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CNN Democratic Town Hall – Iowa 25 January 2016

Monday night US time (Tuesday afternoon NZ time) there was one of the few chances for USians to see the Democratic candidates on television. It was a Town Hall style affair, moderated by CNN’s Chris Cuomo. The audience, who were mainly Democratic voters, submitted questions to CNN. They chose which questions would be asked to make sure, they said, a wide range of topics would be covered. Candidates... read more

Auē Tēnei Wiki: Vladimir Putin – Killer?

Staying with the leadership theme – this time an example of really bad and corrupt leadership – Vladimir Putin.  A report was released this week into the death in London of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko at the age of 43. Litvinenko, who was born in Voronezh in 1962, was a former lieutenant-colonel with the Russian FSB (Federal Security Bureau – the successor to the KGB).... read more

Tau Kē Tēnei Wiki: The International Reputation of President Obama and the USA

There’s a whine we’ve been hearing from Republicans with ever-increasing frequency since the start of Obama’s presidency: that the United States is less respected than it was in the Bush era, and especially that his leadership is seen as both weak and of poor quality. They especially like to contrast Obama with Vladimir Putin, to the detriment of Obama, and insist the reputation of the... read more

Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump

And you thought the Republican race couldn’t get anymore bizarre! Breaking news from the New York Times Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives. This link was sent to me by my brother. He’s been a Republican supporter for a while. His profile is one that is typically Republican – white male, businessman, MBA from Yale, former Wall Street trader for a company that... read more

GOP/Fox News Business Debate: 14 January 2016

The Undercard Debate (6pm ET, Noon Friday NZT) Held in North Charleston, South Carolina, this debate was moderated by Fox New Business anchors Trish Regan and Sandra Smith. It was supposed to feature Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum. Then Rand Paul had a wee tantrum and threw his toys out of the cot, so he wasn’t there. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Paul... read more

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