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Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:16:05 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer
Despite Russia's Crimean landgrab and its massing of troops on the Ukrainian border, Western leaders still refuse to recognize the mind-set of Vladimir Putin.U.S. officials still hope he will negotiate a "compromise" with the Kiev government rather than engineer the dismemberment of Ukraine.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/vladimir_putin_plays_long_game_330167.htmlhttp://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140417_Worldview__Putin_plays_long_game.htmlhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140417_Worldview__Putin_plays_long_game.html 100330167 AM Update Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer Vladimir Putin Plays Long Game Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:37:45 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Ian Bremmer, National Interest
It's remarkable that the US economy looks to be picking up steam even as rising stars like China, India, Turkey, and Brazil wrestle with slowing growth and the risk of unrest. Improving US fundamentals, a steadily recovering jobs market, and revolution in energy production remind us that Americans aren’t waiting on Washington to kickstart growth. Yet, even as America strengthens at home, its influence abroad continues to wane.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/the_tragic_decline_of_us_foreign_policy_330118.htmlhttp://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-tragic-decline-american-foreign-policy-10256http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/the-tragic-decline-american-foreign-policy-10256 100330118 AM Update Ian Bremmer, National Interest The Tragic Decline of U.S. Foreign Policy Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:39:22 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Charles Blow, New York Times
No one should ever endure the kind of economic humiliation that comes with working a full-time job and making a less-than-living wage.There is dignity in all work, but that dignity grows dim when the checks are cashed and the coins are counted and still the bills rise higher than the wages.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/minimum_wage_maximum_outrage_330129.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/opinion/minimum-wage-maximum-outrage.html?ref=opinion&_r=0http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/opinion/minimum-wage-maximum-outrage.html?ref=opinion&_r=0 100330129 AM Update Charles Blow, New York Times Minimum Wage, Maximum Outrage Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:23:25 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 James Taranto, Wall Street Journal
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. In February 2009 a new Democratic president reached across party lines and nominated a Republican senator, New Hampshire's Judd Gregg, as commerce secretary. Putting a Republican in the cabinet would give Barack Obama's administration a bipartisan gloss while also benefitting the president's own party in the Senate by allowing the Granite State's Democratic governor to appoint a Senate replacement, leaving the Democrats just one seat short of a filibuster-proof 60-seat supermajority.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/politicizing_the_census_330135.htmlhttp://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304311204579505570619214040http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=1&CALL_URL=http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304311204579505570619214040 100330135 AM Update James Taranto, Wall Street Journal Politicizing the Census? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:24:21 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Sam Baker, National Journal
Obamacare hasn't "won"—but it's making a pretty impressive run.The headlines about the Affordable Care Act have turned positive lately, and they're starting to pile up. The most dire predictions from the law's critics simply haven't panned out, and now Democrats are headed into another big health care fight—the confirmation of a new Health and Human Services secretary—with stronger real-world evidence than they've had before.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/obamacare_is_on_a_winning_streak_330151.htmlhttp://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/obamacare-is-on-a-winning-streak-20140416http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/obamacare-is-on-a-winning-streak-20140416 100330151 AM Update Sam Baker, National Journal Obamacare Is On a Winning Streak Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:42:32 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Ross Douthat, New York Times
Ezra Klein, in his new capacity as one of the impresarios behind Vox, has written a pair of attention-grabbing posts — here, and then here — defending the proposition that Obamacare has, in some sense, “won,” and that conservatives who can’t come to terms with that victory can’t come to terms with reality itself. Reading them, it struck me that this argument would benefit from laying down some specific markers for the near future, because Klein seems to move back and forth between two definitions of success.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/for_obamacare_what_counts_as_success_330150.htmlhttp://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/for-obamacare-what-counts-as-success/ 100330150 AM Update Ross Douthat, New York Times For Obamacare, What Counts as Success? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:32:55 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
It's a virtual article of faith among election analysts that Republicans will gain Senate seats in the 2014 midterms.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/17/could_democrats_gain_senate_seats_this_fall_122301.htmlhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/17/could_democrats_gain_senate_seats_this_fall_122301.htmlhttp://dyn.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/04/17/could_democrats_gain_senate_seats_this_fall_122301.html 200330139 AM Update Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics Could Dems Gain Senate Seats This Fall? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:26:52 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Halimah Abdullah, CNN
Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu is in the middle of a storm.She is beset by well-funded forces on the right who sense the Gulf Coast Democrat's vulnerability in trying to defend a Senate seat in a red state. On the left, she is trying to avoid being pulled down by the undertow of a president whose decline in approval ratings and controversial health care reform law might not play well with her state's conservative sensibilities.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/landrieu_faces_toughest_political_storm_yet_330147.htmlhttp://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/politics/senate-races-landrieu-louisiana/index.htmlhttp://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/16/politics/senate-races-landrieu-louisiana/index.html 100330147 AM Update Halimah Abdullah, CNN Landrieu Faces Toughest Political Storm Yet Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:06:58 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Charles Murray, WSJ
There's another thing that's going on, Mary, which is even bigger: capitalism in bed with the government. Big time. The American people look at the way people make zillions of bucks because they can get the regulations they want to, because they get the government to support their technology. They see that going on, plus the crony capitalism. And the number of these capitalists are enthusiastically in favor of real competition is depressingly small.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/16/charles_murray_why_class_warfare_works.htmlhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/16/charles_murray_why_class_warfare_works.html 700330109 AM Update Charles Murray, WSJ 'Capitalism' in Bed With Government--Big Time Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:34:18 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Gabrielle Giffords, USA Today
A year ago Thursday, the United States Senate failed us.It was last April — mere months after the senseless slaughter of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — that a minority of senators blocked legislation that would have made it harder for criminals and people with dangerous mental illnesses to get their hands on deadly firearms.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/fight_against_political_cowardice_on_guns_330137.htmlhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/16/giffords-gun-laws-tucson-shooting-background-checks-column/7796943/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/16/giffords-gun-laws-tucson-shooting-background-checks-column/7796943/ 100330137 AM Update Gabrielle Giffords, USA Today Fight Against Political Cowardice on Guns Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:29:32 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
Twenty-five years ago this month, with the Supreme Court’s support for the right to abortion shrinking rapidly, the justices heard a case from Missouri that invited them to disavow Roe v. Wade, the precedent that 16 years earlier had given women the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. A month after the argument, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist circulated to his colleagues a proposed majority opinion that would have overturned Roe in all but name, upholding the challenged regulations under such a relaxed standard of judicial review that states in the future would have been...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/an_indecent_burial_330152.htmlhttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/opinion/an-indecent-burial.htmlhttp://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/opinion/an-indecent-burial.xml 100330152 AM Update Linda Greenhouse, New York Times An Indecent Burial Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:35:10 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 George Will, Washington Post
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/progressives_misread_the_constitution_330127.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-will-progressives-are-wrong-about-the-essence-of-the-constitution/2014/04/16/7c05aa00-c4ac-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html 100330127 AM Update George Will, Washington Post Progressives Misread the Constitution Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:36:31 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 James Carville, The Hill
OPINION l This past Sunday I joined a panel of distinguished pundits on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” and to the surprise of no viewers we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the prospects of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton, former secretary of State and former first lady, and Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother to former President George W. Bush, in 2016. A debate ensued about how each candidate might overcome or utilize their respective last names to their advantage.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/the_real_debate_in_2016_330054.htmlhttp://thehill.com/opinion/james-carville/203620-james-carville-clinton-vs-bush-in-2016-the-real-debatehttp://mobile.thehill.com/opinion/james-carville/203620-james-carville-clinton-vs-bush-in-2016-the-real-debate 100330054 AM Update James Carville, The Hill The Real Debate in 2016 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:40:03 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Charles Gasparino, NY Post
If Hillary Clinton runs for president, she’ll be getting a lot of help from Wall Street. But her friends and confidants there tell me she truly hasn’t decided yet.So why is she hesitating? The big reason, according to these sources, has to do with the dude who occupies the Oval Office now.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/hillary039s_top_worry_is_obama039s_economy_330154.htmlhttp://nypost.com/2014/04/16/hillary-clintons-top-2016-worry-is-obamas-economy/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://nypost.com/2014/04/16/hillary-clintons-top-2016-worry-is-obamas-economy/ 100330154 AM Update Charles Gasparino, NY Post Hillary's Top Worry Is Obama's Economy Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:41:46 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Katty Kay & Claire Shipman, The Atlantic
For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewardedhttp://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/the_confidence_gap_330055.htmlhttp://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/ 100330055 AM Update Katty Kay & Claire Shipman, The Atlantic The Confidence Gap Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:40:36 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Kirsten Powers, USA Today
War on women alert: One of the most forceful fighters against misogyny in the modern era is under attack.Somali-born Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been a vocal critic of women's oppression under Islamic law. She's blasted arranged marriage, legally sanctioned domestic violence, genital mutilation, and the killing of adulteresses and rape victims. Despite being a supporter of abortion rights, an atheist, and an advocate of gay and women's rights, she is despised by many who claim to be defenders of women's rights. Over the years, they have worked to delegitimize her in the hopes that she will be...http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/liberals_attack_female_fighting_misogyny_330136.htmlhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/16/liberals-islam-misogyny-hirsi-ali-war-women-column/7782657/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/16/liberals-islam-misogyny-hirsi-ali-war-women-column/7782657/ 100330136 AM Update Kirsten Powers, USA Today Liberals Attack Female Fighting Misogyny Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:43:08 -0500 04/17/2014/00/00/00 Joy Pullmann vs. Mike Petrilli, The Federalist
Despite its deep effects on the character of our nation, conservatives and the general population often ignore what children are learning except when their own are in school, so I thank everyone reading this debate and my worthy, tenacious opponent, Mike Petrilli, for your time and attention. National Common Core testing and curriculum mandates are destructive, overall, but one good side-effect is creating the opportunity to discuss what children will learn, and why.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/a_debate_over_common_core_330091.htmlhttp://thefederalist.com/2014/04/16/the-federalist-debate-pullman-vs-petrilli-on-common-core/http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://thefederalist.com/2014/04/16/the-federalist-debate-pullman-vs-petrilli-on-common-core/ 100330091 AM Update Joy Pullmann vs. Mike Petrilli, The Federalist A Debate Over Common Core http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/president_obama_regulator_without_peer_330176.html http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304311204579505953682216682 http://mobile2.wsj.com/device/article.php?mid=1&CALL_URL=http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304311204579505953682216682 100330176 Editorials Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:16:40 -0500 Wall Street Journal http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/bloomberg_takes_on_the_nra_and_guns_330177.html http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/mike-fires-back-article-1.1758886 http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/mike-fires-back-article-1.1758886 100330177 Editorials Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:17:57 -0500 New York Daily News http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/who_needs_the_ex-im_bank_330155.html http://www.nationalreview.com/article/375949/unnecessary-bank-editors 100330155 Editorials Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:53:56 -0500 National Review http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2014/04/17/no_need_for_a_rush_to_judgment_on_obamacare_330149.html http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-health-obamacare-enrollments-20140417,0,3749373.story http://www.google.com/gwt/n?u=http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-health-obamacare-enrollments-20140417,0,3749373.story 100330149 Editorials Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:16:03 -0500 Los Angeles Times
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CVR Member Robert Smith

A Man For All Seasons

"I don't find happiness in stuff, I find it in being  of service to others whether it is in the community or in a different country. Most stuff is a temporary fix," says CVR member Robert Smith.

And, he should know.  For the past 10 years, Bob has traveled to Honduras on mission trips with his church to help that area which was torn apart by Hurricane Mitch.  Each year, Bob spends 11 days in Honduras and, with the mission team, has: built latrines, built small chapels, worked in orphanages, and built water purification systems.  These systems are essential in preventing disease.

Bob has lived in Brecksville his whole life.  He is married to Lisa, a "soon to be retired" 8th grade math teacher.  The Smiths have three grown children, Emily, who also lives in Brecksville, Hannah, who lives in Toledo and Abram who lives in Brecksville.  The Smiths also have two grandchildren.

Bob graduated from Brecksville-Broadview Hts high and has been a concrete finisher for 35 years.  Bob has been a member of St. Basil's since it opened its doors.  He is a Republican because of what our party stands for, "smaller government, morals and freedom of religion."

A recovering Democrat, he clearly sees that the Obama administration is taking us down a path to socialism.  "Democrats say they are for the working class, but that is a facade."  He goes on to quote Allen West, "Democrats make people enslaved to the government."

Smith lost his parents early in life, but that just gave him more resolve to work hard.  He believes in our capitalist system, "Has a poor guy ever given you a job?"

Since becoming politically aware in the last 10 years, he is flabbergasted that more people don't want to talk about the issues that are going on in this country.  "We have gone from a country of strong individuals to a country of moral relativism.  How did we get here?"

He wonders if people in America just haven't seem enough hardship, which has contributed to complacency.  If more people had seen what he has seen in place like Honduras, maybe they would appreciate our country more.

That is why Bob sees that his conservative values and his charitable work go hand in hand.  And, that is why he is a member of CVR and gives so much of himself to help others in need.

          

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