I am out of politics — and based on the ratings, so is CNN.
Secretary of State John Kerry plans to visit Kiev on Tuesday in a gesture of support for the new Ukrainian government, a senior United States official said on Sunday.
The announcement came just hours after Mr. Kerry warned that Russia risked eviction from the Group of 8 industrialized nations and that assets of Russian businesses could be frozen if the Kremlin did not reverse its military occupation of Crimea in Ukraine.
Mr. Kerry had been scheduled to travel on Tuesday to an international meeting on Lebanon but will instead leave Washington on Monday for Ukraine, his first trip there as secretary of state.
Mr. Kerry will meet with senior Ukrainian leaders, and talk with the Parliament and civil society leaders, a senior official said.
He will discuss measures to support Ukrainian politically, the official said. Earlier Sunday, Mr. Kerry warned that if Russia continued its military campaign in Ukraine, the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, “is not going to have a Sochi G-8,” a reference to the meeting of the industrialized nations that Mr. Putin of Russia to host in June. “He may not even remain in the G-8 if this continues.”
We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation… We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.
The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.
There must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.
Q:Condition of Mrs John Kerry
We had an interesting discussion about why fewer students are coming to, particularly from Japan, to study in the United States, and one of the responses I got from our officials from conversations with parents here is that they’re actually scared. They think they’re not safe in the United States and so they don’t come.
Romney and Ryan are “the most inexperienced foreign policy twosome to run for president and vice president in decades,” Senator John Kerry said in his address to the DNC.
“No nominee for president should ever fail in the midst of a war to pay tribute to our troops overseas in his acceptance speech.”
[REUTERS/Chris Keane, September 6, 2012]
Stories to Watch: 8/7/11
A couple of thoughts on the Standard & Poors downgrade. First, there was a big market sell-off just before it happened. We should be finding out exactly why that happened, who started selling first, and whether any insider trading went on there.
Second, the “US is headed for a Greece-style meltdown!” fearmongering should officially die. Nations on the brink of financial collapse don’t have AA+ ratings from one agency and AAA from all the rest.
Now here’s the news…
Finally, broad bipartisan agreement out of Washington. The issue; S&P’s downgrade is bullshit.
Steve Benen has a short history of US deficits and surpluses since Reagan. Not at all coincidentally, it’s also a timeline of Republican stupidity.
According to the Tea Party, people involved with the recalls in Wisconsin are Nazis and terrorists and embrace a philosophy that has “killed a billion people in the last century.” Seems to me that if one sixth of the world’s population were killed, someone would’ve noticed it. Why anyone ever took these clowns seriously is beyond me.
Also in the Wisconsin recalls; Republicans like to complain that they’re being attacked by out of shadowy, state groups. But a closer look shows that when they say “attacked,” they mostly mean “backed.”
Mike Huckabee is an idiot.
Rick Perry keeps threatening to run for president. I think he’s already missed his window — the media seems to be getting tired of it.
As they go home to face their constituents, dems make sure that Republicans face the music for voting to end Medicare as we know it.
Finally, Sen. John Kerry rightly names S&P’s action the “Tea Party downgrade.”