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Aug 022015
 

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Based on a task force recommendation, the North Carolina legislature is considering paying $50,000 to living individuals sterilized by the state against their will or without their knowledge. North Carolina reportedly sterilized 7,600 individuals between 1929 and 1974. However, other American states also passed laws legalizing sterilization; the first was passed in Indiana in 1907

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) | Britannica.com

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Jul 212015
 

Alternative title: NATO

North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO),military alliance established by the North Atlantic Treaty (also called the Washington Treaty) of April 4, 1949, which sought to create a counterweight to Soviet armies stationed in central and eastern Europe after World War II. Its original members were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Joining the original signatories were Greece and Turkey (1952); West Germany (1955; from 1990 as Germany); Spain (1982); the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland (1999); Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia (2004); and Albania and Croatia (2009). France … (100 of 2,724 words)

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Freedom Church 04/05/15 – Application: What Does the Text Tell Me To Do? – Video

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Apr 142015
 



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Homes for sale 130 Windsor Rd North Liberty IA 52317 Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors – Video

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Apr 142015
 



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North Liberty police officer spots burning home

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Apr 132015
 

North Liberty police officer spots burning home

April 13, 2015 | 12:41 pm

NORTH LIBERTY Quick actions and a little luck may have saved a North Liberty home after it was struck by lightning early Monday morning.

According to the North Liberty Fire Department, a police officer spotted the burning home, 395 Carlyle Dr., moments after departing from a different fire call at a home one block away.

North Liberty fire officials said they were on scene within one minute.

First arriving units found flames and smoke coming from the front of the home from the roof eaves, a news release stated.

It was a great save, said North Liberty Fire Department Captain Chris Kochanny.

Officials said everyone inside the house made it out safely, and the house sustained only minor damage as firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Firefighters had originally been called out to the 400 block of Carlyle Drive after a homeowner reported hearing a large boom followed by their smoke detectors going off around 1:30 a.m. Monday. No fire was found at that home, according to fire officials.

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230 Sugar Creek Lane North Liberty IA 52317 – Deanna Long – Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty – Video

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Apr 112015
 



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Toxic fuel from English Bay spill washes up on Vancouver beaches

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Apr 112015
 

The source, composition and quantity of the toxic fuel that spilled out into the waters of English Bay in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon is still unconfirmed.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, Roger Girouard, head of the Canadian Coast Guard western region, said that the spill was being treated as either bunker fuel or raw crude in a “worst-case scenario” until test results came back.

Residents were being warned to avoid the beaches on both sides of the bay on one of the sunniest days of the year, and to keep their dogs leashed and away from wet sand as a cleanup operation continues.

Girouard said that two large patches of the spill had been spotted moving towardthe North Shore of the city, and had been collected immediately.No large slicks had touched the shoreline, he said, but there was “sheen material and some black tar balls” on the beach.

Fourteen hundred litres of the spill had so far been collected, he said, with a rough assessment of a total 2,800 litres present in the water.

The spill occurred in Vancouver’s picturesque English Bay. (CBC)

That amount was “above the norm” but not “catastrophic.”

The source of the spill remains unconfirmed, as crew ofthe grain ship Marathassa, which sat in the middle of the spill, denies they released any material, Girouard said, noting that lawyers are involved.

“We can’t definitively say it came from that vessel,” he said. “The master says they are not the source of the oil.”

Girouardsaid that from an operations perspective, the response had gone “according to doctrine,”but he acknowledged that communications to the City of Vancouverandits residents “could have been better.”

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197 Watercress Rd North Liberty IA 52317 – Jessica Hochstedler Yoder – Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS – Video

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Apr 082015
 



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Boston-based Liberty Mutual to bring 5,000 jobs to new campus in Dallas suburb of Plano

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Apr 082015
 

PLANO, Texas Liberty Mutual Insurance expects to have 5,000 employees working at its new campus in the Dallas suburb of Plano by the end of 2017.

The nation’s third-largest insurer told employees Tuesday about the new campus, the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1a2tPZr ) reported.

Liberty Mutual vice president John Cusolito said that while the company’s headquarters will stay in Boston, the new Plano campus will consolidate a variety of operations now located around the country.

“We are reviewing which nearby operations will bring the most sense to bring onto this campus,” he said.

The new campus will be built in the $2 billion Legacy West development, which is under construction. Toyota Motor Co. is building its new North American headquarters there, and FedEx Office is building its new national headquarters there as well. Between the three major companies, almost 12,000 jobs will be located in the area.

Along with the office space, the 240-acre Legacy West project includes hundreds of new apartments and homes, retail space, restaurants and a luxury hotel.

The first of FedEx’s workers will move into its new building later this year. Toyota will start occupying its campus, which is under construction, in 2017.

Liberty Mutual will begin moving workers in January to Plano, where it has rented temporary office space. The company has more than 50,000 employees and operations in 30 countries.

Along with its home office in Boston, Liberty Mutual also has a large concentration of between 4,000 and 5,000 employees at facilities in New Hampshire.

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Die NATO und ihre Geheimarmeen – Vortrag Dr. Daniele Ganser – Video

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Volokh Conspiracy: Religious freedom laws should not exempt antidiscrimination provisions

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Apr 032015
 

Below, co-blogger Dale celebrates the fact that Indiana is going to exempt civil rights (antidiscrimination) laws from its state religious freedom act.

I dont think antidiscrimination laws presumptively deserve special status, and I therefore dont think they should be exempted from state RFRAs, or should otherwise be exempted from civil liberties protections, statutory or constitutional. In other words, state RFRAs shouldnt exempt antidiscrimination laws, and when courts are enforcing constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion, they should not find that antidiscrimination laws constitute compelling government interests sufficient to override those rights.

I argued this point in great detail in my 2003 book, You Cant Say That! The Growing Threat to Civil Liberties from Antidiscrimination Laws. The first twenty-six pages of the book can be found here. Some of the arguments from that book appear in this essay in the North Carolina Law Review. this essay in the Missouri Law Review, this article in the University of Chicago Legal Forum, this article in Social Philosophy and Policy, and this article in The William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal. A chapter dealing with the ACLUs abandonment of civil liberties in favor of antidiscrimination laws is excerpted here.

As a historical aside, the liberal lefts hostility to RFRA didnt start with gay rights, but with cases in the 1990s in which religious landlords who owned a few rental units declined to rent to unmarried, heterosexual individuals. This ran afoul in some states of laws banning discrimination on the basis of marital status.

At the time, liberal civil libertarian groups like the ACLU didnt claim that this was just bigotry disguised as religion, but rather that though it was the exercise of religion, (a) antidiscrimination concerns, even ones as trivial as heterosexual couples being denied an apartment in a huge metro area with many other willing landlords, should trump religious freedom; and (b) given that courts might not always agree that antidiscrimination concerns are a compelling interest sufficient to trump statutory religious freedom rights, they would no longer supports RFRAs that didnt exempt antidiscrimination laws.

Thus, liberal opposition to RFRA seems to have originated as a combination of treating antidiscrimination as a trump over almost any other right (the national ACLUbut not all state ACLUshas so far exempted pure speech), and hostility to assertions of rights by traditional Christians, as opposed to the peyote-smoking Native Americans, Sabbatarians, Amish, and other groups more traditionally associated with free exercise claims.

In any event, gay rights advocates do have a legitimate concern that religious conservatives are seeking to target laws protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation rather than protect religious freedom, as such.

I have heard a very prominent religious conservative argue that religious freedom should protect the right of someone to not photograph a gay marriage because of religious objections to such a marriage, but should not protect the right of someone to not photograph an interracial marriage because of religious objections. This individual may have a coherent reason for believing that, but if so it wasnt apparent from his remarks, beyond the possibility that he thinks it would be politically infeasible to defend the latter.

So heres my suggestion: instead of exempting antidiscrimination laws from state RFRAs, instead write into the laws a provision that the compelling interest test should be applied with the same rigor regardless of which group an antidiscrimination law protects. Therefore, a photographer should have the same right, but only the same right, to refuse on religious grounds to photograph a gay wedding as an interracial wedding, or a wedding between a Jew and a Gentile, or whatever.

If RFRA advocates arent willing to defend the right of someone who believes that interracial or interreligious marriages are against Gods will to refuse to participate in such weddings, then they dont have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to gay marriage. But the better position is to allow exemptions in all those situations.

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Two California beaches make top 10 list for family friendliness

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Apr 032015
 

California beaches in Carlsbad and Lake Tahoe (lake beaches count!) made Family Vacation Critic’s list of the 10 best U.S. beaches for families in 2015.

Lincoln City Beach in Lincoln, Ore., won top honors.

What makes for a family-friendly beach? Editors at the website, which is part of TripAdvisor, looked for beautiful beaches that also had nearby lodgings, restaurants and entertainment options that would be convenient for families.

The presence of lifeguards (a big plus), family activities, beach rentals and food stands were taken into consideration too.

Carlsbad State Beach, sometimes called Tamarack Beach for the street it’s near, was singled out at No. 5 for its welcoming family atmosphere. Parking is free if you get there early, and kids and their parents can enroll insurfing classes at the beach during summer months.

No. 10 Kings Beach on the north side of Lake Tahoe near the California-Nevada border received high marks as a good picnic spot. It includes a state recreation area and is close toTahoe Central Market, where you can stock up for a gourmet outdoor meal.

If you’re planning a beach vacation this summer, let the list be your guide.

1. Lincoln City Beach in Lincoln, Ore., on the coast about 100 miles southwest of Portland.

2. Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Va.

3. Ogunquit Beach in Ogunquit, Maine

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NATO Military Power 2015-2016 HD – Video

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Mar 312015
 



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NATO chief seeks closer cooperation with the European Union on new security challenges

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Mar 312015
 

BRUSSELS NATO’S secretary-general wants more joint action with the European Union to face the security challenges coming from Russia and the violent Islamic extremism plaguing some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Jens Stoltenberg told a European Parliament hearing Monday that NATO and the EU should combine efforts to make member countries more “resilient” to the so-called hybrid brand of warfare that Western governments accuse Russia of waging in Ukraine. Along with military force, hybrid warfare includes cyber-attacks, the use of social media, deception and disinformation.

The NATO secretary-general also said the EU should assist friendly countries to its south and southeast like Jordan to combat the spread of Islamic extremism.

Stoltenberg told European lawmakers that “the time has come to spend more on defense.”

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Supreme Court questions lifelong monitoring of sex offenders

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Mar 312015
 

The Supreme Court raised constitutional doubts Monday about the lifelong monitoring of sex offenders and other criminals with the use of GPS devices.

In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled for a North Carolina man and said this monitoring is a search under the Fourth Amendment that must be justified as reasonable based on all the circumstances.

Since 2005, 40 states have adopted laws that provide for GPS monitoring of ex-offenders. California was said to have the first and largest monitoring program. The court was told 9,300 sex offenders in California were being tracked, along with some gang members.

Mondays decision stops well short of striking down such monitoring, but it opens the door for ex-offenders to argue for limits.

A North Carolina lawyer who appealed the case praised the court for putting some restrictions on monitoring.

This is a significant case. North Carolina and other states have basically taken the position that they can strap a GPS monitoring device to whomever they choose. The court here is basically saying, no, any such search must be reasonable. In many cases, thats going to be impossible to demonstrate, said Luke Everett, a lawyer in Durham.

After a 20-minute hearing in 2013, Torrey Grady was ordered to enter a GPS monitoring program that would require him to wear an ankle bracelet for the remainder of his natural life. He was not on probation, but he had been convicted of a sex offense when he was a teenager in 1997 and of taking indecent liberties with a child in 2006.

North Carolinas law calls for monitoring of repeat offenders. He appealed the order, arguing it was an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment. A North Carolina court ruled that monitoring was not a search at all, and the North Carolina Supreme Court refused to hear his claim.

The Supreme Court issued a summary reversal Monday in Grady v. North Carolina and said the monitoring was governed by the Fourth Amendment. A state conducts a search when it attaches a device to a persons body, without consent, for the purpose of tracking that individuals movement, the justices said.

But they note the Fourth Amendment forbids only unreasonable searches, and they sent the case back to North Carolina for judges there to consider whether the lifelong monitoring of Grady was reasonable.

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Supreme Court Rules Government GPS Trackers Can Break Fourth Amendment

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Mar 312015
 

The Supreme Court has confirmed in a ruling that if the government places a GPS tracker on someone’s person or their belongings, the act counts as a searchsomething that remains protected by the Fourth Amendment.

As part of a case referred to as Grady v. North Carolina, the Supreme Court heard about how Torrey Dale Gradytwice-convicted as a sex offenderwas made to wear a GPS monitor at all times by North Carolina officials. In court, Grady challenged this, claiming it qualified as an unreasonable search. The Supreme Court agreed, explaining:

The only theory we discern [] is that the State’s system of nonconsensual satellite-based monitoring does not entail a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. That theory is inconsistent with this Court’s precedents.

It also listed some Supreme Court precedents to make its case, including a case where a tracker placed on a car without a warrant counted as unreasonable search. “It doesn’t matter what the context is, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s a car or a person,” Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Freedom Foundation, told The Atlantic. “Putting that tracking device on a car or a person is a search.”

Still, the Fourth Amendment takes poor account of digital technology generally, and courts have only ruled on a small number of cases involving GPS data. At some point, as Lynch points out to The Atlantic, the justice system will need to establish how geo-location datanow prolific in phones, cars, watches and moreis governed and protected. In the meantime, though, North Carolina better rethink its policy on issuing GPS trackers to sex offenders. [The Atlantic, Washington Post]

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Who's pushing the 'religious freedom' legislation in states?

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Mar 312015
 

Norfolk, Va. A recentopinion pieceby Apples CEO, Tim Cook, lamented Indianas new ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ as what he characterized as a wave of legislation” which some claim is the result of the emerging power and reach of conservative “bill mills.”

Theres something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors, Mr. Cook wrote in The Washington Post. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law. Others are more transparent in their effort to discriminate.

Cook was referring to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence andhis state’s new “religious freedom” law, which gives business owners the right todecline serving customers based on religious grounds in effect turning away LGBT customers

Some Democrats and political analysts say that the “wave” Cook refers to is not originating with voters, but rather conservative “bill mills” that finance state legislators to attend educational conferences that may provide both unified ideas and prefabricated bills to take home. Specifically, they seeThe American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) as the primary driver of conservative state laws.

But when asked whetherALEC was involved in supporting theReligious Freedom Restoration Act, ALEC spokesperson Bill Meierlingresponds: We do not work on firearms, marriage equality, immigration, any of those things people frequently say are ours.

Still, North Carolina state Rep.Graig R. Meyerof (D) Durham says that ALECis having a profound effect on how state legislators in his state are picking their targets.

While ALEC may not be directly distributing the template legislation were seeing pop up all over the country, they are primarily the network for legislative exchange that is operating as a provider of educational seminars and conferences, Mr. Meyer says in a phone interview.

One such ALEC conferencewas held in North Carolina.While nobody can say for sure where the next religious freedom law bill will pop up, its probably a safe bet to look at where their most recent national conferences were held and where the next one will be, says Meyer.

The last ALEC national conference was held in December in Washington, D.C. The next one coming up will be in San Diego, Calif., according to ALEC’s Meierling.He describes the organization as “an exchange of legislators and entrepreneurs who come together to discuss policy.

A Source Watch report on the legislative authors of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) shows many are also on theALEC Indiana membershiplist. Three of the bill’s co-authors are also ALEC Task Force committee chairs, including Indiana stateSen. Carlin J. Yoder(R) of District 12, Sen. Jean Leising (R) of District 42, andSen. Jim Buck (R) of District 21,according to Source Watch.

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WESLEY PRUDEN: Democrats are ready for Hillary Clinton, but is Hillary ready?

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Mar 312015
 

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Syndicate convened the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Illuminati and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy over the weekend at a secret hideaway in downtown Shangri-la to talk about themes for the 2016 campaign.

Were all familiar with the work of the Syndicate, though few know whos in it. The Syndicate controls everything: Nothing is too small to escape Syndicate attention. Perhaps youre looking for a friends house late on a dark and rainy night on Coffee Pot Lane, and you remember that the house is definitely on the south side of the street. Frustration expands, temper grows short, and suddenly there it is but on the north side of the street. You werent wrong. The Syndicate, having heard you were coming, moved the house. During the night theyll put it back.

The Syndicate picks presidents, but calls in other smaller but powerful cartels to help. Next year the chosen Democrat is Hillary Clinton. Theres not yet a chosen Republican, though the Bilderberg Group and the Council on Foreign Relations are rooting for Jeb Bush. The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy likes Ted Cruz. No final decision on candidates yet, but the campaign themes were locked in by Sunday night when everybody went home:

Vote for Hillary: She aint much but shes all weve got. The Republican candidate will stick with the tried and sometimes true: Vote Republican: Were not as bad as you think.

Thats the kind of year 2016 is shaping up to be. Nobody yet figures to make anyone throw his hat in the air, which is logical since no one wears a hat any more. (Women were nuts to give up hats and take up ugly shoes.) Recycling is not yet for everybody, but it works in presidential politics.

Martin OMalley, the former Democratic governor of Maryland who is trying to put his foot in the water if he can find the lake, says what a lot of people in both parties are thinking: In a nation of 330 million, give or take, why is it given to only two families to furnish candidates for president? I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives, Mr. OMalley tells ABC News. Lets be honest here. The presidency is not some crown to be passed between two families. It is an awesome and sacred trust, to be earned, and exercised, on behalf of the American people.

Given the givens, Hillary may still be the inevitable Democrat, but she doesnt look as inevitable as she did only a few weeks ago. Within the space of a single week, The Washington Post and The New York Times, loyal as always to Democratic interests, published cautions to the party, The Post about how Democrats are alarmed about Hillarys readiness for a campaign and The New York Times about how many Democrats are frightened that they have nobody but Hillary. Theyre ready for Hillary but Hillarys not ready to run. And where is Bubba?

How could this happen to such a nice party as the Democrats, usually with prospective candidates bumping into each other on the way to the convention. They used to say in the Solid South that Democratic fights were like cat fights and fights in Baptist churches, resulting only in more Democrats, more Baptists and more cats. Now the South is solid for the Republicans, and next year the Democrats are acting like proper Republicans, talking about choosing a candidate by inheritance.

A new CBS News poll finds that 8 of 10 Democrats want Hillary to run, and 8 of 10 want someone to challenge her in the primaries. Its a lot to ask of someone to make a suicide run, but its true that sending Hillary to battle untested, with neither battle scars nor battle stars is an invitation to disappointment on Election Day.

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Obama Snubs Nato Chief as Crisis Rages – Bloomberg View

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Mar 282015
 

President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’tsee Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he isin Washington for three days.Stoltenbergs office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

The leaders of almost all the other 28NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice theprime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues nearthe top of Obama’s agenda.

Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S.permanentrepresentative to NATO under both President George W. Bush and Obama, said the president broke a long tradition. The Bush administration held a firm line that if the NATO secretary general came to town, he would be seen by the president…so as not to diminish his stature or authority,he told me.

America’scommitment to defend its NATO allies is its biggest treaty obligation, said Volker,adding thatEuropean security is at its most perilous moment since the Cold War. Russia hasmoved troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea, placed nuclear-capable missiles in striking distance of NATO allies, flown strategic-bomber mock runs in the North Atlantic, practiced attack approaches on the U.K. and Sweden, and this week threatened to aim nuclear missiles at Denmarks warships.

It is hard for me to believe that the president of the United States has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office, Volker said.

Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, declined to say why Obamadidnt respond to Stoltenbergs request. We dont have any meetings to announce at this time, she told me in a statement. Sources told me thatStoltenberg was able to arrange a last-minute meeting with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

According to White House pressreleases, Obama didnt exactly have a packed schedule. On Tuesday, heheld important meetings and a press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the White House (Ghani will meet with Stoltenberg while they are both in town). But the only event on Obamas public schedule for Wednesday is a short speech to kick off a meeting related to the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday, he will head to Alabamato give a speech about the economy.

Stoltenberg is in town primarily for the NATO Transformation Seminar, a once-a-year strategic brainstorming session that brings together NATOs leadership with expertsand top officials from the host country. The eventis organized by the Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, and the Atlantic Council.

The focus of this years seminar is to think through how best to update NATOs strategy given real threats in the east and the south, against the backdrop of a dramatically changing world, said Damon Wilson, a former NSC senior director for Europewho isnow with the Atlantic Council. The practical focus is to begin developing the road map to the next NATO summit, which will take place in Warsaw in July 2016, a summit which will presumably be the capstone and last summit for the Obama administration.

Last year, the seminar was hosted in Paris, and then-NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussengot a separate bilateral meeting with President Francois Hollande of France.

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