Politics

16
Nov
Toronto's City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powers

Toronto's City Council voted Friday to strip embattled Mayor Rob Ford of his ability to govern in an emergency and to appoint and dismiss committee chairs -- unprecedented moves aimed at reining in the controversial politician. Despite admitting last week that he had smoked crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" about a year ago, Ford has defiantly said he will not leave his job and vowed to challenge the actions in court. "Obviously, I... [read news]

15
Nov
Stanley Kubrick's Irish Odyssey: Why The IRA Forced The Director Off The Emerald Isle During Filming Of 'Barry Lyndon'

In the summer of 1973, the famed American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick – already regarded as a cinematic genius based on his steady output of stunning films, including "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Lolita," among other classics -- arrived in the Republic of Ireland to begin work on a new movie based on the adventures of Barry Lyndon, a fictional 18th-century Irish... [read news]

13
Nov
Kerry warns fresh Iran sanctions could scuttle nuclear talks

Secretary of State John Kerry has told US lawmakers any new sanctions against Iran would risk ruining talks over Tehran's nuclear programme. He told a Senate banking committee that the US might lose negotiating partners if it imposed economic penalties. The panel has been considering a fresh package but legislators are divided on the measure. Mr Kerry has told the BBC that Iran and world powers had come "extremely close" to a deal at the... [read news]

12
Nov
Bill Clinton Says Obama Should Honor ‘You Can Keep It’ Health Care Promise

Former President Bill Clinton waded into the ongoing controversy over President Barack Obama’s troubled promise that those who like their health insurance can keep it, encouraging the president to uphold that commitment. “I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law the president should honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Clinton, who Obama once dubbed... [read news]

10
Nov
Graham: New sanctions on Iran needed

After three days of talks focused on halting Iran's uranium enrichment efforts broke down Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress would not wait for the next round of negotiations. Graham said he intends to put forward a measure that would mandate more sanctions on Iran, aimed at forcing the Middle Eastern nation to dismantle its nuclear weapons program - a move that runs counter to the interim steps sought by the negotiating... [read news]

10
Nov
All in the (political) family

The 2014 elections will continue what has become a staple in American politics: the survival of powerful political families. Bush. Carter. Nunn. Udall. Cheney. These are familiar names from a previous generation -- but also for a new one. When Liz Cheney announced her intention to become the next senator from Wyoming this year, she likely evoked voters' memories of her father, Dick Cheney, the former vice president. The same is true for... [read news]

10
Nov
No deal on Iran's nuclear program, despite 'concrete progress'

Three days of intensive talks about Iran's nuclear program concluded early Sunday without an agreement, though key players insisted they believed the process is moving in the right direction. "A lot of concrete progress has been achieved, but some differences remain," European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif echoed that sentiment, saying "hopefully we... [read news]

10
Nov
Patty Murray: Democrats' Unlikely Iron Lady Of The Budget Battle

WASHINGTON -- When your opponents' legislative style bears frequent comparison to the antics of angry toddlers, perhaps what's needed is a lead negotiator with a schoolteacher mentality and a knack for discipline. Democrats think they may have that in Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, who so famously sticks to the script that reporters are tempted to call her boring. She happens to have started her... [read news]

09
Nov
After the big Obamacare apology: where things stand

President Barack Obama's apology to Americans whose health insurance is being canceled over the Affordable Care Act raises questions about how to fix that problem -- even as his administration scrambles to overcome a shaky website slowing down those who want to sign up for coverage. Obama's now promised to address both issues fully, already putting a website fix in motion with the goal of offering a much smoother shopping and buying... [read news]

25
Jun
Obama, Romney campaigns aims young Hispanics with cellphones

Hispanic voters are a crucial constituency in the presidential election, but reaching young Hispanics will require new tactics - and some experts say mobile-phone outreach will be key. There are more than 21 million eligible Hispanic voters - and more than 30 percent of them are 18 to 30 years old. About 50,000 Hispanics reach the voting age of 18 each month.Still Hispanic voters under 30 have the lowest turnout of any group: Only 41 percent... [read news]


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