whopping 72 percent of Americans view Russia as an adversary rather than an ally, while more than six in 10 have a negative opinion toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Meanwhile, Americans are split on President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula - 43 percent approve and 40 percent disapprove of his handling of the crisis. Seventeen percent of Americans are unsure.
See the full NBC News/WSJ poll
The number of Americans perceiving Russia as a foe is the highest it’s been since the poll began tracking this issue in 1995. That year, following the conclusion of the Cold War, 56 percent of Americans said Russia was an ally, and 35 percent said it was an adversary.
Almost two-thirds of Americans said they have a somewhat or very negative opinion of Putin.
In this survey, just 19 percent of respondents said they view Russia as a friend.
Republicans are touting this as a huge victory but in reality they barely kept a seat securely held by the GOP for 40 years. The margin was less than 2 percent in a district where they are used to winning by 15 percent margins. This is not the moratorium against Obamacare that they will crudely finger paint it as.
Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs.
Voters were hit with >10 million dollars worth of adsJolly, 41, defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state chief financial officer, by 3,500 votes or a 1.87 percent margin - 48.43 percent to 46.56 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.
Mr. Obama’s authority to act comes from his ability as president to revise the rules that carry out the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Congress originally passed in 1938. Mr. Bush and previous presidents used similar tactics at times to work around opponents in Congress.
The proposed new regulations would increase the number of people who qualify for overtime and continue Mr. Obama’s fight against what he says is a crisis of economic inequality in the country. Changes to the regulations will be subject to public comment before final approval by the Labor Department, and it is possible that strong opposition could cause Mr. Obama to scale back his proposal.
Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the effort was part of Mr. Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive. “We need to fix the system so folks working hard are getting compensated fairly,” she said on Tuesday evening. “That’s why we are jump-starting this effort.”
“My sons, when I left, was babies,” Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate told reporters after his release late Tuesday. “Now they’re grown men with babies.”
Standing outside in a denim shirt and dark-rimmed glasses, 64-year-old Glenn Ford said he feels resentment when remembering the nearly 30 years he served on Louisiana’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
But now, he’s a free man.
The showdown with Congress over the CIA’s internal review and a still-unreleased 6,300-page Senate report on the agency’s use of interrogation practices like waterboarding threatens to pull the intelligence community back into an uncomfortable, polarizing debate that President Barack Obama has been extremely reluctant to revisit.
(Also on POLITICO: Feinstein’s CIA charge scrambles Senate)
In recent weeks, senators have stepped up demands that the CIA hand over records related to the review — ordered by then CIA Director Leon Panetta in March 2009 — which lawmakers believe supports their conclusion that the interrogation program was mismanaged, involved wrongdoing and was unproductive.
Several former CIA officials said they believe the heavily-redacted e-mails, which are marked as “unclassified/AIUO,” meaning for “administrative, internal use only” and released to POLITICO under the Freedom of Information Act, refer to that review.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) is headed to the United Kingdom to speak at the Oxford Union, one of the world’s oldest debating societies.
The outgoing congresswoman’s speech, to be given on Friday morning, is entitled “Seeds of Progress: The struggle between innovation and bureaucracy.” According to her office, she will focus on how governments can check bureaucratic impulses that limit innovation and instead create a climate that promotes growth.
“It is a high honor to be invited to speak at the Oxford Union and share ideas with some of the brightest young minds in the world,” Bachmann said in a statement. “I believe that it is no coincidence that the greatest explosion of innovation in history accompanied our first experiments with political liberty and free enterprise. If we keep our societies open to innovation, we will continue to see breakthroughs that empower individuals to collaborate and transcend the bureaucracies that are thwarting progress.”
The Minnesota lawmaker was originally scheduled to speak on February 14th, but the event was rescheduled to a month later.
We Often Don’t Get to Practise
Being asked to do things you don’t really want to do are also part of many people’s growing up. Being told to kiss your nan, or holding someone’s hand rather than being asked for instance. Being told to do stuff in school and not questioning why or you’ll get in trouble. Also being told that young people can’t have sexual feelings without it being caused by seeing porn or a playboy pencil tin. So often we really only get to practice asking or saying no when many people start to explore having sex for the first time. It’s hard to get into the habit of saying ‘yes I’m into that’ or ‘no I’m not into that’ - especially when we haven’t been taught very well about what ‘that’ is.
And Our Sex Ed May Have Been Crap
A lot of people’s sex ed has been pretty crap. They might have been taught that no means no and yes means yes. They might know about the law. But what does consent look, sound and feel like?
People are often not taught how to talk about sex or their bodies (or don’t get enough practice in using the words with people or understand what the words actually mean).
Also they are often only taught about things which relate to penis in vagina sex. Not everyone wants to have sex with a penis or vagina, either because they don’t have one between them or because that kind of sex doesn’t do it for them. It can feel like that is the only ‘real sex’ or ‘normal sex’ which can add pressure to people who may not want that kind of sex.
More: Consent, Innit.
If Hillary Clinton, or any woman, runs for president in 2016, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee argued she would need to be treated as a “special treasure” and with a “sense of pedestal.”
Huckabee told The New Republic, “I’ve twice run against women opponents, and it’s a very different kind of approach. For those of us who have some chivalry left, there’s a level of respect. … You treat some things as a special treasure; you treat other things as common.” He added that a male opponent is “common,” while a woman requires “a sense of pedestal. I’ll put it this way. I treat my wife very differently than I treat my chums and my pals. I wouldn’t worry about calling them on Valentine’s Day, opening the door for them, or making sure they were OK.”
Huckabee explained more to Salon, saying that while he believes in “equality,” it “doesn’t mean sameness.” “I was raised to treat women with respect,” he said. “I still will invite a lady to go first, will open a door for her, and will place her in the center of the photograph. And yes, I would seek to treat a female opponent with the same respect I give to all women, even though we may disagree on the issues.” Earlier this year, Huckabee drew fire for accusing birth control proponents of thinking women cannot “control their libido.”
Republicans have grasped for ways to appeal to women voters — along with any demographic that is not white and male — after 2012 election results pointed to a widening gender gap between the two parties. The Republican National Committee is even helping their candidates learn how not to offend women with trainings that focus on messaging against women opponents. Some Republicans are at the point of begging their own party not to say “stupid comments” about women. “Please think before you make pithy, obnoxious comments,” Kate Obenshain said at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week.
Last month, the first ever birthing center that also houses an abortion clinic opened in Buffalo, New York and it’s called Buffalo WomenServices. The space is one of the first where both the pro-choice and birthing communities coexist beneath the same roof, explicitly. Mind Blown.
The clinic’s website says that their establishment provides “safe, legal and confidential abortion services in a compassionate and supportive setting. Surgical abortions are performed by our OB/GYN physician to 22 weeks. We also provide medical abortion and early surgical abortions.”
Their doctors have admitting privileges at the local hospital, reports Slate, however the physicians along with the registered nurses, social workers, counselors, and trained medical personnel are also focused on giving pregnant women as natural a birthing atmosphere as possible. They even wrote directly to possible clients who might’ve experienced physical abuse, pledging to give “sensitive Gyn Care For the traumatized patient” as well as gyn care for the LGBT communities.
Many women do not get regular gyn care due to a history of abuse or assault. We offer the time and sensitivity required to provide medical care for women who are reluctant to see a gynecologist.
“When he came to Botafogo for a trial, he put the first ball he touched straight between my legs. A lot of people thought I would be offended but they were wrong. I told the directors there and then that they had to sign him. Fortunately, they listened to me.”
So said Nilton Santos of one of the most gifted players to have ever graced a football pitch. Manoel Francisco dos Santos, better known as Garrincha, was Botafogo and Brazil’s craque during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the ace in the hole and arguably the greatest player of his generation.
His style of play was worth the entrance fee alone and Botafogo milked that to the detriment of the player. The winger delayed a knee operation on numerous occasions as his absence from the side cost club directors enormous profits.
His performances for Botafogo in the 1961 and 1962 year’s Rio de Janeiro state championship were equally influential, helping the club to successive titles. But his relationship with the board was disintegrating, over what he considered a disproportionately low salary for a man who filled the club coffers.