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The latest on US-Cuba talks with Jorge Ponce

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GUEST:  Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog…..We will look at the latest in US-Cuba talks……the removal of Cuba as a terrorist nation……..the impact of the Cuba decision on 2016 politics……also a quick update on an upcoming show with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book about Jose Marti…..

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April 27, 2015 at 11:00 pm

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The “Guantanamo” 6 should move to Mujica’s home

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Before leaving office, President Mujica of Uruguay took 6 of “Gitmo’s finest”, or some of the worst criminals and terrorists sitting in that prison.

It started out as a little “leftist play” by the very leftist Mujica.  Like many in the left, Mr Mujica never understood why these men were sitting in prison.

My guess is that no one is laughing anymore at Mr Mujica’s move.

This is the latest as reported by The NY Times:

“Uruguay’s foreign minister said Monday that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees resettled here will be out of a house and off public assistance unless they agree to terms they have so far rejected, the latest in an increasingly public battle over who is financially responsible for the men and for how long.

Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa made the statements to reporters as four of the men kept up a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy that they began Friday, spending the nights with sleeping bags.

The agreement drawn up by a local agency that works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees promises the men free private housing through February 2016 and a continuation of the monthly stipend of $600 (15,000 pesos) that they have been receiving since arriving.

“If they don’t sign, they won’t receive any income,” Nin Novoa said.”

I feel bad for the good people of Uruguay.   They are now stuck with 6 criminals who have no plans to adjust or conform to a Western way of life.

This is Mujica’s little mess.  I guess that Mujica never understood why these 6 men were in Guantanamo.

Hopefully, people in Uruguay will learn two important truths about the men in Guantanamo:

1) They are terrorists not victims; and,

2) This is why most countries have not taken men from the prison.   The US has been offering to relocate these men but most countries say no.   Wonder why?

Maybe Mr Mujica should have done his homework before bringing these 6 problems to Uruguay.  The US government never agreed to support or provide any assistance for the six men.   They were flown to Uruguay with no guarantees.   

What do we do now?   Let’s start by having the 6 terrorists move in with Mr Mujica!  

He should be responsible for them since he made this mess possible in the first place.

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April 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

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Should the Democrats nominate someone who skates ‘close to the line on ethics’?

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(My new American Thinker post)

The ongoing Clinton scandal is just the latest. I agree completely with the Washington Post:

SERVICE AT the highest levels of the United States government demands a certain instinctive sensitivity to right and wrong when it comes to ethics. 

So much can happen belowdecks that a Cabinet member or president must set high standards and expect that subordinates will follow the example. 

This is why the latest disclosures about the Clinton Foundation’s donors raise new concerns about Hillary Clinton’s presidential quest.

Yes, the concern is simple: Can you trust them? I say “them” because both Clintons will be living in the White House if she wins.   

Are the Clintons capable of putting their desire for wealth above the nation?   

The uranium deal raises lots of questions about that, as the editorial explains:

When the Russians sought to expand their holdings to 51 percent of the company, it required approval of the U.S. government, including the State Department, when Ms. Clinton was secretary of state. The transaction was approved in 2010. More donations to the Clinton Foundation — millions of dollars — flowed from people connected to Uranium One. 

The same month the sale went through, the former president gave a talk in Moscow sponsored by an investment bank for $500,000. The investment bank was promoting stock in Uranium One. Though there is no evidence of a quid pro quo, on the merits the deal was bad for U.S. interests: Vladi­mir Putin can now boast of control of more than a fifth of U.S. uranium reserves.

The Clintons have sought to do good works with their foundation, but this is not about the works. It is about the fundraising, both for the charity and for the Clintons’ personal benefit. Besides the Uranium One money, millions more dollars have been contributed by foreign governments and interests with a stake in State Department decisions, or in a future president. 

Bill Clinton, The Post reported, has raked in close to $100 million in speaking fees between 2001 and 2013, a staggering sum that far exceeds the self-marketing of any other president.

It smells bad. It raises a simple question: Are these people honest? Are they interested in promoting themselves or the nation’s interest?

The Clintons, and the Carvilles and Begalas of the world will say that there is nothing in writing connecting the donations to public decisions.

That’s true!  At the same time, there is enough circumstantial evidence here to argue that the Clintons were looking out for themselves and not the country.

It’s up to the Democrats now. They can send their voters, and the nation, a message that they don’t like this anymore than the rest of us do. They can start by demanding that Bill and Hillary Clinton answer questions about this scandal.

Chelsea Clinton is a very nice young woman. However, she shouldn’t be the only Clinton explaining what this is all about.

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

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April 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Should the Democrats nominate someone who skates ‘close to the line on ethics’?

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April 27, 2015 at 4:00 am

Time for Democrats to take their party from the Clintons

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April 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Time for Democrats to take their party from the Clintons

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(My new American Thinker post)

We learned that Common Cause is calling for an audit of the Clinton Foundation:

The financial issues plaguing Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign have become too much even for liberal groups, and now Common Cause is calling for an independent audit of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Amid suggestions that foreign governments donated to the foundation in hopes of getting special treatment from President Obama’s State Department when Clinton was his top diplomat, the group on Friday said a “thorough review” is needed.

“Six years ago, at Mrs. Clinton’s confirmation hearing for her appointment as secretary of state, then-Sen. Dick Lugar observed that ‘that foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state.’ He was right, and his remarks remain relevant today as Mrs. Clinton seeks the presidency,” said Common Cause President Miles Rapoport.

It’s about time.

The Clintons’ reckless behavior has been consequential:

First, our national security, including President Obama’s schedule and other very serious information, was potentially compromised because Hillary Clinton is obsessed with secrecy.

Second, a deal with the Russians regarding uranium was completed, and it stinks.

Amy Davidson of the New Yorker has a good post about this deal.  It asks five important questions, including this one:

Did the Clintons personally profit? In most stories about dubious foundation donors, the retort from Clinton supporters is that the only beneficiaries have been the world’s poorest people. This ignores the way vanity and influence are their own currencies—but it is an argument, and the foundation does some truly great work. In this case, though, Bill Clinton also accepted a five-hundred-thousand-dollar speaking fee for an event in Moscow, paid for by a Russian investment bank that had ties to the Kremlin. That was in June, 2010, the Times reports, “the same month Rosatom struck its deal for a majority stake in Uranium One”—a deal that the Russian bank was promoting and thus could profit from. Did Bill Clinton do anything to help after taking their money? The Times doesn’t know. But there is a bigger question: Why was Bill Clinton taking any money from a bank linked to the Kremlin while his wife was Secretary of State? In a separate story, breaking down some of the hundred million dollars in speaking fees that Bill Clinton has collected, theWashington Post notes, “The multiple avenues through which the Clintons and their causes have accepted financial support have provided a variety of ways for wealthy interests in the United States and abroad to build friendly relations with a potential future president.”

This deal, and everything else about this Foundation, stinks!

By the way, where was President Obama during all of this?  Did anybody tell him what was going on?

Glad to see that Common Cause and some in liberal media circles are asking questions.

Yes, liberals need to demand more from a presidential candidate than full devotion to Roe v. Wade, an evolution on same-sex marriage, or “we need a woman in the Oval Office.”

We also need an honest person, and the Clintons are not honest people, no matter how many millions went to help little children in Haiti!

P.S. You can hear my show (CantoTalk) or follow me on Twitter.

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April 26, 2015 at 6:30 am

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