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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
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Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 04:36 PM
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Haw! Boehner threatens to stop cooperating?

Haw! Get this, Boehner said if Obama does the Immigration Reform Executive Order, he and Republicans will... hehehee (Laughing so hard I can barely type...)... stop cooperating with him!!!!!! Bwahahahahaha, GOP cooperating!!! Hahahahahaha, Government shut down, scores of Obamacare repeal votes, tea party protests of stimulus, a half dozen invented scandals including Benghazeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Cooperation ending? Bwahahahahahahaha!

Putin hoped to get Merkel and Germany on his side in the Ukraine crisis. That hope is over

Merkel and Germany have had enough of Putin. What's startling is how significantly the relationship between Germany and Russia, Merkel and Putin has changed. When you read this article immediately below, its hard to imagine that just nine months ago they were enjoying friendly relations.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014946280

Nov 17 (Today) - Russia could seek to destabilise vast areas of eastern Europe if it is not challenged in Ukraine, Angela Merkel warned on Monday.

The strongly worded statement came as Ukraine's president warned of a resumption of "total war" in the strife-torn country's east.

In a speech to Sydney's Lowry Institute for International Policy Studies, the German Chancellor said Russia's annexation of Crimea and subsequent destabilisation of eastern Ukraine "called the whole of the European peaceful order into question".

"This isn't just about Ukraine," she said. "This is about Moldova, this is about Georgia, and if this continues then one will have to ask about Serbia and one will have to ask about the countries of the Western Balkans."

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/angela-merkel/11236622/Angela-Merkel-warns-Russia-could-seek-to-destabilise-whole-of-the-European-peaceful-order.html
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Note from two articles from severla months ago how the status of the relationship and Merkel's statements have changed since the beginning of the crisis. She was thought of as the "Chief Mediator", but Putin's behavior has put Merkel against him.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/07/us-merkel-putin-insight-idUSBREA260E120140307

March 7 - (Reuters) - After one of her first encounters with Vladimir Putin in 2002, Angela Merkel joked to aides that she had passed the "KGB test" by staring straight into his eyes without averting her gaze.

Unlike presidents in Washington - George W. Bush claimed to have gotten a glimpse of Putin's soul and Barack Obama promised to "reset" relations with Russia - the German chancellor has never harbored any illusions about the former Soviet agent, nor hopes that she might change him.

It is this hard-nosed realism, born of Merkel's own experience growing up in a Soviet garrison town in East Germany and reinforced over a turbulent 14-year relationship with Putin, that has earned her respect in the Kremlin and thrust her into the potentially risky role of chief mediator in the Ukraine crisis.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/angela-merkel/10803349/Ukraine-crisis-what-is-the-relationship-between-Angela-Merkel-and-Vladimir-Putin.html

May 2 - Teneo Intelligence's Carsten Nickel has discussed the relationship between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir in light of the Ukraine crisis.

He said that Germany has" "economic interests in maintain ties with Russia if you think of the energy challenge in Germany.

"It puts every German government...in a position where they will have to work towards mediation".


The Rude Pundit and I will be live on the air at 9pm ET, 6pm PT tonight

Talking immigration reform, wrap up of the election, and more. Listen in at http://tunein.com/radio/KCAA-1050-s31934/ . Call in and talk to us at (888) 909-1050

Slate: Don’t Accept Putin’s Version of History. The West didn’t provoke Russia...

Excellent article by Slate's Anne Applebaum. Since the fall of the USSR, the US and NATO did everything to reassure Russia and make Russia feel like a part of what was going on in the world. Putin and his government did nothing but take advantage of that. Ms. Applebaum lays out the history.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2014/10/nato_and_eu_expansion_didn_t_provoke_vladimir_putin_american_triumphalism.html?wpisrc=obinsite

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But one Western policy stands out as a phenomenal success, particularly when measured against the low expectations with which it began: The integration of Central Europe and the Baltic States into the European Union and NATO. Thanks to this double project, more than 90 million people have enjoyed relative safety and relative prosperity for more than two decades, in a region whose historic instability helped launch two world wars.
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For the record: No treaties prohibiting NATO expansion were ever signed with Russia. No promises were broken. Nor did the impetus for NATO expansion come from a “triumphalist” Washington. On the contrary, Poland's first efforts to apply in 1992 were rebuffed. I well remember the angry reaction of the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw at the time. But Poland and others persisted, precisely because they were already seeing signs of the Russian revanchism to come.

When the slow, cautious expansion did eventually take place, constant efforts were made to reassure Russia. No NATO bases were ever placed in the new member states, and until 2013 no exercises were conducted there. A Russia-NATO agreement in 1997 promised no movement of nuclear installations. A Russia-NATO council was set up in 2002. In response to Russian objections, Ukraine and Georgia were in fact denied NATO membership plans in 2008.

Meanwhile, not only was Russia not “humiliated” during this era, it was given de facto “great power” status, along with the Soviet U.N. Security Council seat and Soviet embassies. Russia also received Soviet nuclear weapons, some transferred from Ukraine in 1994 in exchange for Russian recognition of Ukraine's borders. Presidents Clinton and Bush both treated their Russian counterparts as fellow “great power” leaders and invited them to join the G-8—although Russia, neither a large economy nor a democracy, did not qualify.

Video - Obama: Nobody's stopping the GOP from passing bills.

The control of both houses of congress will actually be the GOP's undoing. Now they have to demonstrate an ability to govern, an ability they sorely lack.

How much of a head start does Hillary have on her potential GOP opponents? Virtually insurmountable



http://www.pollingreport.com/wh16gen.htm

So those folks saying "OMG!!!!111!11!! Hillary can't beat (X Republican candidate) !!!!11!11!!!!!!11elevens... have no idea what they are talking about.

Um, yeah, we need to punish President Obama and Democrats for being on the er, wrong track. Derp.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-11-07/payrolls-in-u-s-rose-214-000-as-unemployment-drops-to-5-8-.html

U.S. Payrolls Rise as Jobless Rate Drops to Six-Year Low
By Michelle Jamrisko Nov 7, 2014 9:19 AM ET

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. employment gains exceeded 200,000 for a ninth straight month in October and the jobless rate unexpectedly fell to a six-year low. The 214,000 increase in employment followed a 256,000 advance the prior month that was more than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The jobless rate declined to 5.8 percent. Peter Cook reports on Bloomberg Television's "In the Loop." (Source: Bloomberg)

Employers added more than 200,000 workers to payrolls in October for a ninth consecutive month and the jobless rate dropped to the lowest level in six years as the American economy powered past a global slowdown.

The 214,000 increase in employment followed a 256,000 advance the prior month that was more than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The jobless rate fell to 5.8 percent, even as more people entered the labor force, boosting the share of the population working to the highest in five years.

Steadfast hiring signals employers are confident domestic demand will hold up in the face of struggling European and emerging economies. The report probably keeps Federal Reserve policy makers on track to boost interest rates in 2015 even as wages, the labor market’s weak spot, continued to lag behind

The President should give this election all of the consideration that Republicans gave his landslide

election in 2008. In other words, Executive Orders and Vetoes should be the order of the day.

Looks like the Rude Pundit and I will be on the KCAA 1050am election night coverage at 9pm ET

Looks like the Rude Pundit and I will be on the KCAA 1050am election night coverage at 9pm eastern time. Folks not in the LA area can listen in at this link http://tunein.com/radio/KCAA-1050-s31934/

Putin is starting to lose it, boxed in by a falling Ruble and falling Oil prices. Lashes out at US..

Putin is feeling the pinch of the falling Ruble and falling Oil prices and is starting to lose it and is lashing out at the US.
Hey Vladimir Vladimirovich, if you hadn't decided to invade Ukraine in an unprovoked war of aggression, the US might be helping you right now.
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http://www.businessinsider.com/putin-there-is-no-true-democracy-in-america-2014-10

Vladimir Putin Just Gave One Of The Most Anti-American Speeches Of His Career
ARMIN ROSEN - OCT. 24, 2014, 12:45 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin just gave one of the most stridently anti-Western speeches of his career, a 40-minute "diatribe ... that was reminiscent of the Cold War," according to Reuters.

Putin was speaking before an "informal group of experts" at a mountain resort outside the former Olympic city of Sochi that included Western specialists critical of his rule. The Russian president held little back rhetorically, blaming the US for military escalations in the former Soviet space and accusing the US and its partners of "pushing into chaos."

"We did not start this," Putin said before accusing the US of trying to "'remake the whole world' based on its interests" — an accusation often lobbed at Putin's Russia by its foreign critics.

But Putin's speech went beyond critiquing American actions or defending his own. He made several statements that don't really fall within the realm of policy disagreement.
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More at above link

See also
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ruble-hits-new-record-lows-2014-10
http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-will-be-plunged-into-a-recession-if-oil-prices-fall-further-2014-10
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