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Democratic former Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee is a potential challenger to Hillary Clinton for 2016 Democratic nomination.

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last 24 hours | gosanangelo
OUR OPINION: Don't give an inch to metric system - San Angelo Standard Times
"...It's not going to happen. We're four decades past the Metric Conversion Act of 1975, and a San Angelo sidewalk survey would last a long time before turning up someone who could accurately estimate how many kilometers it is to Bronte.Most curious is that, aside from possibly engendering some nebulous international good will, Chaffee doesn't address the key question: Why? There's no one else calling for a change. American industry long ago adapted, which is why we often note that the jug of liquid we're buying tells the amount in liters instead of quarts and why many tools have metric hieroglyphics.In fact, meters have invaded so far into American society that track fans are left confused and annoyed. The high jumper cleared 2.4 meters? What the heck does that mean? Tell us when he goes over 7 feet...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1341 days ago | washingtonpost
Chafee's absurd comparison on the fiscal impact of the Iraq war and the Bush ... - Washington Post (blog)

"...In any case, Chafee was comparing apples and oranges, inflating the Iraq war number by calculating out almost four decades while deflating the tax cut number to just a single 10-year estimate.The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research organization, in 2013 produced an updated comparison of the impact of the Iraq (and Afghanistan) wars and the Bush tax cuts on the federal deficit through 2019. (The group does not plan to update the study again, but the most recent version was done after the White House and Congress agreed to permanently extend the tax cuts, except for wealthy Americans, and so it reflects those changes.)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1346 days ago | huffingtonpost
Here's Why Lincoln Chafee's Metric System Suggestion Actually Makes A Lot Of ... - Huffington Post

"...Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island senator and governor now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, drew lots of coverage -- and a few jabs on late-night television -- for suggesting this week that the U.S. should "join the rest of the world" and "go metric."But advocates for the move says there's nothing funny about it. In fact, they say, it's a change that's long overdue...." see full article

1348 days ago | wcti12
No, America shouldn't go metric (Opinion) -
"...A move to the meter is not a vote for open-mindedness. That has been clear to me every time I have been scolded by a European or South American on the stupidity of a system that divides by twelfths and sixteenths rather than tenths.I readily admit that the decimal math of the metric system is easier, but not that it is in all ways better. The fact is that decimals are lousy at real-life division. Try cutting an orange or a pizza into five or ten slices. Two of the most basic fractions are the third and the quarter. A third and quarter of a foot are four and three inches; the same for a meter are 25cm and .33333-on-to-infinity cm...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

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1350 days ago | weeklystandard
Ridiculed—for Now - The Weekly Standard

"...The Scrapbook would like to note that the metric system is overrated, and imposing it from Washington is unnecessary and unwarranted. To the extent that the metric system makes sense, American scientists and businesses have already adopted it. But the metric system doesn't always make sense. The fact that there's no unit of measurement between a centimeter and meter is impractical to say the least. Fahrenheit is far more precise than Celsius, and it's usually more convenient to make finer measures in pounds than kilograms. And if you have to do a little extra math to realize that there are 6.77 bushels to a hogshead, well, it's just a good reminder of American exceptionalism...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1350 days ago | cnn
No, America shouldn't go metric - CNN

"...With U.S. competitiveness not at stake, what reason is there for America to switch? In an age when we can say "three feet to meters" and our smartphone immediately tells us .9144m, it can't be about making conversion easy. The only reason for us to switch is exactly the one Chafee brings up -- that it would be "good for our international reputation." Yet beyond this being of questionable logic -- would it really net enough good PR to justify the billions in dollars it would cost us to convert? -- there is the underlying notion that it is bad for us to be out step with the rest of the world...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1350 days ago | washingtonpost
Lincoln Chafee finally says it: Hillary's too corrupt to be president - Washington Post (blog)

"...Unfortunately for the Democratic Party and for the country, only Lincoln Chafee is saying this. Members of Congress, liberal pundits and big donors have yet to say, Hey, this is a bridge too far. We can't justify supporting her. There is no excuse for this. Only if they finally admit this can the party recover its soul and a candidate not ethically disqualified to hold office (let alone the presidency) can emerge. For now, Clinton just like with Whitewater, the Rose Law Firm, the White House travel office, the Chinese finance scandals of the 1990's, the foundation, the emails and the conflicts of interest is getting away with it. She's conducted herself this way for 20-plus years because she's never paid any real price...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1350 days ago | newsy
Would Going Metric Really Help The US Economy? - Newsy
"...If the U.S. were to fully convert to the metric system, there would be costs involved that could, at least initially, outweigh the trade benefits.Politico reports the cost of changing road signs from miles to kilometers could range from $520 million to $650 million adjusted for inflation. That's based on a 1995 government estimate. And road signs aren't the only thing that would have to be converted. Besides the cost of training and education, almost all of the labels in a grocery store, clothing sizes and even gas station pumps would need to be updated.And Chafee's suggestion isn't exactly on the top of lists of issues voters care about...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1350 days ago | marketplace
America's lengthy courtship with the metric system -
"...That's what works, apparently, a cultural change that helps people imagine the differences between old and new. Hillger says the problem here is the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 had one deadly word: voluntary. "I think they thought that, well, it would probably happen because big, larger companies change and then the other ones follow."As you know, that didn't quite happen.But Elizabeth Gentry, the metric coordinator at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology says a lot of big companies did convert after that act: Caterpillar, GM, IBM. Plus, an entire industry: booze...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | americanthinker
Lincoln Chafee: Already a 2016 punchline - American Thinker (blog)

"...Stop. Enough. Hillary putting the wrong Russian word on the reset button was a "mistake" in his view. Can we stand someone so profound to be president? Chafee was an arrogant senator. He has now demonstrated that he's so besotted with his own conceit that he's not worthy to run for president, even as a Democrat. The campaign needs a little levity, so let's hope he sticks around for a few months and gives us some more laughs...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | theguardian
Those who reject the metric system are miles behind Lincoln Chafee

"...Chafee is just kind of leader we need to put some teeth behind the rhetoric. It's time for Americans to accept the internationally accepted system once and for all on paper and in practice. Down with United States customary units! You can hear the Citifield crowd chanting from Queens as the 129.274-kilogram hero Bartolo Colon leads an upstart bunch of scrappy youngsters through their most exciting season in years. Let's Go Metric! The metric system is better because it's clearer, and it makes math easier. It is based on the decimal system, which correlates to the number of fingers and toes on most human hands and feet. We have an innate sense for counting things in sets of 10. Our current system, meanwhile, is a hodge-podge of weird, difficult numbers like 12s, 4s, 16s and 33s, based on the arbitrary size of some Roman soldier's sandal...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | spectator
Lincoln Chafee Is All About the Metric System - American Spectator (blog)
"...Like Chafee himself, this is essentially a fallback to the late 1970s, when people still though that Jimmy Carter could successfully negotiate a peace treaty with Iran and that high-waisted polyester shorts were a good idea to wear with roller skates. Fortunately for America, we're reliving both the foreign policy era of incompetence and the resurgence of normcore, so why the heck shouldn't we force ourselves to comply with a massive an unwanted national policy change? While we're at it, let's revive Cop Rock.Come to think of it, unlike the other returning trends, Cop Rock wouldn't be so bad, if it starred, say, Andy Samberg. Chafee can keep his metric system, though...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | time
The Long, Tortuous History of the US and the Metric System - TIME
"...If history is any indication, however, switching to metric is not as easy as Chafee made it sound. (Not even in Canada: in one remarkable 1983 incident, an Air Canada flight ran out of gas and had to crash land when a new metric-calibrated plane was refueled by a ground crew used to working with pounds rather than kilograms.)And Chafee isn't the first to suggest the switch. In fact, U.S. politicians and advocates have been trying to introduce the metric system for pretty much as long as the country has existed: none other than George Washington himself suggested that the new United States use the then-newfangled French system that became the metric system. Congress however, not the President, has the power to set the country's system of measures; Washington's suggestion went nowhere, largely because England didn't use metric and that was whom the nation had to trade with...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | washingtonpost
How economics explains Americans' troubled history with meters and liters - Washington Post (blog)

"...This country already is metric, in many important ways. The pound, foot and gallon have all been defined in terms of grams, meters and liters for more than a hundred years. Metric units are widespread in the private sector, as John Bemelmans Marciano, the author of "Whatever Happened to the Metric System?" has argued in Time.Marciano writes that past attempts to standardize American measurements on the metric system failed repeatedly throughout the 20th century, in part because labor unions rightly predicted that metric units would make it easier for firms to import goods from abroad, eliminating one advantage of U.S. workers in the manufacturing sector. In fact, the metric system was originally conceived during the French Revolution as a way of encouraging free trade and economic liberalism...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1351 days ago | reason
America Shrugs as Lincoln Chafee Prepares Run for President - Reason (blog)
"...What this presidential race clearly needs is a former Republican (who was never really that conservative) turned independent turned Democrat running against Hillary Clinton primarily on the fact that Clinton voted for the Iraq War when she was a senator and he did not.That would be Lincoln Chafee, the former senator from Rhode Island and recent one-term governor, who is scheduled today to formally announce he is running for president as a Democrat. Not that anybody seems to care that he'll be announcing tonight during a speech in George Mason University...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | npr
5 Things You Should Know About Lincoln Chafee - NPR

"...It is not often that a person can be said to have personally ended an era, but Chafee may well be remembered as the last liberal Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate. He was appointed in 1999 to fill out the term of his late father, who died near the end of his fourth term. The following year, Chafee won a term in his own right, still as a Republican.But while Chafee remained in the GOP throughout his Senate years, his views were from his party's conservative center of gravity. Routinely rated the least conservative member of his caucus, he was, in fact, less conservative than several of his Democratic colleagues as well. He consistently backed same-sex marriage, abortion rights, a higher minimum wage and higher taxes on the wealthy. He also opposed the death penalty and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Nonetheless, in November 2006, Chafee was defeated for re-election by an actual Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse, who still holds the seat today...." see full article

1352 days ago | nationaljournal
Lincoln Chafee, Announcing Presidential Campaign, Says US Should Adopt ... - National Journal
"...So not only is Chafee introducing himself to Americans as someone who has lived in Canada, he's also advocating for something that was regarded by America's founding fathers as being excessively French. All in all, a fun start for a candidate who has a lot of ground to make up fast, no matter how you want to count it...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | nytimes
First Draft Today in Politics: Welcome to the Party, Lincoln Chafee - New York Times

"...Political analysts in Rhode Island were surprised to learn of Mr. Chafee's presidential aspirations. He enters the race as a long shot, lacking Mrs. Clinton's fund-raising prowess or name recognition and Mr. Sanders's grass-roots support.Some have suggested that Mr. Chafee is looking to rebrand himself after opting not to seek re-election as governor amid weak poll numbers and the threat of a primary challenge. However, even critics say that he is sincere and that his presence will press Mrs. Clinton on foreign policy...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | nytimes
Lincoln Chafee Takes Winding Road Into Democratic Race

"...Many were surprised when Mr. Chafee, 62, signaled in April that he was interested in seeking the White House. The move raised eyebrows in Rhode Island, where his record in one term as governor received mixed reviews. Facing the prospect of a primary challenge and sluggish poll numbers last year, he chose not to run for re-election.Continue reading the main storyWhile considering a presidential run, Mr. Chafee has shown a willingness to confront Mrs. Clinton, questioning the financial dealings of her family's foundation and criticizing her for supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Mr. Chafee, a Republican at the time, was the only senator from his party to vote against the war...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | bloombergview
Lincoln Chafee's One Issue
"...Should the U.S. increase its military involvement in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria? Or should it exercise restraint, resolving to contain and isolate the menace? What is the best way to manage the complexities posed by Iran and a shifting, unreliable array of Sunni allies in the region? To break through, Chafee will have to do more than ask familiar (and valid) questions. What voters crave are viable, innovative answers.Chafee's independence is well established, as is his political dexterity. It's unlikely they will be enough to win him the nomination, much less the presidency. But they may force greater candor from the woman -- or man -- who does...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | desmoinesregister
Lincoln Chafee presidential bid faces tough road in Iowa
"...Compounding Chafee's problems in Iowa is the fact that he's laid none of the groundwork necessary for a serious caucus campaign."He's going to have to spend so much time getting in front of people who have no idea who he is," Larimer said.Clinton, Sanders, O'Malley and even former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, by contrast, have been visiting the state and courting potential supporters for months...." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | national.suntimes
Who cares about Lincoln Chafee's presidential campaign? Nobody.
"...When it comes to running for president of the United States, having a robust public presence is usually a must.People should, you know, know who you are and stuff.That doesn't seem to be the case for former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is set to announce his candidacy today during a speech at George Mason University.The fact that the speech is only being broadcast on C-SPAN should give a hint as to Chafee's popularity, or lack thereof. (C-SPAN doesn't measure viewership, but is available in 97 million households. But, honestly, when was the last time you tuned in?)..." see full article or see all articles on this topic

1352 days ago | blogs.seacoastonline
Lincoln Chafee: That All You Got? - (blog)
"...Chafee told us he's going to announce his candidacy in three days. Good luck with that, sir.For seven years, Chafee served in the U.S. Senate. During that time, he said Republicans took the surplus and gave it to the wealthy and put us into endless war for false reasons. The only breath of life came when Chafee paused, looked around at the well-fed partisan crowd (they had just polished off lobster, corn on the cob, strawberries and whipped cream) and marveled, How is it possible that Republicans won the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014? How is that possible? Shifting into campaign strategist mode, he urged the audience to push for ObamaCare, make infrastructure a Democratic issue and pin this endless war on Republicans. ..." see full article

1355 days ago | msnbc
Don't count Bernie Sanders out - MSNBC

"...The good news for Sanders is that he's gained more early polling traction than any of the other Clinton challengers O'Malley, former Virginia Senator James Webb, and former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. He's also shown himself to be a star on social media, where his policy ruminations regularly go viral, and his team bragged of bringing in $1.5 million in the 24 hours after his announcement of candidacy last month. His team hopes to raise $50 million this year not nearly enough to rival Clinton, of course, but plenty to build out full-fledged operations in all of the early primary and caucus states.At a minimum, the Sanders team believes he'll be able to emerge as the de facto non-Clinton candidate. Already, there are encouraging signs for them on this front. A recent Iowa poll put Sanders at 14%, more than O'Malley, Webb and Chafee combined; and a New Hampshire poll gave him 18%, more than doubling up the other three. (That said, he still trails Clinton by around 50 points.)..." see full article

1360 days ago | time
Lincoln Chafee Is Trying to Re-Run Obama's 2008 Playbook - TIME
"...Chafee faces a steep uphill battle towards the nomination; so far he's barely even been included in Democratic primary polling...." see full article

1378 days ago | yahoo
Lincoln Chafee's 2016 run might matter more than you think - Yahoo Politics
"...Then you have Chafee, who is, under that seemingly meek exterior, one of the most steely and stubborn politicians I have known. Chafee surprised just about everyone (including some of his former aides) when he announced a few weeks ago he was exploring a run, but when I talked to him this week, he sounded like a man who had already made his decision...." see full article

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