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That does not in any way diminish the power of our democratic history and the principles that we strive toward, our democracy has been tested in the past, and it will be tested in the future. These experiences make us stronger as we work to perfect our union and our democracy. That we are tested, however, should never cause anyone -- allies, friends, or foes -- to doubt the strength of America's democratic institutions or our people.
There's been a long catalogue of misunderstanding between Iran and The US, so they're not always calibrated to understanding each other's red lines well. the regime continues to threaten navigational rights and freedoms in the Persian Gulf as part of a clear attempt to extort the international community into relieving the pressure of sanctions.
In the last several days, the State Department received from the Department of Defense and the State Inspector General several copies of one email chain between former Secretary Clinton and then Commander of US Central Command David Petraeus which were not previously in the possession of the Department.
Some Thai officials are complicit in trafficking crimes and corruption continues to undermine anti-trafficking efforts, in some instances, corrupt officials on both sides of land borders accept payment from smugglers involved in the movement of migrants between Thailand and some neighboring countries ... some of these migrants subsequently become trafficking victims.
It is gravely disappointing, especially in light of its professed goal of providing Cubans with Internet access, that the Cuban government has not allowed Mr. Gross to return to his family, where he belongs, we reiterate our call on the Cuban government, echoing foreign leaders and even Cuba's allies, to release Alan Gross immediately.
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