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Please address me as Mister. I insist.

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How informality hurts us.
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Do you agree with Mr. Strain? For my part, I never found that my authority was diluted in any way by being called Ken. On the other hand, I do think Mr. Obama was wrong. The Chancellor's office (as well as his own) are what he should have addressed and referenced. It is important that whatever personal relationship lies beneath a meeting, it is in the end a meeting of two offices, POTUS and Chancellor.

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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS?

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check in the War Against ISIS? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.
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We have become a nation preoccupied with war and militarism. What is more horrifying is how many of our "political" leaders share that preoccupation. It is one thing to help solve world problems; it is another to constantly intensify them and create them with the unthinking deployment of the military. If the countries of the Middle East don't want to help stabilize their own region, we can't do it. If Iran, Russia, and Turkey aren't on board, things will go badly. The only real way forward is through shared effort and mutual recognition of the legitimacy of differences and identities.

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Obama, who is delivering a speech on surveillance policy today, has made a series of misleading statements about the NSA.
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In my opinion, the NSA (along with the CIA) has become more a threat to our way of life than a guardian. Sadly, Mr. Obama seems to have bought into the system rather than maintaining an awareness of its inherent tendency to perpetuate and expand itself.

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Stopping the Rot at Foggy Bottom, From Benghazi to Afghanistan’s Missing Millions

Stopping the Rot at Foggy Bottom, From Benghazi to Afghanistan’s Missing Millions | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In mid-December, the State Department’s top internal watchdog sat down in front of a bank of cameras at a high-profile House hearing on Benghazi and…
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This highlights my greatest criticism of the Obama presidency. Because he has never been an administrator, he has not been able to understand the need to provide close oversight and ongoing monitoring of the various government departments. Of course, finding the suitable inspectors general won't be easy, but he has not shown any interest in creating even the beginnings of a training and recruitment program. On the other hand, neither has Congress pushed this concern beyond specific instances. That business as usual attitude in the great federal bureaucracy should be a major concern for us all.

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Alone Again, Naturally

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The rock-star candidate who got elected on his electrifying promise has become a bored bird in a gilded cage.
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A powerful critique of Mr. Obama. He has certainly failed to work on the relationships necessary for the job.

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Obama's Victory -- The Landslide You Couldn't See

Obama's Victory -- The Landslide You Couldn't See | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If we fail to summon the courage necessary to identify racial animus where it exists, and to in turn adjust our approach to policy-making accordingly, all Americans will pay a price, not just those who are the typical targets of racial animus.
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This is an important analysis. Even if you don't agree with it, and I do, it is something you should read and think about.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:38 PM

This is a thought-provoking article regardless of party affiliation or voter preference in the presidential election.

Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, December 14, 2012 3:16 PM

For all those who keep saying that "race didn't have anything to do with it," yes. It did. It had everything to do with both the 2008 and 2012 elections.