Matt Kwong

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Matt Kwong was the Washington-based correspondent for CBC News. He previously reported for CBC News as an online journalist in New York and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at: @matt_kwong

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'The price to pay': Inside a D.C. airport as the U.S. shutdown grinds on

Air traffic controllers at Reagan National Airport can peer down at Washington's centres of power from their high-tech perch. Yet these days, even from their elevated fishbowl, the people who direct the nation's skies are feeling powerless while on the job.
Analysis

Leaked anti-Trump cables from the U.K. ambassador could give Brexiteers a boost in Washington. Here's why

If the job of British ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch isn't in immediate jeopardy following the leak of cables slamming the American president, his expected successor's looks to be. Possibly to the delight of pro-Brexit forces.
Analysis

How the U.S. could respond to Iran's 1st breach of the nuclear pact

Iran's first breach of the nuclear deal doesn't rise to the level of a direct danger yet, proliferation experts say. But the White House appears to be dramatizing the non-compliance to pressure European powers to shun Tehran before a more significant violation can happen.
Analysis

After Democrats clashed in 2 nights of debates, it's about who won, and who survived

Top-tier Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren solidified their statuses after back-to-back debates featuring two rounds of candidates, on Wednesday and Thursday in Miami. The showdowns also served as clarifying moments for fringe contenders — for better or worse.
Analysis

A wrenching photo captured the horror for migrants at the U.S. border. Don't bet on it changing minds.

The photo documenting the desperation of Salvadoran migrants who drowned while fleeing to Texas from Mexico has ricocheted across the internet. But it’s unlikely it will do much to sway hardened opinions on the polarizing topic of the U.S. border crisis.

So many candidates, so little time: Debates give Democrats a brief chance to make a big impression

Think of the next two nights like speed dating. The televised Democratic debates are the best opportunity yet for 20 presidential candidates — 10 facing off each night — to court U.S. voters and make a memorable first impression on a large audience.
Analysis

John Bolton, the Saudis and the hawkish forces pushing the White House toward a war with Iran

The U.S. appears to be inching dangerously close to a conflict with Iran. Matt Kwong looks at the advisers and allies who may be encouraging the escalation.
Analysis

When Trudeau sought to free 2 Canadians, 'Beijing had no time' for him. Will Trump?

With Justin Trudeau’s calls for the release of two detained Canadians in China going unheeded by one superpower, the Canadian prime minister is seeking help from another. Whether the U.S. is willing to come to Canada's aid may depend on its own multi-pronged conflict with Beijing.
Analysis

Sarah Sanders to leave White House — after virtually eliminating daily press briefings

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who is leaving her post, became one of the president's most visible protectors. But she may have also encouraged the demise of the White House press briefing, critics say, and lost the trust of the press corps.

If the Raptors pull off an NBA championship, would Canada's team get a White House welcome?

Would the most famous residence in the United States preserve tradition by opening its doors to the NBA champions, even if the winners are a Canadian team? Six experts on presidential protocol and White House event planning weigh in.

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