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26 апреля, 17:17

Гройсман пообещал Украине нормальные дороги через пять лет

Через пять лет на Украине появятся нормальные дороги, а спустя 10 лет украинцы смогут ими гордиться, заявил премьер-министр страны Владимир Гройсман. Он обвинил в том, что дороги на Украине оказались разрушены, предыдущие власти страны, которые, по его мнению, могли заниматься дорогами в 2006-2012 годах, в годы экономического подъема, сообщает «112 Украина». «Понятно, 2014-16 годы, кризисные годы, но что, не видели 10 лет назад, что дороги разрушаются?», - заявил Гройсман. Он также утверждает, что сейчас на Украине не только латают дороги, но и закладывают «серьезную программу», чтобы с 2018 года начинать системное восстановление украинских дорог. «И через пять лет, вы увидите, дороги будут другие. Нормальные дороги. А еще плюс пять лет, и мы будем гордиться украинскими дорогами», - подчеркнул Гройсман. В ноябре 2016 года власти Украины заявили, что только 10% украинских дорог находятся в удовлетворительном состоянии, а уничтожен зачастую не только верхний слой асфальта, но и его основа. В сентябрьском рейтинге качества автомобильных дорог Всемирного экономического форума (WEF) Украина оказалась на 134-ом месте из 138, уступив даже африканским странам - Сьерра-Леоне, Мозамбику, Чаду.

20 апреля, 12:00

ТВ ЦАРЬГРАД. Евросоюз берется за частные военные компании. Европарламент хочет поставить ЧВК под полный контроль

ФОТО: moritz320/pixabay.com, NEstudio/shutterstock.com Опубликовано: ТВ Царьград. 20.04.2017. Иван Коновалов Депутаты Европарламента собираются всерьез заняться регулированием деятельности частных военных и охранных компаний (ЧВК и ЧОК). Заседание по этому поводу состоится в Страсбурге в мае. Как ожидается, в ходе него будет принят ряд важных решений по «четкому определению обязательств и обязанностей» ЧВК и ЧОК, будет дан старт работе по формированию четких стандартов деятельности таких компаний. Инициатором этих слушаний стал подкомитет по безопасности и обороне Европарламента. Частные военные компании в ХХI веке стали неотъемлемой часть военно-политического ландшафта и в значительной мере изменили его. Так или иначе, они принимали участие в большинстве вооруженных конфликтов современности, наиболее активно действуя в Ираке и Афганистане, они работают в зонах боевых действий или в «зонах повышенного риска» в интересах различных правительств, министерств обороны и иностранных дел, транснациональных корпораций и даже ООН. Условно такие компании можно разделить на четыре типа: Компании военных услуг, которые предоставляют тактическую поддержку клиенту в ходе боевых действий, включая непосредственно участие в боевых операциях. Классический пример – южноафриканская ЧВК Executive Outcomes, разгромившая по правительственным контрактам повстанцев в Анголе и Сьерра-Леоне в 1993-1996 годах, и американская Blackwater (ныне Academy), которую уж точно представлять не надо; Военно-консалтинговые компании. Консультируют по вопросам разведки, стратегического и оперативного планирования, строительства и […]

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18 апреля, 09:00

Grief etched in stone: Sierra Leone finally lays Ebola to rest – in pictures

Cemeteries played a key role in the the fight to contain the Ebola outbreak that began in Sierra Leone in 2014. The traditional burial practice of washing bodies by hand was banned in order to prevent the disease spreading, and families were unable to witness the interment of loved ones. Finally, though, they are able to visit the country’s Ebola cemeteries and seek closure All photographs by Peter Caton for VSO Continue reading...

14 апреля, 01:07

How Donald Trump Blew Up the Virginia Governor’s Race

The Democratic primary was teed up for Ralph Northam, then he got a surprise opponent who wants to make it a referendum on the soul of the party.

12 апреля, 13:06

British nurse who caught Ebola in West Africa to return

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone hopes to return to the West African country next month.

12 апреля, 11:28

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey: return to Sierra Leone will give me closure

Scottish nurse who nearly died twice from Ebola plans to go back to west African state where she contracted virusPauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who nearly died twice from Ebola, has said she is seeking “closure” as she announced plans to return to Sierra Leone for the first time since contracting the disease there.She said the trip next month was to raise funds for children orphaned by the disease and would give her “closure in a positive way”. Continue reading...

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11 апреля, 11:48

Два экипажа на одном судне: моряки не сходят на берег, ждут зарплату

Часть задолженности дальневосточникам помогли выбить в Международной Федерации транспортных рабочих в порту Японии. Вторая часть их ждала на родине... Но моряков обманули.  Российский экипаж теплохода Believe (флаг Сьерра-Леоне, судовладелец компания «New Marine...

11 апреля, 09:39

The Sahel and West Africa had a good agricultural season, so why does food insecurity persist?

Ousman Tall, Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD) Every year the identification, analysis and mapping of areas at risk and populations affected by food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel and West Africa are carried out. Conducted within the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), this process is co-ordinated by the Permanent Inter-State Committee for […]

10 апреля, 07:39

Sierra Leone: Separate classes for pregnant girls raise questions

Sierra Leone: Separate classes for pregnant girls raise questions Pregnant students in Sierra Leone are not allowed to sit in the same class as their peers because they're seen as a bad influence. In 2015, the government gave them the option of attending alternative schools with a reduced curriculum. Amnesty International says denying pregnant girls mainstream education is a violation of their human rights. Al Jazeera's Nina Devries reports from the capital Freetown - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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05 апреля, 02:56

В Гонконге на аукционе продали бриллиант по рекордной цене в 71 миллион долларов

Окончательная цена бриллианта превысила стартовую на 20 миллионов долларов.

02 апреля, 10:35

Rzeczpospolita, Польша: по западным меркам России вообще не должно быть - но она существует

Преувеличенная роль армии и спецслужб, слабость экономики и разгул коррупции в России не соответствуют роли глобального игрока, которую Москва тем не менее играет, пишет в издании Rzeczpospolita Михал Кузь. Польский политолог уверен, что по глобальным меркам такая страна и вовсе не должна существовать, однако она "упрямо продолжает жить" - и это не укладывается в голове.Материал представлен в пересказе ИноТВ "Я всегда с огромным восхищением смотрел на профессиональных экспертов по России, к которым сам себя никогда не причислял", - пишет в издании Rzeczpospolita польский политолог Михал Кузь. Однако изучение России - похоже, как и его непосредственная предшественница советология, - это тайный вид знания, метафизический и ускользающий от точных фактов. В принципе, ничего странного. "Если применить стандартные инструменты, служащие политологам для сравнения разных стран, Россия - настоящая Нетландия. По сути, её не должно существовать вовсе, однако она упрямо продолжает жить", - рассуждает автор. К примеру, согласно Transparency International, это страна намного более коррумпирована, нежели Джибути или Сьерра-Леоне. По данным Всемирного банка, Россия, при имеющейся у неё территории, обладает весьма маленькой экономикой: меньшей, нежели у Южной Кореи, и сравнимой с испанской. Одновременно эта страна проводит на настоящий момент глобальную политику, размаха которой не постеснялись бы США или Китай. "Она играет ва-банк. Она якобы перекупает, убеждает и запугивает пол земного шара", - подчёркивает политолог. К тому же, согласно Global Firepower Index, она имеет вторую по численности армию в мире, а по количеству ядерных боеголовок опережает даже Соединённые Штаты, рассказывает Кузь. "Это всё просто-напросто в голове не укладывается", - добавляет он. "Кажется, что вместо государства, имеющего армию и спецслужбы, мы видим здесь спецслужбы и армию, которые пристроили к себе достаточно импровизированный государственный аппарат. В этой конструкции всё нестабильно и, кажется, предвещает скорую катастрофу или серьёзные реформы. На первый взгляд, нас не должно это беспокоить", - считает политолог. Страны, в конце концов, учатся на своих ошибках. Бывшие державы сначала тянутся "к Фолклендским островам", но потом они, впрочем, успокаиваются и реформируются."На востоке этот кризис самоопределения может, однако, принять очень опасный оборот", - предостерегает он. "Конечно, всё указывает на то, что это последнее действие пьесы под названием "Великая Россия". А что нам от этого? В соответствии с правилом, выработанным Чеховым, именно в этом действии большое ружьё на самом деле должно в конце концов выстрелить", - резюмирует в издании Rzeczpospolita польский политолог Михал Кузь.(https://russian.rt.com/in...)

02 апреля, 10:35

Rzeczpospolita, Польша: по западным меркам России вообще не должно быть - но она существует

Преувеличенная роль армии и спецслужб, слабость экономики и разгул коррупции в России не соответствуют роли глобального игрока, которую Москва тем не менее играет, пишет в издании Rzeczpospolita Михал Кузь. Польский политолог уверен, что по глобальным меркам такая страна и вовсе не должна существовать, однако она "упрямо продолжает жить" - и это не укладывается в голове.Материал представлен в пересказе ИноТВ "Я всегда с огромным восхищением смотрел на профессиональных экспертов по России, к которым сам себя никогда не причислял", - пишет в издании Rzeczpospolita польский политолог Михал Кузь. Однако изучение России - похоже, как и его непосредственная предшественница советология, - это тайный вид знания, метафизический и ускользающий от точных фактов. В принципе, ничего странного. "Если применить стандартные инструменты, служащие политологам для сравнения разных стран, Россия - настоящая Нетландия. По сути, её не должно существовать вовсе, однако она упрямо продолжает жить", - рассуждает автор. К примеру, согласно Transparency International, это страна намного более коррумпирована, нежели Джибути или Сьерра-Леоне. По данным Всемирного банка, Россия, при имеющейся у неё территории, обладает весьма маленькой экономикой: меньшей, нежели у Южной Кореи, и сравнимой с испанской. Одновременно эта страна проводит на настоящий момент глобальную политику, размаха которой не постеснялись бы США или Китай. "Она играет ва-банк. Она якобы перекупает, убеждает и запугивает пол земного шара", - подчёркивает политолог. К тому же, согласно Global Firepower Index, она имеет вторую по численности армию в мире, а по количеству ядерных боеголовок опережает даже Соединённые Штаты, рассказывает Кузь. "Это всё просто-напросто в голове не укладывается", - добавляет он. "Кажется, что вместо государства, имеющего армию и спецслужбы, мы видим здесь спецслужбы и армию, которые пристроили к себе достаточно импровизированный государственный аппарат. В этой конструкции всё нестабильно и, кажется, предвещает скорую катастрофу или серьёзные реформы. На первый взгляд, нас не должно это беспокоить", - считает политолог. Страны, в конце концов, учатся на своих ошибках. Бывшие державы сначала тянутся "к Фолклендским островам", но потом они, впрочем, успокаиваются и реформируются."На востоке этот кризис самоопределения может, однако, принять очень опасный оборот", - предостерегает он. "Конечно, всё указывает на то, что это последнее действие пьесы под названием "Великая Россия". А что нам от этого? В соответствии с правилом, выработанным Чеховым, именно в этом действии большое ружьё на самом деле должно в конце концов выстрелить", - резюмирует в издании Rzeczpospolita польский политолог Михал Кузь.(https://russian.rt.com/in...)

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01 апреля, 21:11

Racism on the terraces and 10 minutes at Torquay – Football Weekly Meets Leroy Rosenior

Leroy Rosenior talks to James Richardson about his career on and off the pitch, including the racism he encountered in the 1980s and his managerial stints at Torquay – all 10 minutes of it – and Sierra LeoneOn this edition of Football Weekly Meets, AC Jimbo sits down for an extended chat with former Fulham, QPR and West Ham striker Leroy Rosenior.The title of Leroy’s new autobiography, “It’s Only Banter”, refers to how the vicious racism he and other black players encountered in the 1980s was explained away. Here he recalls some of those instances, and more positive experiences, such as how he had the last laugh in the West Ham dressing room with Frank McAvennie and why his infamous 10-minute tenure in charge of Torquay was the best thing that could have happened to his post-playing career. Continue reading...

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25 марта, 18:35

Miners Found a 706-Carat Diamond in Sierra Leone. Who Should Get the Profit?

The government will broker the sale of the gem, valued at as much as $50 million. But many are skeptical that all involved will get their fair share.

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25 марта, 02:36

From Homeless Hair Braider To African Fashion Queen

When Mariatu Turay was homeless after fleeing war-torn Sierra Leone with her mother at the age of 16, she fell back on the hair braiding skill she had learned at school where all the girls had to plait their hair. Now she is a leading African designer on the London fashion scene.

24 марта, 14:23

World Tuberculosis Day: Health workers raise awareness in Sierra Leone

Tuberculosis is among the top ten causes of death worldwide. The World Health Organization says Sierra Leone has one of the highest levels of TB. Health workers in the country are trying to change that by raising awareness. Al Jazeera’s Nina Devries reports from Freetown. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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21 марта, 17:36

Pastor Discovers 706-Carat Diamond In Sierra Leone Village

A fortuitous pastor in Sierra Leone has discovered the second largest diamond ever found in the country, a 706-carat hockey puck sized diamond.

19 марта, 18:02

REMEMBERING JIMMY BRESLIN -- TRUMP infighting -- TILLERSON’s warm words for China -- BLOOMBERG’s warning to Dems on Gorsuch -- SUNDAY BEST -- PENCE visits Mar-A-Lago -- B’DAY: Jill Abramson

BULLETIN -- REMEMBERING JIMMY BRESLIN – N.Y. Daily News’ Jason Silverstein: “Jimmy Breslin — the cigar-chomping, hard-nosed newspaperman who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Daily News’ columns championing ordinary New Yorkers — died Sunday morning, according to friends and family members. He was 86. The cause of death was not immediately released. The curmudgeonly columnist and author — whose velvety and witty writing style uplifted the downtrodden and eviscerated the scoundrels — crafted copy for The News, Newsday, the New York Herald Tribune and New York Journal American. For more than 40 years, James Earl Breslin was the newspaper reporter New Yorkers trusted and clamored to read, and other journalists strived to emulate.” http://nydn.us/2nAuJYQGood Sunday morning. THE PRESIDENT is at Trump International Golf Club this morning. He left Mar-a-Lago at 8:26 a.m., per pooler Franco Ordonez of McClatchy. He is expected to have meetings and do phone calls from the club.WELCOME TO MAR-A-LAGO, VP PENCE! -- “NEW: VP Pence takes photo at Mar-a-Lago with actor Nick Loeb,” by the Palm Beach Post’s Kristina Webb: “Actor and former Delray Beach City Commission candidate Nick Loeb snapped a selfie with Vice President Mike Pence while at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night. The photo, posted to Loeb’s Instagram account, shows Loeb smiling next to the vice president, who was making his first visit to President Donald Trump’s part-time Palm Beach home since Pence and Trump took office in January.” http://pbpo.st/2mh1ZE9 … Pic of Pence and Loeb http://bit.ly/2mFqZQH-- THE PALM BEACH POST’s George Bennett says Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee and a frequent Trump critic, was in Palm Beach for a county Democratic fundraiser. http://pbpo.st/2mh55YP … A1 PDF http://bit.ly/2lwjdMcTHE FINE-TUNED MACHINE -- DEPT. OF PALACE INTRIGUE -- “Inside Trump’s White House, New York moderates spark infighting and suspicion,” by WaPo’s Phil Rucker and Bob Costa: “Inside the White House, they are dismissed by their rivals as ‘the Democrats.’ Outspoken, worldly and polished, this coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures-turned-presidential advisers is scrambling the still-evolving power centers swirling around President Trump. Led by Gary Cohn and Dina Powell — two former Goldman Sachs executives often aligned with Trump’s eldest daughter and his son-in-law — the group and its broad network of allies are the targets of suspicion, loathing and jealousy from their more ideological West Wing colleagues.“On the other side are the Republican populists driving much of Trump’s nationalist agenda and confrontations, led by chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has grown closer to Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in part to counter the New Yorkers. ... Cohn and Powell huddle regularly with business executives, both on the White House campus and at glitzy off-site events. Several other senior staffers have groused that they are rarely invited to attend — and often don’t know about the meetings. Their networking creates what one associate called ‘a positive feedback loop’: The executives often sing Cohn and Powell’s praises in their meetings with Trump.” http://wapo.st/2mXdLki-- JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MAGGIE HABERMAN onA19 of the NYT: “In One Rocky Week, Trump’s Self-Inflicted Chaos on Vivid Display”: “Even more self-lacerating: his insistence that President Barack Obama had authorized surveillance on his 2016 campaign, a claim that continued unabated despite rebukes from Republicans, denials by the congressional intelligence committees and complaints from the British government, which demanded an apology after Mr. Trump’s spokesman suggested that one of its intelligence agencies had aided in the spying. ‘It’s a pattern with him -- he sometimes counterpunches so hard he hits himself,’ said Ari Fleischer, who served as White House press secretary for George W. Bush.“The public outbursts are mirrored by internal tensions. With the embers of the old rivalry extinguished between his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, and chief of staff, Reince Priebus, a new realignment has emerged in a West Wing already rived by suspicion and intrigue. Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs executive who serves as the president’s top economic policy adviser and who is decidedly more liberal than the rest of Mr. Trump’s inner circle, is on the rise, and has the ear of the president’s powerful son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Mr. Kushner also gained an ally on the National Security Council with the appointment of Dina Powell, a Republican and another former Goldman official who worked with Mr. Cohn, as a deputy for strategy. Mr. Trump is not bothered by turf battles in his administration. He believes they foster competition and keep any one aide from accumulating too much power.” http://nyti.ms/2n3rSGrON THE WORLD STAGE -- “Tillerson ends China trip with warm words from President Xi,” by Reuters’ Yeganeh Torbati and Michael Martina in Beijing: “With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues. China has been irritated at being repeatedly told by Washington to rein in North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and the U.S. decision to base an advanced missile defense system in South Korea.“Beijing is also deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions toward self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own, with the Trump administration crafting a big new arms package for the island that is bound to anger China. But meeting in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, those issues were brushed aside by Xi and Tillerson, at least in front of reporters, with Xi saying Tillerson had made a lot of efforts to achieve a smooth transition in a new era of relations. ‘You said that China-U.S. relations can only be friendly. I express my appreciation for this,’ Xi said.” http://reut.rs/2nFFntU-- @blakehounshell: “Buried news [Saturday]: Tillerson calling North Korea an ‘imminent’ threat. Not sure if he understood the import of that word.”IT’S HAPPENING -- “Bidding Process for U.S. Border-Wall Construction Begins,” by WSJ’s Dan Frosch: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officially opened the process to accept bids to design and build a wall ‘physically imposing in height’ along the southern border with Mexico. The requests for proposals, posted online Friday night, are the latest steps in the Trump administration’s push to fulfill a campaign promise—despite significant legal and logistical challenges. The documents say the government will consider proposals for two separate designs for the barrier: a solid concrete wall, and a wall made of alternative material.” http://on.wsj.com/2nFKsT8NUKE WATCH -- “While Trump talks tough, U.S. quietly cutting nuclear force,” by AP’s Robert Burns: “The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump’s argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. … The shrinking of the ICBM force runs counter, at least rhetorically, to Trump's belief that the U.S. has fallen behind Russia in nuclear muscle. In December, he tweeted that the U.S. must ‘greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.’ He has criticized New START as a bad deal.” http://apne.ws/2nalFswSCOTUS WATCH -- NYT A1, “In Gorsuch, Conservative Activist Sees Test Case for Reshaping the Judiciary,” by Eric Lipton and Jeremy Peters: “Most Americans have probably never heard of Leonard A. Leo, who has long served as executive vice president of the Federalist Society, an organization of conservatives and libertarians who ‘place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values and the rule of law.’ But as Mr. Trump begins the process of filling what could be the most federal court vacancies left to any president in nearly a half-century, Mr. Leo is playing a critical role in reshaping the judiciary. He sits at the nexus of an immensely influential but largely unseen network of conservative organizations, donors and lawyers who all share a common goal: Fill the federal courts with scores of judges who are committed to the narrow interpretation of the Constitution that they believe the founders intended.” http://nyti.ms/2mIZSoN-- MIKE BLOOMBERG in Bloomberg View, “Democrats: Don’t Use Republican Playbook on Gorsuch”: “Proponents of the obstructionist strategy argue that the ends justify the means – that any tactic to thwart the other side is acceptable. They couldn’t be more wrong. No party has a monopoly on wisdom. Absolutism and extreme partisanship crowd out both compromise and fresh ideas. They also threaten the stability of our most vital democratic institutions: the judiciary, Congress and the presidency. ... By all objective accounts, including from the American Bar Association, Gorsuch is a highly qualified nominee. He is not, of course, the person Democrats would have selected. But Democrats had a chance to determine the court’s make-up by electing their presidential nominee, and they failed.” http://bloom.bg/2nFL8YGFLAGGING FOR FOGGY BOTTOM -- “Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials,” by VOA’s Michelle Quinn: “Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. ... ‘This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.’ [event organizer Mary] Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa. ‘I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations,’ said Flowers. ‘We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent.’ A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned.” http://bit.ly/2nap5vi SUNDAY BEST -- HHS SECRETARY TOM PRICE talks to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’s “This Week”: STEPHANOPOULOS: “Yes, but you’ll need -- you’ll need Democratic votes for that, that third [bucket]. But in the meantime ... The changes you’re making to get conservatives in the House -- speeding up the changes in Medicaid -- are going to cause even more concerns with those senators in the Midwest, in rural areas, who are saying that --- that their states are relying on the Medicaid expansion. So everything you do to get votes in the House is going to cost you votes in the Senate, isn’t it?” PRICE: “Well, it’s a fine needle that needs to be thread, there’s no doubt about it. But you mentioned working with Democrats on that -- on that third bucket, and we sure hope so. We’ve been reaching out to individuals in both the House and the Senate on the other side of aisle and look forward to their ideas and hopefully their input and their support as we move forward. They know that the current law doesn’t work. They know that premiums are going up. They know that deductibles are skyrocketing. They know that a lot of people have health coverage but no health care because they can’t afford the deductibles.”-- SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY.) talking to Stephanopoulos: STEPHANOPOULOS: “And you heard Dr. Price right there. He also said it’s not fair to just look at this Ryan plans, as you just called it, in isolation. You have to look at everything the administration is proposing.” PAUL: “The problem is, see, we as conservatives ran on repeal of Obamacare. I was elected in 2010, right after it came into place, to repeal it. We never ran on a replacement of Obamacare Lite. We never ran on making the entitlement subsidies permanent. We never ran on an individual mandate or keeping the taxes or keeping the Medicaid expansion. We didn’t run on that, and so they’re really flat-out false in telling us, oh, you guys ran on this plan. None of us ran on this plan. We ran on repealing Obamacare because it doesn’t work.” -- OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY talking to CHUCK TODD on NBC's "Meet the Press": TODD: "Very quickly, on this surveillancing, do you take the president at his word, that he or his associates were wiretapped by the president?" MULVANEY: "Well, I saw the thing with Angela Merkel, I thought it was sort of tongue in cheek. But again, I'm the numbers guy. I'm sitting here doing the budget, so I'm really not involved in the wiretapping issue." TODD: "On one hand, are you concerned though that eroding credibility on that issue makes your job harder on Congress, on Capitol Hill?" MULVANEY: "No, no. Listen, those of us who see and work with the president every day believe him, trust him, have no difficulties like the folks in the press do."-- “Ryan: Health care bill must do more for older people,” by Ian Kullgren: “House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he’s seeking changes to the Republican health care bill to provide more assistance to 50-and-60-year-olds. ‘We believe we should have even more assistance — and that’s one of the things we’re looking at — for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs,’ the Wisconsin Republican told Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday.’ Ryan’s comments came in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing older people could pay higher premiums under the GOP bill. Ryan expressed skepticism about the CBO analysis, but said his leadership team is still looking at more ways to help older people under the new plan. ‘The CBO looked at a little piece of the issue, when we know the secretary of HHS will help bring market freedom and regulatory relief to the insurance markets to dramatically lower the price of the plan for the 50-and-60 year olds,’ Ryan said. ‘But even with that, we think, we should be offering more assistance than what the bill currently does.’” http://politi.co/2nonTVO-- HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI (D-Calif.) talking to JOHN DICKERSON on CBS’s “Face the Nation”: DICKERSON: “As you have said, there are issues with the Affordable Care Act. I mean, there are high premiums, high deductibles. In some places, there’s only one insurer. Insurance companies are leaving. Have -- have the Democrats offered something that could meet them halfway, meet Republicans halfway, or to deal with some of those issues?” PELOSI: “Well, no. It’s not a question of halfway. It’s like ‘a little bit pregnant’. You either have healthcare or you don’t -- you know, you either have an agenda that is a public private partnership, or you -- or you don’t. But -- but the individual market is challenging. And we can do more to help on the individual market. The copays and the out of pockets -- they will go up more under Trumpcare. You cannot retain any of the benefits of ... no discrimination for pre-existing condition, no lifetime limits -- to -- that benefit that people have, children can stay on your policy until 26. You can’t do that unless you have the big pool that the Affordable Care Act has, and you have a mandate. You can’t say I’m going to give you all the goodies, with none of the responsibility. And that’s what the president is saying. But I think listening to-- and I listen to him very carefully. I respect the office he holds. I respect the people who voted for him. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. And when he says death spiral and this and that, he really doesn’t know what he’s talking about. That’s most unfortunate. And so this product is Trumpcare.”-- @FoxNewsSunday at 9:33 a.m.: “.@DevinNunes adds: There was no FISA warrant that I’m aware of to tap Trump Tower.” … at 9:42 a.m.: “.@DevinNunes on if there is evidence of Russia and Trump campaign collusion: ‘No evidence of collusion’”REMEMBERING CHUCK BERRY -- NYT’s Jon Pareles: “Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90. The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed his death on its Facebook page. Mr. Berry died at his home near Wentzville, Mo., about 45 miles west of St. Louis. The department said it responded to a medical emergency and he was declared dead after lifesaving measures were unsuccessful.“While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.” http://nyti.ms/2nnZOykHMM -- “Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort wanted for questioning in Ukraine corruption case,” by CNN’s Simon Ostrovsky: “Ukrainian prosecutors want to question Paul Manafort in connection with a corruption investigation and have made repeated requests for assistance from US authorities, CNN has learned. Prosecutors in Kiev said they have made seven separate appeals over the past two years for help in questioning President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, including letters to FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Justice Department officials. Ukrainian officials said the US has not responded to those requests. Under a ‘mutual legal assistance’ treaty, the two countries have agreed to regularly assist each other in law enforcement efforts, such as gathering statements and other evidence for prosecutions. U.S. authorities confirmed to CNN that the requests were received but declined further comment.” http://cnn.it/2nFyuc1SHE’S BACK -- “Hillary Clinton Says She’s ‘Ready to Come Out of the Woods,’” by NYT’s Eli Rosenberg: “Hillary Clinton said she was ‘ready to come out of the woods’ during a St. Patrick’s Day speech on Friday night in Pennsylvania in front of an overflow crowd — an indication that she plans to shed the low profile she has kept since the election. Mrs. Clinton, the presidential candidate and a former secretary of state, made the comments at the end of a nearly 20-minute talk she gave at a yearly St. Patrick’s Day celebration held by a women’s group in Scranton — in the northeast corner of a battleground state that made for one of her most surprising electoral losses in November. … [A]t the end of the speech, given in the ballroom of a local Hilton hotel, her words turned, if only glancingly, to current affairs. ‘I’m like a lot of my friends right now. I have a hard time watching the news, I’ll confess,’ she said, according to a video of the event. ‘I am ready to come out of the woods and to help shine a light on what is already happening around kitchen tables, at dinners like this.’” http://nyti.ms/2nam12p … Video http://bit.ly/2mFbjwXAD WARS – The American Made Coalition is launching its first TV ad, called “Lights Out,” that is airing today on “Meet The Press” and cable news channels in the DC area and digital promotion in a dozen targeted states through April 9. They’re spending a “significant six figures” on the ad, which supports tax reform efforts to help American manufacturing, partly through a border adjustment tax, which retailers and others fiercely oppose. See the ad http://bit.ly/2nS7hSQFOR YOUR RADAR -- NYT A19, “Senators Ask Trump Adviser to Preserve Any Russia-Related Documents,” by Maggie Haberman: “Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to President Trump, has been asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee to preserve any records he may have in connection to a broader inquiry into Russian attempts to interfere with United States elections. The letter sent to Mr. Stone, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, represents the first public indication of the scope of the committee’s inquiry, and possible connections to Mr. Trump’s campaign.” http://nyti.ms/2mJ0fjc--“Trump sued over disclosure of personal debts,” by Josh Gerstein: “A Washington lawyer is suing President Donald Trump for allegedly obscuring the extent of his personal debts on his federal financial disclosure form. Attorney Jeffrey Lovitky filed the case in federal court in Washington this week, claiming that Trump's May 2016 disclosure intermingles his personal indebtedness and loans made to businesses or developments projects Trump is affiliated with.” http://politi.co/2nak7yNHMM -- “Trump’s ‘major meeting’ on Veterans Affairs doesn’t happen,” by Rebecca Morin: “A ‘major meeting’ on veterans affairs slated for Friday evening that President Donald Trump publicly announced at the White House earlier in the day did not take place, according to pool reports. Flanked by representatives of veterans groups, Trump said he would be meeting with members of the veterans affairs board at his Mar-a-Lago club on Friday evening, including Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. But Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, sitting to Trump’s left, immediately indicated he would not be attending.“The White House did not respond to a question as to why the meeting did not occur. A pool report late Friday confirmed ‘that the veterans meeting is not taking place tonight,’ assuring that more information would be provided Saturday.” http://politi.co/2nAhFCy-- A POOL REPORT last night from Ben Kamisar of The Hill said that Trump and Melania dined at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night with Perlmutter and his wife, along with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Pence joined for dessert.THE IVANKA BEAT -- “Inside Ivanka Trump’s Meeting With Latina Business Owners,” by Lili Gil Valletta in HuffPost: “I was one of the business owners invited, and was particularly impressed by Ivanka’s genuine concern and engagement as she learned about our journey and unique challenges as immigrants, business owners and moms in the workplace. Ivanka and her team want to ensure the voice and concerns of all women are heard and addressed, especially around access to capital, networks and opportunities. She challenged us to provide her with ideas to bring forward in her efforts advocating for women within her father’s administration.” http://huff.to/2no2FanWEST COAST WATCH -- “Two sheriffs elected as reformers end up destroyed by corruption scandals,” by L.A. Times’ Joe Mozingo: “They swept away an old guard to lead the two of the largest sheriff’s departments in the nation, promising reforms — treating drug offenders in jail, reaching out to long-neglected minority communities, training officers in a gentler approach with the homeless and mentally ill. They both left in disgrace. Former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona finished his four-year federal prison term in 2015. This week, 18 years after they both took office, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted of obstructing a federal inquiry into abuses in county jails and lying to investigators. He faces up to 20 years in a federal penitentiary.” http://lat.ms/2nane9X-- “Jerry Brown heads to D.C., with Schwarzenegger right behind him,” by California Playbook co-author David Siders: “California Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't travel much out of state, but amid intensifying conflict with Washington over health care, climate change, immigration and more, the governor of the nation’s most populous state will head east next week — his first trip to the nation's capital since President Donald Trump’s inauguration.” http://politi.co/2nas0EcBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman:--“Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years,” by Michael Finkel in The Guardian: “At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story.” http://bit.ly/2mCDOMv (h/t TheBrowser.com)--“Breaking Faith,” by Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: “The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.” http://theatln.tc/2nMxgey--“Orphans of Progress,” by Alec Ash in 1843 Magazine: “Millions of Chinese children have been left behind in the countryside by parents drawn to the cities in search of employment. Alec Ash travelled to a remote village in the mountains of Guizhou to meet some of the victims of rapid development.” http://bit.ly/2mQqu82--“Escape to Another World,” by Ryan Avent in the April/May issue of 1843 Magazine: “As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are dropping out of the job market to spend their time in an alternate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the beginning of something big.” http://bit.ly/2nzgzUi--“The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist,” by Joshua Davis in the March 2009 Wired: “The vault was thought to be impenetrable. It was protected by 10 layers of security, including infrared heat detectors, Doppler radar, a magnetic field, a seismic sensor, and a lock with 100 million possible combinations. The robbery was called the heist of the century, and even now the police can't explain exactly how it was done.” http://bit.ly/2nzb9c5--“Making Athens Great Again,” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in April’s Atlantic: “How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal.” http://theatln.tc/2mQikwL (h/t ALDaily.com)--“‘But what about the railways ...?’ The myth of Britain’s gifts to India,” by Shashi Tharoor in The Guardian: “Apologists for empire like to claim that the British brought democracy, the rule of law and trains to India. Isn’t it a bit rich to oppress, torture and imprison a people for 200 years, then take credit for benefits that were entirely accidental?” http://bit.ly/2mA1tfA--“The Deliciously Fishy Case of The ‘Codfather,’” by Ben Goldfarb in the March/April issue of Mother Jones: “New England’s seafood industry is in deep trouble—thanks in no small part to one mogul’s seriously shady business.” http://bit.ly/2nvdaJr (h/t Longform.org)--“Russia’s Plot Against the West,” by James Kirchick, author of “The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age,” in Politico Magazine: “The Kremlin wants to destroy the trans-Atlantic alliance. Does Trump want to save it?” http://politi.co/2nMBbrw ...$20.80 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2lKb5cf--“The General Who Went to War On Suicide,” by Ben Hattem in Politico Magazine: “A commander with a history of depression created a unique way to keep his soldiers from killing themselves. The Army had other ideas.” http://politi.co/2mQo5dKSPOTTED: Former Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power yesterday walking with moving boxes on Winthrop Shore Drive in Winthrop, Mass. … Rev. Al Sharpton in Acela First Class yesterday from NYC to D.C.OUT AND ABOUT -- Washington Post publisher FRED RYAN hosted his annual St. Patrick’s Day cocktail party Saturday night at the George Town Club, with nearly every man in a green tie. Guests mingled shoulder-to-shoulder over cocktails on the first floor before heading upstairs for a buffet including roast beef and salmon. SPOTTED: Post journalists Dan Balz, David Fahrenthold and Bob Costa, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, British Amb. Kim Darroch and wife Vanessa, Stephanie Cutter, Nedra Pickler, Tammy Haddad, Leon Harris, Doug McKelway, Gordon Peterson, Maureen Bunyan and Ann and Lloyd Hand.SPOTTED at Mark Paustenbach’s birthday drinks at Rodell Mollineau and Sheena Arora’s house last night: Shawna Thomas, Sahil Kapur, Doug Thornell, Christine Delargy, Paul Kane, Sue Davis and Adam Aigner-Treworgy, Tory Newmyer, Jay Newton-Small, Zeke Miller, Rob Saliterman, Phil Elliott, Luis Miranda, Nick Johnston, Neil Irwin, Michael and Mary Kathryn Steel and Matt Dornic.WEEKEND WEDDINGS -- Joe Hack, chief of staff for Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), married Sami Zarour Saturday at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. SPOTTED: Fischer and her husband, Jennifer DeCasper, chief of staff for Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Katie Britt, chief of staff for Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Lisa Goeas, chief of staff for Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Christopher Gahan, former Ernst chief of staff who is now leads Northwestern Mutual’s D.C. office and Martin Gold of Capitol Counsel.--“Hope Palmer, Hugh McDermott” – N.Y. Times: “The bride, 28, is an associate producer based in Washington for the ‘Today’ show on NBC. She is a daughter of Nancy Doyle Palmer of Washington and the late John Palmer. The bride’s mother is a journalist based in Washington whose work has appeared in Washingtonian, The Atlantic and other publications. Her father was an NBC News correspondent from 1962 to 1990, and again from 1994 to 2002. He served as a ‘Today’ show news anchor in the 1980s. The groom, 27, works in Washington, where he manages a staff of speakers at Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization based in New York that focuses on the prevention of gun violence. From May 2015 to January 2017, he served as the associate director of scheduling for Michelle Obama, then the first lady.” http://nyti.ms/2n3uZOo--“Scott Falmlen, Paul Fox III” -- NYT: “Mr. Falmlen ... 52, is a founder of Nexus Strategies, a public affairs and political consultancy in Raleigh. He is on the board of Raleigh Little Theater. He graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky. ... Mr. Fox, 50, an interior designer, is a principal in 310 Architecture & Interiors in Raleigh, specializing in corporate, health care and educational facilities. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2nFPMWvBIRTHDAYS: Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times now teaching creative writing at Harvard and writing a book about the news ... Teddy Downey … film producer Harvey Weinstein is 65 ... Brent Scowcroft, former White House national security adviser, is 92 ... Trey Hardin, founder of War Room Strategies, an ABC News political analyst and Podesta Group alum … Lynda Johnson Robb, former Chair of Reading is Fundamental, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson, and wife of former U.S. Sen. Chuck Robb (D-Va.) ... Politico’s James Benson and Betsy Barrows ... Kayla Cook Brown, the pride of Kerrville, Texas ... C-SPAN is 38 – on March 19, 1979 was the first day of live gavel-to-gavel TV coverage of the House floor -- video from that day’s opening http://cs.pn/1S8HtMu ... Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Co.) is 62 ... Alexander Trowbridge, Politico and Bloomberg alum now working on Colbert’s “Late Show” ... CBS News’ Kia Baskerville ... Anatole Jenkins, alum of Obama and Clinton campaigns and a Nevada organizing guru, is 26 (h/ts Tyler Barnes and James Richie) ... Van Scott, comms director at ABC News ... Kivvit’s Ian Hainline ... Leonard Lauder, philanthropist, art collector and chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies, is 84 (h/t Jewish Insider) ...... Annie Policastro, director of federal gov’t affairs at UPS ... Ric Cunningham, producer for The Duke & The Duck ... Ali Chartan, director at Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick ... Tara McGuinness, CAP and Obama OMB alum … WashPost religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey ... ABC News’ Katie Bosland, a coordinating producer at GMA … DNC alum Carla Frank is 26 – she’s celebrating at one of D.C.'s favorite restaurants, Barcelona (h/t Sarah Gilmore) ... Grace Hoefer, scheduler extraordinaire for Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) ... Andy Wong of Gabby Giffords’ and Mark Kelly’s Americans for Responsible Solutions, and the pride of the Bay Area ... John Gossel ... Doug Hill, director of outreach for Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and an Obey alum … Joel Rogers … Emma Lieberth (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Scott Bates ... ProPublica senior investigative reporter T. Christian Miller ... Mary Streett … Kate Gordon, senior advisor at The Paulson Institute ... Elizabeth Plank, senior producer/correspondent at Vox ... Jen Gerson Uffalussy ... Rob Varsalone ... Jerry Fritz … Maria Osborn Howard ... TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinsky ... Dave Arnold of Saudi Aramco ... Cody Sigel ... Michael Makarski ... Seth Rogovoy of the Rogovoy Report ... Jen Gerson Uffalussy ... Nataly Morales of Sen. Murray’s office ... Bernard Schmit of Joint Cmte. on Taxation ... Yujin Lee, LA for Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman ... Jose Borjon, COS for Rep. Vicente Gonzalez ... Jake Westlin, LC for Sen. Heitkamp ... Joseph Puente, comms director/scheduler for Rep. Gene Green ... Angela Ellard of House Ways and Means (h/ts Legistorm) ... author Philip Roth is 84 ... Glenn Close is 7-0 ... Bruce Willis is 62 (h/ts AP)

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