It doesn’t seem to matter if you are officially standing for candidacy or not yet for the partition of President in 2016, already the hot topics of the campaign debates are being set out and fought over, with Cuba now being one of these topics. Currently it is the turn of the Republican potential candidates to fight between themselves over important policy decisions and whether or not they agree with them. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, both potential Republican 2016 presidential candidates have been launching attacks at one another over their positions regarding Cuba and the new White House policy over dealings with Havana. On the one side we have Marco Rubio, himself a Cuban-American and the senator from Florida who has quickly become the face of the republican opposition to the changes in the Cuba policy. On the other side we have Rand Paul who has called the decision of the White House ...

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Politics and entertainment have a history of combining together but usually in the form of a former start stepping into the political limelight.  What isn’t so usual is a single movie becoming the talking point of international political debate – which is exactly what “The Interview” has become. The controversy surrounding The Interview has been going on for some time but it has now escalated into a full on matter of  international diplomacy as the US and North Korea butt heads over how the release of the film will be handled and if it will be released at all. After Sony this week announce d that they would not be releasing the film in theatres following cyber attacks reportedly directed by North Korea, the US president himself has waded into the debate and criticised Sony for withdrawing the film. According to Reuters, President Barack Obama has vowed to respond to the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures ...

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Political dynasties have always been a feature of American politics but the question on the lips of many Americans is if they are willing or ready to take on another member of the Bush family in the White House. This week Jeb Bush, the brother of former US President George W Bush, has announced that he is looking at potentially running for president in 2016 which would see him following in the footsteps of both his brother and his father. Writing on his Facebook page, the former Florida governor will "actively explore the possibility of running for President". According to the BBC Jeb Bush is looking to create a political action committee to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America". However, while Jeb Bush may be a well known name it may not stand him in the best of positions as many in the country were left disillusioned in politics after the presidency of George ...

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President Barack Obama has declared a “new chapter” between the US and Cuba with historical moves to change the current diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries. According to President Obama the changes mark the "most significant changes in US policy towards Cuba in 50 years" and should be seen as a moment in history. The political history between America and Cuba has been a very difficult one, especially during the Cold War era when Cuba was allied to the communist states of Russia and China. It may have been unthinkable 30 years ago but now the US intends to open an Embassy in the capital of Cuba, Havana in only a few months time. The new links between Cuba and the US come as part of a deal which saw the release of the American Alan Gross by Cuba and also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in Florida on counts ...

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It may have been decades since the end of the Cold War but increasingly tensions between the US and Russia seem to escalate. Only weeks ago former USSR president Gorbachev hinted that things were returning back to their old ways as relations between the west and Russia continue to deteriorate and the possibility of new sanctions against Russia from the US have added fuel to the debate that we are once again entering a period of huge international political instability and insecurity. Reports of Russian submarines and planes entering international airspace in recent weeks have only heightened the already precarious international situation. This week the news from the White House is that President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill authorising further sanctions against Russia in response to its activities in Ukraine. According to Reuters: "This is something that has been the source of some discussions at the White House over the last ...

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The US Senate has been under pressure this week to pass the controversial spending bill to prevent a government shutdown, however the Senate also is expected to make another big decision this week in the form of renewing tax breaks. This week the U.S. Senate is expected to renew dozens of temporary tax breaks, known as the "extenders," including big ones for business research, wind power and foreign profits. But the tax breaks will not only apply to big business, ordinary citizens will be benefiting also from the tax breaks which will include the cancelling of mortgage debt, college tuition and health insurance. According to Reuters, Senate aides said on Sunday that Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid planned to handle some nominations first, then take up the tax bill sent over from the House of Representatives. The House voted on Dec. 3 to renew retroactively back to Jan. 1, 2014 a 55-item package of ...

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The controversial $1.1 trillion US federal budget has finally been approved by the US Senate, preventing a repeat of a government shutdown. The budget will now be sent to President Obama to be finally signed off. The Senate only managed to pass the bill by 56-40 during a late-night vote on Saturday. The Spending bill has caused huge controversy between the Republicans and the Democrats, exposing differences between the two parties that neither have been willing to back down on leading to the delay in the approval of the spending bill. In the end both of the parties have been forced to make concessions to finally pass the bill which has meant they have managed to avoid a government shutdown due to a lack of finances to pay for federal services. Members of the Republican party had used the spending bill to try and force President Barack Obama to try and give up his controversial ...

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The US Senate has failed to finalise a spending bill which would avoid another government shutdown, with the final decision to be taken on Monday. There is still a real possibility that there could be a federal government shutdown if the politicians fail to come to some sort of agreement regarding the $1.1 trillion spending bill. It had been hoped that the negotiations between the members of the Democrats and of the Republicans could have been sped up but late night talks once again did not lead to a final decision and vote of approval. For the entire week there has been problems relating to the passing of the spending bill.  At some points it has appeared that progress has been made but it has been a case of one step forward, two steps back as neither party backs down on their key issues. According to Reuters, some senators, angered over the bill's easing ...

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The government will continue to function without a shutdown, at least for a little longer thanks to a second stop gap measure being passed. The Senate now has more time to iron out issues and to vote on passing the $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. This latest vote has given the government a cushion to try and avoid the possible government shutdown which has been scheduled to take place at midnight tonight when the current funding bill expires. According to Fox News, it’s still unknown whether the House measure, passed by a voice vote while the chamber was virtually empty, will be needed. Senate leaders say they hope to wrap up action on the omnibus budget bill quickly but say that goal is looking less attainable. Washington woke up yesterday to “Fallout Friday,” with liberal Democrats openly showing their outrage at President Barack Obama while the Republicans have lashed out at House Speaker John ...

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Voters in New Jersey are not standing behind their “Jersey Guy” for election to President and neither are votes in the Garden State according to a report by Reuters. The appeal of Governor Chris Christie to run for president continues but is sliding rapidly according to a new poll. Quinnipiac University conducted a phone poll of nearly 1,500 people to find out the prospects of Chris Christie and of other Republicans who are running or likely to run for the top job in the White House. According to the poll Chris Christie and any other Republican candidate would lose out to Hilary Clinton if it came down to it, despite the fact that Hilary Clinton has not even officially declared that she is in the running to follow in the footsteps of her husband and run for the position of president. According to Reuters, among voters in the traditionally blue state, Clinton tops Christie 50 ...

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