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  • McCain slams Putin on Snowden: Russia’s actions ‘reminiscent’ of Cold War

    Dylan Stableford at The Ticket10 mths ago

    Sen. John McCain weighed in on the Edward Snowden saga on Tuesday, saying that Russia's actions in the wake of the accused National Security Agency leaker's reported arrival in Moscow harkens back to the Cold War.

    "It's reminiscent of the days of the Cold War, when you hear a Russian spokesman saying that [Snowden’s] not in Russia when every shred of evidence indicates that he is,” McCain said on CNN. “We've got to start dealing with Vladimir Putin in a realistic fashion for what he is. He’s an old KGB colonel apparatchik that dreams of the days of the Russian empire, and he continues to stick his thumb in our eye in a broad variety of ways. Most importantly to me, of course, and should be to the world, is their continued support of [Syrian President] Bashar al Assad and the massacre taking place in Syria."

    McCain's comments echoed what fellow U.S. lawmakers said about Putin on Sunday.

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  • Chamber of Commerce launches ‘seven-figure’ ad buy in support of immigration effort

    Chris Moody at The Ticket10 mths ago

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a "seven-figure" ad buy on Monday in support of the effort to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, a chamber spokeswoman confirmed.

    The 30-second message, which will air on radio and cable news stations nationwide, features clips from Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky calling for the need for reform. (While Rubio is one of the co-authors of the immigration bill making its way through the Senate, Paul has said he plans to vote against the measure and may even support a filibuster effort.) The ad calls for an end to "de-facto amnesty," referring to the nearly 12 million people living in the United States illegally under the current system.

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  • Congress struggles with ending the war in Afghanistan … and in Iraq?

    Olivier Knox at The Ticket10 mths ago

    The war in Iraq is over, everybody knows that. “I promised to end the war in Iraq—and I did” was one of President Barack Obama’s best-received stump speech applause lines last year.

    Except it’s not. First, most obviously, because bombings and other acts of violence have killed more than 2,000 people there this year, as detailed in this amazing Agence France-Presse analysis. Pressed on that point last year by Yahoo News, White House press secretary Jay Carney said: "The president promised to responsibly end our war in Iraq, the United States military operation in Iraq. He did that and our troops came home."

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  • White House doesn’t have ‘figure on costs’ of Africa trip

    Rachel Rose Hartman at The Ticket10 mths ago

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the president's birthplace.

    President Barack Obama makes the first extended trip to Africa of his presidency next week—but he won't be stopping in his ancestral homeland.

    Obama's weeklong trip—June 26-July 3—which he's taking with his wife, Michelle, and daughters Sasha and Malia, as well as with members of his economic and trade team, is to signal America's interest in trade, democracy and economic development in Africa. He will visit Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

    "We see Africa as one of the most important emerging regions in the world," deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told reporters on a conference call Friday. He added that the administration sees "growing economic opportunities [in the continent] for increased trade and investment" by U.S. businesses.

    The trip will also focus on "democracy and democratic institution-building," Rhodes said.

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