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Ben Tyree

Articles by Ben Tyree

Illustration: Chile

TYREE: Chile re-emerges

Good news came on Saturday of a breakthrough in Chile, where 33 workers were trapped after a mine collapsed two months ago. A deep shaft was opened broadly enough to enable rescuers to pull the men to safety in one of the most impressive feats of survival and national determination in recent years. A smaller shaft drilled nearly two months ago enabled rescuers to supply the trapped men with food and other necessities until they could be rescued via the wider channel. Published October 13, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, gestures while announcing the Republicans "Pledge to America" agenda, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at a lumber company in Sterling, Va. From left are, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Va., Boehner, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

TYREE: Teatime aftertaste

The Tea Party movement has proved itself a political force in the primaries leading up to November's election. Republicans correctly see the widespread dissatisfaction and disappointment with President Obama as promising the off-year elections will favor the GOP - to what degree is uncertain, but handsomely so by most estimates. Published September 30, 2010

TYREE: Spend, spend, spend goes the folly

Unlike much foolish federal spending, transportation has drawn a clamor from those wanting the U.S. government to pay for their pet projects for as long as we've had our republic. Published March 2, 2010

TYREE: The battle of ideas is pushing back the West

Serious challenges from China are reducing U.S. influence abroad, and America needs to shake up and focus its national security institutions on this problem, says a veteran Republican international relations expert and scholar. Beijing's robust economic and market growth under an authoritarian government is gaining ground as a model for developing nations in the Third World, with China as a sponsor. This, in the words of Stefan Halper, is a key part of a process that is "shrinking the West." Published February 17, 2010

TYREE: There's something about Harry

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, it must be remembered, is a native Minnesotan. So let no one misunderstand the purity of his motives in rising to the defense of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, under fire for having discussed Barack Obama's pre-presidential political prospects in terms of Mr. Obama's light skin and lack of a "Negro dialect." Published January 15, 2010

Goodbye, heart

Mary Lou Forbes was a traditional Virginia gentlewoman. Her hint of a Southern accent and her friendly, hospitable and gracious manner were suggestive of the Northern Virginia in which she was born and came of age. Published June 29, 2009

It happened one night

In some cultures, having mistresses is very much an accepted part of life. One thinks of the widow and mistress of Francois Mitterrand standing together at his funeral. Published June 26, 2009

A chafing social bind in Germany

With a flat economic outlook and several recent state elections already lost by the ruling Social Democratic-Green coalition, Germany may well get a new and more conservative government within two years. Published April 6, 2004