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Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina defends Hewlett-Packard tenure: ‘It was a tough time’

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Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is defending her record as a corporate executive after a critic took over a website with her name on it to highlight job losses at Hewlett-Packard Co while she served as CEO.

Fiorina, who announced her candidacy on Monday in the 2016 race, said she would run on her record at Hewlett-Packard, but added in reference to the carlyfiorina.org website: “Obviously, would I have preferred that we bought up every conceivable domain name? Yes.”

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Visitors to carlyfiorina.org came across the message, “Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain. So I’m using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.”

The website showed sad-face emoticons to symbolize what it said were 30,000 job losses at the tech company for which she served as chief executive from 1999 to 2005.

“When you managed through a technology recession, every technology company – every one – laid people off. It’s a terrible decision to have to make,” Fiorina said in an interview taped on Monday with Katie Couric of Yahoo News.

“But sometimes there are tough decisions that must be made to strengthen a company for the long haul, which we clearly made. … So it was a tough time I managed through. But we transformed a company from failing to succeeding,” Fiorina added.

Fiorina said a quote attributed to her on the carlyfiorina.org website that “I wish I would have done them all faster” was taken out of context, and that when she decided to fire an executive “a lot of people came up to me and said, ‘I wish you’d done that sooner.'”

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She also gave her account of her departure from Hewlett-Packard as the company dealt with a $19 billion merger with then-rival computer maker Compaq.

“I was fired in a boardroom brawl over a two-week period at Hewlett-Packard because we had board members who were leaking confidential information,” Fiorina said. ” … I know that when you’re leading – which means you’re challenging the status quo – you’re going to make some enemies along the way. I made some enemies in the boardroom. I’m not embarrassed by it.”

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As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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This article first appeared in Salon.

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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