Some clips of the discussion have already been released including Snowden’s claim that he was “trained as a spy”. The interview comes nearly a year after the NSA revelations first came to light. In December, Post contributor Barton Gellman spoke with Snowden who said his mission is accomplished. The former NSA contractor continues to reside in Russia and has even inspired his own comic book.
ISLA VISTA SHOOTING: In the aftermath of the California shooting, The Plum Line asks if this latest tragedy could revive gun control? Jamie Fuller at The Fix reports that after mass shootings, the status quo reigns supreme in Congress. A father of one of the victims of the shooting is speaking out, asking lawmakers to take action, not share their sympathies. See more coverage of the gun control debate.
MAYA ANGELOU: Krissah Thompson covered Angelou’s visit last month to the National Portrait Gallery, which unveiled a large photo-realistic painting of her that will be included in its collection. Of the event, Thompson wrote: “It is not lost on Angelou, whose striking stage presence and rich voice have not diminished with the ravages of age, that she has received such renown in her lifetime. Her foremothers did not.” Emma Brown penned The Post’s obituary of Angelou.
THE CLINTONS: With speculation about Hillary’s political future reaching a fever pitch, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Hillary and Bill Clinton are two of the most popular political figures in the country with fifty-five percent of respondents say they would support Hillary Clinton as a candidate for president in 2016. More than six in ten approve of Bill Clinton, near the highest ratings he has ever received in Post-ABC polling. Also, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the Karl Rove’s questions about Clinton’s age and health.