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By Jules Witcover | May 23, 2014
As secretary of state, John Kerry has left no doubt that he is ready, willing and able to go anywhere and do anything to make headway in his unenviable pursuit of progress in international stalemates. His perseverance in seeking to salvage the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian peace quest, and to deter Iran's development of nuclear weapons, Syria's use of chemical weapons, and most recently Russia's land-grab in Ukraine, has made him a veritable diplomatic whirling dervish. His diligence and patience, however, have not yet been matched by success in his 15 months in the Obama administration's highest-profile cabinet post.
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By Jules Witcover | May 23, 2014
As secretary of state, John Kerry has left no doubt that he is ready, willing and able to go anywhere and do anything to make headway in his unenviable pursuit of progress in international stalemates. His perseverance in seeking to salvage the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian peace quest, and to deter Iran's development of nuclear weapons, Syria's use of chemical weapons, and most recently Russia's land-grab in Ukraine, has made him a veritable diplomatic whirling dervish. His diligence and patience, however, have not yet been matched by success in his 15 months in the Obama administration's highest-profile cabinet post.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | October 7, 2004
IF YOU'VE LIVED in this town long enough and remember the great Allan Prell and wonder what he's been up to, I can now supply that information. Oh, you'll love this one. For starters, Prell is involved in another major project. By my count, this is about the 800th major project he's been involved with since he left WBAL-Radio (AM 1090) in a huff back in 1999, when he was the absolute best thing on the morning airwaves. This time, Prell, flaming liberal that he is, has written and produced a song called "Help Is on the Way," which he's trying to peddle to the John Kerry presidential campaign as a rallying anthem for the Democrats.
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By Jules Witcover | March 17, 2014
In American domestic politics, messing with Social Security is known as "the third rail," referring to the power source for trains that is fatal to the touch. In foreign policy discussions, invoking the name of Adolf Hitler promises the same lethal result. Former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton learned the lesson in the wake of Russia's invasion of Crimea and parts of Ukraine. She caught hell from critics when she compared it to Hitler's 1938 seizure of the heavily German Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia under Neville Chamberlain's notorious pact with the devil in Munich.
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By Steve Chapman | September 24, 2004
TO: JOHN KERRY, Republican mole From: Karl Rove, White House political adviser I just wanted to let you know that the game plan is working perfectly. By all logic, the president should be packing boxes for his move back to Crawford by now. He's got a sluggish economy, Iraq is turning into such a disaster that even Republicans accuse the president of "incompetence," and Martha Stewart is going to jail while Osama bin Laden is free as a bird. Given all this, the Democrats had every reason to think they not only could defeat George W. Bush - again!
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By Gregory Kane | November 6, 2004
THE FIRST inkling I had that Sen. John Kerry would lose Tuesday's election came exactly a week before, when I participated in a telephone conference call that the Massachusetts senator had with about 350 black clergy. After former President Bill Clinton introduced him, Kerry told the group that the issue of gay marriage was a red herring. "I ask you not to be diverted from the real issue in this case," Kerry told the ministers. "Fifty percent of the African-American men in New York City are unemployed.
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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 7, 2004
WASHINGTON - Reactions to the two men who want to be president come January could not have been more dissimilar. On one day, Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry won standing ovations and warm cheers at a conference of minority journalists. On the next, President Bush received polite applause, some snickers and a heckler's rant from the same group. The disparate responses to Bush and Kerry by a hall filled mostly with newspaper reporters, broadcasters, photographers and editors have raised the specter of press bias and partiality, with academicians, critics and journalists themselves condemning both reactions, raucous and rude, for putting the media in an unflattering light three months from Election Day. A crowd, which filled roughly three-quarters of a 5,000-seat hall, applauded 18 times for Bush during his speech and a question-and-answer period yesterday morning, while a similar-size audience interrupted Kerry with applause on more than three dozen occasions on Thursday and rose to its feet in appreciation more than once.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | October 12, 2004
THE SIGNIFICANCE of election-year poll numbers often depends on who's reading them. Maryland Republicans and Democrats both claim that a statewide survey released last week favors their candidate. The telephone survey taken this month by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies found that Democratic nominee John Kerry holds a 10 percentage point lead in Maryland over President Bush, 52 percent to 42 percent, with a 3 1/2 percent margin of error. Republicans say the numbers show progress.
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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 24, 2004
WASHINGTON - Bored stiff in his eighth-grade classroom in Baltimore, Terry Edmonds did something he had never done before: He picked up his pencil and wrote a poem, "Release Me." It was his first crack at finding the lyrical in what seemed like the unbearably mundane, but it would open up a new world. Forty years later, that restless boy from the projects is still using poetry to lift up what might otherwise seem dull and spiritless - politics and policy - as chief speechwriter for Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 25, 2004
He had slaved over the speech for weeks. He had written and rewritten, consulted friends and professors. He wanted it perfect. But as he stood before his Yale graduating class and thousands of others in 1966, critiquing American foreign policy and questioning U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in his most polished oratorical timbre, John Kerry had just one problem: He was a little too well-rehearsed. "It was a political science student, policy wonk's speech. It was pretty analytical and dispassionate," recalled his brother, Cameron Kerry, who was listening that day. Five years later, fresh off a harrowing and heroic stint commanding a patrol craft in Vietnam, Kerry delivered a strikingly different speech, a wrenching anti-war diatribe to a Senate committee that he concluded with a question: "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
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By Jules Witcover | December 2, 2013
General Douglas MacArthur, in being relieved of his command by President Harry Truman in the Korean War, famously declared that "old soldiers never die, they just fade away. " The last part of that has most often applied as well to defeated presidential nominees. F. Scott Fitzgerald somewhat similarly noted in "The Last Tycoon" that "there are no second acts in American lives" -- an observation that also could be said in politics of most also-rans in presidential sweepstakes.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
Gail Householder seems quite irritated at David Zurawik asserting that George W. Bush and Richard Cheney lied and made up Iraq mass destruction weapons (" 'Phony' scandals Aug 28). I must praise him for being correct and as smart as Secretary of State John Kerry ("U.S. makes case for Syria strike," Aug. 30). I would invite any conservative to learn facts and keep an open mind, because useless faith is currently ruining Republican states. Democrats don't want to lie like Republicans to help military supply corporations make huge profits.
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By Jules Witcover | August 5, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry still has a long way to go in his intensive quest for Palestinian-Israeli peace. But his diligent and persuasive pursuit of it suggests that his uneven career search for a legacy of his own may finally have found its proper track. The decorated Vietnam War veteran who first won prominence as a vocal critic of that war went on to be a U.S. senator from Massachusetts and in 2004 the Democratic presidential nominee. But he was denied the presidency in a brutal political smearing of that honored service as a Navy swift boat commander.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Anne Smedinghoff wanted to help the people of Afghanistan, those who knew her say. The 25-year-old Johns Hopkins University graduate was attempting to deliver textbooks to school children there when she and four other Americans were killed in a car bomb blast Saturday. She was "always trying to get out and do things for the population," her father, Tom Smedinghoff, said from his home in Illinois. "She really felt she was making a difference. ... She was doing what she loved and she was doing great things.
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March 8, 2013
What! I can't believe it. The Sun reports that Secretary of State John Kerry promises to give Egypt $190 million to help the government pay its bills ("Egypt deal with IMF of paramount importance: Kerry," Mar. 2). Last week I heard it was $60 million. That was bad enough. They shouldn't get anything since Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has formed an alliance with Hamas who is supported by al-Qaida and Iran. We can't buy their loyalty when a majority of them advocate that Sharia law is their goal, not democracy.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
In greeting new Secretary of State John Kerry, members of the Foreign Service were welcoming one of their own. They hope his arrival at Foggy Bottom will mark new understanding of - and support for - the work they do around the world. "As the son of a diplomat and as a member of the U.S. Senate deeply involved with American diplomacy over many decades, you bring to this office a unique perspective and understanding of politics and diplomacy and the importance of a professional career Foreign Service as the backbone of U.S. diplomacy and of the Department of State," Susan R. Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association, told Kerry last week during a welcoming ceremony.
NEWS
August 24, 2008
"It is funny to hear all these Democrats who nominated John Kerry, who also had an heiress millionaire wife and quite a few homes, now making fun of McCain, who married an heiress wife with quite a few homes. ... No matter how many times conservatives point out all the Democratic millionaires, from Ted Kennedy to Nancy Pelosi to John Kerry, it doesn't matter. Those guys have noblesse oblige and it's okay for them to be rich." Betsy Newmark, conservative blogger
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July 29, 2004
QUOTE "The Republican Party left me behind, so I had to leave the Republican Party behind." Steve Brozak, a former Marine running for Congress in New Jersey DEVELOPMENTS Fearing backlash from attack-weary independent voters, John Kerry's team ordered Democratic National Convention speakers and delegates to soften their anti-Bush rhetoric, but Democrats say the strategy has been easier to understand than to heed. "Being a Christian woman, I called them and said, `Lord, have mercy, I cannot hold my tongue,'" said Donna Brazile, campaign manager for Al Gore's failed 2000 presidential bid. Eager Democrats, hoping to boost their chances to take John Kerry's Senate seat should he win the White House, have been campaigning frenetically at the convention.
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | October 26, 2008
So my boss, a nice enough fellow, wanders up to my cubbyhole the other day with an idea for a column: Lay out the positions of Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama on outdoors issues. As that great political observer John McEnroe might reply, "You cannot be serious." For if there's one thing I have learned about our relationship, dear readers, is that elections come with their own scorched-earth policy. No one survives. It's bad enough that every four years or so, some politician goes to a sporting goods store and buys himself (yes, it is almost always a guy)
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August 24, 2008
"It is funny to hear all these Democrats who nominated John Kerry, who also had an heiress millionaire wife and quite a few homes, now making fun of McCain, who married an heiress wife with quite a few homes. ... No matter how many times conservatives point out all the Democratic millionaires, from Ted Kennedy to Nancy Pelosi to John Kerry, it doesn't matter. Those guys have noblesse oblige and it's okay for them to be rich." Betsy Newmark, conservative blogger
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