Draw Distinctions, Work The Fundamentals
Coke Gatorade, Not Coke Pepsi
The distinctions between Barack and Clinton on all the major issues are stark. Iraq, Iran, Health Care, Social Security, Ethics Reform. They are like night and day.
Barack wants to end the Iraq War. Hillary does not really. She wants to retain an unspecified number of troops.
Barack wants to fully engage Iran. Hillary wants to stop the talk and possibly invade Iran.
Hillary thinks the problem with health care is that the insurance companies are not making enough money. She is going to make it illegal for people to not have insurance. And she wants eight years to achieve that goal. Barack will deliver universal health care in four years without doing that illegal thing. Cutting costs across the board is a big part of it.
Barack has pledged to tax income also after 200,000 so as to solve the Social Security insolvency for good. Hillary does not like the idea.
Hillary is on the right to the Republicans when it comes to taking money from lobbyists. Barack wants major ethics reform.
And on and on and on.
It is Barack's job to make sure the American people get to know the distinctions exist.
Work The Fundamentals
Hillary 2008 is not going to implode. It is because Hillary is good at working the fundamentals. Money, message, organization. Obama 2008 is also good. It is going to keep at it. You have to balance Hillary out in this department. She should not feel to have an advantage.
Saudi Arabia, Iran
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Why Hillary's Iran Vote Is Dangerous
Those two are competing powers in the region. They have supported opposing sides in Iraq's civil war. But Saudi Arabia is strongly opposed to US air strikes against Iran. Does that tell you something about how bad the neocon plans really are?
In The News
Google Gadgets Go Into The Wild InternetNews.com Google's announcement of OpenSocial Wednesday night marks something of a turning point for the technology darling. ..... OpenSocial will speed innovation and bring more social features to more places across the Web ..... we hope OpenSocial will become a standard set of technologies for making the Web social ..... the "social graph" concept that illustrates how individuals are connected to others across Web-based applications and discrete social networks like Orkut or Friendster. ...... Ning, Orkut, Hi5, LinkedIn, iLike, Flixster, and Slide ..... "People are getting sick of registering and re-declaring their friends on every site," and "developing 'social applications' is too much work." ...... a social graph comprising data from five community sites ...... established a Google Group for technical discussions. ...... geo-spatial mark-up language, KML 2.2 ...... Orkut, its social networking site, had 24.1 million users worldwide in June .... 114.1 million for MySpace ..... Google Gadget Ads ..... the clash between the company's old-school PR tactics and the more open attitudes of Silicon Valley startups.
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Obama Envisions New Iran Approach New York Times forging a new relationship with Iran would be a major element of a broad effort to stabilize Iraq as he executed a speedy timetable for the withdrawal of American combat troops. ............. Obama said that Iran had been “acting irresponsibly” by supporting Shiite militant groups in Iraq. He also emphasized that Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program and its support for “terrorist activities” were serious concerns. ....... Iran’s support for militant groups in Iraq reflected its anxiety over the Bush administration’s policies in the region, including talk of a possible American military strike on Iranian nuclear installations. .......... he would sit down for diplomatic meetings with countries like Iran, North Korea and Syria with no preconditions. .......... criticized Mrs. Clinton for an approach to Iran they call too hawkish ........ a yellow legal pad on the table in front of him, which listed points where he believed he and Mrs. Clinton differ on how to go forward in Iraq. .......... “She missed the strategic interests that should have dictated whether we went to Iraq in the first place or not.” ........ the mission of his residual force would be more limited than that posited by Mrs. Clinton. ....... the residual force would not have the mission of deterring Iranian involvement in Iraq. ...... the trainers are not constantly embedded in combat operations.” ...... said he hoped to withdraw all American combat forces within 16 months of taking office, his plan states that American and allied troops should be prepared to return to Iraq and protect civilians if there were genocidal attacks. ......... defense secretary or to important national security positions, Mr. Obama said he would consider “the best person, regardless of party.”
Clinton Signs Letter on Iran New York Times
Obama Takes Questions From 5-Year-Old The Associated Press Obama said. "If you had a whole pizza, and your friend had no pizza, would you give him a slice?" ..... Hadassah, a correspondent for brandnewz.com, said after the interview that Obama "had great answers. And I had a great time meeting him."
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The climatic imperialism Economic Times Climate change, as an issue, is most likely to become the next outsourcing backlash, the next big WTO type North-South divide, and eventually the next big anti-globalisation weapon that rich countries can point at developing ones. ...... Give up cheap flights, give up the 30 layers of plastic packaging on a biscuit, the wasteful luxury that development brings? Voluntarily return to a poorer way of life? ....... Since nobody can make the US budge, or China, they're gonna point fingers at you ..... across Europe, climate change is much less of a concern than globalisation. ...... we want the rich countries to pay for cleaning up the mess they've made, and we'll try not to make the same mess as we grow. ........ in India, we already recycle everything, thrice over. .... Indians are way more concerned about climate change than Europeans ..... and our politicians just blather on about the nuclear deal, which might have helped us off this precipice.
Everybody vs. Hillary
Life’s Work: The Feminine Critique
In Rape Case, a French Youth Takes On Dubai The rape of a 15-year-old French boy in a remote patch of desert outside of Dubai has raised questions about how the country’s legal system treats foreigners. ....... an acquaintance, a 17-year-old native-born student at the American school, who said he and his cousin could drop Alex off at home. ...... three Emirati men in the car, including a pair of former convicts ages 35 and 18 ...... they stripped off his pants and one by one sodomized him in the back seat of the car .... dumped Alex across from one of Dubai’s luxury hotel towers. ...... criminal legal system remains a perilous gantlet when it comes to homosexuality and protection of foreigners. ....... authorities not only discouraged Alex from pressing charges ..... they raised the possibility of charging him with criminal homosexual activity, and neglected for weeks to inform him or his parents that one of his attackers had tested H.I.V. positive while in prison four years earlier. ........ Dubai still lives in the Middle Ages ....... sperm from all three were found in Alex ...... questions about unequal treatment of foreigners here that have long been quietly raised among the expatriate majority ..... taboos surrounding H.I.V. and homosexuality ....... (Under Emirates law, foreigners with H.I.V., or those convicted of homosexual activity, are deported.) ....... Dubai’s economic miracle — decades of double-digit growth ...... inexplicable and at times hostile official behavior described by Alex and his parents. ...... the moral, pseudoscientific and political prejudices ........ the 36-year-old assailant was H.I.V. positive ....... So far the teenager has not tested positive for H.I.V. ........ A doctor examined Alex the night of the rape, taking swabs of DNA for traces of the rapists’ sperm. He did not take blood tests or examine Alex with a speculum. Then he cleared the room and told Alex: “I know you’re a homosexual. You can admit it to me. I can tell.” ........ The doctor, an Egyptian, wrote in his legal report that he had found no evidence of forced penetration ....... suffering unsettling flashbacks. ....... “the most modern legal system among the Arab countries ...... In business and finance, the nation has worked hard to earn a reputation for impartial and speedy justice. But the criminal justice system has struggled, balancing a penal code rooted in conservative Arab and Islamic local culture, applied to an overwhelming non-Arab population of foreign residents. ......... boycottdubai.com, a Web site started by Alex’s mother. ...... I’m doing this for all the other poor kids who got raped and couldn’t do anything about it
Maureen Dowd: Hillary la Française, Cherchez la Femme?
Anatomy of an endorsement
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Where Do the Candidates Stand on Social Security? NPR Iraq, Iran, free trade, illegal immigrants — and Social Security, which is emerging as a hot issue among both Democrats and Republicans. ...... Obama says he would impose the tax on all incomes over $200,000, a move that could significantly improve Social Security's financial picture. ....... anything could be considered when we get to a bipartisan commission," Clinton said. "But personally I am not going to be advocating any specific fix until I am seriously approaching fiscal responsibility." ....... avoid generational warfare and big tax hikes or benefit cuts in the future
Clinton Regroups As Rivals Pounce
Why Delta Should Buy Northwest From route networks and planes to workers and investors, the third- and fifth-biggest U.S. airlines face compelling reasons to merge. ....... At Northwest, half of the 20 largest institutional shareholders are hedge funds or private equity firms, with a nearly 31% stake in the airline. ........ "six major domestic network carriers are too many." ...... Asia, a prized growth destination where all the major airlines have been scrambling to expand. ...... a consensual merger with a rational mix of routes, employees, and resources .... meld pilot seniority lists