Today, the US is being overtaken by several decades of irresponsibility and denial. While in 1945, Americans had half a century of progress ahead in relation to the rest of the world, today they are falling behind in many areas: education, justice, social security, infrastructure, etc., the fields that define how a superpower is able to lead in the direction of History, for better or worse.
The US has not adapted to a globalization in spite of being the prime instigator and strongest force. Hence, the US will face an important choice: to continue business as usual, with the possible risk of the progressive erosion of its power, prestige and influence. Regaining of its lost prestige will require reducing its external activities and military apparatus. It will have to articulate its priorities better.
After declaring repeatedly for so long "we are the best", it will be difficult to accept that "we are not even very good". (Manuel Yepe) Read more
NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton's supporters in recent days have been making a furious round of calls to top Bush family donors to try to convince them that she represents their values better than Donald Trump, multiple sources in both parties told POLITICO.
The moves come as Clinton and the Democratic Party try to take advantage of deep unease among establishment Republicans on Wall Street and elsewhere with Trump's emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee.
ALBANY NY -- Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany's most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice.
The Catholic Conference, headed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, has used Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Patricia Lynch & Associates, Hank Sheinkopf, and Mark Behan Communications to lobby against the Child Victims Act as well as for or against other measures. The conference spent more than $2.1 million on lobbying from 2007 through the end of 2015, state records show. (Kenneth Lovett) Read more
U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.
The Science Channel's How It's Made is a truly fascinating show. From candy canes to decorative candles, the fascinating show takes you through the entire process of how various foods and consumer products are made. In the video clip you're about to see, you'll learn how hot dogs are made -- but I'm warning you, it ain't pretty.
From the streets of New York City to baseball games all over the country, hot dogs have become an American food staple. In fact, every year, Americans purchase 350 million pounds of hot dogs at retail stores alone! Traditional hot dogs consist of a combination of boneless pork, beef, and chicken. The process of making a hot dog begins with the preparation of "trimmings," which are pieces of meat leftover from cutting steaks or pork chops. The trimmings are then ground up and, well I'll leave it up to you to watch the rest of the process below. Yikes!
Jerry Brown's endorsement of Hillary Clinton is based on a simple calculation: She's going to win.
He wasn't without praise for Clinton's experience and expertise, but the crux of his case is clearly that he's respecting the will of the party. "Voters have responded [to Clinton's campaign] by giving her approximately 3 million more votes and hundreds more delegates than Sanders," Brown wrote. "Clinton's lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown by millions of votes that they want her as their nominee."
He's correct. One week from tonight, probably even before California's polls close, Hillary Clinton will have clinched the Democratic nomination.
Speaking about the U.S. presidential election campaign, Mitt Romney described the leading candidates from the two parties, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as lacking honesty. It appears that the voters tend to agree. Thus, the question arises: Is it important for a successful candidate to appear honest or more honest than his or her rival? It seems that the results of past elections indicate the opposite. I have heard the same thing from ordinary voters in the U.S. primaries. Many of the Democrats consider Clinton dishonest, and many of the Republicans consider Trump a hustler and unreliable. According to a recent poll conducted by YouGov, of all the candidates who are still in the race, it is believed that Trump and Clinton are the least honest. Read more
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Maybe Bernie Sanders is exactly what the Golden State Warriors needed, and maybe what this country needs.
Sanders arrived at halftime to watch Game 7 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif. The Oklahoma City Thunder were up, 48-42 over the Warriors. The winning team would face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. The losing team would go home.
With Sanders watching, the Warriors outscored the Thunder by 17 points in the third quarter on their way to a 96-88 win, setting up a rematch for the title with the Cavaliers.
Sanders, who was in Oakland for a rally ahead of the state's Democratic primary on June 7, hammed it up with fans at the game, talking with them, laughing, and having his photo taken.
WASHINGTON: US lawmakers have moved a joint resolution in the Senate seeking to regulate Saudi Arabia's military operations in Yemen.
Through this resolution, Senators Rand Paul, a Republican, and Chris Murphy, a Democrat, want to amend the National Defence Authorisation Act to link the provision of US weapons and ammunitions to Saudi Arabia to a presidential certification. Read more
Seventeen Indian soldiers have been killed in a massive fire at a military ammunition depot in western Maharashtra state, army officials say.
The fire in the depot at Pulgaon near Nagpur triggered a number of explosions, leading to the evacuation of people from neighbouring villages.
Firefighters are trying to put out the blaze, in which at least 19 people have also been injured. The dead include two army officers
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Read more
Everyone is clear on the voter-ID games that have been played in GOP-controlled state legislatures in recent years. In the name of preventing ballot fraud -- of which there is virtually no evidence -- GOP lawmakers have enacted restrictive bills, whose purpose and effect are to disenfranchise a certain number of reliably Democratic-leaning citizens: African Americans, Latinos and low-income voters.
The most over-the-top example of voter suppression is legislation adopted in 2011 by Texas, which three federal courts have struck down. Zombie-like, it refuses to die, owing to the unembarrassed determination of Gov. Greg Abbott and other GOPers in Austin intent on resurrecting Jim Crow-style obstacles to the ballot by any means they can finagle through the judiciary. Abbott and his ilk...are playing a short-term game, whose horizon -- the November presidential election -- is in plain sight. The longer-term game, as the white majority shrinks, may not turn out well for the Republicans
Trump is a wildly promiscuous liar. He also has disturbing authoritarian tendencies. Hismany critics have seized upon both traits as his two major disqualifications for the presidency, yet both of them frustratingly defy easy quantification.
All politicians lie some...many of them lie a lot...most presidents also push the limits of their authority.... So what is so uniquely dangerous about Trump? Perhaps the answer is that both of these qualities are, in a sense, the same thing. His contempt for objective truth is the rejection of democratic accountability, an implicit demand that his supporters place undying faith in him. Because the only measure of truth he accepts is what he claims at any given moment, the power his supporters vest in him is unlimited....
Trump lies routinely, about everything....Where he has broken truly unique ground is in his lies about relatively small, routine matters.
Eligible voters that do not vote constitute 46% of the electorate. Independent constitute 24%. Rethugs are 13% and Wussie 17%., together 30%. The dominant political Parties are anything but dominant in terms of representing the people they claim to represent. The largest category of eligible voters are those that don't vote followed by political Independents. Data Sources: Gallup, Pew.
The American political establishment has convinced a majority of voters that it represents this political center while it has governed against the premises and guidelines (like facilitating self-determination) that are its alleged content. This establishment governs for monied interests alone, any relation between centrist' premises and guidelines and actual policies is coincidental. How have fringe interests, those of a tiny political and economic elite, been so successfully portrayed as democratic choice when they are anything but? (Rob Urie)
A Muslim cleric in Ghana has defended rising attacks on homosexuals in the country after claiming gay sex 'disgusts Allah' and 'causes earthquakes'.
He said in an interview: 'Allah gets annoyed when males engage in sexual encounter and such disgusting encounter causes earthquake. Should we allow such a shame to continue in our communities against our holy teachings? Certainly no, and we are very happy to chase away such idiots from our communities.' Read more