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Senator John McCain’s Speech in Philadelphia

Here is an excerpt:

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”

A video of his full speech is here.

 

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Interviews with the Two Major Candidates for New Jersey Governor. And Their First Debate

Here is a substantive interviews of Kim Guadagno, presently the lieutenant governor of New Jersey and former ambassador Philip Murphy. You can watch tonight’s debate here.

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2017 New Jersey Elections

With all the turmoil and distractions emanating from Washington, D.C., it might have slipped your mind that a major election is upcoming in New Jersey – all the legislative seats are in the Assembly and Senate are up for re-election as is the governor’s office. In addition, there is a very pressing Public Question #1 that deserves everyone’s support in this age of “fake news”. Go to Balletpedia for additional news on the races.

And don’t forget that the Jersey City Council and Mayor’s office are also in contention as well; here is who is running in Jersey City. Ballotpedia also offers a look at this municipal election.

NJ Spotlight has an Elections 2017 site.

To find out where you cast your vote, please come here.

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Upcoming Cases Before the Supreme Court, October 2017 Term

This October 2017 term appears to be one full of important cases that will resonate down the years: cell phone privacy, district re-mapping, civil rights and free speech, etc. This CRS report –  Supreme Court October Term 2017: A Preview of Select Cases, September 19, 2017 – discusses the importance of four major cases and provides copious notes on these highlighted items as well as providing a table listing all the cases already approved. Another site with extensive coverage of this upcoming term is ScotusBlog, a real go-to site for me.

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Who Are the Rohingya?

They are a minority-Muslim group inside the largely Buddhist country of Myanmar (once known as Burma). According to CIA data, Buddhists comprise 87.9% of the country while Muslims total 4.3% of the population. These people have been in the news largely because of the large mass emigrations into neighboring Bangladesh, supposedly in retaliation for attacks on government offices by a splinter Rohingya group.

Background information on this can be found in many places, especially:

The Rohingya Migrant Crisis (CFR Backgrounder); The Rakine State Danger to Myanmar’s Transition (International Crisis Group); Rohingya (Migration Policy Group); STATEMENT ON ROHINGYA REFUGEES FLEEING BURMA TO BANGLADESH (US State Department); Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (supplemental material here); Congressional bills, hearings, resolutions on Rohingya; Burma – February 2017 Update (UK House of Commons Library Research Briefing); U.S. Restrictions on Relations with Burma (CRS); There is no simple solution to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar (Brookings); Myanmar’s Problem State (Chatham House); and United Nations reports, documents, and publications.

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President Trump’s First Speech at the UN

Here is a video of his speech made today.

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Guidebooks to Disaster Responses

These are two examples of handbooks used by governmental agencies to respond to “incidents”: Coast Guard Incident Management Handbook (IMH-2014) and FEMA Incident Management Handbook (IMH).

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