Daily Clips: October 15th, 2015

Obama says 5,500 troops will remain in Afghanistan: The president called his decision to keep troops on the ground as the “best possibility for lasting progress.” As Politico states, “According to the plan, 9,800 troops will remain in the country through most of 2016, with that number dropping to 5,500 by early 2017.”

Washington Post editorial board warns Hillary to resist the lure of the left: While I don’t fully agree with their arguments, the editorial board does a nice job of outlining policy areas where Hillary should avoid becoming too progressive. They applauded her for arguing “only for making college debt-free for requiring students to work 10 hours a week” and insisting “that only banks that pose a systemic risk should be broken up.” These two positions, in particular, are in stark contrast to her main rival, Bernie Sanders.

They correctly pointed out that “Ms. Clinton took a political risk by sticking to her more ambitious instincts in foreign policy” and didn’t move to the left on foreign policy. I couldn’t agree more – she shone in this  section of the debate. Can you imagine Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush (effectively) lecturing Hillary about Russia? I certainly cannot. She’s got the resume and the disposition to be very effective in arguing for a robust neoliberal foreign policy.

Boxer: Time for Biden to back Clinton! “I just don’t think there’s a rationale for his campaign,” Senator Barbara Boxer said. “I think he should endorse Hillary … and go out that way.” How long until Biden decides? Three of us in the office believe that he will drop out in the next two weeks. Time will tell.

An excellent breakdown of Sanders & Clinton’s college plans: Here is a great side-by-side comparison of Hillary and Bernie’s positions on college affordability. After highlighting the different nature of both plans, the article concludes:

Clinton, in other words, wants to go back to an earlier time, when college tuition was set much more affordably. Sanders wants to rethink the relationship between government and higher education much more thoroughly.

Nick Cassella

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