Today, 4.22.14 the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.
Me at the Whitehouse
After decades of tepid negotiations, Russia and China concluded a gas deal, with Russia being the supplier. Russia's Deputy Premier Arkady Dvorkovich announced that the deal will be sealed prior to Putin's visit to China next month. So, what happened?
Once again, Putin, and the gang, is one step ahead! Russia has known for years - the whole world knew - that China is very hungry for energy. China has had to go to hostile environments in Africa and other geographies in search of energy, which its Northern neighbor, Russia, has had in excess. Now, Putin - on a world stage that is on high alert - makes this move. This is Putin thumbing his nose at the West. This is Putin saying, I have more hungry markets for my gas. To the European Union he is cleverly saying: " whatever economic sanctions you impose will not affect Russia's exports, but it will certainly affect yours. Indeed, Russia may be getting a growth market in China and can easily abandon Europe's mature market where the upside is limited.
In all reality, this development is much more strategic. With this move, Putin injects real life into his dream: A Euro-Asian block of influence. That sphere of influence includes heavy weights like Russia and India, with Russia at the Center. This should be of real concern to the United States. If a new division of global influence emerges - and there are signs of that - with Russia, China, India allied, then the US must change its calculus.
At Passover, we tell the story of a Pharaoh who was inhospitable to strangers in his land. In America today, it's Tea Party that attacks anyone in favor of sensible immigration reform. Read more
As we near the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starts clearing out the poor from local Shanty towns. Over 5,000 people were evicted from their temporary homes with no apparent solution to find them permanent housing. So where will Brazil hide their poor during the Olympic games? Maybe behind a giant wall like China did in 2008.
The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance, lack of action on climate change and immigration, and being too conciliatory with the big banks.
The right attacks him over expanding healthcare, pushing for fair wages and pay equity, defending contraception and not invading Russia.
A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little. The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already. The American public isn't sure what to make of him.
In a time when more Americans have healthcare, we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war and our limping economy isn't toppling completely, we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.
A glowing media celebration of the man who recklessly led us into a disastrous war, crashed our economy and tanked our reputation. Maybe Obama should take up painting?
Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy, some focus on global poverty and climate change. Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.
Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two at your local progressive social club. Read more
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Since I wrote my blog on Punishing Putin, I received several phone calls from friends offering suggestion. The response I liked best was : "Ignore Him!" Many will say, but you can't ignore him. He just violated several international laws and created a military confrontation in Europe. Well, I agree, no world power can ignore this behavior nor its consequences. But despite this, there is a way to ignore Putin.
Putin must be on an adrenaline rush right now! Those who are in this state of mind will want to keep it going for as long as possible. So, ignoring Putin is a good tactic that should be part of our overall strategy. You can ignore him by not reacting to his agenda! That means the US and Europe must take coordinated steps to roll out own agenda to integrate Ukraine and the Baltic into the Western sphere of politics / defense / economics. This agenda must be divorced from what Putin says or does, i.e. not a tit for tat. It should be a Western centered plan in isolation. This will change the turf of this battle. Read more
The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups, surpassing the Administration's targets, and giving a boost to this new program, while getting more Americans covered. Read more
This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?
Do you think there is a chance Healthcare Reform (ACA aka Obamacare) will be repealed?
Over the last two weeks, Western nations have announced a layered sanctions plan to deal with Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. Read more