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President Obama talks inclusive entrepreneurship, moderates panel with Mark Zuckerberg

“[Stanford] is the place that made nerd cool,” said President Barack Obama when he spoke at Stanford on Friday morning as part of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Obama highlighted diversity and accessibility in entrepreneurship in his address.

Following his speech, the president moderated a discussion with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three young entrepreneurs from around the world.

Norman Naimark: Obama’s speech at West Point and the future of U.S. foreign policy

In general, I think one can conclude that the West Point speech reflected a weariness with foreign involvements that characterizes the present mood in the White House, Congress and the country as a whole. At the same time, President Obama appropriately warned us that the dangers of terrorism are shifting and changing, and that the struggle against its increasingly diverse manifestations is far from over. Interesting in this context was his plan to appropriate considerable funds for allies and “friends” around the world who might be threatened by terrorist attacks in their own countries.

Francis Fukuyama: The “end of history,” continued

We need to present a good model to the world, and that form of soft power has been the dominant way that American influence has spread over the last two centuries. And right now we’ve got some serious problems: We just went through a big financial crisis, adjustments that need to be made to the economic model, and I think we’ve got an ongoing political crisis, because the government is largely polarized and paralyzed and unable to pass budgets and things of that sort. We need to fix these domestic things. The other things that we’ve done have to do with helping to level the playing field so that democratic forces can express themselves. But overall, we have made a lot of progress towards democracy, because we’ve gone from about 35 to about 120 countries around the world having some form of electoral democracy between 1970 and the present. I do think it is still the dominant form of political organization.

Democrats, don’t fight on Benghazi

The priorities of the people should always be the priorities of its politicians. If constituents are urging their representatives to dig deeper into Benghazi – a recent Rasmussen poll confirmed that 51 percent of Americans believe the issue merits further investigation – then that is exactly what politicians should spend their time doing. And if lawmakers misread our true needs or desires, it is our responsibility and ours alone to send that message at the ballot box. Soon we will have the opportunity to do just that.

A Republican love affair

This is the story of a Republican love affair: a love affair with Benghazi and a love affair with buzzwords. The release of a new poll last week made Republicans fall in love (again): According to Rasmussen Reports, 72 percent of Americans want “the truth” about what happened in Benghazi (what else they would want remains unclear). But that does not give Republicans the right to make hay – or politics – even when the sun doesn’t shine. Where was the Republican outrage when the Bush administration endangered the life of Valerie Plame, the aforementioned CIA operative? It’s time to move on. Move on to Americans in need.

Pol-[Money]-tics

With all of this money being spent, the fundamental principle of American democracy is ignored. The fact of the matter is that more money does correlate to more votes. Between the $2.1 billion raised by Obama and Romney, Obama raised 51.9 percent; he took 51.1 percent of the popular vote. The Center for Responsive Politics finds that the biggest spender in a House race wins nine times out of 10. This should be frightening if you’re a democrat – a proponent of democracy. But it should be more frightening if you’re a Democrat.