The disgraced Republican Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., has decided to step down and resign from his position from the House of Representatives and will not be facing possible expulsion thanks to his decision. Michael Grimm has made the announcement that he will resign, less than a week after he pleaded guilty to a single count of felony tax fraud and quickly told journalists that he had no intentions of standing down from his position. According to US News, the Staten Island politician has faced years of controversy. Before entering politics and before co-owning an Upper East Side restaurant that yielded a 20-count indictment for allegedly skimping on taxes and hiring workers who lacked proper legal documentation, Grimm worked for the FBI. The report goes on to state that one evening in 1999, Grimm went to a club with a woman whose husband happened to be at the same Queens establishment. Grimm allegedly was seen holding a ...

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President Barack Obama has spoken freely about his opinions on the Russian President Vladimir Putin and has stated that he believes that the Russian leader made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that he described as "not so smart". Speaking during an interview with NPR, President Obama said that anyone thinking that President Putin could be considered to be a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis which has come this year. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Mr Obama said. During the interview which covered a wide range of subjects to be discussed before he took off on his holidays in Hawaii President Obama also refused to rule out opening a US embassy in Iran soon. "I never say never but I think these things have to go in steps" he told NPR's Steve Inskeep during the interview which took ...

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The recent changes in policy regarding the cooperation between the United States and Cuba has been greeted by many with optimism, however there are some aspects of the new found diplomacy that have left many scratching their heads. One of the biggest mysteries currently being explored is the fact that nobody seems to know anything about the 53 political prisoners who are to be released by United States officials from jail as part of the deal to end hostility between Cuba and the US. According to Reuters, for years, dissident leaders have told the United States which opponents of Cuba's communist government were being jailed or harassed, but they say they were not consulted when the list of prisoners to be freed was drawn up or even told who is on it. And this lack of information has only fuelled concerns among the dissidents, who fear that the list of these secret prisoners ...

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A new report from a panel of experts has stated that the White House is suffering from a considerable lack of security to meet the needs of the facility. Some of the faults found at the White House include having too few agents and the agents they have with too little training, while the fence around the White House is said to need to be at least four or five metres higher than it currently is. The report was commissioned to look into the level of security at the White House after a person jumped the fence and entered the White House while avoiding detection by secret service agents and making it deep into the Presidential mansion. The results of the report and the recommendations have been published on the Department of Homeland Security’s web site. One of the main issues had to be the height of the perimeter fence which is currently only ...

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Senator Bernie Sanders has confirmed that he is considering running for President in 2016. While the Seantor has gone so far as to say he is considering putting himself into the ring for the top job, he has however made it clear that a final decision on whether or not he will be running will only be made in March next year. The Vermont independent could be considering turning to the democrats for their support but he has made it clear that backing from the party would not see him changing his views or becoming more leftist in his opinions. Speaking to Associated Press, Sanders said: "I don't want to do it unless I can do it well.  I don't want to do it unless we can win this thing." His tough upbringing forged a belief in a distribution of wealth which is key to his politics: "A lack of money in my family ...

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The increase in the minimum working wage in the US is set to have a massive impact on Wal-Mart stores according to a report from Reuters. Reuters gained access to an internal memo sent within Wal-Mart which detailed how the increase in the minimum wage would affect the base salaries in 1,434 stores and would have an impact on around a third of the total number of locations of the stores across America. Wages are to be increased in 21 states across America on January 1, 2015 and are set to affect a large number of workers who ae struggling to keep up with basic bills and costs while surviving on a minimum wage income. According to Reuters these are adjustments that Wal-Mart and other employers have to make each year, but growing attention to the issue has expanded the scope of the change. Thirteen U.S. states lifted the minimum wage in 2014, ...

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There is now a new point person for the Obama administration but what everyone is talking about is their previous work as a lobbyist to promote the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. According to information from the Center for Responsive Politics, it will be Marty Paone, formerly of the Prime Policy Group, who will be joining the Obama administration. Reuters said that Marty Paone, was hired by the White House last week to be the deputy assistant for legislative affairs where he will be responsible for working with the Senate on White House legislative priorities, but he will be excluded from issues related to the pipeline. The Keystone XL Pipeline has been a highly controversial issue within American politics for many years with still no decision on the final outcome of the plans being made. The pipeline has become a massive political issue with neither side of the debate bending to form a ...

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Clifford Sloan from the State Department has announced his resignation. Sloan was the envoy within the state department responsible for negotiating the transfers of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and his resignation from the post comes as a surprise to many, especially considering recent high profile releases from the prison. Only this week four Afghan prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay wi9th President Obama following this with a promise to try and close the facility as soon as possible. With Sloan stepping down, many are questioning the mood in the White House regarding the situation with the controversial prison facility. According to Reuters, Sloan assumed the post in July 2013 and the State Department said he was stepping down and returning to his Washington law practice after finishing an 18-month commitment. A senior U.S. official said another factor in Sloan's decision was that the Pentagon “certainly hasn't been as helpful as they could have been” ...

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President Obama has announced that he intends to nominate Sally Yates for the second highest position within the Justice department. Sally Yates is currently working as a federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia and is being tipped to take up the second-highest ranking position at the Justice Department. Sally Yates is well known for being tough against public corruption and the 54 year old has been in charge of handling a number of high profile cases in the past, including the famous prosecution of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bomber. Yates may have the approval of the president himself, however for her position to be confirmed she needs to wait for a vote from the US Senate. Yates will assume the position as deputy attorney general on January 10 while the decision about her position is finalised. According to Reuters, Yates is known to be a close ally of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder ...

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President Obama has said that he will do everything that he can to close down Guantanamo Bay during an interview with CNN. Earlier this week the president released four Afghan prisoners who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and the new interview shows that President Obama has plans to shut down the entire facility in Cuba. According to Reuters, President Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America's image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the U.S. Congress. "I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it," Obama said on CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley," programme in an interview taped on Friday. The president went on to say: "It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these ...

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