Thursday, July 24, 2014
Washington (CNN) – It worked.
That is the argument former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made during a Thursday interview about her much talked about 2009 reset of U.S.-Russia relations.
The statement comes as Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, has distanced itself from the United States, and the country is widely seen by U.S. and European analysts as linked to the downing of a passenger airliner earlier this month in Ukraine.
“What I think I demonstrate in the book, is that the reset worked,” Clinton told guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point” on Thursday during a conversation about her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while (Dmitry) Medvedev was president.”
Clinton later said the reset “succeeded” and was meant to be “a device to try to refocus attention on the transactional efforts that we needed to get done with the Russians.”
Via Dallas News:
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren’t there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn’t show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was “highly unusual,” so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was “prudent” to reset the hearings.
Via Washington Examiner:
Eighteen percent of Americans, or fewer than one in five, say they or someone in their family is better off because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll by CNN. Nearly twice that number, 35 percent, say they or someone in their family is worse off. A larger group, 46 percent, say they are about the same after Obamacare as before.
In nearly all demographic categories — age, income, education, etc. — more people say they are worse off because of Obamacare than say they are better off.
For example, one might expect respondents with incomes below $50,000 to be somewhat likely to say Obamacare has helped them. And that is the case: 21 percent say they are better off because of the Affordable Care Act. But 35 percent say they are worse off. (Forty-four percent are the same.)
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Via The Hill:
President Obama appeared at a fundraiser Wednesday at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rimes and used the popular political thriller to speak about Washington.
“No offense, Scandal is a great show,” Obama said at the fundraiser before a crowd that included the show’s actress Kerry Washington.”But it’s not necessarily something we want to be living out.”
Speaking at the fundraiser, Obama tore into the Republican party saying that it “has been taken over by people who just don’t believe in government.”
Republicans he said “obfuscate and they bamboozle and sometimes don’t say what’s true — that was a euphemism,” he said to laughter.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Via FOX News:
Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats.
A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at managing the federal government. Some 32 percent of Democrats join 67 percent of independents and 84 percent of Republicans in holding that view.
Click here for the poll results.
Forty percent of voters do say the administration has been competent at running the government.
Via CNS News:
Individuals exposed to socialism were twice as likely to cheat as those who had not been in a socialist system, says a new study from a collaboration between Duke University and the University of Munich. “The longer individuals were exposed to socialism, the more likely they were to cheat on our task.”
Researchers compared 259 participants’ willingness to lie and cheat by playing a simple game that could earn them $8. Every game player was asked to throw a pair of dice 40 times and record every roll of the dice on paper. Those with the highest tallies would have the highest payoff. Players had to commit to write down the number on either the top or the bottom of the dice. Since they didn’t have to say which side they had chosen, it was easy to cheat by rolling the dice and then pretending the higher number was the side they had chosen. [...]
“We interpret our findings as evidence that the political regime of socialism has a lasting impact on citizens’ basic morality,” say the study’s authors Ariely, Garcia-Rada, Hornuf and Mann.
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