Liberal MP for Toronto Centre. Author. Proud wife and mother of three. Runner when I can squeeze it in.

GOP unhappy with new VA chief

politico.com — Republican senators are having some buyer’s remorse when it comes to new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, who was confirmed unanimously this summer. Three GOP senators publicly blasted McDonald on Tuesday for not moving to dismiss Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman, who, along with two other staffers, was put on...

Canada’s Stiff Upper Lip

politico.com — On Tuesday, Canada celebrated the life and lamented the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the young reservist and father who was killed last week as he stood guard at our National War Memorial in Ottawa. And we are mourning Patrice Vincent, the warrant officer who was in killed in Quebec two days earlier.

The return of mean John McCain

politico.com — Mean John McCain is back on the campaign trail. The Arizona Republican has this week harshly attacked two Democrats whom he may have to serve with in 2015: Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. The women aren’t just fellow senators - they also serve on the Armed Forces Committee that McCain will likely lead...

Official out over prostitution incident

politico.com — The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department’s internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported. Current and former department officials say that investigator David Nieland...

What Will Putin's New World Order Be?

politico.com — The war between Russia and Ukraine erupted so unexpectedly and escalated so quickly that it is tempting to think the motivations of the combatants are complicated or obscure. In fact, this is a fight over something very simple: the geopolitical rules that govern the Eurasian continent nearly a quarter century after the collapse of the Soviet Union....

Why #RussiaInvadedUkraine Matters

nytimes.com — Last week, Russia 's president, Vladimir V. Putin, said he could take Kiev in two weeks. This week, he disavowed a cease-fire, then proposed a peace plan. These zigzags did their job, leaving the West confused about his intentions, just as the European Union and NATO were meeting to figure out how to counter them.

Ukraine Is Winning the War

politico.com — The fog of war, the ADHD of cable news and the smears of Russian propaganda have combined to obscure some important good news in this dismal summer. In the historic fight over the future of democracy in Ukraine, Kyiv is winning and the Kremlin is losing.

Ukraine Is Winning the War

politico.com — The fog of war, the ADHD of cable news and the smears of Russian propaganda have combined to obscure some important good news in this dismal summer. In the historic fight over the future of democracy in Ukraine, Kyiv is winning and the Kremlin is losing.

More bad news for jobless benefits

politico.com — It’s been a bad week for those seeking renewal of long-term unemployment benefits. On Tuesday the House voted to patch over a decaying Highway Trust Fund with money that had been earmarked by Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) for a five-month extension of benefits that expired in December.

Lawsuit brings GOP together

politico.com — Speaker John Boehner’s push to sue President Barack Obama is uniting House and Senate Republicans - two groups that aren’t always on the same page. Over the past year, House and Senate Republican factions have disagreed on government funding, immigration reform and unemployment insurance benefits, dividing the party along both ideological...
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