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How does the world see race?

The Colorado Statesman

The 67th annual Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder campus kicked off with a provocative keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winning columnist (2004) Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald. In a century when our first African-American president has called for a vigorous national dialogue on race and his African-American Attorney General, Eric Holder, has suggested we are all too cowardly to engage in an honest discussion of race, Pitts stands out as a voice that regularly addresses racial issues.

Returning to the political fray

The Colorado Statesman

Writing about politics is what I’ve always wanted to do.

There was a time when I would have said I wanted to be the next Helen Thomas, front row center at the Presidential press conferences. Granted the first and last question. Ending the conference with the tried and true phrase “Thank you Mr. (or, let’s be honest, Madame) President”.

Gardner: Iran deal ‘a dance of porcupines’

The Colorado Statesman

Fresh from a congressional trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said on Monday that he has “great concerns” about a nuclear deal announced last week with Iran and wants to see Congress vote on the agreement.

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Day Four: Not for the faint-hearted, debating doomsday

The Colorado Statesman

Almost two years after Edward Snowden brought to light secret government surveillance practices, a panel of three privacy proponents met Thursday morning to discuss, “Cyber Security and Privacy We’re All H@cked.”

Investigative journalist and civil liberties advocate Chip Berlet joined Malou Innocent from the libertarian think tank Cato Institute and Mother Jones co-editor Clara Jeffery. In the absence of a supporter of the NSA programs, the panel embarked on an 80-minute journey to point out how online data security affects everyday lives.

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Day III: A rousing Iran discussion and a 2016 debate that wasn’t

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Statesman will be covering the 67th Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder all week with web-exclusive updated overviews of the action. For live coverage throughout the day, follow our reporter Lars Gesing on Twitter @LarsGesing.

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There wasn’t much that three panelists agreed on when they filled CU- Boulder’s Center Ballroom to capacity during their debate of “Negotiating Nukes with Iran” Wednesday morning.

In fact, the only thing they didn’t exchange were actual jabs.

CHATTER

Dems are shocked, shocked over Coffman campaign contributions

The Colorado Statesman

Colorado Democrats and their allies are demanding that U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman give back $20,000 in campaign contributions from former Rep. Aaron Schock’s political action committee following the Illinois Republican’s ignominious fall from office.

A Coffman spokesman said the Aurora Republican has already donated the Schock contributions to a veterans organization and dismissed the furor as left-wing hysteria.

Rift over Aurora city manager spills into election calculus

The Colorado Statesman

Aurora city councilwoman Molly Markert wants to see city manager George “Skip” Noe gone, and she’s willing to run for mayor to make it happen.

The Aurora city council has been locked for months in a 6-5 split over whether Noe should stay or go. Markert stands with the five-member, all-female minority pushing for his resignation. Those on the majority side who want to retain Noe include Mayor Steve Hogan, who’s seeking reelection in November.

Clinton tied with GOP rivals in Colorado swing-state poll

The Colorado Statesman

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has slipped dramatically in match-ups against potential Republican rivals among Colorado voters in a swing-state poll released Thursday morning by Quinnipiac University. Clinton is in a statistical tie with all seven of the GOP candidates polled, marking a drop from leads she held in a previous poll released in mid-February.

Bush pays visit to Colorado ahead of potential campaign

The Colorado Statesman

On the same day Sen. Rand Paul launched his presidential campaign in Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another likely candidate in what promises to be a crowded field of GOP contenders, barnstormed the Colorado Front Range with a series of meetings with constituent groups and a fundraiser.

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Day II: A policy debate carousel — drugs, energy, terrorism and health care

The Colorado Statesman

The Colorado Statesman will be covering the 67th Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder all week with web-exclusive updated overviews of the action. For live coverage throughout the day, follow our reporter Lars Gesing on Twitter @LarsGesing.

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If you assemble an “Our Tangled Drug Policy” panel in the state of Colorado, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that people — both on the stage and in the audience — will mostly talk about marijuana. Tuesday morning, neither the three panelists nor the audience were surprised in that regard.