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Hillary Clinton formally announces 2016 presidential run

BY: ANNIE KARNI, POLITICO

Hillary Clinton on Sunday formally announced her second run for the White House with a digital blitz that portrayed her as a champion of everyday Americans. In striking contrast to her 2008 presidential bid, Clinton’s campaign took great effort to take the focus off her. In her two-minute announcement video, Clinton doesn’t even appear until…

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Chertoff: Iran Deal Worthless Without the Right Enforcement Mechanisms

BY MICHAEL CHERTOFF, TIME

Michael Chertoff was secretary of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He is now executive chairman of The Chertoff Group, a global security and risk-management advisory firm. How will we enforce Iranian compliance to the deal? In the wake of the recently announced “framework” on Iran’s nuclear activities, both the Barack Obama administration and critics…

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Party politics: Two small tents, with most Americans on the outside

BY BILL SCHNEIDER, REUTERS

The big tents are shrinking. Republicans and Democrats used to take pride in calling their respective parties “big tents” with room for a diversity of views. That tradition has ended for Republicans. It may be on its way out for Democrats as well. Some liberals are celebrating the fact that retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry…

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Netanyahu and Obama: The Two Realities

BY: ROBIN WRIGHT, THE NEW YORKER

Benjamin Netanyahu took command of Congress—and, at least temporarily, the locus of U.S. foreign policy—in an evocative appeal today to scuttle the current nuclear diplomacy with Iran. “This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control,” he told the joint session. The terms are expected to have a…

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Is Nato looking the right way?

BY: JONATHAN MARCUS, BBC

It is a truism that the world looks very different depending on where you stand. This thought struck me powerfully just a few days ago when I was in Paris. With the Ukraine crisis developing and the ceasefire struggling, much of the British and US media foreign coverage focused on the growing strains with Moscow.…

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F.B.I. Director Speaks Out on Race and Police Bias

BY: MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, NYTIMES

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, delivered an unusually candid speech on Thursday about the difficult relationship between the police and African-Americans, saying that officers who work in neighborhoods where blacks commit crimes at a high rate develop a cynicism that shades their attitudes about race. Citing the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from the…

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Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

BY: PAIGE LAVENDER, THE HUFFINGTON POST

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, paving the way for the first gay couples to marry in the state on Monday. In January, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked a judge to put a stay on the ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Roy Moore, chief…

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TCG Wrap-Up: Entourage Star Adrian Grenier and Director Joshua Zeman Shed Light on the Very Human Problems for Aquatic Life

Last week, TCG was proud to present actor, Adrian Grenier and director, Joshua Zeman.  The event took place at Paul Hastings Law Firm, and our audience was treated to a special viewing of a trailer for 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.  Grenier and Zeman are partnering up to advocate and […]

Last week, TCG was proud to present actor, Adrian Grenier and director, Joshua Zeman.  The event took place at Paul Hastings Law Firm, and our audience was treated to a special viewing of a trailer for 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.  Grenier and Zeman are partnering up to advocate and…

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Obama’s national security strategy: Version 2.0

BY ROBERTA RAMPTON, REUTERS

The White House is slated to release President Barack Obama's national security strategy on Friday, giving a broad outline for how he views his foreign policy priorities for the rest of his time in office. The release of the document, followed by a speech from Obama's top national security adviser, Susan Rice, will be closely parsed…

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TCG Wrap-Up: Ambassador Christopher Hill Discusses American Foreign Policy’s Past, Present and Future

The Common Good was privileged to host of one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats, Ambassador Christopher Hill, where the Ambassador discussed current events, recent history and lessons learned in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The event took place in the magnificent home of TCG member, Sally Minard, and her husband Norton Garfinkle. Andrzej […]

The Common Good was privileged to host of one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats, Ambassador Christopher Hill, where the Ambassador discussed current events, recent history and lessons learned in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The event took place in the magnificent home of TCG member, Sally Minard, and her husband Norton Garfinkle. Andrzej…

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CHECK OUT DEADLINE ON SELMA TRIP--MUST HAVE RSVPS ASAP! (see below) “ENTOURAGE” STAR ADRIAN GRENIER on the Quest to Find the 'Loneliest Whale in the World' Thursday, February 5th, 2015   You may have seen him in “The Devil Wears Prada” as Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend or in his long-running HBO hit show, “Entourage,” also soon to…

Wealth of Nations – Don’t Turn America Into Europe

By ZACHARY KARABELL January 29, 2015, POLITICO

Why are we talking about austerity now when it’s worked so badly across the pond? The Europeans—some of them, anyway—are finally beginning to concede that austerity has gone awry. There’s less growth, more structural unemployment, little bank lending and economic contraction. And now, of course, we have a political backlash in the person of Alexis…

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