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“A coun­try’s brand is a val­ued com­mod­ity, es­pe­cially when that na­tion is the world’s largest eco­nomic and strate­gic power. And, in 2014, Amer­ica’s im­age re­mains strong in much of the world,” states a sur­pris­ingly forth­right, mas­sive anal­y­sis of “global at­ti­tudes” from the Pew Re­search Cen­ter which found, es­sen­tially, that much of the planet still likes Amer­ica. The con­clu­sion is based on in­ter­views with 45,000 re­spon­dents in 43 na­tions.

“De­spite anger with Wash­ing­ton over U.S. spy­ing on both for­eign lead­ers and for­eign na­tion­als, wide­spread op­po­si­tion to U.S. drone strikes, dis­agree­ments about what to do in the Mid­dle East and other recurring ten­sions, most sur­veyed publics around the world still hold a fa­vor­able view of the United States,” the sur­vey says. “A global me­dian of 65 per­cent voice an af­fir­ma­tive opin­ion about Amer­ica. This in­cludes a me­dian of


The Na­tional Draft Ben Carson for Pres­i­dent Com­mit­tee has raised $7.2 mil­lion, though the good doc­tor has not yet com­mit­ted to mak­ing a run for the White House.

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