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Bush, Clinton seek to grab leadership mantle after Paris terror.

WASHINGTON: In a presidential campaign that has suddenly shifted in focus to terrorism and security, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush both see opportunities to cast themselves as best prepared to be commander in chief in tumultuous times.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential rivals rushed Friday to condemn Donald Trump’s support for a government database to track Muslims in the United States, drawing a sharp distinction with the Republican front-runner on a proposal also deemed unconstitutional by legal experts.WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — As GOP Presidential Candidates make their way across the country on the campaign trail, one hot topic is the question of how to defeat ISIS. “We have a president that doesn’t have a clue. In back-to-back foreign policy speeches this week, Clinton and Bush outlined blueprints for defeating the Islamic State, the extremist group blamed for last week’s attacks in Paris that killed 129 and left hundreds more wounded. Bush is resurfacing as a national newsmaker, thanks to his brother Jeb’s run for the Republican presidential nomination. (More on this later.) Dubya left office with probably the lowest approval ratings in modern history — 22 percent — after his debacle in Iraq and the financial meltdown in 2008 that left the nation on the brink of a major depression.

Jeb Bush, poses with Citadel cadets after giving a speech on foreign policy and national defense, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Clinton echoed that sentiment one day later, declaring: “This is a time for American leadership.” Bush and Clinton’s dueling speeches were a reminder of a time when the 2016 general election seemed destined to be a contest between members of two prominent American political families seeking a return to the White House.

In contrast, President Obama’s approval ratings hover around 50 percent, a respectable figure when you factor in a spiteful Republican Congress and nonstop bashing by Fox News and pseudo-journalists like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. After spending the summer struggling with questions about her use of a private email account and server while secretary of state, she has steadied her campaign and appears to be in strong position to fend off a challenge from Vermont Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said, “I’m not a fan of government registries of American citizens.” “The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I’ve spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American,” Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

Clinton, keep the focus on President Obama, keeping pointing out why they’re wrong and why what they’re doing is inadequate,” said Rehr, who works at the George Washington University Graduate School of Public Affairs. “If you’re running for president as a Republican, and you say ‘You know, we’re going to keep the terrorists out of this country, we’re going to be aggressive we’re going to fight them, we’re going to protect Christians,’ that’s a very positive message with the American people,” Rehr said. We have but once choice: to defeat it.” Bush had planned for weeks to deliver a speech about Pentagon and military purchasing reform at the prestigious South Carolina military college. People remember that he cured the nation’s chronic budget deficit and left Bush with a $236 billion surplus — that Dubya quickly squandered on tax cuts chiefly benefiting the wealthy.

He offered no specifics, but said the number of Americans sent to the region should be “in line with what our military generals recommend, not politicians.” The speech came as European nations hunted for conspirators in the attack and amid a fierce political debate within the U.S. over whether to limit or halt the resettlement of refugees fleeing war-ravaged Syria. While the former Florida governor raised eye-popping sums of money for his super PAC, he’s struggled to connect with voters and gain traction in a crowded GOP field dominated to date by political novices Donald Trump and Ben Carson. In a video posted by the network, Trump said, “They have to be.” Asked whether Muslims would have to register at mosques, Trump said: “Different places. One of the Paris bombers was thought to have arrived in a wave of migrants surging toward the West, but a top German official later said the Syrian passport found at a Paris attack scene was likely a fake. Bush backers have long predicted — and more recently, nervously hoped — that as voting draws closer, Republican voters would begin evaluating candidates less on their visceral appeal and more on competency and policy expertise.

But it’s all about management.” In an interview on Fox News Channel Friday evening, Trump tried to clarify his position, saying, “I want a watch list for the Syrian refugees that Obama’s going to let in if we don’t stop him as Republicans.” He said he’d had trouble hearing the NBC reporter’s questions. He advocated bolstering the U.S. military’s presence on the ground in Syria and Iraq, but didn’t say how many troops he envisioned sending into the chaotic region, nor did he outline what functions they would carry out. And if these attacks remind us of anything, it’s that we are living in serious times that require serious leadership.” It’s no mystery why Bush made the speech in South Carolina. Bush’s remarks were generally well-received by Republicans, though there was little sense that they marked a turning point for his struggling candidacy.

Clinton and Jimmy Carter both serve as model ex-presidents by creating foundations to promote democracy and improve health conditions across the globe. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it’s unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a threatened veto by President Barack Obama. He also might be grounded from a lot of international travel because he and Cheney reportedly are wanted as war criminals for approving waterboarding and other tortures of suspected terrorists.

His rivals have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters while increasingly concerned that he’s maintained his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall. Civil liberties experts said a database for Muslims would be unconstitutional on several counts, while the libertarian Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro said the idea also violates basic privacy and liberty rights. Many states imposed restrictive voter ID laws affecting mostly poor and elderly citizens, including Alabama, which recently closed 37 driver’s license offices mostly in rural and minority areas because of “budget cuts.” Meanwhile, on the national scene, Bush became the unfortunate target of Donald Trump’s latest outrage by claiming he (Trump) would have prevented the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. John Kasich said requiring people to register with the federal government because of their religion “strikes against all that we have believed in our nation’s history.” Kasich had faced criticism following the Paris shooting for saying he would set up an agency with a mandate to promote what he called “Judeo-Christian values” overseas to counter Islamist propaganda. On Thursday in New York, Clinton will deliver an address outlining her strategy for defeating ISIS as well as her overall plan for fighting radical jihadism.

Police: Student stabbed at Baltimore high school dies

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Police Identify Student Killed In City School Stabbing.

Baltimore police spokesman T.J. The teen had been in class on the third floor of the school building in the 1300 block of McCulloh Street when a sophomore went into the classroom and stabbed him at approximately noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, police reported. Police said Sunday that investigators are collaborating with the state’s attorney’s office to file additional charges now that the victim has died. Crawford remains in police custody, officials reported. “It’s a tragedy anytime we have someone killed in an act of violence, even moreso when it’s a child.

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