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Clinton: Libraries “Defend Truth And Reason And Evidence And Facts”


Hillary Clinton addressed the American Library Association (ALA) on Tuesday. "We need libraries and librarians now more than ever. You have to be on the front lines of one of the most important fights we have faced in the history of our country: the fight to defend truth and reason and evidence and facts. You have to help us wage that fight one book at a time, one library at a time, one person at a time," she said. Clinton said libraries stand up on "the assaults on the right to read and learn." Watch Clinton's full speech to the ALA conference:

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Trump: Cuba Deal One Of Worst By Obama Admin, After Iran Deal; Enriches Cuban Regime


Friday in Miami, President Trump said the Obama administration's deal with the Castro regime was terrible and "misguided." In his speech, Trump said the Cuban government must come to the negotiating table with a new agreement that benefits the Cuban people. "It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime," Trump said. "Well, you have to say the Iran deal was pretty bad also in all fairness," Trump said. "Let's not forget that beauty." Trump hits Cuban policy from "previous administrations" in Friday's speech: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: In my recent trip overseas, I said that the United States is adopting a principled realism, rooted in our values, shared interests, and common sense. I also said countries should take great responsibility for creating stability in their own regions. It's hard to think of a policy that makes less sense than the prior administration's terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime. Well, you have to say the Iran deal was pretty bad also in all fairness. Let's not forget that beauty. They made a deal with the government that spreads violence and instability in the region and nothing they got, think of it, nothing they got — they fought for everything and we just didn't fight hard enough, but now those days are over. Now we hold the cards, we now hold the cards. The previous administration's easing of restrictions on travel and trade it does not help the Cuban people. They only enrich the Cuban regime.

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Father Of Otto Warmbier: Obama Admin Told Us To Keep Quiet, Trump Admin Brought Him Home


The father of Otto Warmbier, an American college student imprisoned in North Korea until this week, speaks about his experience working with the Trump administration to free his son. He delivered a short press conference at his local high school in Wyoming, OH Thursday morning. FRED WARMBIER: When Otto was first taken, we were advised by the past administration to take a low profile while they worked to obtain his release. We did so without result. Earlier this year, Cindy and I decided the time for strategic patience was over. We made a few media appearances and traveled to Washington to meet with [Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan] Ambassador Joe Yun at the State Department. It is my understanding that Ambassador Yun and his team, at the direction of the president aggressively pursued resolution of the situation. They have our thanks for bringing him home.

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Putin Condemns “Russophobic Sentiment” In American Media, Adds: “We Know We Have A Lot Of Friends In The U.S.”


At his annual public Q&A Thursday in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a question from an American who wanted to know how to show Americans that Russia is not their enemy. Putin condemned "Russophobic sentiments" in the Western media that are "certainly affecting the mindset" of Americans, but added: "We know that we have a lot of friends in the United States. I was told about this by the US colleagues, and opinion polls, at least held a month ago, say that we have many friends there." "The racist Russophobia which is enveloping the U.S. what kind of advice can you give me to help clear things up, to help my compatriots, the people of Great America realize that Russia is not their enemy?" the 'American' asked. "First of all I really appreciate your [question]. I can say as the incumbent head of the Russian state that I know the sentiments of our people. We do not consider the United States as our enemy. Furthermore, twice in history, as you probably know, when we faced the most difficult times, we united our efforts, we were allies in the two world wars," Putin said in response to the question. He continued: "We see that Russophobia is developing in the United States. We believe that this is a result, first of all, of an intensifying internal political struggle." "We know that we have a lot of friends in the United States. I was told about this by the US colleagues, and opinion polls, at least held a month ago, say that we have many friends there. However, unfortunately, such hysteria in the media certainly affects the mindset," Putin concluded. Interestingly, embattled former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page said exactly the same thing about "racist Russophobia" in an appearance on MSNBC's Hardball last week. Full replay of Putin's four-hour marathon press conference: Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the 15th annual ‘Direct Line' Q&A session in Moscow.

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McAuliffe Calls For Gun Control After Republican Shooting: “We Lose 93 Million People A Day”


At a news conference on the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe (D) called for gun control. McAuliffe called for more background checks and ending "gunshow loopholes." McAuliffe said 93 million people are a victim of gun violence a day. "This is not what today is about but there are too many guns on the street," the governor said Wednesday morning. "We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence." "It's not just about politicians, we worry about all of our citizens," he said. "Why are you bringing it up? People are going to criticize that you are bringing up gun control at this time?" a reporter asked. "I'm talking about it today. This is a very serious issue," he replied. McAuliffe repeated the 93 million number once more before he was corrected by reporters. "With 93 million people a day it's just something," McAuliffe said before reporters jumped in. "93 individuals a day," McAuliffe corrected himself.

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Vladimir Putin Interview With Megyn Kelly: Syria, Chemical Weapons & Terrorism


Former Fox News star Megyn Kelly interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin while she moderates a panel of world leaders at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Russia Today released this advanced clip in which the Russian president responds to accusations that his ally Assad used chemical weapons and makes the case that the U.S., not Russia, has a long history of supporting terrorism. He even referred to how "the US created Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to fight the USSR, only to end up with 9/11." "Using terrorists as proxies is a bad idea," Putin said to Kelly about U.S. involvement in Syria. RT: Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the insinuation by NBC News correspondent Megyn Kelly that the Syrian government was behind the April chemical attack, putting the blame on terrorists who orchestrated a provocation. Transcript:

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Clinton: “I Take Responsibility For Every Decision I Made, But That’s Not Why I Lost”


Hillary Clinton discusses the modern incarnation of the 'Vast Right Wing Conspiracy' and explains why she thinks she lost in 2016. The former first lady spoke at Recode 2016 on Wednesday, a tech conference in Silicon Valley. QUESTION: You and I have discussed this, this idea of… how many years did you talk about the 'vast right wing conspiracy?' CLINTON: Um, about… let's see, it was probably ‘98? Q: And at the time people thought you were… CLINTON: A little crazy [laughter]. Q: Right, ok. What is it like now? How do you look at it now? Because it is used. Because you're someone that's got to know that a target's on your back almost every… You know, right now every bot in Russia is working their way with the last 20 seconds of things you said. HILLARY CLINTON: Yes, right. Well I hope we get into this because look – I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost. So I think it's important that we learn the real lessons from this last campaign because the forces that we are up against are not just interested in influencing our elections and our politics, they're going after our economy and they're going after our unity as a nation. So yes, back in ‘98 – look, I have been watching this and have been, obviously, the target for a number of years. And what is hard for people to really accept – although now after the election there's greater understanding – is that there are forces in our country – put the Russians to one side – who have been fighting rear guard actions for as long as I've been alive because my life coincided with the Civil Rights movement, with the Women's Rights movement, with anti-war protesting, with the impeachment… you know, the driving out of office because he was about to be impeached president… Swisher: Let's be specific. Yeah, let's be very specific as if people didn't understand what I was saying [laughter]. And let's talk about, you know, Watergate and all the stuff that we lived through. And we were on a real roll is a country despite assassinations, despite setbacks. You know, opening the doors of opportunity, expanding rights to people who never had them in any country, was frankly thrilling. And I believed then, and I believe now, that we're never done with this work. And so part of the challenge is to maintain the energy and the focus to keep going forward. But you've got to recognize the other side is never, never tired either. They're always looking to push back. Watch Clinton's full Recode 2016 interview: RECODE CONFERENCE: There's no better person to talk about our fractured political landscape than someone who has spent 40 years in public service, including as First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State and the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party and is a longtime advocate on gender equality issues.

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Hillary Clinton: I Did Goldman Sachs Speeches Because They Paid Me; Notes Conference Sponsored By Goldman


Former Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton participated in a question and answer session about the 2016 campaign Wednesday at the Recode convention, also dubbed #CodeCon2017. Clinton was quizzed on moves she made in the campaign that ultimately led to her loss to President Donald Trump at the conference held in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Clinton said she took responsibility for "every decision," but "that's not why I lost." She also said she was treated "unfairly." The former Secretary of State said technology was "weaponized politically" during the election and used against her. Clinton addressed the trio of speeches she delivered to Goldman Sachs in which she charged $675,000 in total. When asked by the moderators about the high rate she charged, Clinton mentioned that the conference she is attending is also sponsored by Goldman to make a point about the wide reach of the Wall Street investment firm. "I want to do one more of these misjudgment things and then we're going to go on. Goldman Sachs," one of the moderators said. "You knew you were going on run for president or you thought might, or probably, you were thinking about it. You had to be thinking about it as a possibility. Why did you do those?" "Why do you have Goldman Sachs here?" Clinton asked the conference moderators. "Because they pay us," the moderator said. "They paid me," Clinton retorted. "I know they paid you and they paid you a lot," the moderator said. "Yes," Clinton said. "You're not somebody who needed that money for the next week's shopping and you knew you might have run. So why do it?" the male moderator asked her. Clinton, defending her speeches, said she spoke to a wide range of people, including people "not just in the United States." "Well, I gave speeches to many, many groups. I spoke to camp counselors, I spoke to health care executives. I spoke to just a wide range of groups. And not just in the United States, particularly in Canada and a few other places." Clinton said she believed Goldman wanted her opinion because of experience gained from her tenure as Secretary of State. According to Clinton, topics discussed included the bin Laden raid. "The most common thing I talked about in all of those speeches was the hunt for bin Laden. You know, that was one of the central missions that I felt on from the time the towers fell on 9/11, as a Senator from New York, and to be part of that, to be one the of very few people advising the president on that. That was a fascinating issue. And I thought I could tell that to a lot of different people. Clinton said it was "unfairly" used, and noted that men also receive money for speeches they delivered to Goldman Sachs. "And you know, men got paid for the speeches they made. I got paid for the speeches I made. And it was used and I thought it was unfairly used. But it was part of the background music," she said.

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