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Is Nato looking the right way?

BY: JONATHAN MARCUS, BBC

It is a truism that the world looks very different depending on where you stand. This thought struck me powerfully just a few days ago when I was in Paris. With the Ukraine crisis developing and the ceasefire struggling, much of the British and US media foreign coverage focused on the growing strains with Moscow.…

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F.B.I. Director Speaks Out on Race and Police Bias

BY: MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT, NYTIMES

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, delivered an unusually candid speech on Thursday about the difficult relationship between the police and African-Americans, saying that officers who work in neighborhoods where blacks commit crimes at a high rate develop a cynicism that shades their attitudes about race. Citing the song “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from the…

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Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

BY: PAIGE LAVENDER, THE HUFFINGTON POST

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, paving the way for the first gay couples to marry in the state on Monday. In January, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange had asked a judge to put a stay on the ruling that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. Roy Moore, chief…

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TCG Wrap-Up: Entourage Star Adrian Grenier and Director Joshua Zeman Shed Light on the Very Human Problems for Aquatic Life

Last week, TCG was proud to present actor, Adrian Grenier and director, Joshua Zeman.  The event took place at Paul Hastings Law Firm, and our audience was treated to a special viewing of a trailer for 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.  Grenier and Zeman are partnering up to advocate and […]

Last week, TCG was proud to present actor, Adrian Grenier and director, Joshua Zeman.  The event took place at Paul Hastings Law Firm, and our audience was treated to a special viewing of a trailer for 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World.  Grenier and Zeman are partnering up to advocate and…

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Obama’s national security strategy: Version 2.0

BY ROBERTA RAMPTON, REUTERS

The White House is slated to release President Barack Obama's national security strategy on Friday, giving a broad outline for how he views his foreign policy priorities for the rest of his time in office. The release of the document, followed by a speech from Obama's top national security adviser, Susan Rice, will be closely parsed…

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TCG Wrap-Up: Ambassador Christopher Hill Discusses American Foreign Policy’s Past, Present and Future

The Common Good was privileged to host of one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats, Ambassador Christopher Hill, where the Ambassador discussed current events, recent history and lessons learned in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The event took place in the magnificent home of TCG member, Sally Minard, and her husband Norton Garfinkle. Andrzej […]

The Common Good was privileged to host of one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats, Ambassador Christopher Hill, where the Ambassador discussed current events, recent history and lessons learned in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The event took place in the magnificent home of TCG member, Sally Minard, and her husband Norton Garfinkle. Andrzej…

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CHECK OUT DEADLINE ON SELMA TRIP--MUST HAVE RSVPS ASAP! (see below) “ENTOURAGE” STAR ADRIAN GRENIER on the Quest to Find the 'Loneliest Whale in the World' Thursday, February 5th, 2015   You may have seen him in “The Devil Wears Prada” as Anne Hathaway’s boyfriend or in his long-running HBO hit show, “Entourage,” also soon to…

Wealth of Nations – Don’t Turn America Into Europe

By ZACHARY KARABELL January 29, 2015, POLITICO

Why are we talking about austerity now when it’s worked so badly across the pond? The Europeans—some of them, anyway—are finally beginning to concede that austerity has gone awry. There’s less growth, more structural unemployment, little bank lending and economic contraction. And now, of course, we have a political backlash in the person of Alexis…

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Greece’s leftist government sparks fears of a Russian beachhead in Europe

BY GRIFF WITTE AND KAROUN DEMIRJIAN, THE WASHINGTON POST

Just days after shaking European economic policy to its core with a sweeping win in Greek elections, the radical leftist party Syriza is challenging a fundamental tenet of the continent’s foreign policy by seeking a softer stance on Russia. Both before and after coming to power this week, party leaders have made no secret of…

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Judge in S.C. tosses sit-in convictions for Friendship Nine

BY DEVON M. SAYERS AND ELIOTT C. MCLAUGHLIN, CNN

A South Carolina judge on Wednesday threw out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, who were jailed in 1961 after a sit-in protest in Rock Hill, South Carolina, during the civil rights movement. "Today is a victory in race relations in America," said Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said in…

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The young and the newsless

By Mark Mellman – 01/27/15

I am getting old. I know that because I’m complaining about the young. They just don’t pay attention to news about politics and public affairs. If we thought earlier generations were out of touch with what was happening at home and abroad (and anyone who has watched a focus group realizes the limitations of knowledge hobbling…

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Why the Iran sanctions fight is a big deal

BY JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN

 President Barack Obama delivered a bold and blunt message during his State of the Union address to members of Congress looking to hang new sanctions over Iran's head: Keep. Out. It's a message world leaders and diplomats working with the U.S. to wrangle Iran into relinquishing its nuclear weapons program have echoed. But none of that is…

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