3 January 2008United Nations police are not only helping to restore security in Timor-Leste, where 37 people were killed and 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, displaced nearly two years ago, they are also cracking down on illegal immigration, the sale of drugs and possible human trafficking. Last night the drug police component of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), together with local police, raided two bars in Dili, the capital. At the Mona Lisa Bar, they found evidence of drug usage and identified eight females suspected of involvement in prostitution. All eight were arrested for identification purposes, in connection with investigations into illegal immigration and possible human trafficking. At the Moon Bar, 13 women and seven men, all foreign nationals, were arrested for identification purposes related to investigations into the trafficking of women. The managers of both bars were among the arrested. “A crucial part of UNMIT’s mandate is to ensure public security and support the Government in the consolidation of stability and the enhancement of a culture of democratic governance,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Atul Khare said in a statement today, congratulating UN and national police. “Accordingly, we will not allow such activities to flourish.” Many of the arrested women are thought to have entered the country illegally and police recovered evidence of forged or altered identification documents. Police teams are working in close collaboration with the Immigration Service to process the detainees through the criminal justice system. The UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in the small South-East Asian country that it helped to shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002 after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May 2006.
by News Staff Posted Apr 30, 2012 5:10 pm MDT Ontario consumers start paying more for electricity starting Tuesday AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Get ready for a heftier hydro bill.Ontario residents will start paying more for electricity starting Tuesday.A typical household using 800 kilowatt hours a month will see the “electricity” line on their hydro bill increase by nearly six dollars, while consumers using smart meters â€” or time-of-use pricing â€” will see an increase of about four dollars.The Ontario Energy Board, which reviews the rates twice a year, said prices are changing as coal-fired generation declines and is replaced with natural gas, nuclear and renewable energy.But critics say the governing Liberals’ expensive foray into wind and solar power is the main culprit behind higher hydro rates.Ontario pays up to 80.2 cents a kilowatt hour for small rooftop solar power and 13.5 cents per kWh for wind power.Ontario Power Generation, the government-owned utility, is paid 5.6 cents a kWh for nuclear power and between two cents and 3.5 cents per kWh for power from its hydro-electric facilities. Residential consumers pay between 6.2 cents and 10.8 cents a kWh.High electricity rates will drive away businesses that Ontario needs to grow its economy, said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.“It’s hitting families hard in the pocketbook and it’s chasing jobs out of the province,” he said.“We’re on the wrong path. We just can’t afford to keep paying 10 times the price of power for wind and solar.”Energy Minister Chris Bentley said the rate increase mainly reflects the cost of upgrading Ontario’s electricity system, not what the province pays for green power.“The reality is that very little of the price increase we see is as a result of the renewable energy approach,” he said. “That will come on more in the future.”The province announced in March that it would lower the guaranteed rate for wind and solar power, but the reduced rates only apply to new contracts.Thousands of contracts were approved during the first two years of the feed-in-tariff program at the higher rates that will last for 20 years.Electricity rates will continue to rise, but there are many factors at work, including inflation and investments in conservation, transmission and distribution, said Elise Herzig, president and CEO of the Ontario Energy Association.Green energy is only a small portion of the May rate increase, she said. Last year, only three per cent of Ontario’s power came from wind and solar.“But they will be the bulk of the cost increases over the next five years,” Herzig added.In 2010, the government warned that hydro bills would jump 46 per cent over five years and green energy would be responsible for 56 per cent of that increase.Nuclear power is another reason why hydro rates are going up, according to the New Democrats.Consumers who are still paying for Ontario’s last nuclear build will see prices go up again when the government moves ahead with its $26-billion plan to refurbish its aging nuclear fleet, said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“If people think that we’re refurbishing Darlington for free, then they have another thing coming,” she said.“It’s costing billions of dollars for new nuclear builds on the horizon and, of course, we know that these projects never come in on time and they never come in on budget.”
“President Rajoelina’s decision, as well as the earlier pledge by former President Marc Ravalomanana, should help facilitate the conduct of free and credible elections to bring an end to the transition,” the spokesperson added in a statement issued on Wednesday night. “It will be important to uphold the electoral calendar adopted by the National Independent Electoral Commission of the Transition,” the statement continued. “It is also critical that the 2011 roadmap to end the crisis, particularly provisions related to confidence-building measures, is fully implemented.” In 2011, the Indian Ocean nation’s political parties signed the roadmap in an agreement brokered by mediators from the Southern African Development Community, and which allowed for the unconditional return from exile of Mr. Ravalomanana, deposed in a 2009 coup led by President Rajoelina after weeks of unrest. A previous power-sharing deal reached by Madagascar’s main political groups in late 2009 foundered before it could be implemented. In a meeting held on the margins of the UN General Assembly’s high-level debate in late September last year, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, and President Rajoelina had discussed the implementation of the roadmap and the preparations for the 2013 elections. At that meeting, the President – echoing comments made before the Assembly – had also emphasized the need for support from the international community in the organization of free and fair elections in the country. In the statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson also noted that the United Nations stands ready to continue supporting the Government and the Malagasy people.
According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Venezuelan troops rounded up more than 200 youth movement protesters who had been camping peacefully outside the UN Development Programme (UNDP) offices in Caracas and other parts of the city on Wednesday night and early Thursday.Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson in Geneva, told reporters that a total of 243 people were arrested, according to official figures.“The Government has claimed that the camps were being used as bases for staging violent protests, and that they had found molotov cocktails, arms and drugs there,” he said.The majority of those detained, who include 18 minors and one pregnant woman, have reportedly been taken to Tiuna military premises. Lawyers and families have complained about lack of information about the whereabouts of those detained as well as lack of access to them. Mr. Colville said that hundreds of other demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the arrests of the youths and the dismantling of the camps. “Barricades were set up and roads blocked. A policeman was shot dead and three others reportedly injured during clashes. Protesters were also reportedly injured. Further arrests were reported throughout Caracas yesterday evening.” OHCHR also voiced concern at reports of violence and attacks, usually started by armed individuals, in and around Venezuelan universities, which have been taking place since the beginning of the week. The Library of the Fermin Toro University in Barquisimeto was set on fire, and police used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrations inside and outside the premises of the Catholic University in Puerto Ordaz. “We unequivocally condemn all violence by all sides in Venezuela. We are particularly concerned at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests,” said Mr. Colville.“We therefore reiterate the High Commissioner’s call to the Government to ensure that people are not penalised for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression and for sustained and inclusive, peaceful dialogue based on Venezuela’s human rights obligations,” he said, adding that OHCHR remains available to support efforts to this end.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Yayyyy!!!! Da da da dadada daaaaa- da dada da da 💛💃🏾💃🏾 https://t.co/wncMpzsqjf— Oti Mabuse (@OtiMabuse) July 22, 2019 Ms Mabuse is a judge on the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, Let’s DanceCredit:Getty Images Europe/Florian Ebener Another fan, Portia, added: “Oti Mabuse sister is to be a judge on strictly! Well done, but is she going to be fair when her sister is a strictly professional? I find that often people working with close relatives overcompensate either by setting unreasonable standards or doing the opposite.” The sister of Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse is to replace Dame Darcey Bussell as a judge on the show.Motsi Mabuse said she was “absolutely overjoyed” to be joining the judging panel, after Dame Bussell left in April.She has been a judge on the German version of the show, Let’s Dance, since 2011, having joined the show in 2007.Ms Mabuse is South African, and was South African champion and German Latin champion. A BBC spokesperson addressed the concerns over bias and said: “Not at all, Motsi has been a judge on the Strictly show in Germany and Oti was a professional dancer on that show so they crossed over in Germany for two years. They’ve been in situation before. It was absolutely fine – they were much-loved over there.”The professional dancer seemed excited to work with her sister again, tweeting the Strictly theme tune.”Yayyyy!!!! Da da da dadada daaaaa- da dada da da,” she wrote.Sarah James, Executive Producer of Strictly says: “I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show. Motsi’s natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel.” “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel,” she said. “I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can’t wait to get started!” Her sister Oti has been a professional on four editions of the BBC show.Oti will still be on the show next year, the BBC confirmed.Many online wrote of their worries that there could be bias towards the professional dancer after her sister becomes a judge.Strictly fan Faizal Parager tweeted: “Strictly Whilst i’m happy for @MOTSI_MABUSE that she’s the new Judge, how will she manage to remain impartial and not bias when judging her own Sister @OtiMabuse work? That will be awkward.”
GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA Merkel has topped Forbes’s list of the world’s most powerful women for the third consecutive year, followed by Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff.They were followed by Melinda Gates – who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with her billionaire philanthropist husband – US First Lady Michelle Obama and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.The annual list includes influential women in global politics, business, media, entertainment, technology and non-profits — ranking them by “money, media presence and impact,” according to the business magazine.“The rise of personal brands and entrepreneurial endeavors among this year’s Power Women are exciting trends as we mark our 10th year of publishing the list,” said Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman.“From Singapore to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom to the United States — and beyond — the 100 influential women on our list are making an indelible and lasting impact on the world we live in,” she said in a statement.Forbes has named Merkel the most powerful woman eight out of the 10 years the list has existed.High-ranking businesswomen on the list include Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman (No. 15) — subject of the Forbes cover story — as well as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6) and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 32).The 24 CEOs on the list lead firms with a combined $893 billion (almost €700 billion) in 2012 revenues, while the eight heads of state run countries with a combined GDP of $9.9 trillion (€7.6 trillion) the magazine said.In another measure of influence, the 100 women on the 2013 list have a combined Twitter following of over 153 million, Forbes said.- © AFP, 2013Read: Women ‘cannot stand for president of Iran’ >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Consulate in Perth and the Embassy of Greece in Wellington are among six embassies and three consulates around the world to be closed as part of sweeping cuts, as the Greek government grapples to reduce its own costs. Greece’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs plans to sell its former diplomatic properties to raise millions of euros. Further salary reductions for Greece’s diplomatic staff are also on the cards, with reports indicating that MFA salaries may be reduced by 15 to 20 per cent in some cases. The first phase of the plan will see the closure of Greek embassies in Wellington, Lima, Montevideo, Khartoum, Hanoi and Harare. Consulates in Perth, Los Angeles and Atlanta will also close. After this first phase of cuts, saving the Greek government some two million euros a year, MFA have not ruled out further closures and cut-backs. Neos Kosmos understands that Greek diplomatic staff affected by the closures will not necessarily return to Athens immediately, with the majority transferring to larger embassies and consulates. One property on the hit-list is the former General Consulate in London that is estimated to sell for more than €30 million. Properties to go under the hammer include the residence of the former Permanent Representative of Greece to the EU in Brussels, and buildings in Belgrade and Rome previously granted to the Greek state by the Italian Greek diaspora.
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Martini Media, which serves a network of 1,000 publisher sites in lifestyle and business, is launching a series of multimedia advertising programs including bringing rich media to niche sites. The program kicks off with the threefold Portrait (a 300 x 1050 unit that permits advertisers use high quality ads) introduced by Internet Advertising Bureau and Pictela. “Now elite, niche publishers can attract premier advertisers that have been the province of portals,” says Bill Rowley, SVP/business development and marketing at Martini Media. “And premier advertisers can make specialty environments a mainstay in brand campaigns.” Martini Media claims it offers advertisers a chance of more than 100 million page views. Charter advertisers include MINI, Victoria’s Secret and VISA.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is slated to go on sale on June 12 on Amazon, Mi.com and Mi Home across India.Xiaomi India Press KitIndia had overtaken the United States last year to become the second largest country in terms of the number of mobile handsets in a single year. The handset sector had registered an exponential growth with almost 300 million devices sold in 2017.Till early 2016, the Indian mobile manufacturers as well as foreign players from Korea, China and others were competing against each other to dominate one of the fastest growing sectors of the Indian economy.The Indian mobile manufacturing companies were offering sub Rs 7,000 category phones with long batteries and numerous features which suited the demand. But in the last two years, Indian players seem to have lost the plot as the foreign players, especially from China, have taken over the market.Micromax had a 16 percent share of the Indian smartphone market in the final quarter of the financial year 2016. Its share substantially dropped to only five percent in final quarter of the financial year 2017.The performance of the Indian players fell so drastically that presently not even a single company is in the top 5.New Chinese entrant Xiaomi, who launched its India operations in 2014, has taken over the sub Rs 7,000 segment including other Chinese players Oppo and Vivo which unleashed an aggressive campaign with a capital of almost $400 million to grab the major part of the Indian markets.A telecom research firm, telecom watcher shows that the top Indian mobile manufacturers lost its market sales by whopping 79 percent during October 2017 and May 2018, the Economic Times reported. A Sri Lankan model shows an Indian-made mobile phone launched in Colombo during a late night ceremony May 26, 2010.Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty ImagesThe demand for cheap smartphone is expected to continue growing with additional impetus provided by Reliance Jio Infocomm’s free voice services and cheap data plans. The highly competitive markets require new technology and feature every month in order to sustain.But the local players seem to have missed the bus in terms of technology up-gradation. Micromax has shifted its attention towards consumer appliances where the technology upgradation is not required on a monthly basis and a better margin.The step is evident from the fact that Micromax has been spending huge sums on marketing appliances like air coolers, air-con, washing machines and television sets.With Apple making efforts to put up a manufacturing unit in India, the fight is expected to get tougher in the coming future.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Florian MartinNRG Stadium will host Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5.Super Bowl exposure brought unions out today to demand more working opportunities in Houston and add the City should use part of the revenues from the big game to develop low income communities.The AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and even the NFL Players Association were some of the unions that gathered in downtown Houston to ask that when the Super Bowl is over the city doesn’t forget unionized labor.All of them emphasized that union workers, in many cases doing their jobs behind the scenes, are making the Super Bowl a success for Houston.During a press conference held in the Theater District, Turner Wright, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said they want to “work with the Mayor and the City Council leaders to ensure that moving forward, when public money is utilized, on our redevelopment projects that they consider hiring union labor.”Earlier this week, Chris Brown, the controller for the City, said he projects Houston will collect about 10.5 million dollars in sales taxes and hotel occupancy taxes from the Super Bowl.The union representatives had a clear message about what to do with at least part of those economic gains.“We must work harder to ensure that the benefits resulting from the economic development flow into the communities most in need,” noted Linda Morales, a member of the Texas chapter of the AFL-CIO.The unions also want the City not to give contracts to companies with a poor record of worker safety and pay violations.Al OrtizLinda Morales (center), member of the Texas chapter of the AFL-CIO, said during the press conference the City should invest part of the economic gains from the Super Bowl to develop the local communities that are most in need. 00:00 /01:14 X
Shriram Centre for Performing Arts (SRCPA) Repertory will be staging ‘Meeta Ki Kahani’ (Meetachi Gosh) – originally written by the acclaimed Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar. Brilliantly directed by Sameep Singh, an NSD alumnus and currently SRCPA Repertory Chief, the 90-minute long play will be staged on May 25 and 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm and 11:30 am respectively.Breaking the image of a conventional woman of Indian society Tendulkar had written about a young girl ‘Meeta’ who is battling with herself trying to fit in the society. Confused about her emotions she finally finds the missing piece of her puzzle in another girl Nama, who made her feel things she had never felt in her life. Will she be able to express her Queer feelings to society? Will society be able to accept her with those feelings without questioning her choice? Bapu wheels forward the journey, touching the sensitive events narrating the ups and downs of Meeta’s life and the escape she needed from the stereotype. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVijay, who had written this play much ahead of his time perhaps finds more relevance today in society. Today’s younger generation relocate themselves to metros carrying desires in their eyes, be it education or their dream jobs, due to which hostels, sharing rooms and live-in relationships are in fashion. In such a lifestyle where one is struggling with the perplexities of life, feeling of love and to be loved back blossoms homosexual relationships too. Regardless of recognition to Article 377, has the society been able to break the mental block and give acceptance to it, does a woman perpetuate the oppression of patriarchy if she imbibes the nature of a man? For people like Meeta, is ending their life due to inadequacy a solution? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis play ‘Meeta ki Kahaani’ forces us to think and question such issues. The entire play has been conceptualised along with the complexities of relationships, based on perceptions as well as an understanding of moral values which are stretched out to women in particular. Bapu as a character can be related to more of traits which are otherwise confined to women by the society whereas Meeta stands alone as a bolder character, much ahead of her time. Contrary to Vijay Tendulkar’s realism, the play has been designated a non-realistic design, imposing the openness that the entire flow of the story should bring. The play from the concept to interpretation delves between complexities and simplicities of life, which when misunderstood can reach to a non-desirous end. To know more, watch how Meeta questions and explores today’s complex world for her identity.
Cancun, Q.R. — The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) says last week, they inspected boats offering tours for whale sharks.Federal officers were out for two days with officials from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) to inspect boats in federal waters off Isla Contoy.On the first day, Profepa says they suspended a boat, Los Hermanos JMRS, from all observation, swimming and snorkeling activities with whale sharks for operating with an expired license, which is granted by Conap.Over the two days, another four boats were suspended from providing tourist services when they found the boat captains failed to carry the necessary authorization onboard.They say that two of the four boats were private and two were tourist, all of whom headed out to sea to with the intention of observing and swimming with whale sharks.Before the concluded their rounds, a fishing vessel was spotted in known whale shark waters. That boat was also removed from the area.Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al AmbienteProfepa says in total, they inspected 53 boats for tourist activities that include the observation, swimming and free diving with whale sharks as well as verifying licenses and issuance by the General Directorate of Wildlife of the Secretariat of the Environment.Whale shark season runs May 15 to mid-September when more than 400 of the world’s largest fish spend the four-months between the islands of Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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WestJet sold to Onex Corporation for $5 billion; airline will go private Travelweek Group Tags: Onex Corporation, WestJet CALGARY — WestJet says it has entered into a definitive agreement for its acquisition by Onex Corporation for an all-cash deal worth $5 billion. Assuming the deal goes through, WestJet will operate as a privately-held company from late 2019 or early 2020 onwards.Under the terms of the agreement, Onex Corporation and its affiliated funds will acquire all outstanding shares of WestJet for $31 per share. The transaction value is approximately $5 billion including assumed debt.WestJet says it was approached by Onex in March 2019, at which point the WestJet board of directors formed a special committee of independent directors to provide the Board with its advice and recommendations with respect to the proposal from Onex and the transaction, and to supervise the negotiation of the terms and conditions of the transaction.After an extensive review of the proposed transaction, says WestJet, the special committee provided its unanimous recommendation of the transaction to the WestJet board of directors.The WestJet board of directors, having received and considered the recommendation of the special committee, determined that the transaction is in the best interests of WestJet and unanimously recommends that WestJet shareholders vote in favour of the transaction at the special meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the transaction.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTClive Beddoe, WestJet’s Founder and Chairman, said in a statement released this morning: “Since our first flight in 1996, WestJet has been singularly focused on providing better options for the Canadian travelling public and this transaction retains that commitment. I am particularly pleased that WestJet will remain headquartered in Calgary and will continue to build on the success that our 14,000 WestJetters have created. Onex’s aerospace experience, history of positive employee relations and long-term orientation makes it an ideal partner for WestJetters, and I am excited about our future.”Ed Sims, WestJet’s President and Chief Executive Officer, added: “We are delighted to continue the journey of building an airline based on a growing network, providing competitive airfares and more choice to, from and within Canada, for communities large and small. Integral to this relationship is a commitment to our employees, and our unique ownership-driven culture.”The transaction is to be completed by way of an arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta). Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including court and shareholder approval and receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including approval under the Canada Transportation Act.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe approval under the Canada Transportation Act involves a determination by the Minister of Transport which entails an assessment of the public interest as it relates to national transportation.“WestJet is one of Canada’s strongest brands and we have tremendous respect for the business that Clive Beddoe and all WestJetters have built over the years. WestJet is renowned internationally for its unparalleled guest experience and employee culture,” says Tawfiq Popatia, a Managing Director at Onex. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with WestJetters and continuing this remarkable Canadian success story.” Monday, May 13, 2019 Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>
Share Builder confidence was flat in March, matching a downwardly revised February index of 28, the first time in six months the index has not increased, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ reported Monday.[IMAGE]The builder assessment of present home sales conditions actually dipped in March, falling to 29, the first decline since last September. The outlook for home sales in the next six months rose to 36 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô the highest level since June 2007 – from 34 in February. Buyer traffic was flat in March at 22.The index, based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor.””Builder confidence is now twice as strong as it was six months ago, and the West was the only region to experience a decline this month following an unusual spike in February,”” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe. “”That said, many of our members continue to cite obstacles on the road to recovery, including persistently tight builder and buyer credit and the ongoing inventory of distressed properties in some markets,”” he added.The drop in the index in the West census region was precipitous ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a 10 point plunge to 33. The index in the West soared in February to 43 ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô its highest level since August 2006 – from 21 in January.The national index remained below the “”break-even”” level of 50 for the seventy-first consecutive month.In February, when the index was reported at 29, Crowe acknowledged the index was “”still very low,”” so the downward revision can’t be seen as good news.While the HMI has doubled since September, new home sales have barely budged, last reported at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 316,000 compared with an SAAR of 302,000 in September. March 19, 2012 396 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Confidence Home Sales Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2012-03-19 Mark Lieberman in Data, Origination, Secondary Market bubble,March Builder Confidence Flat As String of Increases Ends
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Notorious B.” Ferguson says the group asked the primary candidates not to give their stump speeches at the event,000, dark-walled, Abia state Government will also begin the restoration of the master plan of Aba and Umuahia,K. whether it’s France whether it’s Canada has managed to provide healthcare to all people as a right and they are spending significantly less per capita on health care than we are So I do not accept the belief that the United States of America can’t do that I do not accept the belief that the United States of America and our government can’t stand up to the ripoffs of the pharmaceutical industry which charge us by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs Number two in the economy today everybody understands that we need a well educated workforce This is 2016 When we talk about public education it can no longer be K through 12th grade I do believe that public colleges and universities should be tuition free Well how do we pay for that It’s an expensive proposition I do believe that we should substantially lower student debt in this country which is crushing millions of people We pay for it in my view by a tax on Wall Street speculation The middle class bailed out Wall Street in their time of need Now it is Wall Street’s time to help the middle class (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: If I could just follow up on that (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: There is no disagreement between us on universal coverage for health care the disagreement is where do we start from and where do we end up The Republicans want to repeal the Affordable Care Act I want to improve it I want to build on it get the costs down get prescription drug costs down Senator Sanders wants us to start all over again This was a major achievement of President Obama of our country It is helping people right now I am not going to wait and have us plunge back into a contentious national debate that has very little chance of succeeding Let’s make the Affordable Care Act work for everybody (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: Let me… TODD: Go SANDERS: … this is a good discussion here TODD: Yes go ahead SANDERS: And let me just say this As Secretary Clinton may know I am on the Health Education Labor Committee That committee wrote the Affordable Care Act The idea I would dismantle health care in America while we’re waiting to pass a Medicare for all is just not accurate The Affordable Care Act has clearly as Secretary Clinton made the point done a lot of good things but what it has not done is dealt with the fact we have 29 million people today who have zero health insurance we have even more who are underinsured with large deductibles and copayments and prescription drug prices are off the wall So I do believe that in the future not by dismantling what we have here — I helped write that bill — but by moving forward rallying the American people I do believe we should have health care for all (APPLAUSE) TODD: All right thank you both Rachel MADDOW: Secretary Clinton Senator Sanders is campaigning against you now at this point in the campaign basically arguing that you are not progressive enough to be the Democratic nominee He has said that if you voted for the Iraq war if you are in favor of the death penalty if you wobbled on things like the Keystone Pipeline or TPP if you said single payer health care could never happen then you’re too far to the right of the Democratic Party to be the party’s standard bearer Given those policy positions why should liberal Democrats support you and not Senator Sanders CLINTON: Well because I am a progressive who gets things done And the root of that word progressive is progress But I’ve heard Senator Sanders comments and it’s really caused me to wonder who’s left in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party Under his definition President Obama is not progressive because he took donations from Wall Street; Vice President Biden is not progressive because she supported Keystone; Senator Shaheen is not progressive because she supports the trade pact Even the late great Senator Paul Wellstone would not fit this definition because he voted for DOMA You know we have differences and honestly I think we should be talk about what we want to do for the country But if we’re going to get into labels I don’t think it was particularly progressive to vote against the Brady Bill five times (APPLAUSE) I don’t think it was progressive to vote to give gun makers and sellers immunity I don’t think it was progressive to vote against Ted Kennedy’s immigration reform So we could go back and forth like this but the fact is most people watching tonight want to know what we’ve done and what we will do That’s why I am laying out a specific agenda that will make more progress get more jobs with rising incomes get us to universal health care coverage get us to universal pre-k paid family leave and the other elements of what I think will build a strong economy that will ensure Americans keep making progress That’s what I’m offering and that’s what I will do as president (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Senator Sanders have you established a list of what it means to be a progressive that is unrealistic SANDERS: No not at all Here’s the reality of American economic life today The reality is that we have one of lowest voter turnouts of any major country on earth because so many people have given up on the political process The reality is that there has been trillions of dollars of wealth going from the middle class in the last 30 years to the top 1/10th of 1 percent The reality is we that have a corrupt campaign finance system which separates the American people’s needs and desires from what Congress is doing So to my mind what we have got to do is wage a political revolution where millions of people have given up on the political process stand up and fight back demand the government that represents us and not just a handful of campaign contribution — contributors SANDERS: Now all of the ideas that I’m talking about they are not radical ideas Making public colleges and universities tuition free that exists in countries all over the world used to exist in the United States Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and creating 13 million jobs by doing away with tax loopholes that large corporations now enjoy by putting their money into the Cayman Islands and other tax havens That is not a radical idea What we need to do is to stand up to the big money interests and the campaign contributors When we do that we can in fact transform America MADDOW: Thank you Senator (APPLAUSE) TODD: I’d like to follow up on a comment that Secretary Clinton said Senator President Obama has not called for abolishing the death penalty President Obama is for the big Asian trade deal known as TPP and just yesterday you said you can’t be both a moderate or a progressive but you can’t be both Is President Obama in your judgment based on these policies positions a progressive SANDERS: Let me just pick up on this point This whole discussion began because I commented not making overall evaluation about the Secretary She was in Ohio I think in September or November and she got up and said something like I have been — I’m paraphrasing I have been criticized because people think I’m a moderate Well I am a moderate That’s where this came from It wasn’t me paraphrasing her It is what she said and all that I said was there’s nothing wrong with being a moderate But you can’t be a moderate you can’t a progressive In terms of President Obama I think if we remember where this country was seven years ago 800000 jobs being lost every month $14 trillion dollar deficit The world’s financial system on the verge of collapse I think that President Obama Vice President Biden and the Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate have done a fantastic job We are in much better shape than we were seven years ago although my Republican colleagues seem to have forgotten where we were seven years ago That’s the fact but we still have a very long way to go Do I think President Obama is a progressive Yes I do I disagree with him on a number of issues including the trade agreement But yes I think he has done an excellent job CLINTON: Well Chuck… TODD: … (inaudible) Clinton go ahead… CLINTON: … If I could you know in the very first debate I was asked am I a moderate or a progressive and I said I’m a progressive who likes to get things done Cherry picking a quote here or there doesn’t change my record of having fought for racial justice having fought for kids rights having fought the kind of inequities that fueled my interest in service in the first place going back to my days in the Children’s Defense Fund It certainly didn’t stop me from taking on the drug companies and the insurance companies Before it was called Hillarycare — I mean before it was called ObamaCare it was called Hillarycare because we took them on and we weren’t successful but we kept fighting and we got the children’s health insurance program Every step along the way I have stood up and fought and have the scars to prove it So again… (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: … I think it’s important that look I understand Senator Sanders really trying to distinguish himself I understand that that’s what you do in campaigns but at the same time let’s not be — in I think an unfair way making an accusation or making an attack about where I stand and about where I’ve always stood It is fair to say Senator that in your definition as you being the self-proclaimed gatekeeper for progressivism I don’t know anyone else who fits that definition but I know a lot of really hard fighting progressives in the Democratic party who have stood up time and time again against special interests against the powerful on behalf of those who are left behind and left out And that’s what we ought to be celebrating Let’s talk about what we would do as President and Commander in Chief to make sure the progress continues into the future (APPLAUSE) TODD: (inaudible) 30 seconds and then we’ll move SANDERS: That’s right I mean instead of arguing about definitions let’s talk about… CLINTON: … Well you began it yesterday with your comments… SANDERS: … What we should do and one of the things we should do is not only talk the talk but walk the walk I am very proud to be the only candidate up here who does not have a Super PAC who’s not raising huge sums of money from Wall Street… (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: … And special interests I am enormously proud Never believed it would happen that we have raised 35 million individual contributions averaging $27 dollars a piece That is what the political revolution means (APPLAUSE) TODD: Thank you MADDOW: Senator Sanders as a Vermonter you have almost a home state advantage here in New Hampshire But back home across the border you also have a long history of running against Democrats as a third-party candidate for governor Senate for Congress In 1988 your candidacy as a third-party candidate arguably cost the Democrats a congressional seat and sent a Republican instead How can you lead the Democratic Party nationally when you have not been a member of the Democratic Party until very recently SANDERS: Well Rachel actually that wasn’t accurate In 1988 the Republican did win I believe by 3 points I came in second It was 34-31 I think 19 for the Democrat In that race the Democrat was the spoiler not me And it is true… (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: It is true it’s not to be denied I am the longest- serving independent in the history of the United States Congress People of Vermont sent me to Washington as an independent That is true But on the other hand I have — when I was in the House for 16 years I caucused with the Democrats In the Senate for nine years caucused with the Democrats of course And I was elected by the Democrats to be chair of the Veterans Committee three years ago which I’m very proud of And now am the rankings member on the Budget Committee leader of the Democrats in opposition to the majority Republicans I am running for president as a Democrat And if elected not only do I hope to bring forth a major change in national priorities but let me be frank I do want to see major changes in the Democratic Party I want to see working people and young people come into the party in a way that doesn’t exist now And you know what I want a 50-state strategy so the Democratic Party is not just the party of 25 states (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Secretary Clinton CLINTON: You know the person who first put out the idea of a 50-state party strategy is former Governor Howard Dean who is with us tonight (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: And I’m very proud and grateful to have the support of so many elected Vermonters and former officials Two former governors the current governor the current other senator I really appreciate that And I think it’s because they’ve worked with me they’ve seen what I do They know what kind of a colleague I am They want me as their partner in the White House And that’s exactly what I will do We’ll get things done together Democrats Republicans independents we’re going to make progress together when I’m president (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: So Senator to that point Secretary Clinton is raising the issue of endorsements by your home state Democrats She’s implying that that says something about the people who know you best SANDERS: Well I don’t see it quite like that MADDOW: How do you see it SANDERS: I am — will absolutely admit that Secretary Clinton has the support of far more governors mayors members of the House She has the entire establishment or almost the entire establishment behind her That’s a fact I don’t deny it But I am pretty proud that we have over a million people who have contributed to our campaign averaging 27 bucks apiece That we have had meetings where 25000-30000 people have come out That our campaign is a campaign of the people by the people and for the people So Rachel yes Secretary Clinton does represent the establishment I represent I hope ordinary Americans and by the way who are not all that enamored with the establishment but I am very proud to have people like Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva in the House the co-chairmen of the House Progressive Caucus MADDOW: Secretary CLINTON: Well look I’ve got to just jump in here because honestly Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me a woman running to be the first woman president as exemplifying the establishment And I’ve got to tell you that it is… (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: It is really quite amusing to me People support me because they know me They know my life’s work They have worked with me and many have also worked with Senator Sanders And at the end of the day they endorse me because they know I can get things done (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: I am not going to make promises I can’t keep I am not going to talk about big ideas like single-payer and then not level with people about how much it will cost CLINTON: A respected health economist said that these plans would cost a trillion dollars more a year I’m not going to tell people that I will raise your incomes and not your taxes and not mean it because I don’t want to see the kind of struggle that the middle class is going through exemplified by these promises that would raise taxes and make it much more difficult for many many Americans to get ahead and stay ahead That is not my agenda (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Senator Sanders you’ll have 30 seconds to respond to that SANDERS: What being part of the establishment is is in the last quarter having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street that throughout one’s life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests To my mind if we do not get a handle on money in politics and the degree to which big money controls the political process in this country nobody is going to bring about the changes that is needed in this country for the middle class and working families CLINTON: Yeah but I — I think it’s fair to really ask what’s behind that comment You know Senator Sanders has said he wants to run a positive campaign I’ve tried to keep my disagreements over issues as it should be But time and time again by innuendo by insinuation there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to — you know anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought And I just absolutely reject that Senator And I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you And enough is enough If you’ve got something to say say it directly But you will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received SANDERS: What… (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: And I have stood up and I have represented my constituents to the best of my abilities and I’m very proud of that SANDERS: … you know… CLINTON: So I think it’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out… SANDERS: (inaudible) (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: … in recent weeks and let’s talk… (BOOING) … let’s talk about about the issues Let’s talk about the issues that divide us SANDERS: Let’s talk about — OK let’s talk… CLINTON: And let’s — let’s… SANDERS: … let us talk about issues CLINTON: … we both agree with campaign finance reform SANDERS: Let’s talk about issues CLINTON: I — I worked hard for McCain-Feingold SANDERS: Let’s… CLINTON: I want to reverse Citizens United SANDERS: … let’s — let’s — let’s talk about issues CLINTON: And so — let’s talk about issues SANDERS: Let’s talk — let’s talk about issues all right Let’s talk about why in the 1990s Wall Street got deregulated Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street provided — spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions Well some people might think yeah that had some influence (LAUGHTER) Let’s ask why it is that we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs and your medicine can be doubled tomorrow and there’s nothing that the government can do to stop it You think it has anything to do with the huge amounts of campaign contributions and lobbying from the fossil fuel industry Let’s talk about climate change Do you think there’s a reason why not one Republican has the guts to recognize that climate change is real and that we need to transform our energy system Do you think it has anything to do with the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil pouring huge amounts of money into the political system That is what goes on in America I am not — I like… (APPLAUSE) … there is a reason You know there is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system And in my view it is undermining American democracy and it is allowing Congress to represent wealthy campaign contributors and not the working families of this country CLINTON: Well you know Senator I don’t think — I don’t… (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) TODD: … Secretary we’re gonna… CLINTON: … I don’t think you could find any person in political life today who has been subjected to more attacks and had more money spent against her by special interests among whom you have named a few than I And I’m proud of that You know when I took on the drug companies and the insurance companies for universal health care coverage they went after me with a vengeance CLINTON: Today you’ve got hedge fund billionaires aligned with Karl Rove running ads against me to try to get Democrats to vote for you I know this game I’m going to stop this game But while we’re talking about votes you’re the one who voted to deregulate swaps and derivatives in 2000 which contributed to the over-leveraging of Lehman Brothers which was one of the culprits that brought down the economy So I don’t know — I’m not impugning your motive because you voted to deregulate swaps and derivatives People make mistakes and I’m certainly not saying you did it for any kind of financial advantage What we’ve got to do as Democrats — what we’ve got to do as Democrats is to be united to actually solve these problems And what I believe is that I have a better track record and a better opportunity to actually get that job done That’s what this election should be about (APPLAUSE) TODD: Thirty seconds (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: I think as Secretary Clinton knows there is nobody who fought harder I was on the House Financial Committee at that time I heard the arguments coming from Democrats and Republicans — Robert Rubin Alan Greenspan — about great an idea it would be if we did away with Glass-Steagall and if we allowed investor banks and commercial banks and big insurance companies to merge Go to YouTube today Look up Greenspan-Sanders Listen to what I told them then I helped lead the effort against deregulation Unfortunately we lost that The result is — was the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression TODD: Thank you both MADDOW: Senator Sanders Secretary Clinton obviously we’ve touched a nerve We’re going to be back with more on this subject and much more right after this Stay with us (APPLAUSE) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) (APPLAUSE) TODD: All right welcome back Let’s get right to it Senator Sanders you were talking about all of your campaign contributions and campaign finance reform You rail against big money in politics But do you realize there is one public financing system that we do have in place and it is — it is in place to run for president Why aren’t you walking the walk on that Why aren’t you participating in the presidential public financing system which is designed to essentially keep big money out of presidential politics SANDERS: Chuck actually we looked at it but it turns out to be a disaster The way it is structured right now if you make it all the way to California you could do pretty well But in terms of the early states — Iowa New Hampshire the other states — it just doesn’t work Your point is well taken I believe in public funding of elections absolutely But this system is — I don’t know if the secretary would agree — is currently very antiquated and no longer applies to modern day politics TODD: Well going on that then why criticize her on Super PACs and you got — and all this when it is — you know that’s the system I mean you could be participating in a publicly-financing — public financing system… SANDERS: But if the… TODD: … and being able to set — being able to set an example SANDERS: — but Chuck it is a public financing system that everybody knows is antiquated It no longer works Nobody can become president based on that system So what’s the alternative There are two alternatives And you know we looked at it Well should we do a Super PAC but I concluded honestly I don’t represent Corporate America or billionaires I didn’t want it So the other alternative was to ask working families and the middle class to help out in a transformational campaign And you know what We got 35 million individual contributions $27 a piece I think that’s pretty good (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Secretary Clinton on the issue of Wall Street… CLINTON: On the issue of Wall Street MADDOW: … on the issue of Wall Street when our reporters go out and talk to people on the ground in the early states what they tell us over and over again when they find voters who are leaning toward Senator Sanders rather than yourself is that the most frequent area of concern that they hear from those voters is the issue of Wall Street and whether or not you are too close to Wall Street Last night when you were asked about speaking fees and the amount of speaking fees you got from Goldman Sachs speeches you said that’s what they offered Have you been too dismissive of voters’ concerns about this issue in your own campaign and your own career CLINTON: Well you know Rachel I think I may not have done the job I should in explaining my record You know I did — when I left the secretary of State’s office like so many former officials military leaders journalists others I did go on the speaking circuit I spoke to heart doctors I spoke to the American Camping Association I spoke to auto dealers and yes I spoke to firms on Wall Street They wanted me to talk about the world what my experience had been as secretary of State But what I want people to know is I went to Wall Street before the crash I was the one saying you’re going to wreck the economy because of these shenanigans with mortgages I called to end the carried interest loophole that hedge fund managers enjoy I proposed changes in CEO compensation I called for a consumer protection financial bureau before it was created And I think the best evidence that the Wall Street people at least know where I stand and where I have always stood is because they are trying to beat me in this primary They have collected and spent as much as $6 million on these ads Hedge fund billionaires Karl Rove another billionaire jumped in And why are they doing that These are guys who try to make smart investments They know my record they know me they know that I say what I believe and I will do it And I also have a pretty good understanding about how to stop them So I do want people to know that and I think it’s important for everybody to understand I have a record I have stood firm and I will be the person who prevents them from ever wrecking the economy again (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Senator Sanders you have been a critic of Secretary Clinton taking those speaking fees and having donations from Wall Street What about her defense of her record SANDERS: Let me just say this Wall Street is perhaps the most powerful economic and political force in this country You have companies like Goldman Sachs who just recently paid a settlement fine with the federal government for $5 billion for defrauding investors Goldman Sachs was one of those companies whose illegal activity helped destroy our economy and ruin the lives of millions of Americans But this is what a rigged economy and a corrupt campaign finance system and a broken criminal justice is about These guys are so powerful that not one of the executives on Wall Street has been charged with anything after paying in this case of Goldman Sachs a $5 billion fine Kid gets caught with marijuana that kid has a police record A Wall Street executive destroys the economy $5 billion settlement with the government no criminal record That is what power is about That is what corruption is about And that is what has to change in the United States of America (APPLAUSE) (CROSSTALK) CLINTON: If I could let me just say that of course it has to change It has to change And that’s why I have put forward a plan to do just that And it’s been judged to be the toughest most effective and comprehensive one I have great respect for Senator Sanders’s commitment to try to restore Glass-Steagall But I do not believe that that is enough And in fact I don’t believe it really addresses a lot of the biggest issues we have You know we now have power under the Dodd-Frank legislation to break up banks And I’ve said I will use that power if they pose a systemic risk But I want to go further because it was investment banks it was insurance companies it was mortgage companies all of which contributed So let’s not just be narrowly focused on one part of the problem We have a lot of issues with corporate power that have to be addressed My plan takes us further and it would do the job (CROSSTALK) (APPLAUSE) SANDERS: I would say that — that folks who have looked at this issue for a long time whether it’s Elizabeth Warren or many other economists will tell you that right now yes we do need a 21st century Glass-Steagall legislation And I would tell you also that when you have three out of the four largest banks in America today bigger than they were — significantly bigger than when we bailed them out because they were too big to fail I think if Teddy Roosevelt were alive today a good Republican by the way what he would say is: Break them up; they are too powerful economically; they are too powerful politically And that is what I believe and many economists believe Time to break them up (APPLAUSE) CLINTON: Look we have a law — look you know I — I appreciate the senator’s advocacy We have a law It was passed It was signed by President Obama It lays out a process that you go through to determine whether a systemic risk is posed And by the way President Obama signed that pushed it through even though he took donations from Wall Street because he’s a responsible president So we have a law in place If the circumstances warrant it I will certainly use it And from what you say I know you will as well But that is not enough And I keep going back to this because part of the reason the Wall Street guys are trying so hard to stop me — the hedge fund guys the shadow banking guys — is because I’ve got their number on all of that And my plan goes so much further to try to prevent the problems of the future You know we can’t just fight the last war We’ve got to be prepared to stop these guys if they ever try to use their economic power once again to hurt the economy and to hurt so many Americans And my plan Paul Krugman Barney Frank a lot of experts who understand what the new challenges might be have said I am exactly on point and the Wall Street guys actually know that (APPLAUSE) (CROSSTALK) TODD: … she has had more people praise her plan than yours SANDERS: Well we’ve had a number of economists supporting our legislation And here’s where we are The American people can judge Six largest financial institutions in America today have assets of roughly $10 trillion; equivalent to 58 percent of the GDP of the United States of America SANDERS: That is a lot of money They issue two thirds of the credit cards and by the way they’re ripping off a whole lot of people with high interest rates on the credit cards and they write about one third of the mortgages That is a lot of power for six financial institutions That’s it I think it is too much power Too much economic power too much political power and the economists that I talk to say we should break them up TODD: Thank you both Let me move on to our next question here and in fact it comes to us through New England Cable News Secretary Clinton it’s addressed to you and it’s about this issue of the speeches particularly to Goldman Sachs This is what the questioner wrote verbatim “I am concerned with the abuses of Wall Street has taken with the American taxpayers money” and then she asks whether you would release the transcripts of your Goldman Sachs speeches and then added “Don’t you think the voting public has a right to know what was said” But let’s make that bigger Are you willing to release the transcripts of all your paid speeches We do know through reporting that there were transcription services for all of those paid speeches In full disclosure would you release all of them CLINTON: I will look into it I don’t know the status but I will certainly look into it But I can only repeat what is the fact that I spoke to a lot of different groups with a lot of different constituents a lot of different kinds of members about issues that had to do with world affairs I probably described more times than I can remember how stressful it was advising the President about going after Bin Laden My view on this is look at my record Look at what I am proposing and — we have a vigorous agreement here We both want to reign in the excesses of Wall Street I also want to reign in the excesses of Johnson Controls that we bailed out when they were an autoparts company and we saved the auto industry and now they want to avoid paying taxes I want to go after the pharmaceutical companies like Valeant and Turns that are increasing prices without any regard to the impact on people’s health Now if all we’re going to talk about is one part of our economy and indeed one streak in our economy we’re missing the big oil companies We’re missing other big energy companies We’re missing the big picture and I have a record of trying to go at the problems that actually exist and I will continue to do that TODD: Senator you sound like you want to respond Go ahead SANDERS: Yeah I do I agree with much of what the Secretary said but madam Secretary it is not one streak Wall Street is an entity of unbelievable economic and political power That’s a fact And I want to say something and it may sound harsh not to you but to the American people In a sense in my view the business model of Wall Street is fraud It’s fraud I believe that corruption is rampant and the fact that major bank after major bank has reached multi billion dollar settlements with the United States government when we have a weak regulator system tells me that not only did we have to bail them out once if we don’t start breaking them up we’re going to have to bail them out again and I do not want to see that happen… CLINTON: … Well Senator no one wants to see that happen I mean look I care deeply about this because just like you I have met so many people who had their life savings wiped out who lost their homes who are barely back with their heads above water This was a disaster for our country and we can never let that happen again We have no disagreement about this But I think it’s a broader target list than just Wall Street and I believe that we have to be very focused on how we try to take back the power and increase the empowerment of the American people And I think I have that kind of experience maybe because they’ve beat me up for so many years and I know exactly how to handle them because I’ve been in the arena with them time and time again MADDOW: Senator Sanders let me turn to I think where this direction is heading anyway which is the broader issue of big business and power in our political system You on the campaign trail have railed against big name American corporations like Boeing and General Electric and Wal Mart But some big businesses in this country have also been part of advancing progressive goals like that nationwide initiative to expand employment opportunities for veterans That was all about cooperation between the Obama administration and some very big business The Affordable Care Act some of the thorniest problems in that bill were worked out in cooperation with big business in order to accomplish progressive goals Could you work with them or have you made enemies of big business in this country with the way you’ve approached them in this campaign SANDERS: Of course I can work with them but let’s be clear When I talked about Boeing and I talked about General Electric what I was referring to is an outrage I suspect the secretary agrees request me Right now you have a loophole such that these guys are putting their profits multi-billion dollar profitable corporations putting billions of dollars into the Cayman Islands Bermuda and other tax havens And in a given year Rachel after making billions of dollars in profit do you know how much they’re paying in taxes to the United States government in a given year Zero Now explain to me how that makes any sense at all So what I have said with regard to Boeing and GE and other multinationals that pay zero taxes you know what we’re going to do We’re going to end that loophole They are going to pay their fair share of taxes We’re going to use that money to rebuild our infrastructure and create up to 13 million jobs Can I work with corporations Are there good corporations doing incredible cutting edge research and development Absolutely they are And we should be proud of them But on the other hand there are many corporations who have turned their backs on the American worker who have said if I can make another nickel in profit by going to China and shutting down in the United States of America that’s what I will do I will do my best to transform our trade policy and take on these corporations who want to invest in low-income countries around the world rather than in the United States of America (APPLAUSE) MADDOW: Senator Sanders thank you And with that we’re going to take a break TODD: We’ll be right back And we’re going to get to trade and a lot of other issues (APPLAUSE) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) MADDOW: Welcome back — welcome back to the Democratic candidates’ debate We’re going to be talking about America in the world both in terms of some trade issues but also national security And Secretary Clinton we’re going to start with you There are more than 4000 American troops back in Iraq right now as part of the fight against ISIS It has been 15 straight years of wars and multiple deployments for America’s military families who have borne such a disproportionate burden Is President Obama right to keep escalating the number of US troops that’s fighting ISIS right now CLINTON: Well I think what the president understands and what he’s trying to do is that we have to support the Arab and Kurdish fighters on the ground who are actually doing the fighting I agree with the president I’ve said myself we will not send American combat troops back to either Syria or Iraq — that is off the table But we do have special forces we do have trainers we do have the military personnel who are helping with the airstrikes that the United States is leading so that we can try to take out ISIS infrastructure take out their leadership And I think that given the threat that ISIS poses to the region and beyond as we have sadly seen in our own country it is important to keep the Iraqi army on a path where they can actually take back territory to work with the Sunni tribes in Anbar province and elsewhere so that their fighters can be also deployed to work with the Kurds to provide them the support but they’re doing the fighting We’re doing the support and enabling And I also think we’ve got to do more to stop foreign fighters foreign funding and take ISIS on online as well as doing everything necessary to keep us safe at home So as I look at what the president it doing it adds up to me We just have to keep — try to get more support for those people on the ground in Syria and Iraq who have to actually physically take the territory back MADDOW: To be clear to the specific question if that strategic goal that you’re describing requires considerably more of Americans — an ever-increasing number of Americans in Iraq and maybe in Syria are you OK with the numbers increasing CLINTON: No I mean of course that’s a theoretical question and we don’t know what it would be for and we don’t know how many numbers there are I am against American combat troops being in Syria and Iraq I support special forces I support trainers I support the air campaign And I think we’re making some progress I want to continue to intensify that and that’s exactly what the president is doing MADDOW: Thank you Madam Secretary TODD: Go ahead Senator Sanders — 30 seconds your response SANDERS: OK Let me agree with much of what the secretary said but where we have a different background on this issue is we differ on the war in Iraq which created barbaric organizations like ISIS Not only did I vote against that war I helped lead the opposition and if you go to my website berniesanderscom you will see the statement that I made in 2002 And it gives me no pleasure to tell you that much of what I feared would happen the day after Saddam Hussein was overthrown in fact did happen TODD: All right Senator I want to stay though… CLINTON: If I could — if I could… TODD: Go ahead 30 seconds CLINTON: … respectfully add — look we did differ A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS We have to look at the threats that we face right now… (APPLAUSE) … and we have to be prepared to take them on and defeat them TODD: Let me — let — we’re gonna — we’re staying — we’re staying basically on this topic Obviously you’ve been emphasizing this difference on the Iraq war but one place where you do agree and one place where you voted to authorize the use of force was in favor of the war in Afghanistan Right now it is possible President Obama is going to be leaving the next president perhaps President Sanders at least 10000 troops in Afghanistan How long will those troops be in Afghanistan under President Sanders SANDERS: Well I think our great task is to make certain that our young men and women in the military do not get sucked into never- ending perpetual warfare within the quagmire of Syria and Iraq And I will do my very best to make sure that that doesn’t happen I agree with the secretary that I think what has to happen — and let me just mention what King Abdullah of Jordan said I think he hit the nail on the head SANDERS: And what he said is essentially the war against ISIS is a war for the soul of Islam And it must be Muslim troops on the ground that will destroy ISIS with the support of a coalition of major powers — US, HEDA demanded a comprehensive examination of the heinous crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria. since this is Notre Dame I think we should talk not only about your accomplishments in the classroom.
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