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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The ads for his university were classic Donald Trump -- Trump stares into the camera and proclaims: "We're going to have professors and adjunct professors that are absolutely terrific people, terrific brains, successful. We are going to have the best of the best ... and these are people that are handpicked by me." But a CNN investigation finds that Trump and others involved in the school admitted under oath that some promises made to students just didn't happen. In Trump's own deposition this past December, Trump failed to recognize the name of a single presenter or teacher at his real estate seminars. He also confirmed he had nothing to do with the selection process of instructors who taught at the school's events or mentors for the school's "Gold Elite" programs. read more

Hillary Clinton will have a not-so-secret weapon in her quest for the White House: President Obama.

Obama's approval ratings have been marching upward since the start of the year.

He retains immense popularity with the Democratic base, including vital groups such as young people, with whom Clinton has struggled. And experts also say that there is no one better positioned to unify the party behind the former secretary of State as her long and sometimes bitter struggle with primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) draws to a close.

If Obama could run for a third-term, "he'd be reelected in a walk," said New York-based Democratic strategist Jonathan Rosen. "He can play a huge role in bringing the Democratic base and independents, together to unite behind her candidacy." read more

Friday, May 27, 2016

As Hillary Clinton gets closer to breaking the presidency's glass ceiling, Time Magazine writer Jay Newton-Small examines if she can pass the extra test that ambitious women must in the U.S. to become leaders. After Clinton's 25 years in the political limelight, Newton-Small acknowledges that people may have reasons to dislike her regardless of gender, but he says the double standard women currently face is undeniable. "There's a reason why less than five percent of Fortune 1000 CEOs, only six of the nation's 50 governors and less than 17 percent of mayors are women: Women seeking executive office have to prove that they are capable enough, while remaining likable, an extremely tough needle to thread," he writes. "Men, generally speaking, don't face the capability test: Most men are assumed to be tough enough and have the experience to handle the job."

President Barack Obama on Friday becomes the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, hoping to bolster an important ally and remind the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. The visit, under consideration since the first days of Obama's presidency, could send ripples across Asia, a region still grappling with the echoes of World War II seven decades after it ended. Leaders in both China and South Korea worry that Obama's visit to Japan's deepest wound could be taken by the Japanese as an endpoint to their country's fitful efforts to come to grips with its wartime aggression. read more

(Spoiler: he really likes fossil fuels.)

When it comes to energy and climate policy, the 2016 presidential election is pretty straightforward.

Hillary Clinton wants to extend President Obama's strategy of pushing down carbon-dioxide emissions via regulations. That means using less coal and oil and more wind and solar. Donald Trump, meanwhile, doesn't care about global warming and wants to boost US oil/gas drilling and coal mining -- largely by repealing various environmental rules.

On Thursday, Trump fleshed out his vision in a speech at an oil industry conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. There were no real surprises here. Trump's energy policy sounds nearly identical to Mitt Romney's energy policy in 2012, only with more exclamation points. ("We're sitting on energy like no one would believe!")

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