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Bob Franken: Where was Barack Obama?

Let's be blunt. They blew it big-time. Even the White House now admits it was a mistake not to send someone with a "higher profile." That profile should have belonged to President Barack Obama.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Candidate: Bearup

Kenai Peninsula voters last elected him to office in 1979 as mayor of Soldotna. Now Tom Bearup, 67, is running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor.
Cal Thomas: Hillary's 'steak' not well done

Prior to his annual steak fry, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this about Hillary Clinton to Dan Balz of The Washington Post: ".she is much more progressive in her thoughts and her inclination than most people may think.
Profane foreign relations

Call it "gall" or "brass" or "chutzpah," whichever you prefer, but the State Department has an abundance.

PARIS - After a week of travel in the Mideast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry changed course and arrived in Paris on Saturday for talks with his Russian counterpart on the Ukraine crisis.

BERLIN - German-U.S. relations are facing a new test over a German intelligence employee who reportedly spied for the U.S., with Germany's president saying if the allegations are true, that kind of spying on allies must stop.

BOGOTA, Colombia - A close ally of former President Alvaro Uribe was sentenced in absentia Thursday to more than 17 years in prison for diverting farm subsidies in one of the most prominent corruption cases tied to Uribe's conservative administration.


WASHINGTON - Despite two explosions and dozens of other security threats, U.S. officials in Washington turned down repeated pleas from American diplomats in Libya to increase security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi where the U.S.
Hugo Chavez, fiery Venezuelan leader, dies at 58

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - President Hugo Chavez was a fighter. The former paratroop commander and fiery populist waged continual battle for his socialist ideals and outsmarted his rivals time and again, defeating a coup attempt, winning re-election three times and using his country's vast oil wealth to his political advantage.


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