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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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Portland's 14th annual Providence Bridge Pedal is Sunday morning, Aug. 9, and the good news for families is that participation for kids is free this year.
On the other hand, car drivers will need a plan on how to get where they're going Sunday morning -- especially if they're crossing the Willamette River between 5:30 a.m. and noon.
The bridge pedal opens up eight Willamette River bridges to bike traffic, including three organized bicycle routes and one for walkers.
The exhilarating annual experience allows citizens to walk or ride – and lounge – through what are usually major freeways, including the top deck of the Fremont Bridge, which offers astounding views of the river and the city.
The Burnside and St. Johns will remain open to vehicular traffic in both directions, despite the presence of cyclists. The Morrison and Steel bridges are not used by the event so those are good alternate crossings on Sunday.
Bridge sidewalks will remain open during the event.
Here is the traffic plan for Bridge Pedal, starting with bridges from south to north:

--The Sellwood Bridge will be closed westbound from 6 am to 9 am.
The Ross Island Bridge will be closed westbound from 6 am until as late as noon.
The Marquam Bridge/Interstate 5 will be closed northbound (upper deck) at 5:30 am and will reopen by noon.

--The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6:30 am to 10:15 am, with TriMet bus service operating in both directions. One eastbound and one westbound lane will be closed beginning Saturday at 6 pm until noon on Sunday.

--The Burnside Bridge's outermost westbound lane and westbound bike lane will be closed from 7 am to 11 am.

--Broadway Bridge traffic lanes will be closed in both directions from 7 am to 12:30 pm.
The Fremont Bridge/Interstate 405 will be closed southbound (upper deck) at 5:30 am and will reopen by noon.
The St. Johns Bridge will have one lane open in both directions (the other two lanes will be closed) from 7 am to noon.

Bridge Pedal will also require traffic changes on several state highways and Portland streets Sunday morning, including:
--I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 5:30 am to noon) motorists approaching the Marquam Bridge from I-5 northbound will be routed to I-405 northbound, across the lower deck of the Fremont Bridge, back to I-5 northbound.
---All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.
---All southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge. Motorists traveling to I-405 southbound from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound across the lower deck of the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound. All on- and off-ramps to northbound I-405 will remain open through downtown Portland
--Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound as well as from the Morrison Bridge
--Motorists traveling eastbound on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) to I-405 southbound will be routed to northbound I-405 across the Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5. This detour will remain in place from 5 am to noon.
--Oregon Highway 43 (SW Macadam Ave.): One northbound lane of SW Macadam Ave. will be closed between the Sellwood Bridge and the Ross Island Bridge, with some delays accessing areas east of SW Macadam Ave. starting at 6 am. All lanes on Macadam Ave. are expected to reopen by noon.
--Oregon Highway 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.): One southbound lane of McLoughlin Blvd. will be closed between the Milwaukie Ave. off-ramp and SE Mill St. starting at 6 am. All lanes on McLoughlin Blvd. are expected to be open by noon.
--U.S. 30: The right lane of U.S. 30 eastbound will be closed between the St. John's Bridge and N.W. Kittridge Ave. starting 6 am. All lanes on U.S. 30 are expected to be open by noon.

--Naito Parkway: Closed in both directions between SW Columbia and the Steel Bridge. NW Naito Parkway/NW Front Ave. will be closed southbound from NW Nicolai to the Steel Bridge. SW Naito will be closed northbound from SW Harrison to SW Columbia.

--N Willamette Blvd.: Closed eastbound between N Richmond Ave. and N Portland Blvd.

--N Greeley Ave.: Closed southbound from N Killingsworth St. to N Interstate Ave.

--N Ivanhoe St.: Closed between N Leavitt Ave. and N Philadelphia Ave.
--N Interstate Ave.: both directions closed between Larrabee and Mississippi, southbound only closed Fremont to Multnomah.
--SE Milwaukie Ave.: southbound only closed between Schiller and Ellis.
--N Russell St: closed both directions between Kerby and Mississippi.
--SE Clay St.: West of Martin Luther King Blvd., access for local traffic only to Water Ave. (OMSI access provided).

The Broadway, Burnside, and Hawthorne drawbridges will not open for river traffic between 6:30 am and 12:30 pm.
TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays up to 15 minutes in downtown during the event.
The following bus lines will have delays or minor detours: 4-Division/Fessenden, 9-Powell/Broadway, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd, 14-Hawthorne, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd Ave, 17-Holgate/NW 21st Ave, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 33-McLoughlin, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 43-Taylors Ferry Rd, 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest, 45-Garden Home, 70-12th Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd ,77-Broadway/Halsey and the OMSI Shuttle. Signs will direct riders to nearby stops where buses are on detours.
For Bridge Pedal information, visit www.providence.org/bridgepedal.

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