THE END OF POWER: “Power Has Become Easier to Get, Harder to Use and Easier to Lose”

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House Democrats, Rep. John Lewis and Rep. 
Katherine Clark(in blue),are holding a sit-in on 
the House floor._June 22, 2016

At the beginning of 2015, Moises Naim’s “The End of Power” was at No. 44,369 onAmazon’s list of best-selling books. Within a week it entered the top 10, peaking at No. 6 in the paperback section and at No. 29 in the Kindle Store, thanks to an endorsement by Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook chief himself chose the book as his first pick for his annual personal challenge, which is to read two books every month. Zuckerberg asked his more than 31 million Facebook followers to suggest a self-improvement challenge for him.  Zuckerberg chose to read two books each month and invited his followers to do the same.

Naturally, the Facebook chief created a Facebook page titled A Year of Books, where he posts what books he chooses to read every two weeks so other people can read and discuss the book with one another. More than 208,000 people have already liked the page in what could possibly be the world’s biggest online book club.

Zuckerberg announced that he will be reading “The End of Power” first, an ironic choice given how much power he as an individual wields. In an op-ed Naim wrote for the Huffington Post, he says the power wielded by traditional institutions and leaders, such as the Pope, the President of the United States, and big corporations, is being challenged by the rise of “insurgents, fringe political parties, upstart media outlets, leaderless young people in city squares, and charismatic individuals who seem to have ‘come from nowhere'” to “shake up the old order.”  

“It’s a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations,” Zuckerberg explains. “The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply, and I’m looking forward to reading this book and exploring this in more detail.”  


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“The End o f Power will change the way you read the news. the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world”  ~Bill Clinton
Released 2013

United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union 
June 23, 2016

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Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump: “He’s written a lot of books about business — they all seem to end at Chapter 11.”

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Hillary Clinton delivered a speech on the economy today and like her delivery ot her foreign policy  on June 2nd she debunked Donald Trump’s “so called policies”.

June 21, 2016 – Columbus
ECONOMIC POLICY

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Here are Clinton’s 12 sharpest jabs:
1. “Donald Trump says he’s qualified to be president because of his business record. A few days ago, he said, quote, ‘I’m going to do for the country what I did for my business.’ So let’s take a look at what he has done. He’s written a lot of books about business — they all seem to end at Chapter 11.”
2. “We know that happened for at least a few years — he paid (no taxes), or close to it. Or maybe he isn’t as rich as he claims or that he hasn’t given away as much to charity as he brags about. Whatever the reason, Americans deserve to know — before you cast your votes this November.”
3. “Just like he shouldn’t have his finger on the (nuclear) button, he shouldn’t have his hands on our economy.”
4. “I have this old fashioned idea that if you are running for president, you should say what you want to do.”
5. “The ‘King of Debt’ has no real plan for making college debt free or addressing the student debt crisis.”
6. “He calls himself the ‘King of Debt.’ And his tax plan sure lives up to the name.”
7. “Alexander Hamilton would be rolling in his grave. You see, we pay our debts — that’s why investors come here even when everything else in the world goes wrong.”
8. “Trump’s own products are made in a lot of countries that aren’t named America. Trump ties are made in China; Trump suits, in Mexico; Trump furniture, in Turkey; Trump picture frames in India; and Trump barware in Slovenia. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. I’d love him to explain how all that fits with his talk about ‘America First.'”
9. “Donald himself would get a huge tax cut from his own plan. But we don’t know exactly how much — because he won’t release his tax returns.”
10. “He has no real strategy for creating jobs, just a string of empty promises. But then maybe we shouldn’t expect better from someone whose most famous words are, ‘You’re fired.'”
11. “He says that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese. I’ll give him this — it’s a lot easier to say a problem doesn’t exist than it is to actually try to solve it.”
12. “Just look at what he did in Atlantic City. He put his name on buildings — his favorite thing to do.”
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June 2, 2016 – Philadelphia
FOREIGN POLICY
It seems that Hillary’s speech today has resonated strongly across the press and media landscape, and it is almost exclusively positive.   This seems like a watershed speech, a moment in time when the General Election truly started, and it starts off fittingly with a righteous take down of Donald Trump.

Be the Media!
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Fashionistas, I heard you. Here are some details on Maila, Sasha and Michelle Obama’s Gowns worn at the Canadian State Dinner

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Fashionistas, I heard you.  Here are some details on Malia and Sasha Obama along with Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau gowns worn  March 10, 2016 for the Canadian State Dinner 
Malia Obama, 17 attends her first State Dinner
March 10, 2009
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Malia turns 18 on July 4, 2016.  She has graduated from high school and has been accepted into Harvard University for next year.  Malia will be taking a year off (called a gap year) to travel and explore.  
Sasha Obama, 15 attends her first State Dinner
March 10, 2009

Sasha just celebrated her 15th birthday on June 10, 2016.  Her parents will be staying in the Washington, D.C area for the next 2 years while Sasha completes high school at Sidwell Friends School.

The guiding principle seemed to be “princess moment,” as both girls selected super-romantic gowns from designer Naeem Khan recent collections. Naeem Khan immigrated from India as a teen,  First Lady Michelle Obama wore aNaeem Khan gown to the first 2009 Indian State Dinner.  Malia, 17, chose a simple, sophisticated blush gown with a sweetheart neckline and allover crystal beading,  Sasha, 15, went for something a little bolder, deciding on a beaded lace andappliqué ballgown in shades of cranberry, turquoise, black and beige.

The flower arrangements are made up of orchids,
hydrangeas and amaranth. The design reflects the
scenic beauty of both countries(Canada and the
United States) and the coming of spring. 
Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau and Michelle Obama attend the Canadian State Dinner
March 10, 2016

Serendipitously, one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, Jason Wu, (Jason Wu designed Michelle Obama’s 2009 and 2013 Inaugural gowns) was raised in Vancouver, so she chose a long, strapless gown with a floral print that he custom-made for the occasion. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, meanwhile, opted for a gown by Lucian Matis, a celebrated Toronto-based designer who immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1999. The vibrant purple dress was a colorful counterpart to the sea of black tuxedos, with pink and orange beading, cap sleeves, and a subtle train.

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Additional photos regarding the Canadian State Dinner
June 19, 2016

Malia and Sasha Obama are Glowing Testaments of their Dad Barack Obama’s Values

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife
Sophie Gre’goire Trudeau for the Canadian State Dinner
March 10, 2016
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Malia and Sasha Obama are stunning young ladies like their 
mother Mrs. Michelle Obama_March 10, 2016
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Malia talking with Margaret Trudeau (mother of)

Canadian Prime Minister  Justin Trudeau as Justin and

Sasha listen_March 10, 2016           

         

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Dinner Menu

First Course
Alaskan Halibut “Casseroles” with Cepes, Asparagus, Chanterelles, Baby Onions, and Lardon and Herbed Butter
Second Course
Roasted Apricot Galette with Appalachian Cheese, Heirloom Lettuces, Pine Nut Crisps 
Pence Chardonnay “Sebastiano” 2013
Main Course
Baby Lamb Chops (drizzled with Canadian Whiskey) served with Yukon Potato Dauphinoise and Fricassee of Spring Vegetables
Cliff Lede “High Fidelity” 2012
Dessert
Maple Pecan Cake with Cocoa Nib Wafer, Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream
Chateau Chantal Ice Wine 2013
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pays tribute
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid tribute to President Barack Obama’s daughters at their first state dinner, recalling how he grew up in the spotlight when his dad was prime minister and how he missed state dinners because he was too young.

The boyish-looking, 44-year-old son of late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said it was touching to meet Malia and Sasha Obama and said he wished he had been a teenager when his dad was a world leader.  He said he admired their strength and called it a “remarkable childhood and young adulthood that will give you extraordinary strength and wisdom beyond your years for the rest of your life.”

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.President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau toast at the Canadian State Dinner
White House_March 10, 2016
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.A Campaign Break in Iowa
Senator Barack Obama drives a bumper car with Sasha 
at the Iowa State Fair_August 2007

President-elect Barack Obama adjusts a flower 
behind the ear of Malia, as they walk on Kailua Beach
on vacation in Hawaii_December 2008
The first family’s Portuguese water dog, Bo, 6-month pulls
 away as Obama walks with Malia Sasha. The puppy was
a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy_April 2009
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Released 2010
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In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation.
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This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever.
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Happy Father’s Day!
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Camille
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Deepak Chopra: Trump Is ‘Emotionally Retarded, Maybe Mentally Retarded’

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Hello Everyone:

The political rise of Donald Trump is so disturbing, even Dr. Deepak Chopra, has lost his good vibes.

In an interview Tuesday with Fox News Radio host Alan Colmes, the famed preacher of Transcendental Meditation and alternative medicine unleashed on the presumptive Republican nominee, using a pejorative to describe his mental capacities.

“I would never say this unless I believed it was 100% true, but he represents the racist, the bigot, the one who’s prejudiced, the one who is full of fear and hatred, the one who represents emotional retardation of a three-year old,” he said Tuesday. “And yet he’s so popular because he’s given permission to our collective psyche to express their darkest demons.

 
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Dr. Chopra says Trump “represents emotional
retardation of a three-year old.” 
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“low information” Trump supporters.
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