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From the encampment in Zuccotti Park, Danny Schechter, "The News Dissector," speaks to Laura Flanders of GritTV about the financial crimes committed by Wall St and various financial institutions. His new movie, "Plunder: The Crime of our Time," and companion book, "The Crime of our Time: Why Wall Street is Too Big to Jail," dissect Wall Street fraud and corruption. This video was broadcast live on October 5, 2011, as part of Free Speech TV's coverage of Occupy Wall St.+ More details
Thomas Countryman, assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation, offers insights into the recent U.S.-Russian negotiations aimed at destroying Syria's chemical weapons, and talks about Washington's conventional arms exports.+ More details
Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, talks about Asia’s “distant third” place in the U.S. diplomatic priorities, the obstructionism of North Korea's young leader, and China’s global influence.+ More details
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https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDrawingguy The Obama administration continues to push for an unpopular and misguided war in Syria, primarily to save face after drawing a "red line" over the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war, while Ron Paul continues to warn against the dangers of an interventionist foreign policy. Today's hard-hitting Enemies Domestic short confronts the administration's erratic, confusing, and arbitrary foreign policy.+ More details
Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine talks about the challenges Washington has faced in public diplomacy at home and abroad, and if it's finally getting it right.+ More details
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“I have worked hard to make sure that the Department of Labor holds true to protecting and helping workers, giving them all the rights and privileges that my jurisdiction has the responsibility for and more. I have tried to be creative and innovative in doing and testing new things that lift people up and give them the ability to empower themselves.” A native of California, Secretary Hilda L. Solis served eight years as a member of the House of Representatives. She became secretary of labor in the Obama administration in 2009. She is committed to providing opportunities for working Americans, particularly during a challenging period of economic transformation.+ More details
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns talks about how diplomacy has changed since 9/11, and why increasing the number of high-level political positions at the State Department has reduced accountability among lower-level employees.+ More details
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“Now, as national economic advisor, the constant focus is on anything and everything I can do at each and every moment to move the ball forward on jobs, on working training, on housing, on advanced manufacturing, on refinancing, on energy, on passing a balanced deficit reduction plan that still saves resources through entitlement and progressive tax reform while still investing in education and research and infrastructure.” Gene B. Sperling has played a key role in addressing one of the greatest economic challenges since the Great Depression. He serves as director of President Obama’s National Economic Council, a position he also held during the Clinton Administration. He has also been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.+ More details
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"There are three elements you need to have a successful operation. Clearly, you have to have a superior principal, and I've had that in Dick Durbin, Tom Daschle, and Barack Obama. Second, you have to have smart, hardworking staff people who understand policy and can figure out strategies to get things done. Third, you have to have an organization that is greater than the sum of its parts." Peter M. Rouse spent more than 30 years as chief of staff in Congressional offices, including the office of then-Senator Barack Obama. He now serves as counselor to President Obama, advising on matters of policy, organization, and strategic planning.+ More details
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