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February 22, 2016

Emails show HRC Aides Celebrating F-15 Sales as "Good News"

The planes, made by Boeing, have been implicated in the bombing of three Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) facilities. The U.N. Secretary General has decried “intense airstrikes in residential areas and on civilian buildings in Sana’a, including the Chamber of Commerce, a wedding hall and a centre for the blind,” and has warned that reports of cluster bombs being used in populated areas “may amount to a war crime due to their indiscriminate nature.”

Bombs dropped by fighter jets are pulverizing Yemen’s architectural history, possibly in violation of international humanitarian law.

A few years earlier, as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made weapons transfer to the Saudi government a “top priority,” according to her closest military aide.

And now, newly released emails show that her aides kept her well-informed of the approval process for a 2011 sale worth $29.4 billion to Boeing of up to 84 advanced F-15SA fighters, along with upgrades to the Saudi’s pre-existing fleet of 70 F-15 aircraft, and munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance, and logistics.

The deal was finalized on Christmas Eve 2011. Afterwards, Jake Sullivan, then Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and now a senior policy adviser on her presidential campaign, sent her a celebratory e-mail string topped with the chipper message: “FYI – good news.”

Source: https://theintercept.com/2016/02/22/saudi-christmas-present/
December 7, 2015

NYT Editorial Board: What would you ask Bernie Sanders?

Bernie Sanders, the junior senator from Vermont and a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, will visit the editorial board on Tuesday. This is the board members’ chance to ask Senator Sanders their questions as they prepare to endorse a candidate for president.

It’s also your chance to ask him a question. In the comments, tell us what you’d like to ask the senator. We’ll choose one question and share his answer after his visit.

Source: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/what-would-you-ask-bernie-sanders/?_r=0
October 27, 2015

College applications in UK to become anonymous

Candidates' names will be removed from university application forms from 2017, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The move is part of a plan to prevent unconscious bias against candidates from minority groups, said Mr Cameron, writing in the Guardian newspaper.

Other measures against discrimination include a pledge by leading graduate employers to name-blind recruitment, the Prime Minister has announced.

The admissions body UCAS said it was keen to boost minority student numbers.

The prime minister set out the measures at a Downing Street round table on Monday.

Further Reading: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-34616420
October 11, 2015

Democrats to debate, UC polls Sanders over Clinton

The News Record conducted a poll asking the University of Cincinnati’s choice for the next presidential candidate. Among Democrats, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-VT, won 72.9 percent of the vote while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 21.5 percent of support.

The poll did not include Vice President Joe Biden, who has not declared his candidacy.

Further Reading: http://www.newsrecord.org/news/democrats-to-debate-uc-polls-sanders-over-clinton/article_4b8eb75e-706d-11e5-b052-d7c6e21c25e6.html?TNNoMobile
October 10, 2015

Reuters Poll 10/09: Clinton's support slides ahead of first Democratic debate

Just days before she will take the stage in the first Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton's lead over rival Bernie Sanders has narrowed, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Clinton's support among Democratic voters fell 10 points within less than a week.

From October 4 to October 9, Clinton saw her support tumble from 51 percent of Democratic support to just 41 percent.

Her nearest competitors, Vermont Senator Sanders and Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden, who has yet to decide whether he will run, both made gains. Support for Sanders jumped from just over 24 percent to 28 percent, and Biden rose from 16 percent to a even 20 percent in the same time period.

This is not the first time that Clinton’s support has taken a steep nosedive. Just last month, Sanders edged within eight points of the former secretary of state — Clinton at 39 percent; Sanders at 31.

In the same October 9 polling, other Democratic candidates vying for the party's nomination, former governors Lincoln Chafee and Martin O'Malley, as well as former Senator Jim Webb, all received less than three percent of Democratic support respectively.

The October 9 survey includes 624 respondents and has a credibility interval of 4.5 percent.

Source: http://reut.rs/1GBdqpf

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