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Stephen Collinson

Stephen Collinson is CNN's White House reporter.

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The pandemic election

Like the millions of voters who will decide US President Donald Trump’s fate, the 2020 White House race is in self-isolation. The coronavirus pandemic froze the Democratic duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, and eclipsed Trump’s reelection bid.

March 27, 2020

Obama’s audacity of hope facing yet another test

Once he galvanized vast crowds with the cry: “Let’s go change the world!”

January 30, 2014

Obama and ME sectarian tsunami

An Al-Qaeda surge and Sunni-Shiite tumult spanning Iraq and Syria are testing eroded US influence and the logic of a foreign policy built on antipathy to Middle East entanglements.

January 12, 2014

Faulty website shaming Obama

US presidents are used to deference and barking orders, not wiping egg from their faces.
So it was unpalatable for Barack Obama to go on television Monday and admit glaring failures in the rollout of the health care law that bears his name.

October 23, 2013

‘Anti-war Obama’ faces his Syria moment

To hear him tell it, no one is more tired of war than Barack Obama — yet the US president is warning that combat fatigue must not get in the way of a new US military escapade in the Middle East.

September 01, 2013

Obama red-faced over Syria ‘red line’

The Buck Stops here,” said the famous sign on Harry S Truman’s desk, encapsulating the lonely dilemmas power presents to US presidents, one of which now confronts Barack Obama over Syria.

May 01, 2013

US Vietnam War generation has one final run at power

America's Vietnam War generation has one, unlikely, final run at power, after President Barack Obama turned to his elders Chuck Hagel and John Kerry to run second-term national security policy.

January 10, 2013

Turmoil in Middle East rocks Obama’s Asia trip

For President Barack Obama, an Asia trip jolted by turmoil in the Middle East was a preview of the clear foreign policy legacy he seeks and the messier one he may end up with.

November 21, 2012

Obama fails to inspire at Democratic convention

BARACK Obama’s campaign repudiated pundits who found his big convention speech flat, boring and stripped of inspiration, insisting the president achieved exactly what he set out to do.

September 09, 2012

US campaign hits new low

SO much for the new, intellectual debate promised after the wonkish Paul Ryan joined the White House race.

August 16, 2012