The U.S. Supreme Court will be reviewing the system for execution in Oklahoma. This is the first time that the court has agreed to such proceedings since it rejected a challenge to the procedure back in 2008. The call for the review comes after a series of controversial executions which have taken place over the last year in the state and the court has agreed to hear the cases of three death row prisoners who are contending the three drug combination used in the lethal injection currently in Oklahoma, stating that the use of this method is unconstitutional. "This is very big," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center to NBC, which opposes capital punishment. "They may focus just on what Oklahoma is doing, but it will set a standard for every state. It's going to put a stamp on what's allowable and what's not." The lawyer for the prisoners has ...

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The process of electing a candidate for the Republican party for the 2016 presidential elections. The process of choosing who will be the front runner for the Republican party has now really begun with the candidates meeting in Iowa and all looking for support from those in the traditionally conservative state which will be host to the first nominating contest in the country. According to Reuters there are eight possible candidates looking to take part in what is called the Iowa Freedom Summit, described by Reuters as a marathon day of back-to-back speeches organized by Iowa's conservative Republican Steve King, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. “There are a half a dozen candidates, plus or minus a little bit, that I would put their names in a hat and draw one out and be really happy as a replacement to the president we have today,” King told ABC News. Reuters has highlighted ...

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Historic talks have begun between the United States and Cuba as diplomatic relations move forward between the two counties following years of embargos and disputes. The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of U.S. affairs at the Cuban foreign ministry, all attended the first meetings between Cuba and the United States. While the moves to improve relations have been largely welcomed both sides have been seen to take a cautious approach as work is done to restore a relationship for the first time since ties were broken by Washington back in 1961. Senior officials in the US government have stated that they hope to be able to reopen an embassy in Cuba with a Cuban embassy die to open in America in the coming months but the steps forward are set to be plagued with difficulties following decades of hostility. One of the aims of the United States is to lift ...

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President Obama appeared calm, confident and poised while giving his latest State of the Union address, showing no signs of defeat following the shocking results for the Democrats of the mid-term elections. This was an opportunity for President Obama to outline his plans for the end of his term as President of the United States with many commentators noting that it appeared as if he was laying out his legacy as president in the speech. During the speech the focus was very much on ending the financial crisis that has gripped America during his presidency with the president pledging to bring in economic policies intended to help the majority of Americans. A highlight of the speech was the strategy the president intends to promote for “middle class economics” "It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years," he said. While President Obama may have been talking big, ...

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The squeezing of the middle class has long been an issue in the US with President Barack Obama using his State of the Union address to talk about how he intends to improve the lives of the middle class through taxing big business.  While many may be happy with the changes, others are not and now the president has been accused of undertaking “class warfare” by the Senate’s top law writer. Plans to help the middle class by taxing the wealthiest citizens in America may sound to be a fair plan but according to a report by Reuters, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said the proposals Obama is to set out in his State of the Union address would violate principles of simplicity and "revenue neutrality" that Hatch said are key to any real tax reform. "This plan that we'll hear about tonight appears to be more ...

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President Obama is due to give his State of the Union address and while there has already been news about what will be included in the speech, experts are calling for the president to focus on Cuba once again. According to a report by Reuters, a group of 78 policy experts and former U.S. officials has written to the White House urging the administration to work with Congress to update Cuba legislation to reflect "21st century realities." The policy experts have not said directly that they want the US to put a stop to the decades of embargos place on Cuba by the US, however the letter has clearly stated that Congress needs to look very seriously at reform to the sanctions which have not been changed since they were written as law back in 1996, almost 20 years ago. According to Reuters, the letter includes names from across the political spectrum, including Ronald Reagan’s ...

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The U.S. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, is the latest politician to step forward and declare his possible intentions to stand for the Presidential race of 2016. Lindsey Graham is known for being a leading congressional voice on foreign relations and he spoke this weekend about how he has now put together his own committee to look at his possible chances at running for the position of president in 2016 According to a report by Reuters, Lindsey Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995, was asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" programme about reports that he was having polls conducted to determine his chances. "We're not polling but we set up a testing-the-waters committee ... that will allow me to look beyond South Carolina to whether or not a guy like Lindsey Graham has a viable path," he said. He added in the interview broadcast across the US: "I don't know where ...

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The State of the Union address from President Barack Obama is set to focus on closing tax loopholes within the system. The President is set to outline ways in which some of the wealthiest American companies and businesses will be forced to pay higher taxes in a plan that is hoped to bring in billions of dollars to the state. According to a report by Reuters the State of the Union address will be outlining how tax loopholes will be tightened while also imposing a fee on big financial firms with this money then being used to benefit members of the middle class according to senior administration officials. The annual address from President Obama is to take place on Tuesday to a joint session of Congress and the theme of income equality is set to loom large. While the president is facing difficult times politically, it is hoped that his address will garner bipartisan ...

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Republican Mitt Romney, who previously ran as the 2012 U.S. Republican presidential nominee, has said that he is giving “serious consideration” to running for the White House once again in 2016. Although he did not give a final decision on if he would be running or not for the position of president in 2016 this latest declaration is the closest we have seen to a final decision. If he does choose to stand, this will be the third time that Mitt Romney would be putting his name into the race. The pressure of running for President is something that not many consider doing three times if not initially successful and his wife Ann has spoken out about the prospect of another presidential campaign. According to a report by Reuters: "She believes people get better with experience," Romney said in a speech to Republican activists. "And heaven knows I have experience running for president." This was ...

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Four senior officials within the US Secret Service are being removed from service while another official has opted to take retirement following news of security lapses within the service. According to officials at the agency, there have been a series of security lapses from the Secret Service, the entity charged with the protection of the US president. A report by Reuters saw the news agency speaking directly a member of the Secret Service on the condition of anonymity. According to Reuters, the source confirmed Acting Director Joseph Clancy had told the four assistant directors who oversee the agency's missions of protection, investigations, technology and public affairs that they must leave their jobs. The report added that the departures represent a house-cleaning within top management. "Four assistant directors have been notified that they're being assigned to other positions," the official said. There have been some very public failings of the Secret Service in recent months, including ...

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