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  • When should we use military to enforce US goals? NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. Paul, a first-term senator from Kentucky who favors a smaller U.S. footprint in the world, said that some of his Republican colleagues would do more harm in international affairs than would leading Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. "The other Republicans will criticize the president and Hillary Clinton for their foreign policy, but they would just have done the same thing — just 10 times over," Paul said on the closing day of a New Hampshire GOP conference that brought about 20 presidential prospects to the first-in-the-nation primary state. "There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more," Paul said. Foreign policy looms large in the presidential race as the U.S. struggles to resolve diplomatic and military conflicts across the globe. The GOP presidential class regularly rails against President Barack Obama's leadership on the world stage, yet some would-be contenders have yet to articulate their own positions, while others offered sharply different visions. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose brother, President George W. Bush, authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq, declined to say whether he would have done anything different then. Yet Jeb Bush acknowledged a shift in his party against new military action abroad. "Our enemies need to fear us, a little bit, just enough for them to deter the actions that create insecurity," Bush said earlier in the conference. He said restoring alliances "that will create less likelihood of America's boots on the ground has to be the priority, the first priority of the next president." The GOP's hawks were well represented at the event, led by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has limited foreign policy experience but articulated a muscular vision during his Saturday keynote address. Walker said the threats posed by radical Islamic terrorism won't be handled simply with "a couple bombings." "We're not going to wait till they bring the fight to us," Walker said. "We're going to bring the fight to them and fight on their soil." South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham addressed the question of putting U.S. troops directly in the battle against the Islamic State group militants by saying there is only one way to defeat the militants: "You go over there and you fight them so they don't come here." Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suggested an aggressive approach as well. "The way to defeat ISIS is a simple and clear military objective," he said. "We will destroy them." Businesswoman Carly Fiorina offered a similar outlook. "The world is a more dangerous and more tragic place when America is not leading. And America has not led for quite some time," she said. Under Obama, a U.S.-led coalition of Western and Arab countries is conducting regular airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. also has hundreds of military advisers in Iraq helping Iraqi security forces plan operations against the Islamic State, which occupies large chunks of northern and western Iraq. Paul didn't totally reject the use of military force, noting that he recently introduced a declaration of war against the Islamic State group. But in an interview with The Associated Press, he emphasized the importance of diplomacy. He singled out Russia and China, which have complicated relationships with the U.S., as countries that could contribute to U.S. foreign policy interests. "I think the Russians and the Chinese have great potential to help make the world a better place," he said. "I don't say that naively that they're going to, but they have the potential to." Paul suggested the Russians could help by getting Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power. "Maybe he goes to Russia," Paul said. Despite tensions with the U.S., Russia and China negotiated alongside Washington in nuclear talks with Iran. Paul has said he is keeping an open mind about the nuclear negotiations. "The people who already are very skeptical, very doubtful, may not like the president for partisan reasons," he said, and "just may want war instead of negotiations."
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Arvie Smith

PICTURE: Painter Arvie Smith unveils a new showing of his work this month.This picture is a detail from his painting The Courtship. The exhibit will run from June 5 - June 28 (Thurs - Sun noon-5p.m.) at Gallery 114, 1100 NW Glisan, Portland. Visit  www.gallery 114.org  

NNEBA Small Business Roundtable

The North Northeast Business Association holds a small business training and networking event, June 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 311 North Ivy St., in Portland.
It’s an opportunity to learn strategic business concepts, maximize your business potential and find partnership with other businesses. Guest speaker is Sanders Anderson, the owner of Be True Design,a  branding and design consultancy in Portland. He'll be speaking on how to market your business and promote your message.
The event is free for NNEBA members, suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers. Free food and wine is provided. Space is limited. Please sign up by calling 503-275-5769.

Free Training for Entry-Level Manufacturing Skills

The Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council is funding a new pilot program to provide free training to give individuals skills to help them obtain jobs in manufacturing.

Students will develop skills in core areas of safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness.

Individuals who complete the program will also be eligible for career counseling and job placement assistance at no cost through WorkSource.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a GED or high school diploma. Classes will be held at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center campus Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from June 16 through Sept. 22.

Space is limited and individuals are encouraged to contact WorkSource immediately for details. 

Learn more at www.swwdc.org.

Portland Fighting Fillies Season Finale

The Portland Fighting Fillies Women’s Full Contact football team will be taking on the Tacoma Trauma this Saturday, June 7 in their season finale. Kick off is at 5pm at Milwaukie High School. The Fillies will be honoring educators, who will receive $5 admission with supporting identification. The first 100 fans will receive a Fillies Rally Towel sponsored by the The Warrior Room Kettlebell Studio.

Ticket prices are $10 general admission, $8 military/senior (65+), $5 children age 6-12, children 5 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate or by emailing fightingfilliesinfo@gmail.com.

For more information, or questions regarding the team or tickets, please email the Fighting Fillies at fightingfilliesinfo@gmail.com or call 503.974.4719. Visit the Fillies at www.fightingfillies.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/fightingfillies

Black Rose Books Presents Children’s Book Fair

Sunday, June 8, Black Rose Books Presents “The Read All Summer .Children’s Book Fair,” 2-4 p.m. at the Glyph Cafe’ & Arts Space, 804 NW Couch St.

Reading will be Valerie Pearce, whose books where kids are the problem solvers. Also on hand will be Nikki Brown-Clown, and Black Rose Books, with over 100 African American Children’s Books.

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

One of Malcolm X’s best friends, Grace Lee Boggs cradled the civil rights leader’s head as he died from an assassin’s bullet.

A new documentary about her life is screened at Lewis & Clark, Sunday, June 8,

 6:30 p.m.at Lewis & Clark College, Graduate Campus, York Graduate Commons, Portland.

Boggs is a 98 year-old Chinese-American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be.

The documentary film screening will be followed by a dialogue focused on how the film informs educational change-work in Detroit, and its relationship to Portland, place-based education, and work for educational change across the state of Oregon

Admission is free and open to the public. Donations will be welcome.

Sponsored by Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Sunnyside Environmental School, and Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA).

For more information about this and other opportunities available through the CCE, click here.

Dr. Lisa Bates on Racial Wealth Gap

Portland Housing Center and REACH CDC celebrate NeighborWorks Week with a special breakfast event.

Lisa Bates, PhD speaks on the racial wealth gap in Portland's African American community and innovative strategies aimed at bridging the gap.

The event is 8:30a.m., June 10 REACH Community Development's Station Place Tower, 1020 NW 9th Ave., Portland.

Bates is an Associate Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research on housing policy and planning is particularly focused on social justice and issues of institutionalized racism in policy design and implementation. Bates has engaged in research and policy formulation with a variety of community partners, including ACORN Housing Corporation in New Orleans and Chicago, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Portland Housing Center, and PolicyLink.

Please RSVP to info@portlandhousingcenter.org by June 6 to attend.

City of North Plains Announces Smokehouse Summit

June 7- 8 will see the Oregon State BBQ Championship event in North Plains. A World Foods Qualifier and a Jack Daniels Invitational Draw Qualifier, the Smokehouse Summit: Brews, Blues, & Championship BBQ also features additional entertainment, such as live blues music, eight regional breweries and a winery, a kids' zone and family-friendly activities, a fire-dancing performan ce, a poker run, charity auctions, and the Family First Insurance Ghost Flames & Grills Cruise In. This event is free and open to the public and will occur rain or shine with BBQ available for the public to purchase.
Saturday has special category competitions - the Reser's Potato Salad Challenge, the L-Bar-T Build a Better Bison Burger Challenge, and the Painted Hills Natural Beef Any Way You Want It Challenge - and celebrity guest judges.

Sunday morning opens with a pancake breakfast offered by and benefitting the North Plains Senior Center. The BBQ Championship awards will also be featured on Sunday. Teams from across the Pacific Northwest, Montana, and Western Canada are competing for the PNWBA-sanctioned title, which guarantees the winner a state championship title and qualification into two of the biggest and most prestigious BBQ competitions in the world - the World Foods Championships and the Jack Daniels Invitational.
More information can be found online at www.SmokehouseSummit.com.

Also, check out the Skanner News Community Calendar for family fun events under $10. 

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