Southern Democrats are coming together to call for the party to return to backing lifting people out of economic hardship according to a report by AP. Members of the Democratic party, who were hard hit in the mid term elections, are calling for a return to policy that reflects the core values of the party including a focus on public works and an increase in spending on education. According to AP: "It's time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand," Rickey Cole, the party chairman in Mississippi, said. He believes candidates have distanced themselves from the past half-century of Democratic principles. "We don't need a New Coke formula," Cole said. "The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Cole is one of several Southern Democrats who all acknowledge that there are party divisions with prominent populists such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is ...

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President Obama is known for advocating human rights around the world and by not releasing the report it is calling into question his ethics about human rights in relation to the US and their practices. According to Reuters, n an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among some of the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. "As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and others," the open letter declared. The Senate committee have spent a total of four ...

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President Obama has come in for damning criticism, but not by members of the Republican party, this time the harsh words are coming from members of the Democrats in the Senate. Obama has seen Democrats hit out and criticise the Obama healthcare law which has been highly controversial across the country and have cited this and other mistakes made by the White House as reason for the Democrats fairing so poorly in the recent mid term elections that saw Republicans win a majority. Not only have healthcare reforms been attacked in the Senate, so too have tax, energy and immigration laws. According to Reuters, a high-profile speech dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. According to Schumer, the party lost because the ...

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It may seem a long way off for many of us but in political terms the 2016 US Presidential elections are only just around the corner with potential candidates already warming up to rally support from parties and voters across the country. President Barack Obama is not able to stand for a third term as president, something he may be pleased off following the very disappointing mid-term election results, however there are some very familiar names already showing their interest and throwing their hat into the ring for consideration. Two of the biggest names have to be Mitt Romney for the Republican party and Hilary Clinton for the Democrats. According to a Quinnipiac University poll the previously unsuccessful Mitt Romney is looking good in the polls as the Republican nomination for the presidency, despite his failure to secure the top job in the 2012 elections against Barack Obama. According to Reuters, the former Massachusetts ...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned from his position leaving President Obama to face the challenges of national security without his right hand man. The US is currently working to fight national security threats posed in Afghanistan as well as Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. Hagel leaving represents the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. The Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house and will be well pleased with the instability being shown around the President. Chuck Hagel took up the position of Defense Secretary less than two years ago as Obama worked to push through the winding down of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Reuters, Chuck Hagel had privately expressed frustration to colleagues at the administration’s strategy toward Iraq and Syria and at his lack of influence over the ...

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Condoleezza Rice was the first ever black woman to serve as the national security advisor to the United States and went on to be the first black woman to serve as the US Secretary of State, a position she held from between 2005 and 2009, Growing up in Birmingham Alabama, all through her youth and childhood Condoleezza Rice was faced with racism but she never let this hold her back and spent her entire life being a trailblazer. Not only was Condoleezza Rice the first black woman to hold positions of great importance within the US government, she was also the first black woman to serve as provost of Standford University. Condoleezza Rice served in the government of President George W. Bush but began her political career in the mid 1980’s when she spent some time in Washington DC working as an international affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her background ...

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Former Washington Mayor, Marion Barry, has died at the age of 78. Marion Barry is known as much for the scandal that surrounded him as for the political moves that he made during his time in office. He is perhaps most well known for being jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office. Before his drugs conviction Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians on the scene.  However, many of those in Washington now would now have a very different view of the politician while there are still those who hail him as a hero for bringing to attention the needs of impoverished parts of the city. According to Reuters, Barry, who was serving as a city councilman, was hospitalised briefly last week and collapsed hours after being released on Saturday night. He later died at the United Medical Center in Washington, said spokeswoman Natalie Williams. ...

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President Barack Obama has signed a secret order to authorise an increase in the military mission in Afghanistan in 2015. According to a report by the New York Times the new plan will be much broader and more far reaching than the original proposed by the President and will see the 2015 military mission to Afghanistan change to original plans. This new decision will ensure that the Us plays a direct role in fighting in Afghanistan, with this expected to take place for at least a year. The decision to increase troop numbers was made in the White House alongside national security advisors over the past few weeks according to the report. Back in May, President Obama said the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. According to Reuters the missions for the remaining 9,800 troops would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the "remnants of al Qaeda", he said. The new orders from ...

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President Obama has been accused by members of the Republican party of making an illegal power grab following his pushing through of new immigration laws in the US. Now millions of immigrants who have been living illegally in the US will be allowed to legally apply for work permits in the country and to live legally as citizens. The new laws apply to any immigrants who have been living in the US for the past five years and have children who are living legally in the country. It is estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the US and under the new plans laid out by Barack Obama, undocumented parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents will be able to apply for work permits lasting three years. It is thought that the new scheme will apply to some 3.7 million people. In another part of the immigration reform there will ...

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A report from the Washington Post has stated that the Maryland Governor-elect, Larry Hogan, promises that he will deliver on his campaign pledge to roll back taxes. The promise from Larry Hogan comes at a time when there are shortfalls in the budget which would only be made worse by any future tax cuts. In a bid to balance the books, the real estate business man said that he would be cutting government spending in the state while also working to make savings through running the government more efficiently. One of the first taxes that he plans to cut is the so called “rain tax” which was a fee brought in to respond to the Environmental Protection Agency needs to reduce the amount of storm water pollutions from entering into the Chesapeake Bay according to the Washington Post. Larry Hogan will take up his place in office in January and has said that he ...

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