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1 month ago

Bill Clinton on White House role: 'Whatever I'm asked to do' - CNN

Story highlightsBill Clinton says he'd like to be deployed to economically-challenged areas as first manClinton joked he'd recommend keeping the current White House chinaIn an interview with Charlie Rose aired Tuesday night on PBS, the former president said his own wishes should be the "last thing to be considered here" when it comes to how he's deployed by a Hillary Clinton-led White House. "First and foremost, I should do whatever I'm asked to do," Clinton said. "That is, if Hillary wins I'd be both a former president and a spouse. So I think I should make those roles as consistent as possible by saying to the president and the senior advisers, whatever you want me to do, I will do. I should do that." He said he's been lucky to lead the Clinton Foundation since departing the White House himself in 2001. Now, Clinton said, "I should serve. I've had a wonderful life for the last 15 years, and this is the longest I've ever had a job." Clinton said he'd like to be used to solve problems like Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, Native Americans' need to diversify their economies and coal countries' transition to a green economy."There are lots of things I could do. I'd like to be sent to all these places that have been left out and left behind," Bill Clinton said. "I believe this country is so close to being able to really grow again in a way that lifts everybody."Clinton also said he's heard suggestions he should play the traditional role of "first lady" -- helping to accomplish a full transformation of gender roles by performing tasks like choosing White House china. "If they asked me to do it, I'd be happy to do it," Clinton said. "But I'd recommend we stick with what we've got and save the money."

4 months ago

Moral Monday mixes mourning, politics - News & Observer

A multi-denominational vigil remembering those who died in Orlando last week and the nine churchgoers killed in Charleston a year ago drew about 100 people to mourn and hear exhortations to reject hate and discrimination.

Clergy and others urged the crowd of about 100 to embrace love and nonviolence. At the end of the two-hour vigil, participants stood with portraits of those slain, and four doves were released to fly over Bicentennial Mall across from the Legislative Building. The Rev. William Barber II, head of the state NAACP chapter, said the doves represented Orlando, Charleston, love and justice.

Imam Dr. Salahuddin Muhammad of the As-Salaam Islamic Center in Raleigh claimed solidarity between Muslims and the LGBT community.

Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was a monster, not a Muslim, he said. The true practitioners of the Islamic faith would never kill innocents.

This event had a different tenor from other Moral Monday protests held over the years, gatherings that usually center on government policy and sometimes lead to arrests. The anti-Vietnam War anthem Blowin in the Wind played before the vigil, and We Are the World played during it.

Easter Thomas of Charlotte wiped tears after Barber urged people to hug. Thomas said she was a lesbian and was supporting my brothers and sisters by attending.

Its so emotional, more emotional than I anticipated, said Thomas, a nurse. This made it more real, seeing the faces of all who died.

Camille Morgan, a retired medical transcriptionist from Lexington, carried a sign that said More Love Compassion Understanding beside Less Hate Fear Bigotry.

Morgan said she was attending her first Moral Monday because she was really disgusted with voter suppression, House Bill 2, and other laws.

Ive been thoroughly, thoroughly disgusted. Its time for me to have a voice and do something about it, she said.

Though the vigil was more like a religious service than a protest, some of the comments were tinged with politics. Barber praised a handful of legislators present, all Democrats.

Ignoring needs of people is violence, said Barber. He called HB2, the law limiting LGBT discrimination protections, the worst LGBTQ bill in the country, and said the states refusal to expand Medicaid in line with the federal health-care law has led to more than 1,000 deaths.

Serena Sebring, North Carolina organizer with Southerners on New Ground, said the LGBT community is under siege and faces rampant bigotry.

Our very lives are an act of resistance, she said. Architects and supporters of HB2 put a target on our peoples backs.

The Rev. T. Anthony Spearman of Greensboro called legislators monsters and hypocrites for not supporting a minimum wage high enough to be a living wage.

Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the N.C. Republican Party, said the speakers were wrongheaded and are ignoring state successes.

For this group to blame anybody other than the terrorist responsible for terrorist acts shows you how far they will go to distract from the success of Gov. (Pat) McCrory and the Republicans which have raised teacher pay more than any state while cutting taxes, Woodhouse said in a statement. As these radicals are clearly part of the Roy Cooper for Governor effort, of course they don't want to tell you that North Carolina now has the fastest growing economy in the nation because of McCrory/GOP policies.

6 months ago

Here is Clinton and Sanders's remarkable exchange on Israel-Palestine — and why it matters - Vox

When American presidential candidates debate foreign policy, they tend to talk about precisely two things: terrorism and the Israel-Palestine conflict. And on the latter, the politics of the issue tend to constrain that debate to a pretty narrow range.

Democratic candidates usually argue that their understanding of and commitment to addressing Israeli concerns will help them bring about peace, which they position as necessary because it will help Israel.

Republicans usually emphasize the lengths they will go for Israel and downplay any compromises that might be necessary for a peace deal. And candidates from both parties typically pledge their support for Israel and attempt to

9 months ago

Outstanding Advice For An Excellent Social Media Marketing Plan Dallas SEO

Having a successful business online can be challenging. It can be hard to attract people who want to buy your products or services, so you have to go and find them. Marketing with social media can be a great way to do this. Here are some effective social media tips that will make you a success.

Monitor your competitors on social media sites. Spend a little time looking at what your top five competitors are doing out there in the social media world. Look at which social sites they are most active on, what kind of content they are publish, how many fans they have and how they promote their site and what they have to offer.

Figure out which social networking site you want to use

11 months ago

Clashes in Paris a day before US-China climate change sit-down - CNN

Story highlightsU.S. and Chinese presidents set to meet Monday morningMore than 200 arrested in Paris after brief clashes with policeAs global average temperatures soar, they will try to get a handle on the cause.

On Monday, the leaders of the main players necessary to achieve the ambitious goal -- China and the United States -- will sit down together at the COP21. They are also the largest producers of greenhouse gases.

COP stands for Conference of Parties, an annual forum to try to tackle climate on a global political level.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, will hold their bilateral meeting at around 9:30 a.m. local time. Obama will make

1 year ago

Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish

Image of a mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced pluripotent stem cells. Minoru Takasato/Nature hide caption

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