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INTERVJU | Engelska Total Politics har intervjuat USA:s trettionionde president. Han är inte speciellt imponerad av politiken i Washington D.C.

Total Politics issue 66 feb 2014

Simon Burns, parlamentsledamot, intervjuade Jimmie Carter:

As we three sit down, I ask Carter if he ever misses the White House. Without a flicker of hesitation he shoots back, “Not these days. The White House is totally different from what it was when I was there. I had a very harmonious relationship with the Congress, with the Democrats and the Republicans. There was a spirit of camaraderie there and there was co-operation. It seemed everyone was trying to work for the better of the country. Those days are gone now, and it’s not the pleasant environment, personally and politically, it was. In these modern days, I don’t miss it.”

Tidskriftsomslag: Total Politics, nr 66, februari 2014.

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USA | Efter sin trippelseger har Mitt Romney återupptagit strategin att kritisera Barack Obama och ignorera sina republikanska motkandidater.

Reid J. Epstein på Politico skriver:

The former Massachusetts governor convincingly won all three primary contests on Tuesday with 98 delegates at stake — Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

But instead of acknowledging his GOP rivals — as he has always done on previous primary nights — Romney focused his 13-minute address on declaring President Barack Obama an out-of-touch elitist as he sought to frame the general election around his economic message.

Romney’s rhetoric sought to paint Obama as an aloof excuse maker who is dodging responsibility for gas prices and a sour economy. The president, Romney said, has an overinflated sense of his own success based on being cocooned in a bubble of admirers.

“It’s enough to make you think that years of flying around on Air Force One, surrounded by an adoring staff of true believers telling you what a great job you are doing, well, that might be enough to make you a little out of touch,” Romney said.

Och president Obama verkar ha anammat exakt samma strategi. Carrie Budoff Brown rapporterar:

President Barack Obama jumped fully into the 2012 race Tuesday, naming his likely Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, for the first time in an official presidential speech that accused the Republican establishment of embracing polices that threaten the middle class and economic fairness.

In an election-year appeal to middle-class voters, Obama shredded the spending plan written by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, backed by Romney and supported by the House Republican caucus as a “Trojan horse” built around radical right-wing and “thinly veiled social Darwinism.”

“Instead of moderating their views even slightly, the Republicans running Congress right now have doubled down,” Obama said at The Associated Press luncheon. “They’re proposed a budget so far to the right that it makes the Contract With America look like the New Deal.”

Bild: The Baltimore Sun publiceras i Baltimore i Maryland. Framsidan ovan är från den 4 april 2012.

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Turkmeniscam - Ken SilversteinWASHINGTON: Ken Silverstein, redaktör på Harper’s magazine, Wallraffade bland Washingtons lobbyister och PR-byråer för att undersöka om någon firma ville jobba för stalinistdiktaturen i Turkmenistan.

Silversteins alter ego ”Kenneth Cole” utgav sig för att representera en fiktiv grupp av finansiärer – Maldon Group – som var intresserade av att förbättra relationerna mellan USA och president Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedovs nya regim i landet.

Föga förvånande var det inga problem för Silverstein att få napp. Ingen av de fyra mest intressanta – APCO Worldwide, Carmen Group, Cassidy & Associates och The Livingston Group – tackade nej till att inleda ett samarbete.

Resultatet av granskningen blev till sist den mycket underhållande boken Turkmeniscam: How Washington Lobbyists Fought to Flack for a Stalinist Dictatorship (Random House, New York).

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