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The First Draft: Hillary Clinton’s badday
By Deborah Zabarenko (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/11/2009 6:29:04 AM
Some days, you really have to feelfor Hillary Clinton. And this could beone of those days.Secretary of State Clinton’s badday started Monday in Kinshasa, inthe middle of a grueling African trip,when a translator goofed and made itsound as if a questioner wanted toknow what Clinton’s husband Billthought of a particular issue. Whileon this tour, she’d already had tocomment on the former president’shumanitarian mission to free to U.S. journalists from North Korea, andbasically, she’d had about enough.Read a just-the-facts Reuters storyon what happened here and watch thevideo below.But because the Clintons are theClintons, with a long history in thepublic eye, that was hardly the end of it. Tuesday morning television —CNN, ABC, NBC, others — replayedthe video of Hillary Clinton snappingat the student questioner: “You wantme to tell you what my husbandthinks? If you want my opinion, Iwill tell you my opinion, I am notgoing to be channeling my husband.”It was a five-star video on YouTube.Back at the State Department,Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowleyacknowledged that the question,however poorly it was translated —the questioner wanted to know whatPresident Barack Obama thought, notformer President Clinton — struck anerve. Crowley told CNN that herreaction had to be taken in thecontext of her African trip, where shehas worked to draw attention to theplight of women who are victims of rape as a weapon of war in Congo.“If Africa, if Congo is going toadvance, women have to play a moresignificant role. She was in thesetting of a town hall, and thequestioner was interested in what twomen thought, not the secretary of state,” Crowley said.No question about it, HillaryClinton is a polarizing figure. Butwhatever you think, being secretaryof state is challenging enough,especially on an exhausting trip to acontinent with critical diplomaticissues, without being second-guessedabout how she feels when askedquestions involving her high-profilehusband or the man she ran againstwho is now president.Or is she fair game, no matter whatthe circumstances?In domestic U.S. politics, Obamaheads for Portsmouth, NewHampshire, for a town hall meetingon health care. Fireworks possible.For more Reuters political news,click here.Photo credit: REUTERS/Joe Bavier(Hillary Clinton in Kinshasa, August10, 2009)
Congress scraps plan fornew executive jets
By JoAnne Allen (Front Row Washington)
Submitted at 8/10/2009 10:16:26 PM
Remember when members of Congress embarrassed autoexecutives who flew to Washingtonaboard private jets when theircompanies were looking for bailouts?The public grilling that wasreplayed over and over again cameback to haunt the lawmakers,reappearing in television news storiesabout the House adding fourexecutive jets to a defenseappropriations bill despite Pentagonobjections.Late Monday, House leadersreversed course and dropped plans tospend $550 million to upgrade theAir Force fleet used by seniorgovernment officials and members of Congress for world travel. ThePentagon had only requested $220million to buy four passenger jets.So, the House leaders are reverting tothe the original request.When they boosted the order toeight executive jets, lawmakers saidthey were simply replacing agingaircraft and that the new ones wouldbe far more cost-efficient to operate.The argument might have beenvalid, but it did not help when theberating of the auto execs and theirprivate planes kept getting mixedinto the story about lawmakers andthe plan to upgrade executive jets fortheir own use.There was a loud chorus of publiccriticism and opposition from U.S.senators, other House members andeven the Defense Department.The Pentagon said it didn’t evenwant the extra jets and that themoney would be better spent onsomething the military really needs.“If the Department of Defense doesnot want these aircraft, they will beeliminated from the bill,” said Rep.John Murtha, whose panel added theupgraded planesto the Pentagon’sfiscal 2010 budget request.For more Reuters political newsclick here.
Video: Rescue robot can pull victims into its body
By Serkan Toto (CrunchGear)
Submitted at 8/11/2009 7:20:25 AM
I experienced two scary earthquakesin the last days in Tokyo, so hearingthat the local fire department isn’tsleeping on the rescue robot frontwas a relief. The newest model[JP]can be used for those cases in whichthe rescuers can’t reach people in anemergency, i.e. if the area is toodangerous for the rescuersthemselves.The so-called Robocue can beremote-controlled and is able to pullvictims inside its body via aconveyor belt. After that, the personin question can be driven to a safearea.The Robocue is equipped with anumber of sensors and cameras andcan be used as far as 100m awayfrom the operator. It’s sized at3.98×1.74×1.89m and weighs3,860kg.Watch it in action in the videobelow.Via Pink Tentacle
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: Glamorously'Inglourious'
(ETonline - Breaking News)
Submitted at 8/11/2009 3:18:00 AM
A-list Hollywood couple Brad Pittand Angelina Jolie looked sexy inblack as they stepped out Mondaynight in Los Angeles.The gorgeous stars hit the redcarpet at the Hollywood premiere of Brad's film 'Inglourious Basterds.'The WWII drama written anddirected by Quentin Tarantino, andco-starring Diane Kruger, and EliRoth hits theaters August 21.
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