A good week for Harper and Co.

Something very unusual, even shocking, has been happening.

Doing the right thing in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON—As if health reform, the financial crisis and a flu pandemic weren't enough to occupy President Obama, the flawed Afghanistan election brought concerns about progress there to prominence just in time to coincide with the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Doer's unmatched US network

WASHINGTON—Seldom has a political appointment generated so much unbridled enthusiasm, so much effusive praise and, frankly, so many impossible-to-meet expectations as Gary Doer's assignment to Washington.

Second-Tier Countries Get Stronger U.S. Envoys

WASHINGTON—Should Canadians be surprised, maybe even offended, that only one senator managed to show up for the Aug. 5 hearing to examine the nomination of Chicago native and Democratic Party fundraiser David Jacobson to be ambassador to Canada? Surprised no, offended, yes.

The Canada-U.S. Bilateral Ledger

Where Canada is winning and losing in Obama's America.

Health Care Bashing Reaches New Heights in U.S.

WASHINGTON—It turns out that the ads about the horrors of Canadian health that aired around the U.S. in May were just the warm-up.

Congress Gives Big Pass on Canadian Hydro Power

WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives passed climate change legislation on June 26 that could change the face of energy production and use in the U.S.—a revolution that the sub-committee chairman responsible for the bill, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, likened to the advent of broadband Internet.

There are Better Plans than Buy Canadian

WASHINGTON—After enduring years of border thickening and complaining with little result, the "Buy American" provision in President Obama's stimulus bill may have gone one step too far, awakening Canada from its torpor and simultaneously uniting the federal, provincial and municipal governments around one problem—something few other issues can do.

WHTI is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

WASHINGTON—The fact that former presidents Clinton and Bush didn't know about the June 1 requirement for passports at U.S.-Canada land crossings came as little surprise to those who have followed the progress of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) over the past three years.

Canadian Health Care Being Slagged Down South

WASHINGTON—The 13 million people who signed up for e-mail updates from the Obama campaign received an urgent message on May 17 entitled "Swiftboating Health Care." Signed by David Plouffe, former Obama campaign manager and now adviser to "Organizing for America," the message warns that the people behind the "swiftboat" ads of 2004, so effective against John Kerry, are now gunning for health care reform.

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