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As opposed to Mrs. Clinton who still can&rsquo;t give a straight answer about her email &ldquo;situation.&rdquo;<br />\n As if the news couldn&rsquo;t get any worse for Hillary, according to a Washington Post /ABC News poll only 42% of Democrat women plan to vote for Hillary, a drop of 29 percentage points since July. If that&rsquo;s with Democrat women, how low is her support among independent and conservative female voters? Yikes, it seems like the best thing that happened to Hillary Wednesday night was getting her hair pulled by Jimmy Fallon.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n Russia has moved into Syria seemingly to protect Syria&rsquo;s leader Bashar al-Assad and lend stability to the region by keeping him in power. I don&rsquo;t believe Vladimir Putin&rsquo;s intentions are noble. What will the Obama administration do about this if anything? &mdash; Skeptical Steve<br />\n Dear Skeptical: &nbsp;<br />\n With Donald Trump stealing the media&rsquo;s energy lately, there are actually news stories of slightly more significance occurring in the world. It&rsquo;s true that Russia has begun moving troops and military weapons into Syria under the guise that it wants to help confront the threat of ISIS. Personally I don&rsquo;t trust Putin as far as I could throw that sawed off little James Bond villain reject. Foreign policy analysts speculate that Putin wants to prove that Russia is a power player in the world again by flexing its muscles in Syria while aligning itself with a ruthless dictator. Sound familiar?<br />\n Team Obama&rsquo;s response has been to simply talk with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Putin must be nervous because last I checked, after all the talking with John Kerry, Russia continues to illegally occupy Crimea.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK: &nbsp;<br />\n I didn&rsquo;t catch much of the early debate on Wednesday night but I did hear Lindsey Graham say that if he were elected president there&rsquo;d be more drinking going on in Washington. Now that&rsquo;s the kind of politician I can support. &mdash;Frat Rat<br />\n Dear Frat Rat: &nbsp;<br />\n Senator Graham&rsquo;s method has been tried before. As he mentioned during the debate Ronald Reagan and Tip O&rsquo;Neill met together after hours over adult beverages to discuss policies. President Obama tried something similar but his policies only caused everybody outside of Washington to drink.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. 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GOP debate, Russia and drinking in D.C.

DEAR MARK: September 18, 2015

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