A strange new condition seems to be afflicting many people in Washington DC, says Lissa Muscatine, Hillary Clinton's long-time former aide.
Deborah Snow is a senior writer with The Sydney Morning Herald and a former federal political reporter for the Australian Financial Review. She has also served as foreign correspondent for ABC-TV in Moscow and London, and as a reporter on Four Corners.
Former prime minister Paul Keating has launched a surprise critique of the liberal economic philosophy he once championed.
After another hiccup in the bilateral relationship, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Joko Widodo have pressed the re-set button.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emphasised the need for Israel to retain "security control" over any future Palestinian state, and praised Australia as a "clear-eyed" nation "willing to puncture United Nations hypocrisy".
The former deputy head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael Morell, has some advice for Malcolm Turnbull next time the Australian Prime Minister has to get on the phone to Donald Trump: flatter him.
Iranian-born NSW Senator, Sam Dastyari, fears he may be among those caught up by the Trump administration's freeze on visitors and migrants from seven Muslim nations as confusion reigns around the world in the wake of the US order.
Federal and state Labor have ramped up an attack over housing affordability, with shadow federal Treasurer Chris Bowen and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley accusing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and new state Premier Gladys Berejiklian of being "all talk, no action".
Shadow federal Treasurer Chris Bowen has mocked the NSW Greens as a "little cabal driven by factionalism" in response to the increasingly open warfare within the minor party's NSW branch.
In a passionate speech marking the 25th anniversary of the Australian Republican Movement, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reaffirmed his support for an Australian republic.
Natasha Stott Despoja says her three years as Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls have been confronting at time, showing her the best and worst of humanity