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Obama administration shifting Mideast alliances? Plus, Carly Fiorina on crowded GOP presidential field

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We asked you for questions for the panel.

FLYNN: Yes. That really is not in the tradition of the Senate, where you had big senators who were independent and make a difference.


WALLACE: If you run, and it would be in a field of current and former governors, several current senators, why should Republican voters pick you?

GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: We’ve seen this movie before, Chris. Remember the breakup of Yugoslavia, that was bad enough when you had nations being reborn, Croatia, Sarajevo, Serbia, all the rest. history now, we are destroying more businesses than we are creating. policy under fire. HARRY REID (D-NV), MINORITY LEADER: We have to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. That’s important because small businesses create two thirds of the new jobs and employ half the people.

Now, let’s turn to the Middle East which is spiraling into a regional conflict where the U.S. There were 30,000 American jobs that were lost and they can get two or three or 200 people to go on and say, well, Carly Fiorina got a $20 million severance package, I lost my job. Jennifer, thank you.

V. We are going to face increasing complexity in the Middle East and the escalation of this conflict, this sectarian civil war that’s ongoing between Iran and the Sunni — various Sunni countries is going to be going on for some time. And we will be following your big decision.

FLYNN: I think it’s very dangerous.

GEN. This is not uncommon.

V. and other Americans that have gone to that restaurant that night would have been killed had some good luck and some good law enforcement work not been accomplished.

V. Carly Fiorina, thank you for coming in. Amy, thanks for that.

WALLACE: Final question, we have about less than a minute left. But of course, laying people off is the last resort. But the ones that she destroyed were her personal e-mails which Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush and others said did away when they left the governorship of their states. He believed in making a difference and he wanted to inspire new generations to feel the same way.


BAYH: Well, she’s called for all of the e-mails that she’s turned over to the state department to be released. In other countries like Iraq, we’re on the side of Shiite and Iran. If I run for president, it’s because I can win the job and it’s because I can do the job.

For those swing voters, they’re asking themselves, what does this have to do with me? Jobs, wages, health care, education — and therein lies the difficulties of the Republican candidates. Beyond the typical Republican talking points, not to say that they’re wrong, but what are your ideas that are different about the economy and about dealing with our national debt?

V. And this week, Saudi Arabia and Egypt finally decided that they were going to push back against Iran and here is what the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. We’ll talk with the only woman and only former CEO among the GOP hopeful, Carly Fiorina.

WALLACE: Really?

FIORINA: Unlike Mrs. Have a great week, and we’ll see you next “Fox News Sunday.”

WALLACE: And, I mean, I guess that’s the question, does it speak to her character, her openness, her transparency, and does that matter?


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And I think that — I think that our leadership has to be really clear with the American public not to scare the American public but to inform them, to tell them exactly what it is that we are facing. All of those e-mails, the government ones and the so-called private ones are gone.

FIORINA: Yes, sir.

But when you are managing through the worst technology recession in 25 years, sometimes there are tough calls that need to be made for the overall health of the enterprise. If they’re not willing to come clean about that, we probably can’t trust them with anything else. We’ve done it before. No, the whole notion is to have no bias one way or another, and to really have a free and open debate.

Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin explains where things stand now.


It is a state of confusion. They’re refusing to tell us that. They believe that we are siding with Iran.

WALLACE: Now, you can connect with “Fox News Sunday” on Facebook and Twitter. Let me pick up on that, because Clinton’s lawyers, the latest development is late Friday, they told the House Benghazi committee, there’s no point going after the server because we have wiped clean all of the e-mails and so all of those 30,000 private e-mails, so-called private e-mails are gone. warplanes launched air strikes over Tikrit at the request of the Iraq government. In my belief, my experience, my judgment, we have to stop what we’re doing and take a hard look at everything going on in the Middle East right now, because it’s not going in the right direction.

SEN. And what are the chances that Iran could or might be able to build a secret nuclear facility we’d know nothing about?

EVAN BAYH, FORMER U.S. And you have a dynamic where the president’s strategy of not engaging so much in the Middle East and withdrawing a little bit and pursuing this nuclear agreement with Iran had taken priority.

FLYNN: The escalation of the challenges that we are looking at — first of all, it’s not going to — we’re not all going to suddenly wake up and peace will be breaking out in the Middle East. Is it put off until some point in the future where they have shown that they are behaving by an agreement, not just saying they will behave according to an agreement, because all your guesses are correct, Iranians can’t be trusted.

FLYNN: We should stop right now and take a deep breath, step back and look at everything that’s going on instead of — it’s although we’re in this nuclear deal and we see some light at the end of the tunnel that’s going to walk us into a new level of nirvana — I don’t know how else to call it. First of all, does it make any sense to be negotiating this deal now given Iran’s march across the Middle East? And secondly, from what you hear about what’s being negotiated on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure and the pace of lifting sanctions, is it a good deal or not?

JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: We have put intense pressure on extremists inside of Yemen. It’s Central Asia.

And there are two lessons from this I think. of serving as Iran’s air force.

WALLACE: That’s pretty good stuff. And here is one of your greatest hits.

GEORGE WILL, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: There’s no aspect of this that isn’t dangerous. In fact, they have stated that they want to see the destruction of our way of life.

WALLACE: Would you even consider being the running mate?

FLYNN: Yes. Take a step back. I will bet everyone here a steak dinner, this will not be an issue in the upcoming election. But is the Obama administration fighting against Iran or alongside it?

V. Iran is clearly on the march. So this was his desk. And that’s also part of the entire sort of policy and strategy that we are following.

WALLACE (on camera): What if the Senate votes to conservative way.

CAROL LEE, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: This probably isn’t the last time you’ll hear the Clinton lawyer phrase. And they want to deal no matter what. We’re leaving lots of talent on the field. And Joe Biden will preside in the chamber in Boston just as he does in the real Senate.

WALLACE: But you know what’s going to happen. Cruz for anyone seeking the Republican nomination is this — given that 18 states and the District of Columbia with 242 electoral votes voted Democratic in six consecutive elections and if the Democratic nominee holds that base, he or she will spend the fall looking for 28 electoral votes and will find them. So, Chris, let me just start by sort of stating two big points. As Jennifer Griffin’s commented highlights, both in Iraq also Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and other parts of the Middle East. Thank you, panel. Pakistan could conceivably come in on the Saudi side — the Sunni side. You look throughout history, men and women of goodwill have come together and addressed the great challenges facing our nation and we can do it again.

Isn’t that a record that you’re going to get hammered with?

BAYH: Well, correct. It’s not just the Middle East. commanders.

ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.: They want to dominate the region. I think this clearly was a deliberate effort to shield her communications.

WALLACE: What about his argument that you’ve got this huge Democratic electoral advantage? Back in the ’80s, the Republicans had the electoral nap on their side. I think this is — continues to be a problem for her just because it feeds — there’s a number of story lines that are feeding this narrative that the Clintons don’t play by the same rules as everybody else, that there are trust issues there.

Senior foreign affairs correspondent Amy Kellogg joins us now from the crash site with the latest — Amy.

Mrs. And here we are dealing with them as though we’re going to give them a carte blanche. One, what do you make of it? Two, what do Republican investigators do now?

WALLACE: Which is why the institute is not just about politics, it’s personal.

KIBBE: Right, and his approach is very different than Senator Rand Paul’s. And meanwhile, we’re trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran.

So, the bottom line is, if it’s a bad deal, the general is right, no deal. I mean, I feel it every single time I walk in here.

WALLACE: And you did.

SEN. It’s a terrible thing to have to do.

WILL: Yes, she did. Finally, Chris, a senior French investigator said yesterday that while no one is disputing the version of events out there and while Lubitz’s personality is relevant here, it’s important that other scenarios remain open including the possibility there may have been some sort of mechanical issue — Chris.


WALLACE: Fair enough. Pat Moynihan used to talk about the liberal expectancy. And the growing chaos raises questions about President Obama’s strategy and nuclear talks with Iran.

WALLACE: Please come back here, and let us know.

What are the chances that you’re going to run for president?

V. We’re talking about the whole budget and not just the rate of increase.

Elizabeth Warren is right, crony capitalism is alive and well. We’re probably not going to know that until June 30th.

And I — so, I don’t trust Iran. Happy Palm Sunday.

The final thing I would say, the Iranians admitted to a weaponization program that existed until 2003. If you like Hillary Clinton, it’s more proof that she’s getting untreated fairly.

And it’s time now for our Sunday group. And in the end, we took a company that was really struggling and turned it into an exceedingly successful company where overall jobs grew.

WALLACE: So, the fix isn’t in for the liberal side here?

KIBBE: He did. I know it’s going to be some number of years to have a nuclear capability — I mean, give me a break.

WALLACE: Is Brennan right? Do you share his confidence that we would know what Iran is doing on its nuclear program? Forget the regional side of it. First of all, where would Iran use ballistic missiles and how dangerous could this potentially get, this sectarian warfare?

FLYNN: Sure.


Plus, what would you like to ask the panel about President Obama’s strategy for the region? Just go to Facebook or Twitter @FoxNewsSunday, and we may use your question on the air.

WALLACE: So what would prevent you? Why aren’t you willing to announce right here today, I’m a candidate for president?

Number two, no immediate sanctions relief. Our Sunday group joins the conversation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Madam President –

WALLACE (voice-over): For a moment, surrounded by family photos and the balls her husband used to throw to his dogs, it was all too much.

All right. We have to face the reality that we are in right now. You already see it challenging the president in Iraq and his — in Afghanistan, as you saw this week, where he slowed the draw-down for troops there.

SEN. And we have to face reality and not try to assume that we are going to be able to say something and hope that that’s going to be — that our policy will be carried out because we say something. But for the first time in U.S. There are new revelations about the co-pilot, who officials say deliberately flew the plane into a mountain side.

The latest on the German plane crash.

WALLACE: All right. Now, it will play just as big a role in his legacy as it did in his life.

Then, as the Republican presidential field starts getting crowded, how will candidates stand out. KENNEDY: They caucus. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

During your five and a half years, you laid off — the company laid off more than 30,000 American workers, many of those jobs went to India and China, and Hewlett-Packard stock fell 49 percent and the board of directors fired you.

WALLACE: General Flynn, thank you. They are also still a state-sponsor of terrorism. That’s not a good negotiating position.

BAYH: Chris, I’m a frugal man. It’s not a pretty picture.

And you know, this issue now is — I mean, there’s nowhere that this can go except if the mails are no longer there, then she — it now comes down to a battle of whose word do you take and can she convince voters that she did the right thing and did what she said she was going to do?

We went from a market laggard to a market leader in every product category and every market segment. Let’s put up some of the things on the screen.


WALLACE (on camera): I mean, I’ve been on the Senate floor. We have — how many inspector general reports do we need to read that say, you know, you can watch porn all day and get paid exactly the same way as somebody who is trying to do their job?

But, General Flynn, can you explain what the president’s grand strategy is for the Middle East?

JENNIFER GRIFFIN, FOX NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT: Chris, the growing concern at the Pentagon is that while the U.S. Let’s put them up on the screen.

WALLACE: And then, adding to all of this, of course, the on-going and intensifying U.S. His brother, Senator John F. But when you hear — see what’s going on, when you hear what General Flynn says, is there no danger from a regional conflict across the Middle East?

V. Copyright 2015 CQ-Roll Call, Inc. He said, “You’re going to finish this, aren’t you?” And I said, “You know I will.”

WALLACE: President Obama’s policy in the Middle East, as we just heard, is complicated. I think it was very deliberate that she used a personal e-mail account. KENNEDY: I think he loved being in the back row because he could see everything that was going on. GEN. And all you have to do is look at Ted Cruz’s fund raising numbers in his first week. We’re there.

KIBBE: I think the myth of Hillary Clinton’s inevitability of the nominee, this is one more chink in that story. We think there’s an authenticity of running on principles that matter that can bring out new voters. And I think you’ll see Senator McConnell now, maybe not quite as much as Senator Reid, but suffered those same frustrations. told me about Iran.

FIORINA: All right.

BAYH: Well, I think that if we can’t get an agreement that has real teeth in it, and we shouldn’t have an agreement. Kennedy in a recreation of his senator office, complete with some of the original mementos that meant the most to him, such as this letter from his mother Rose.

But if it comes right down to it, the two questions are — are we willing to accept an Iranian — a nuclear Iran? And if the answer to that is really no, which I think it should be, are we prepared to deal with that now or are we going to put it off and force our children to deal with it at some point that’s more favorable to Iran?

FIORINA: Higher than 90 percent.

This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” March 29, 2015. So-called senators in training will learn about the issue of the day, debate it, and try to persuade a majority to pass a bill.

The second thing is, we have Iran on the march. We took Hewlett-Packard from about $44 billion to $88 billion in six years. Some accused the U.S. Their officials have made no bones about publically saying how proud they are to control four Arab capitals, Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and Sana’a. If you were the nominee, exactly what happened to Mitt Romney. And he said that to me. It would be easier for you as a woman attacking another woman and that you would in a sense neutralize the vulnerabilities the Republican Party has with women?

LEE: Well, what they’re saying now is they’re closer than they ever have been and the likelihood is they will get a deal in the coming days. Well, Goldwater’s 27 million voters, of whom I was one, suffice to carry six states.

FIORINA: Very high.

GRIFFIN: Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry facing a deadline Tuesday, is trying to hammer out the details of a framework agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, negotiations that Sunni governments oppose — Chris.

WALLACE: But let me ask you about that because it seems to be a patch work of alliances where in some countries we’re on the side of Saudi Arabia and the Sunnis. They’re not willing to come clean about that. Please come back.

WALLACE: All, right now, on “Fox News Sunday.”

MCCAIN: General Austin, when were you told by the Saudis that they were going to take military action in Yemen?

WALLACE: But, Ms. I talked with Mrs. Here is — again, you showed a clip of General Austin not knowing what one of our closest allies in the region are doing. I think it’s dangerous.

Ms. I think it’s now or never. Thanks for coming in today and helping explain what’s going on in the region and what’s at stake. I mean, they’ll make you look like an unfeeling multimillionaire.

WALLACE: Amid a crowded 2016 Republican field, the challenge now becomes finding a way to stand out. But as General Flynn said, the region-wide sectarian war is not hypothetical, it’s now actual. And so, while we have 10 banks, too big to fail, now have become five big banks too big to fail, 3,000 community banks have gone out of business, and that’s where family-owned and small businesses get their chance. SENATOR (D-IN): Well, I think joy’s skepticism is warranted, Chris. So, I think Joy’s skepticism is warranted. And I think now in e-mail gate, we not only have a situation where she is clearly not being candid. Three weeks ago, Iraq and Iran launched an operation to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown Tikrit from ISIS. Syndicated columnist, George Will, Carol Lee, who covers the White House for “The Wall Street Journal”, Matt Kibbe, head of the Tea Party group Freedom Works, and former Democratic Senator Evan Bayh.

WALLACE: Let me ask you, we have about a minute left. And what happens, I wonder, when Ted Cruz is majority leader. And so, to combat that, you saw the concentration of power in the hands of leader on both sides. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for re-election.

Plus, Harry Reid is getting out while Ted Cruz gets in.


WALLACE: All right. Students and tourists using handheld devices will learn about Senate history and procedures, all leading up to the main attraction.

WALLACE (on camera): So that must have meant the world to him.

So, if we want mainstream and the middle class going and growing again, we’ve got to get small and family-owned businesses going and growing again. KENNEDY: I see all this memorabilia and I feel — that’s a tough one, you know? That’s a little — that’s a tough one.

Chris, this is a growing threat. Also, there are numerous reports he had a serious vision problem. All materials herein are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of CQ-Roll Call. If you are still head of the Defense Intelligence Agency as you were until last summer, and you were advising the president right now, briefly, what would you say to him about this nuclear deal and what would you say to him about the policy we have now where we’re on one side in one country and the other side in the other country?

WALLACE: You talk — you mentioned before, Iran has ballistic missiles. Let’s talk specifically about your experience as a business executive. We — if it’s not existential today, we should not wait for it to be existential. He is saying break it off.

WALLACE: And June when they get the final deal.

V. There’s even a little mini filibuster possibility for three minutes.

I think there are two things that would help tremendously. What are you hearing about the possibility or the likelihood that there just won’t be a deal, this is all going to fall apart?

V. So, virtually, every technology stock was down over that same period.

WALLACE: What about the argument — you’ve just said that we asked and have been asking for years for them to tell us — I think since 2009 what they have before. To me, it’s a really important issue.

WALLACE (on camera): At the end he said that?

So, Carol, what do White House officials — how do they view the decision by the Saudi-led coalition to take on Iranian proxies in Yemen? And how do they explain the fact, as I was trying to get — discuss with General Flynn, that we’re on one side against the Iranians in Yemen but we’re on the other side kind of alongside the Iranians in Iraq. I mean, I think that’s where their view is now.

WALLACE: OK. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: I am announcing that I’m running for president of the United States.

WALLACE: George, is — does this go nowhere? In a sense, some would argue with a view of history, she burned the tapes.



BAYH: Well, real skepticism is warranted, Chris. Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, on bringing her husband’s love of the Senate to the next generation.

Up next, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina goes after Hillary Clinton as he considers a possible run for the Republican presidential nomination. We have to take a break and we’ll see you all later.

FLYNN: Yes. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Our closest allies in the region no longer trust us. In 1964, Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, partly on the theory called conservatives in the woodwork, that there were enormous number of conserves who only offered candidate who ignored what Cruz calls the mushy middle, they’d come out of the woodwork and form a national majority. It’s much more volatile and it’s much more dangerous.

I don’t quite know what the investigators can do at this point, but I know this, we need a nominee who will bring this up in the general election. KENNEDY: The fix is definitely not in. And we consider our options.

In another twist, “Bild” reports that she is pregnant. All of this taken together might support that something that flight attendant reportedly said about him, that he may have crashed the plane because he feared he would never be able to obtain his dream of becoming a long haul flight captain with Lufthansa.

FLYNN: Yes, we’re not close. And I think that at the end of the day, we have just this incredible policy confusion, never mind what our strategy is to execute that policy.

. Before doing so, the Pentagon demanded the Iranian-backed forces led by General Qassem Suleimani pull back. One, where we are and then what do we do about it.

WALLACE: Well, you had the most liberal voting record in the Senate in 2005 and you’re still called — I don’t know if that’s a compliment or not, the liberal lion of the Senate.

V. strategy?

V. And so, what you’ve seen is all the traditional alliances that the U.S. Let’s see what kind of agreement we come up with.

ADEL AL-JUBEIR, SAUDI AMBASSADOR TO THE U.S.: It is the Iranians who have been on the offensive and have been acting aggressively towards the Arab countries. Kennedy took us to a copy of her husband’s desk for his 46 years in the Senate.

WALLACE: George, where do you think Cruz fits in the Republican presidential field? And what do you think are his realistic chances to win the nomination?

FIORINA: Well, when you start asking all the other candidates that question, then maybe we’ll have that conversation.


KIBBE: My community loves Ted Cruz. Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, according to our State Department. KENNEDY: And I did, with a lot of help.

WALLACE: Whatever you thought of him, Ted Kennedy loved the Senate, serving there for almost half a century. But I’m going to boldly predict that the American people, on both the Democratic and Republican sides, are putting a premium on authenticity and they’re not really interested in a coronation of another Clinton and another Bush.


Meanwhile, in Yemen, another Iranian-backed Shiite proxy overthrew the government this week. It’s a hard to put the genie back into the bottle, and the inability of individual senators, particularly Republicans to get amendments, to have their voice heard in this process, that’s bad for both Republicans and Democrats. Fiorina, and you know this is coming, your record at head of Hewlett Packard, and you were the CEO for five and a half years, and you were the first woman to lead a Fortune 100 company, is going to be controversial. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.

WALLACE: Let me bring in Matt Kibbe, who represents the Tea Party and which loves Ted Cruz. They’re not making this election about what it should be about, which is the welfare of the American people.

CAROL LEE, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Well, their argument is that their goal is to try to side with whoever they need to, essentially, to get rid of the worst of the worst actors. She told the German newspaper “Bild” that Lubitz had once told her, Chris, that one day he would do something heinous that the whole world would remember him for. A week ago, the question is she hiding something? Now the question is and it will go on forever — what did she hide?

The question is the right one, but understand that politics today is more disintermediated. What about General Flynn who is basically saying, stop, don’t continue down this road with the Iranians?

WALLACE: Amy Kellogg reporting from the French Alps. And that’s the test — all of these candidates that I just mentioned, how Ted Cruz performs in purple and blue states is something I would be watching, because we want to win, just like everybody else. We quadrupled cash flow.

WALLACE: To be continued. I think we should be negotiating from a position of strength, but we’re not now.


I think where we are right now, we have almost a complete breakdown of order in the Middle East, a new Middle East is essentially struggling to be born.

WALLACE: Some people have suggested, even as I ask it, it sounds sexist, you’re really running to be the running mate, that you would the person to lead the attack against Hillary Clinton. explaining why a coalition of Sunni nations moved this week to oppose Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.

And we got this on Facebook from Joy Flick. We will not tolerate any aggression against the kingdom of Saudi Arabia or our allies.


Where does that leave this controversy?

WALLACE (voice-over): Vicki Kennedy is talking about the Edward M. Always good to talk with you. And like I said, I can’t say it any stronger, I almost feel like our policy is a policy of willful ignorance rather than facing the reality that we actually have right now.

But the FOX brain room, our research department, did this remarkable chart — take a look at this — to show what our dealings with Iran and Saudi Arabia right now really look like. has had in the Middle East have sort of broken down and none of them apply in this current situation. For a closer look, because it bares study, go to our Facebook page.

WALLACE (voice-over): But this isn’t a museum piece. And the reason for that is that if you don’t like Hillary Clinton, this is just more proof of there she goes again. Given that, they have to ask the question, what red — what blue state are you going to flip specifically? Can Ted Cruz campaign effectively in one of those 18 states? Pennsylvania — how is he going to do piling up big majorities to carry the state in the suburban counties, Bucks, Montgomery, around Philadelphia? I’m skeptical.


And while it’s true that in a technology recession, we had to lay people off, many of those people were in Europe and elsewhere, and the truth is we outsourced more California jobs to Texas than we did to India or China, demonstrating we have to compete for every job.

WALLACE: Matt, what does this have to do with the average person?

WALLACE: We will not tolerate any aggression.

Do we get a real inspection regime that allows us to go anywhere, any time, including on military bases to see what the Iranians are up to? That’s number one.

WALLACE: You seem to take special delight in going after Hillary Clinton. Really take a deep dive look at everything going on in the Middle East. Where is George getting it wrong?

FIORINA: You know, I come from a world outside of politics where track record and accomplishments count, words don’t. This is something that we cannot tolerate.

Last Sunday, I spoke with the CIA Director John Brennan who expressed great confidence that between what our own intel and what the verification procedures will be, that we will know. And we’re back now with the panel.

I will tell you that we have to make sure that we step back and understand the full breadth and scale and scope of what’s happening in the Middle East before we cut a deal with Iran. The move surprised U.S. finds itself on both sides of the divide. You will remember the NASDAQ has only now recovered to its dotcom boom highs after 15 years. It’s parts of West Africa. Will the Democrats be celebrating Harry Reid’s tradition then?

The question is how the president handles Congress on this? And I think there’s a growing acknowledgement inside the White House that Congress is going to vote on something one way or another and so, the question once and if they get a deal is whether the White House tries to shape some sort of legislation that they can think they can live with in the intervening months between the end of March and June 30th.

WALLACE: We should point out, it used to be that for nominations, executive nominations, cabinet members you need 60 votes and he reduced it to simply majority of 51 votes.

WALLACE: I want to pick up with that on you, Senator Bayh. She writes, “Why is anyone taking this so-called Iranian nuclear ‘deal’, in quotes, seriously when by Kerry’s own admission it is unenforceable and not legally binding. We have no idea how our money is spent.

And I think it’s really a reflection of the times in which we live and which the basis of both parties is very estranged from one another. military is fighting ISIS on behalf of Iraq, Iran’s influence is spreading, forming in essence a Shiite crescent across the Middle East.

LT. You served with Harry Reid for years. KENNEDY: Then it does. Do you think there’s some truth to that?

SEN. SENATOR (D-IN): Chris, I served under four leaders, two Republicans and two Democrats. His pugnacious style may have contributed some, but I think really all the leaders had to deal with the same phenomenon he did.

V. TED CRUZ (R), TEXAS: I think there is an urgency to what we’re facing in politics that’s unlike anything you or I have ever seen before. This is beyond our power to control with the few forward deployed troops.

CARLY FIORNIA, FORMER HEWLETT PACKARD CHIEF: Great to be with you. We know they’re a bad actor across the Middle East. And he used to wake in the night screaming, “We’re going down, we’re going down.”

WALLACE: George, you and I talked earlier this week on “SPECIAL REPORT”, and you said you thought it was a good development that the Arabs, in this case the Sunni Arabs, Saudi Arabia and the coalition, are standing up and fighting their own fight instead of depending on us. And I think –


WALLACE: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. The Pentagon was again caught off guard.


I think conversely, you know, the Iranian economy is in the tank because of economic sanctions, because of falling oil prices, because of some of their military adventurism across the region. has become a vast unaccountable bureaucracy. “The Mail” says she broke it off to his recently controlling and Jekyll and Hyde like behavior.

WALLACE (voice-over): The hope is visitors will leave the institute inspired to give back to their communities and to demand Washington do its job better. And the strategy is now to partner where they need to partner and keep their eye on the ball, which is the big prize for them is this Iran deal. And we grew jobs.

We also have, what I would call, a real sort of a pushback by the Sunni governments and their lack of trust and their lack of respect for the United States. And I have seen a lot — what I know, Chris, about what I’ve seen over certainly the last 10 years, if not the last 30, they are not a nation to be trusted.

WALLACE: The institute is nonpartisan. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Kennedy, sat at this desk and carved his name in it, just as Teddy carved his name in it.

Now, “Bild” on Sunday had published some snippets from the cockpit voice recorder in which the captain slams the cockpit door with some apparently blunt instrument while shouting, “For God’s sake, open the door.”

WALLACE: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announcing his decision not to seek re-election in 2016. It’s been growing for 40 years. The guy that you showed, Qassem Suleimani, the head of the IRGC, Quds force, he is one of the leading individuals who is still designated as a — as a terrorist.

SEN. One is that we have tangled people up in a web of dependence from which they can’t escape. It’s bad for the tradition of the Senate and the intentions that the Founders had for it.

The question for Mr. Your husband was proudly, fiercely partisan.

We’re fighting against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen. In recent weeks, she has also become a leading critic of Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton.

And two, pay for performance in our civil service. I think it’s generally agreed that he did President Obama’s bidding or certainly worked alongside him bottling up House Republican legislation so it never went to a vote, let alone forcing the president to veto it.

FIORINA: Hillary Clinton lacks a track record of accomplishment. I mean, that line and block chart you showed, that’s — if it was confusing to your audience, it’s probably confusing to many in the government. So, it’s got to be an agreement with specificity and with teeth. Fiorina, welcome back to “Fox News Sunday.”

WALLACE: No, but he’s saying more than real skepticism. Ted Cruz gets in while Harry Reid steps out. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. That’s really exciting.

FIORINA: Well, first, I think you’re reading the Democratic talking points because it was not all American jobs. KENNEDY: Welcome to the Senate in Boston.

Senator Bayh, couple of questions. There’s no point in even going after it. Anyone in 2015 to say you can’t have two e-mail accounts on a single device obviously doesn’t understand technology. And that mechanism, using the Internet and social media, is an opportunity for more unconventional candidates to be more competitive.


AMY KELLOGG, FOX NEWS SENIOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT: Chris, the most dramatic quotes from people who knew co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, come from a woman is a former flight attendant, a flight attendant, and claims that she was a former lover. We have a takeover of Islam by radical extremists. What do you make from what you hear of where the negotiations are headed? And how do you answer Joy Flick?

And our power player of the week. We’re fighting on the same side as Iranian-backed militias in Iran. The Sunni government of Saudi Arabia began air strikes. How do you get things done?

FIORINA: Well, I’m very proud of our record. forces pulled out at the end of 2011. Here’s what he said.



So, that was all sponsored by Iran. Can that work?

WALLACE: Our Sunday group discusses a busy week in politics.

General Flynn, welcome back to “Fox News Sunday.”


And Iran’s influence spreads across the Middle East. When she talks about we had Secret Service agents guarding our server, for heaven’s sakes we’re not concerned about the server being stolen. and our allies on the one side, and Iran on the other. TED KENNEDY (D), MASSACHUSETTS: Well, my view is that programs change but our values don’t change.

WALLACE (voice-over): It is the world’s only full scale replica of the Senate chamber.

It is true that I managed through the worst technology recession in 25 years. How do they explain that?

WALLACE: What do you think about negotiating this deal?

Thank you, sir. Our panel will chew over that and more.

WALLACE: Well, let’s talk about Iran because the main point is clearly that Iran is on the march. The problem is, the alternative isn’t exactly a walk in the park either. I have to sign a more biting contract with the vet to have my dog’s teeth cleaned.”

Be part of the discussion and weigh in on the action every “Fox News Sunday.”

This week, after the Iranian-led operations stalled, U.S. Egyptian warships are steaming toward Yemen. That leaves to more polarization and gridlock in the United States Senate. I mean, her saying all those e-mails she erased were just her and Bill chatting is a little bit like Richard Nixon saying those erased moments on the tape were he and Pat talking. Senate — a labor of love she just completed for her late husband. And it has mitigated the threat that they pose to the U.S. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment. KENNEDY: It meant everything to him, absolutely.

WALLACE: The key, of course, if there is a deal, is would we be able to verify it? Would we be able to know that Iran is doing that they’re complying with the agreement?

WALLACE: And when would you announce?

We also have to acknowledge, Chris, that both Iran and these radical Islamists, these extremists, they — we have to acknowledge that they do not like our way of life. That was the belief that modernity came, pre-modern forces, religion and ethnicity would lose their history-shaping power. The reason Benghazi was not enough of an issue in the 2012 election is because, unfortunately, our nominee pulled his punches when he had an opportunity to remind the American people of the Benghazi tragedy and scandal.

Content and Programming Copyright 2015 Fox News Network, LLC. One, zero base budgeting, so we know where the money is spent. Here he is.

WALLACE: The ones she didn’t destroy.

“The Daily Mail” reports today some details about Lubitz’ last girlfriend, the teacher he was supposedly hoping to marry. What is your basic case against Hillary Clinton?

MATT KIBBE, FREEDOMWORKS PRESIDENT: I think the problem with this administration and the problem with presidential leadership, it’s all about credibility and restraint. KENNEDY: Isn’t it exciting? Teddy wanted people to feel that sense of awe. And to me, we have some major problems that we are dealing with and here we are talking to Iran about a nuclear deal with this almost complete breakdown of order in the Middle East.


WALLACE: And hello again from Fox News in Washington.

I mean, this is what’s going on. All the senators got to vote in line, down the party line. MICHAEL FLYNN (RET), FORMER DIRECTOR, DEFENSE INTEL AGENCY: Thanks, Chris.

So, let me just start by saying as an intelligence officer, intelligence has to be part of the calculus of every strategic level of decision. I have met — I have met Vladimir Putin, and I know that his ambition will not be deterred by a gimmicky red reset button.

WALLACE: You’re a former businesswoman. They’re passing amendments. KENNEDY: She says, she watched him on a particular interview and said, Teddy, please say if I were president, not if I was president because it’s a condition contrary to fact.

WALLACE: Pardon?

We’ll ask the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn.

One of the things that we have to keep in mind on Iran is Iran is also a country with ballistic missiles, cyber capabilities. KENNEDY: I think it says, we don’t need to be discouraged. KENNEDY INSTITUTE: He loved public service. And the result is that it’s — the Middle East is in a state of increasing chaos and the question is whether this is a strategy that’s going to be sustainable going forward. We’re concerned about the server being hacked.

Question, how close are we to a sectarian regional war in the Middle East?

WALLACE: While Reid is leaving, Republican Senator Ted Cruz became the first official candidate in the 2016 Republican race. We like Governor Walker.

WALLACE: Carol, I’m going to bring up another interesting development what I just talked to Carly Fiorina about and that was the announcement from Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, who thought that we were going to get back to Clinton lawyers, on Friday that they have wiped the server clean. And, right now, I don’t — my sense of where the policy is at is sort of — and I hate to say it like this — but it’s almost a policy of willful ignorance. What do you think of Fiorina and the rest of the potential GOP field for 2016? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter @FoxNewsSunday and use the #fns.

WALLACE: Matt — go ahead.

We begin with breaking news on the investigation into that Germanwings flight that crashed in the Alps this week. Over the 12 years I was in the Senate, I saw more and more of that under both parties.

He may also have feared losing his pilot license. And tweet us @FoxNewsSunday using #fns.

WALLACE: But in the end, the Kennedy Institute is not about the past but our future, at a time when Washington has never seemed more broken.

FIORINA: Thank you so much, Chris, for having me.

But you do hear criticism, not just from Matt but from some of the — from some agreed Senate colleagues who say he weakened the institution, he prevented amendments, he prevented legislating, and that he made it harder for the Senate to do its business. Now, “Bild” (ph) quotes a senior Dusseldorf investigator as saying they found lots of psychiatric medication in Lubitz’s apartment and personal notes indicating that he was profoundly depressed. KENNEDY: Yes.

WALLACE: So, what are you saying, you won’t pull your punches on Hillary?

Matt, what is Harry Reid’s legacy as a Senate leader?

V. Clinton, please name an accomplishment.

So, there’s a real premium upon — it’s almost a parliamentary system. Be sure to check out exclusive material online at Facebook and share it with other FOX fans. and allied talks with Iran about its nuclear program. You referenced the fact that we are just a couple days away from the deadline, Tuesday night, midnight, for a framework nuclear deal between the U.S. That’s the Saudis going in to do air strikes in Yemen. There’s big Democratic electoral advantage, and you’ve got a candidate who is basically talking about getting more conservatives, not reaching out to the moderates and the independents.

Iran’s influence in neighboring Iraq has grown since U.S. We’re looking at Senator Rand Paul. She runs for the presidency. It’s all of North Africa. The negotiation are heading toward what will probably be a very general pronouncement this coming week, but the real deadline is June the 30th and the devil will be in the details there.


FLYNN: I would say stop all engines on this nuclear deal. KENNEDY: It was very important to him that this project be finished. Secondly, we’re crushing small businesses now.

But I think ultimately the legacy of Harry Reid is going to be viewed of as very destructive, because he has torn apart the traditions of the Senate that cooling off process, the respect for the individual senators and nothing shows that more than the way he went after the filibuster. And, in fact, that’s not — that light is not a light that’s going to expose us to some new world. There’s no difference.

That’s it for today. And this administration looks a little bit desperate. That Saudi ambassador that was on just a little while ago only a couple years ago would have been blown up in a restaurant here in Washington, D.C. (END VIDEO CLIP)

For more, let’s bring in Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who retired as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency last summer, after holding almost every top military intel post.

EVAN BAYH, FORMER U.S. KENNEDY: He was the proudest Democrat that there was, but the great thing about Teddy was that he always listened to the other side and worked so well with the other side.

VICKI KENNEDY: Welcome to the Senate in Boston.

Second, I think if you look at this, region-wide chaos, you realize how feasible (ph) is the theory we left 10,000, 20,000 forces in Iraq, none of this would be happening. and the West.

FIORINA: Well, because, you know, we need — as other potential candidates are doing, we need to make sure we have the right team in place, that we have the right support, that we have the right financial resources lined up, just as all the other potential candidates are doing.


WALLACE: Up next, growing chaos in the Middle East and U.S. There’s more than that.

So, I view Senator Reid’s leadership as really being a reflection of our times. Look, I think it was very deliberate that they had a private server. Carol, I talked with the top White House official about 10 days ago who said that he bet there won’t be a deal. That’s all we read about nowadays from these supposedly pre-modern forces dominating the modern age.

Mrs. This is nationality being eclipsed by sectarianism. That’s ridiculous. I mean, really at the end of the day it’s probably the use of force, which is a euphemism for going to war against Iran, there are real consequences to that which would adverse to the United States.


MATT KIBBE, FREEDOMWORKS PRESIDENT: Well, the Democrats are definitely celebrating his “by any means necessary” approach to passing President Obama’s agenda.

Up next, our power player of the week: Vicki Kennedy on her husband’s vision to inspire new generations about the U.S. That’s a train that’s heading in our direction.

But I also think there’s a confidence issue now. I don’t think we’ve reached the point of no return yet, but we are close.


WALLACE: When we come back, the week in politics. We took the growth rate from 2 percent to 9 percent. Senate.

JOHN BRENNAN, CIA DIRECTOR: I think we’ve gone to school on some of those developments over the last decade or so, so that we can now have a better plan and opportunity to verify some of the things that they are saying that they’re going to do and not do.

FIORINA: Well, I think we have two fundamental structural problems in our economy. But this is — this is something we’ll see.


FIORINA: Because I have a deep understanding of how the economy actually works, having started as a secretary and become the chief executive of the largest technology company in the world because I understand how the world works and know many of the world leaders on the stage today because I understand technology, a transformational tool, because I understand bureaucracies — how they work and how you need to change them and our government is a huge bureaucracy, and because I understand executive decision-making, which is making tough calls in tough times with high stakes for which you’re prepared to be held accountable.

FIORINA: Well, I think it was part of the plan all along that the Clintons had. We have not had a lot of luck in that in the last 30 years, if not in the last couple of years.

WALLACE: President Obama will speak at the dedication of the Kennedy Institute tomorrow. Washington, D.C. And that reality is there is a sectarian war.

FIORINA: Probably late April, early May.

WALLACE: Jennifer Griffin, reporting from the Pentagon. We tripled the rate of innovation to 11 patents a day. I guess I got a couple of questions. Big business and big government go hand in hand. Let’s put up this map because they’ve got growing power in Iraq, in Syria, in Lebanon and in Yemen. So, what makes us think that we are going to have — you know, as much information as we’re going to need to be able to verify this — you know, whether or not the Iranians are developing a nuclear weapon or not. So, the escalation of that and the application of other capabilities with the potential of ballistic missiles — certainly cyber is already going on. He raised over $2 million in just a few days. And I think this is very dangerous and it’s both Shiite and Sunni, we can’t forget that.

And finally, there will be automatic re-imposition of sanctions in the event of any kind of valuation. Other terrorist acts on both sides and from our interests, we have to make sure that we take care of those things — those allies, those partners that we have. If she runs, former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina would have no trouble doing that as the only woman in the GOP field. But I want to lay out three main points. Those that were put –

And now, he’s — that’s complicating his agenda across the region. LLOYD AUSTIN, CENTCOM COMMANDER: Sir, I had a conversation with the shah (ph) right before they took action, so it was shortly before.

WALLACE: As the White House presses for a nuclear deal with Iran, is the Middle East on the brink of regional war? And what is the U.S. Give me a number.

FIORINA: Oh, I will not pull my punches — not now and not in a general election.

Fox News Sunday, hosted by Chris Wallace, airs on Sundays at 2PM ET on Fox News Channel.

WALLACE: Well, thank you.

V. It has clear consequences on our national security. She is not candid, which suggests her character is flawed

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China trade data

is due out on Friday.

In the United States, a recent bounce in commodity prices

and caution ahead of the U.S. crude eased 3 cents to $59.12. jobs report has prompted some

investors to reduce their holdings, sending 10-year Treasury

yields to a seven-week high of 2.11 percent.

U.S. non-farm payrolls on Friday, meanwhile, could signal

whether the world’s largest economy is faring any better in the

second quarter after growth nearly stalled early in the year.

The HSBC/Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) showed

factory activity in China contracted at its fastest rate in a

year in April as demand faltered and deflationary pressures


UBS strategists expect the government to speed up

infrastructure investment with the help of policy banks and cut

benchmark interest rates again in the next couple of months.


By Saikat Chatterjee

On Wall Street, the Dow had ended on Friday up 1.03

percent, while the SP 500 gained 1.09 percent and the

Nasdaq 1.29 percent.

Brent crude was quoted 6 cents firmer at $66.32 a

barrel, while U.S.

Trading was thinned by the absence of Japanese markets,

which are on holiday from Monday to Wednesday.

HONG KONG, May 4 (Reuters) – Asian stocks bounced from

their lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early

losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that

Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the

world’s second-largest economy.

“The PMI indicates that more stimulus measures may be

required to ensure the economy doesn’t slow from the 7 percent

annual growth rate seen in Q1,” said Annabel Fiddes, an

economist at Markit.

Higher eurozone yields have enhanced the appeal of the

single currency, with the euro hitting a nine-week high of

$1.1289 on Friday. It has

fallen more than 5 percent since April 13 as investors took


* Weak China factory activity reinforces views of more


(Updates prices through late morning levels)

Investors will also be watching bond markets closely after a

sharp and sudden rise in developed market yields last week, led

by the eurozone, which suggested the long bull run in bonds

might finally have run out of steam.

“We think bond markets are already priced for very gloomy

medium-term economic scenarios of low growth and little

inflation pressure for years – almost ‘as good as it gets’ for

bond markets,” said Peter Schaffrik, chief European macro

strategist at RBC Capital Markets.

In the eurozone, tentative signs of an economic pick up in

the region have sent German 10-year Bund yields up

nearly 21 basis points for the week, the biggest such move since

June 2013.. The Australian dollar remained on the defensive at

$0.7829 amid speculation the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)

will cut interest rates to a fresh record low of 2.0 percent at

a policy meeting on Tuesday.

Investors were cautious ahead of a number of events this

week, including the UK election on Thursday. There it ran into profit taking and

was hovering around $1.1194 in Asia on Monday.

The bounce in China’s markets pulled the MSCI’s broadest

index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan up

0.2 percent. The latest polls

show neither of the major parties is likely to win a clear

majority of seats.

The Australian dollar, often used as a proxy for China risk,

fell 20 ticks before recovering to trade at 0.7825.

“We think the risks are skewed heavily to the upside and

expect higher yields over the course of the year against a more

positive economic backdrop in the US and Europe.”

In commodity markets, oil prices had eased off 2015 highs

after Iraq said its crude exports hit a record in April, keeping

Middle East production well above demand.

“Valuations are still attractive and this is a

liquidity-fuelled rally so any broad pullbacks are going to be

viewed as a buying opportunity by investors,” said Grace Tam, a

markets strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management in Hong Kong.

* Bond investors wary after last week’s spike in yields

* Shanghai shares bounce, Aussie dollar stabilises

Shares in Shanghai fell after the PMI survey but

quickly clawed back losses and were up nearly 1 percent by late

morning as investors bet on more policy easing. Australian stocks were slightly higher and

South Korea’s main index managed to inch up 0.3 percent.

Similar factory surveys on Friday showed weak activity in

Japan and South Korea as well, adding urgency to calls for more

state stimulus in all three economies which could offer more

fuel for rallying stock markets.

(Additional reporting by Wayne Cole in SYDNEY; Editing by Kim


The greenback held above two-month lows against a

trade-weighted basket of currencies at 95.25

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He/she believes that his/her priorities, interests, opinions and beliefs are better than or more important than others and as a result, they feel entitled to dominate and control those around them. In the courting stage, he/she will use “fake empathy”, but beyond this stage, partners of Narcissists feel completely unsupported and not understood.


A tendency to be envious or to assume that he/she is the object of others envy. He/she can even seem quite modest in public about these views, but usually at home these are evident.


A preoccupation with fantasies of extraordinary success, power, beauty or love. This is almost a universal trait with all Narcissists. He/she is a “user” who may manipulate situations such that others end up doing all the work (and the Narcissist often gets the glory), or may end up losing their money. Often partners of a Narcissist will refer to the one thing they have in common with their Narcissist partner is that they both love him/her.


A delusional sense of entitlement. He/she sees himself/herself as more special than others, whether it be more accomplished, more feeling, more giving, more ethical, more long suffering, more insightful, etc.


An intense need for admiration. When in conversation, he/she can’t listen attentively and will bring the conversation back around to him/her. Often counselling with a Psychologist who understand about the specifics of Narcissism can be most helpful.

- Very disappointed and disillusioned about who he/she seems to be now, compared with who he/she was in the beginning stages of the relationship

The 9 Characteristics of Narcissism

Research has shown that approximately 75% of those with Narcissistic traits are male and 25% are female.

- Utter perplexity at how he/she can be so sweet and nice one minute, and so mean and callous the next

- Untrusting of yourself because you don’t know what to trust anymore, wanting a real and happy relationship but always feeling that it is not available to you

- Unhappy because he/she always tries to undermine the happiness you create for yourself

- Intensely frustrating when he/she can’t be reasonable or honour agreements or work with you for a win-win solution

- Confused because of the lies and half truths he/she continually feeds you

Narcissism is considered a spectrum Disorder, which means that there are degrees of manifestation of the characteristics, so a person could have a couple of Narcissistic traits, or have many and be considered to have a full blown Narcissistic Personality Disorder, as defined in the DSMIV, or sit anywhere in between..

- Despair at the dawning realisation that he/she doesn’t really care about you or how you feel.

How do partners feel when they are attempting to have a relationship with a Narcissist?

- The relationship feels unrewarding because it never feels that he/she is really there, and it is not possible to share any real intimacy with him/her

- Hurt and shell shocked because of the myriad of ways he/she belittles, criticises and blames you

The more of these qualities you find in your partner (or yourself) the closer they (or you) are to a Narcissistic Personality Disorder end of the spectrum, which means the more difficult (or impossible) they will be to live with, or to maintain a healthy relationship with.

Julie Hart is an Australian Relationship Psychologist who heads the Hart Centre, a team of 70 Psychologists in centres around Australia who specialise in Relationship and Marriage counselling, Anger management and Sex therapy. You can contact the Hart Centre on Phone 1300830552

If you are in a relationship with a Narcissist, it will be a one-way relationship, as he/she is particularly self- absorbed.

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An exaggerated or grandiose sense of self importance that isn’t supported by reality. He/she will be very envious if others close by have more than him/her, and will usually express this as contempt, distain and belittling towards them.


An arrogant attitude. He/she will often be judgemental and condescending toward anyone who they feel is not up to their high standards and will regularly “put down” others to bolster their own self esteem.

In a way that you often can’t exactly identify clearly you can feel:

By Julie Ann Hart

The official guide to Marriage

“A Narcissist is someone who after taking the trash out gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house”

Have you ever got the sense that your partner thinks he/she is generally superior to you, or more entitled to things than you are? Does he/she find a host of ways to devalue you or ignore you? Does he/she try to control you? If so, you may be living with a Narcissist.

Trying to relate in a healthy way with someone who has many Narcissistic characteristics in like walking through a minefield.

You will need to develop boundaries and assertive skills and depending on the degree of Narcissism, you may need to leave them. He/she feels that rules, regulations and normal standards don’t apply to them, and also may find hard work, working toward a goal, illness and injury difficult to cope with, as they believe themselves to be above these kind of common things.


A tendency to exploit others without guilt and remorse. He/she will also promise things that they never deliver on.


An absence of meaningful empathy for others. He/she lives more in a fantasy world of their own making than in reality of both successes and recognised failures.


A belief that he/she is special and unique and can only be understood by other special people. He/she is so caught up in their own grandiose fantasy life that they pay no real attention to others in any genuine way

Ultimate Casino Guide-Philadelphia Area of Pennsylvania

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As reported by the American Casino Guide, the Valley Forge Casino Resort has the lowest payout of all the casinos in Pennsylvania, at 89.50% payback. Many also note the “extremely filthy,” “dump” hotel that is attached, and based on those comments, staying at the Casino Tower Hotel is not recommended.

Insider Tip: Avoid the hotel section at all costs. Guests of the casino must either buy into a “membership” which, at the time of publication, costs $20 for three months, or purchase a “day pass” for $10. Located 2.4 miles away from Valley Forge Casino.

Overview: They always say “forewarned is forearmed” and you would do well to note that this casino is much different from the other three in the Philadelphia area.

What else to see and do: Check out the King of Prussia Mall and its adjacent Imax Theater, then try out the new location of Ralph’s for real Italian food. The Guide notes that this statistic was calculated during the first four months the casino was open, however, it seems relatively safe to assume that rate won’t be going up anytime soon. The tiny dance floor, the extremely strong stench of smoke and the low quality food also appear in the comments numerous times. Of course, Philly is just a 35 minute drive away, with thousands of choices of activities.

Expensive: Courtyard by Marriott, rooms start at $194, located 1.48 miles from Valley Forge Casino.

Where to Stay

Mid-range: Crowne Plaza Valley Forge, rooms average $130 per night. Firstly, it is a “class three” casino and that means that it’s governed by different (and rather confusing) rules. Once you get your entrance card, you will be greeted by an itsy bitsy, teeny tiny casino consisting of just 600 slot machines and 50 table games. There are two “upscale” (and that term is used lightly) restaurants, Pacific Prime and Viviano; and one pub-type establishment called Valley Tavern, which is located a day’s journey away from the casino floor, inside the hotel itself. However, if you spend $10 on food or in any of the casino shops, it will be counted toward the day pass. Despite these efforts to make up for the mistake, the rest of the food was not of the quality which would warrant a recommendation.

Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 1st Ave King of Prussia, PA 19406 (610) 354-8118. However, if you enjoy a more mature crowd, you can have some fun having drinks at the little “nightclub” in the middle of the casino floor and kicking up your heels to classic 80′s hip hop.

Dining: The casino website makes it seem like the casino has seven restaurants, but a recent visit revealed that three of those restaurants are cafeteria-style eateries, including Nosh Deli, Asianoodle and the Italian Market, which all sit next to each other in a small food court. The American Grill is located on the casino floor and features burgers and sandwiches served 24/7. Parking is pretty straightforward; there is a free self-park lot right in front or you can choose complimentary valet service.

Cheap: Hyatt Place King of Prussia, rooms from $107 per night. Pacific Prime is a very expensive steak house (about $48 per entrée with no side dishes) and Viviano is a pricey Italian place. Eat something before you go, and don’t expect to win any money. The manager removed it from the bill, sent a complimentary replacement and provided two free glasses of champagne. During a recent visit there, a cheese tray was served which contained cheese that had spoiled. The crowd is 30-60 something’s, so if you’re looking to party with young folks, you’re not going to find them here. Located 1.14 miles from Valley Forge Casino.

Common Complaints: This casino has just two stars on Yelp, with the biggest complaints being the extremely tight slots and the entrance fee

Poker in India: Action-packed, not ready to go pro

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Turning to tournament style

Poker in India: Some upcoming tournaments

Aces Unlimited tournament at

Casino Pride on August 25 2011.

To truly say that India is a booming poker nation, casino poker

must become bigger.

So what are the casinos doing to attract more punters?

 “It is a

challenge to get people to fly down to Goa every weekend when they can play a home

game in their city,” says Gupta.

Tournament poker is what started the worldwide boom in the


While home games (poker played by a group of friends at

someone’s home) have been a regular feature of the social scene in India for

the past five years, country-wide casino poker is still years away.

“We have a

regular in Goa who dropped out of the Indian Institutes of Technology to become a professional poker player.

But Gupta believes that the change has begun. The buy-ins for some games can even go up to

Rs 10 lakhs. Once eliminated

from the tournament, most players sit down and play a cash game. In a country that is stuck in the

traditional careers of engineering and medicine, this mind-set shift will take

some time. This is when

the casino starts making money.”

Most casinos in India are therefore offshore, primarily in Goa,

with Casino Royale and Casino Pride being the big players at the moment. “But casinos offer a lot of advantages. The poker boom in India is still four to five years away and will

require dramatic legal changes and the mind-set shift of a generation. “Tournament organizers get a chance to take home some

guaranteed money and it brings a lot of players to our casino.

Casinos in Goa are hosting tournaments organized by various

players, groups and companies. It is known in the poker world as The

Moneymaker Effect.

The casino makes money from live cash games by taking a percentage from every hand that is played.

“We are encouraging a lot of players to become poker tournament

organizers,” says Gupta. The Shark, a New Delh- based company, organizes two to three tournaments a year. And of course there are restrictions. On land, casinos can

only run electronic machines, which to the avid gambler are as interesting as

watching Harbhajan Singh bowl; there just isn’t enough action.

The key factor that changed poker around the world post

Moneymaker’s victory is that people believed that playing poker professionally

could be their primary source of income. As exposure to the game increases we expect it to move beyond

these cities.”

PokerGuru tournament at Casino Pride from September 2-4 2011.. But has it?

Both Gupta and Bagai mentioned the impact of Facebook on the

growth of the game. The more hands

played, the more the casino rakes in.

This has sparked interest in real-life poker. It

is going to happen slowly, but it will happen.”  

“We are very positive,” says Gupta.

The stakes in the game range from Rs 100-200 blinds right up

to Rs 10,000-Rs 20,000 blinds. This ranges from three to five percent of the total pot with a cap of around Rs 5,000. I

suspect the latter may happen sooner than the former.

“Five percent of our crowd in

the casino are playing live poker for the first time — Facebook has been great

for us,” says Gupta. There

is no credit issue and you can play with different players in a great


He’ll talk about his regular game, his high-stakes

game and the tournaments he’s won.

Currently, to run live gambling tables (games with live

dealers and players) in India, a casino still needs to be offshore.

Ask any Mumbaikar between the ages of 25 and 40 if he plays poker in India and

you’ll be on the receiving end of a proud smile.

What are the challenges for poker in India?

But for the game to really take off, casino and gambling legislation is

going to need a huge overhaul. Compared

to the United States — which has more than 30 poker tables in just one hotel in

Vegas, The Bellagio – the size of the game

in India is minuscule.

Poker still only accounts for a small percentage of these casinos’ earnings but things are slowly changing.

Most poker rooms in India are still small, containing eight tables at the most. Zynga’s Texas Hold’em app

on Facebook brings a number of newcomers to the game, playing online with their

friends. Chris Moneymaker, an accountant and amateur poker player, won a US$39 satellite to qualify for the World Series of Poker, which he

eventually won, taking home US$2.5 million.

“Beyond just the 18-25 year olds we are also seeing players over

the age of 40 who are moving from flush (teen

patti) to poker.”

Future of poker in India

“Today they get over a 100. You’ll be convinced that the Indian poker

boom has arrived.

“We are seeing a rise in the number of players turning to

poker,” says Madhav Gupta, whose company Piranha Creek, runs the poker room for

Casino Pride. “Right now the majority

of players come from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, with Bangalore being the

biggest market. While the number is still small

it shows that people are willing to travel all the way to Goa to play in a


“About a year ago whenever anyone would organize a

tournament they would get about 25-30 players who would sign up,” says Pranav

Bagai of The Shark