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1 month ago

Robert Gates: Trump 'beyond repair' - CNN

Story highlights"When it comes to credibility problems, though, Donald Trump is in a league of his own," Gates wroteHe also criticized Hillary Clinton on her handling of foreign policy"When it comes to credibility problems, though, Donald Trump is in a league of his own," Gates, a Republican who led the Defense Department under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday, adding that electing Trump is "too great a risk for America.""The world we confront is too perilous and too complex to have as president a man who believes he, and he alone, has all the answers and has no need to listen to anyone," Gates wrote. "A thin-skinned, temperamental, shoot-from-the-hip and lip, uninformed commander in chief is too great a risk for America."Robert Gates: I question Hillary Clinton's judgment on email serverGates called Trump too "willfully ignorant about the rest of the world" to be commander in chief. He specifically criticized Trump's plan to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, his call to torture terrorists and kill their family members, and his praise of Russian President Vladmir Putin."At least on national security, I believe Mr. Trump is beyond repair. He is stubbornly uninformed about the world and how to lead our country and government, and temperamentally unsuited to lead our men and women in uniform," Gates wrote. "He is unqualified and unfit to be commander in chief."Despite his harsh criticism of Trump, Gates wrote that he remains an undecided voter.He criticized Clinton for advocating "ill-fated regime change in Libya" and her shifting positions on the Iraq War and US trade agreements."Mrs. Clinton has ruled out putting U.S. ground troops in Iraq and Syria 'ever again,'" he wrote. "That is a politically driven categorical declaration of a sort no president (or candidate) should make, and it raises the question whether she would pull out the 5,000 U.S. troops now in Iraq. She has expressed no new ideas to deal with the boiling caldron that is today's Middle East."But, he wrote, Clinton can still earn his vote."Mrs. Clinton has time before the election to address forthrightly her trustworthiness, to reassure people about her judgment, to demonstrate her willingness to stake out one or more positions on national security at odds with her party's conventional wisdom, and to speak beyond generalities about how she would deal with China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, the Middle East -- and international trade," he wrote. "Whether and how she addresses these issues will, I believe, affect how many people vote -- including me."Republicans use Gates' new book to hammer Clinton, BidenGates, who worked for eight presidents for more than 50 years, said the best commanders in chief hire advisers who aren't afraid to contradict their boss."All of the presidents I served were strong personalities with strongly held views about the world," he said. "But each surrounded himself with independent-minded, knowledgeable and experienced advisers who would tell the president what he needed to hear, not what he wanted to hear."Sometimes presidents would take their advice, sometimes not. But they always listened," Gates wrote.

4 months ago

Trump VP search enters home stretch as pick likely next week - CNN

Story highlightsDonald Trump's VP search is well underway two weeks before his party's conventionTrump met with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst over the weekendThe presumptive Republican nominee will choose from a narrowing list of potential running mates that represent a wide range of styles. Does Trump want to double the bombast by picking a brash straight-talker who mirrors his own style, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie or former House Speaker Newt Gingrich? Does he prefer someone whose Washington experience and message discipline would counter his freelancing, like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence? Or does he want to elevate a rising star, like Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst or Arkansa

7 months ago

How a Challenge to Legislative Redistricting Backfired - The Atlantic

If the Supreme Court were a stock market, the last few years have been as a bull market in conservative constitutional theories. With a tenuous but real 5-4 conservative majority in place, advocacy groups raced to get their pet theories before the Court. In some casescampaign finance and gun rights, for examplethe race paid off, producing 5-4 wins for radical shifts of doctrine. In others (think about public-employee unions) it has not.

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11 months ago

Paul Ryan sets his agenda: 'Make America confident again' - Washington Post

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) applauds during the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on the West Front of the Capitol onDec. 2. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Five weeks into his tenure as House speaker, Paul D. Ryan prepared to fill out his agenda Thursday for House Republicans going into the 2016 election year by pledging to help America be confident again.

But at the same time, Ryan will telegraph that he is not at all confident that he can make the changes he believes are necessary without a Republican president.

Ryan (R-Wis.) is set to deliver what his office has billed as his first major address early Thursday afternoon in the Library of Congress. A selection of prepared remarks released in advance suggest that Ryan is planning to keep the House busy next year with meaty bills even if most of them garner little Democratic support and are ultimately met with President Obamas veto.

Only government that sends power back to the people can make America confident again. And we House Republicans will do all we can to give us that government even if the president disagrees, Ryan plans to say. Even if he wont sign them into law, we will put out specific proposals and give the people a real choice. And I dont mean just undo what the president has done as if we could time-travel back to 2009. I mean show what we would do, what our ideal policy would be looking forward to 2017 and beyond. We owe it to the country to offer a bold, pro-growth agenda. And that is what we are going to do.

He is set to add: And we are not going to solve all the countrys problems next year. We need a new president. Its just that simple. But even if we cant move mountains, we can make moves in the right direction.

Ryan is also set to make a handful of other policy pronouncements. For one, he plans to mention the need for another round of welfare reform to follow up on the changes made by the Republican Congress in concert with President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s: That was just one program. We have to fix all the others now. Id combine a lot of them and send that money back to the states for better poverty-fighting solutions.

He also plans to mention focusing on a strong national defense, in general, and new weapons systems in particular: We have to reform the Pentagon so it can adapt to new threats. Acquire new capabilities more quickly whether its advanced missile defense or directed-energy weapons.

And Ryan will suggest that there is at least one major policy item that doesnt need to wait for a new president: tax reform. According to the prepared remarks, Ryan will suggest there can be progress on issues where theres bipartisan agreement, like rebuilding our roads and bridges or bringing some certainty to the tax code.

11 months ago

The Latest: Obama visits site of Paris concert attack - Washington Post

PARIS The latest from the much-anticipated U.N. climate conference that gets underway in Paris on Monday. All times local:

12:55 a.m.

President Barack Obama has paid a late-night tribute to those killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago, shortly after his arrival for climate talks in the French capital.

The American presidents motorcade went straight from Orly Airport on Sunday to the famed French concert hall, the Bataclan, site of the worst bloodshed when the terrorists struck on Nov. 13.

French President Francois Hollande and the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, joined Obama. Each placed a single flower at a makeshift memorial and Obama bowed his he

1 year ago

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

A honeybee is seen on the countertop of entomologist Steve Sheppard's lab at Washington State University. Sheppard is studying whether he can boost honeybees' immunity using liquid extracted fr</p></article>
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