He was a Republican. He worked to defeat the Clinton health care proposal of the 90s. In 1996, he was an advisor to Republican Bob Dole's presidential campaign. In 2000, he ran for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. When he dropped out, he endorsed Steve Forbes. Bully Boy Bush would win that year's nomination. 2004, found him running to be the Republican nominee for the US Senate out of Georgia, however, he was defeated in the GOP primary. In January of 2011, he formally began running for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. He suspended his campaign ten months later when four women came forward to accuse him of harassment.
In January of 2012, he was chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address. Following the 2012 elections (Romney lost to Barack), Cain said that the country needed a third party and that the GOP no longer served conservatives. Cain was popular with the Tea Party movement.
During this pandemic, Cain was a vocal opponent of masks and was seen in public (including at a Trump rally in Oklahoma) not wearing a mask.
He was not someone I agreed with on any issues but he is a significant figure and his passing should be noted. He twice sought his party's presidential nomination, that along would make him significant. But his life included much more than just that. CNN notes:
Soon after the news of Cain's passing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the former entrepreneur "embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit." "Our hearts grieve for his loved ones, and they will remain in our prayers at this time," McEnany tweeted. "We will never forget his legacy of grace, patriotism, and faith."
BBC News notes:
Born in Tennessee to a janitor and a cleaner, Mr Cain went on to study for a degree in maths and a master's in computing.
He worked variously as a Baptist minister, a radio talk show host and as a businessman.
Mr Cain was an advocate of a flat tax system and ran for office after a stint as CEO of Godfather's Pizza.
During his run, he told reporters he would not stand for any "gotcha questions".
"And when they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan, I'm going to say you know, I don't know. Do you know?"
He initially proved popular, but later found himself at the centre of a number of sexual harassment allegations.
Although he denied the accusations against him, his popularity soon suffered and he suspended his campaign. Mitt Romney later became the Republican candidate in an unsuccessful race against President Barack Obama's bid for a second term in office.
Again, we are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. But his passing does deserve noting. And my thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children.
After nearly three days of travel, the final leg for Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Viviana Molina was down a flight of stairs.
Molina, back early from a six-month deployment in Iraq, surprised her husband, Grand Prairie police Officer Edgar Molina, by interrupting him in the lobby of police headquarters as he conducted an interview with the news media.
The Molinas worked together at the Grand Prairie Police Department until nine months ago, when Viviana enlisted with the Air Force.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas have been delayed in returning home.
“I got lucky and got to come home a week early,” Viviana Molina said.
Baghdad experienced its hottest day on record on Wednesday, as protests against a lack of basic services continued.
Power shortages, a common occurrence since 2003, led to the latest street protests as people struggled to keep cool.
Temperatures climbed to 51.7°C on Wednesday, surpassing a record high temperature of 51.2°C in the capital.
The protests began on Sunday night in Baghdad and several southern cities, and turned violent in the capital. On Monday, two men died after being struck directly by tear gas canisters that are typically fired in arcs over protesters and on less powerful trajectories.
That's the conclusion of Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, which advises the world's richest economies on energy policy.
Iraq faces a widening shortfall in electricity, due largely to a lack of investment in ageing power plants and networks, and the plunge in crude prices this year limits what it can spend to upgrade them. Baghdad must slash red tape and prioritize maintenance and spending on power facilities to stave off social and political turmoil, Birol warned.
'If there are not urgent and concrete steps taken for the electricity sector, we may well have major problems in the next two months in terms of electricity supply, he said in an interview. 'It may well lead to unrest within the country.
In a grim sign of what could come, security forces in Baghdad opened fire Sunday on protesters complaining about power cuts.
The Los Angeles Times reported
Maintaining imperial interests in Afghanistan seems to be one of the main reasons for the so-far uncorroborated, possibly cooked-up “scandal” known now as Bountygate.
Other motives appear to be the same twofer that was at the core of Russiagate: first, unnamed intelligence officials meddling in domestic U.S. politics, this time to undermine Trump’s re-election campaign; and, second, to even further demonize and pressure Russia.
The public has been subjected to daily morsels of supposedly factual stories meant to further deepen the plot. The first item dropped online on June 26 with The New York Times’ initial
It seemed yet another attempt to launder disinformation through big media, giving it more credibility than if it had come directly from the security services. A discerning reader, however, would want more than the word of a bunch of spooks who make a living practicing deception.
The “evidence” for the story that Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers came from interrogation of Afghan detainees. If the interrogations were “enhanced” the evidence is even more unreliable.
For the record, Consortium News supports no candidate and has been a strong critic of Trump. But we see intelligence agencies’ insertion into domestic politics to be a greater threat than even eight years of Trump for the precedent it is setting. As spooks like to say, “Administrations come and go. And we’re still here.”