Jeff Beals, a former Iraq-war diplomat, wants to represent New York’s bellwether 19th congressional district in the Catskills, which, like America, is split between coastal liberals and rural conservatives. First he has to get through a crowded Democratic primary later this month.
Agents of Influence: Obama and his advisers, now seeking to shape his legacy, say they are proud they ditched the ‘Washington playbook’ and decided to stay out of the Sunni-Shia conflict in the Middle East. Only they didn’t. They intervened on behalf of Iran.