James Madison was the 4th American President. He loved the new American nation and wanted to see the young country become strong and have enough power to protect her citizens. Madison was present at many of the defining moments that helped to form an independent country. The Early Times of James Madison James Madison was born in 1751 and grew up in Orange County, Virginia. He attended the College of New Jersey, which later became known as Princeton. He studied history, government, and had an interest in law. He contributed to the writing of Virginia’s state constitution in 1776. James Madison was also chosen to participate in the Continental Congress because he was a major contributor to the Virginia Assembly. At the age of 36, James Madison was one of the Constitutional Convention delegates that gathered in Philadelphia, and the other attendees noted Madison took a central role in the debates. James Madison was ...

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Thomas Jefferson was a strong choice for the 3rd American President. Even though he was reluctant to take part when he was nominated, he managed to be a strong fiscal leader and a wily negotiator for the young country. Early Life of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson didn’t begin his formal education until he was nine years old. He studied Latin and Greek at a small private school led by the Reverend William Douglas where his family lived. He started studying classical languages, literature, and mathematics when he turned 14 in 1757. His learned with the Reverend James Maury, "a correct classical scholar," according to Jefferson in later reflections. He was an average looking man, freckled, sandy-haired, tall, and gangly. Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a great public speaker, but he was a persuasive and well-expressed correspondent. While serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Continental Congress, he contributed using his pen instead of ...

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Being a politician is far from being an easy ride but some politicians make it easier than others to get on with their work.  Senator John McCain has certainly made it more difficult for himself after he lashed out at protestors with a very public demonstration of him losing his temper. Demonstrators who were calling for the arrest of Henry Kissinger at the Senate Armed Forces Committee hearing were given a dressing down by U.S Senator John McCain who some may say should have known better than to shout abuse at protestors. Senator McCain was heard to shout “Get out of here, you low-life scum” at the demonstrators leading to him becoming the focus of the day and not the hearing at all. According to a report by Reuters, the protesters, from the Code Pink anti-war group, drew the ire of the Arizona Republican who chairs the committee after some of them approached ...

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Rick Perry is openly exploring a possible run for presidential candidate in 2016 but he is currently working to let everyone know just how green he is. According to Reuters, Rick Perry's farewell speech to the Texas legislature listed the accomplishments expected from an outgoing Republican governor of the country's largest oil-producing state. But his January 15 speech also did something less predictable: touting his environmental record, from lowering Texas' carbon emissions to turning the state into a global leader in wind energy production. "We have expanded our economy while protecting our environment," said Perry. This seems to a complete about turn for Perry regarding the environment, as it was only during his last attempt at a run for the presidency that he described climate change as being a “contrived phony mess”. But this new message from Perry reflects the changing position of the Republicans who have found that they need to come up with a more ...

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As a political philosopher, former American President John Adams made more of a mark on current policy making than as a politician. One of his most well-known quotes refers not only to himself, but the newly formed government. He stated, "People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity." A Young John Adams On October 30, 1735, John Adams was born at the family farm in Quincy, Massachusetts. John Adams earned a scholarship to attend Harvard University when he was 16 years old. After graduating the first time in four years later, he was able to study law with the well-known lawyer, John Putnam. He did this against his despite his father's desire for him to become a minister. He re-entered Harvard in 1758, and he earned his master's degree before being accepted to the bar.  The American President, John Adams In the 1796 presidential election, John Adams was selected to be the Federalist ...

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George Washington was the 1stAmerican President of the United States. His life experience helped build a man that was confident and steadfast in his beliefs concerning the traits that would make a strong leader.  Early Life of George Washington On February 22, 1732, George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.  He was the oldest of the six children born from his father's second marriage, and was considered landed gentry because of the family estate, Wakefield Plantation. From early childhood until the age of 16, he lived at Wakefield and at other plantations along the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers. One of those plantations was later renamed Mount Vernon. George Washington’s education was rudimentary, probably having tutors or possibly private schools, but he did learn surveying. He was 11 when his father died and his half-brother Lawrence, who served as part of the Royal Navy, became his mentor. During this time, Washington developed an ...

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Congress is being urged by a top trade official to back trade agenda set out be the administration. The trade agenda in question relates to a Pacific trade pact which is coming to completion and is seen as vital for future relations. According to Reuters, Michael Froman, the U.S. Trade Representative, said the administration looked to lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation allowing a streamlined approval process for trade deals, such as the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership.   In remarks prepared for delivery to key congressional committees, TPP chief negotiators are meeting in New York this week and some hope the pact can be finalised by as early as mid-March.  “The contours of a final agreement are coming into focus, and we have made important progress in the market access negotiations and in addressing a number of twenty-first century issues," Froman said in his testimony, according to excerpts released by his office in advance, pointing to intellectual ...

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You may not have heard his name yet but it looks like Republican Scott Walker could be making a real run for the candidacy for the presidential elections in 2016. In what was considered by many to be a breakthrough moment, Scott Walker managed to make himself stand out from the crown during the forum in Iowa and now the governor from Wisconsin looks like being a potential winner for the Republicans. Chatter about the presidential elections has stated early for the Republican party, mainly due to the declarations from big names such as Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush who have already hinted that they may be making a run for the candidacy At only 47 years old Scott Walker does not look much like any of the other candidates or potential candidates and he took to the stage with his sleeves rolled up as if to show that he meant business and ...

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Many would find it hard to believe that the day would come when Fidel Castro would support negotiations with the US but it appears that new comments from the retired leader of Cuba, show that he is giving his blessing to the progression between the two countries. It has been some time since anything has been heard from Fidel Castro and this is the first time that he has shown any sort of level of support for the new diplomatic ties that are being formed between the US and Cuba. While the comments from Castro can be seen as positive, a report be Reuters declared the comments as stopping short of an enthusiastic endorsement of the rapprochement, announced on December 17 by his younger brother and Cuba's current president, Raul Castro, and U.S. President Barack Obama. In a statement published on the website of the communist party of Cuba newspaper Granma, Fidel Castro said: ...

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The likelihood of seeing tax reform in the US while Barack Obama is still president has seen a boost as one of the Senate’s top tax law writers has said he intends to pursue the changes. While having the support of top tax writers can only work in the favour of tax reform, many see the move as meaningful but unlikely to yield any real results. According to a report by Reuters: "Though there are disagreements on the details, there is bipartisan support for tax reform in Congress," said Orrin Hatch, Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, at a conference for tax lawyers, analysts and economists. He added: "Members of both parties have expressed their support for a tax overhaul. And, I believe there is real momentum to get something done on tax reform this year, if we remain committed. And, believe me, I’m committed.” This is a new role for Hatch who only took the ...

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