The controversial immigration bill put forward by President Obama has hit a new wall as the House of representatives has voted to pass a bill to try to halt the plans tabled by Obama regarding recent immigration initiatives. As part of the US political process the immigration bill will now move to the Senate for their approval but already the White House is ready for a disappointing result and has stated that the President will veto this if needs be. The proposed immigration bill for the US was first put forward by President Obama back in November and he said at the time that he intended to use his executive authority as president to bring in the changes that would see huge changes affecting many thousands of illegal immigrants already living in America. The Republicans in the House have always opposed the bill and after the mid term election results allowed them to ...

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Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, has announced that he will not be standing in the upcoming 2016 Presidential elections. Paul Ryan was the party's vice presidential nominee in 2012,  but has stated that he does not intend to put himself forward for the race in 2016 as he instead intends to focus on his recently appointed new role as the Congress chairman for the very influential House Ways and Means Committee. In a statement, Paul Ryan said: "After giving it a lot of thought, I've decided not to run for president," Paul Ryan, from Wisconsin, is known for being a stalwart budget conservative, according to Reuters and had been considered a potential White House candidate since serving as Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate in 2012. Reuters believes that his decision could have a ripple effect on what is expected to be a crowded Republican field for the 2016 race. It could benefit Wisconsin's ...

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President Barack Obama has spoken about his new proposals aimed at working to protect the personal data of consumers while hackers penetrated the US military social media accounts. According to a report by the BBC, president Obama has called for legislation that will require companies to let their customers know about breaches in customer data security within a maximum of 30 days. He said identify theft and other cyber attacks were a "direct threat to the economic security" of Americans. But shortly after his speech, the Twitter account for the US military's Central Command was hacked. While the attack on the Twitter account was certainly seen as being an embarrassment for the President, experts have reiterated that it was not actually a very sophisticated hack and did not represent a real threat to US online security. Both the Twitter and the YouTube accounts of the US military command were suspended  shortly after being hacked by ...

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The US Secretary of State, John Kerry has spoken about the need for stronger links between the US and India, particularly in relation to international trading ties and cooperation. Kerry was speaking ahead of a visit to India by President Barack Obama during an international investor conference. According to John Kerry it is vital that India fosters better economic links in order to help to boost the economy of the country while also fostering a better approach to climate change. Currently bilateral foreign direct investment now stands at nearly $30bn according to a report by the BBC. When Barack Obama visits India at the end of the month he will be the guest of honour during celebrations for Republic Day in India. According to a report by the BBC, speaking at the investment conference in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, Mr Kerry described Indian PM Narendra Modi as a "visionary prime minister". He added: "We ...

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It has been more than six years in review but now the Keystone XL Pipeline project has taken another step closer to becoming approved setting up a potentially huge showdown between President Barack Obama and Congress. The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that they will allow for the pipeline to cross their state as part of the route which now means that the wrangling moves over to TransCanada Corp's project fully to Washington, where Republicans now in control of Congress are seeking to force its final approval. While the Nebraska ruling helped to push the project on further, there has also been another development in favour of the pipeline as the House of Representatives passed a bill 266 to 153, with 28 Democrats in support of the project. Now the Senate will debate a Keystone, but White House officials said Obama would reject the legislation setting up the battle over the pipeline and placing ...

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The recent spate of deadly terrorist attacks that have taken place in France has complicated the situation in the US regarding spending on counter terrorism by the White House. The attacks in Paris have been widely condemned by politicians around the world for their brutality, particularly the killing of staff and cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices which left 12 dead and included the pint blank shooting of a police officer on the street which was filmed and broadcast. While the images from France have been exceptionally alarming, the rise in the level of terrorism in Europe has led to questions being asked about how the US should proceed with spending on counter terrorism, complicating Republican lawmakers' plans to force a showdown with President Barack Obama over funding for the sprawling government agency that spearheads U.S. counterterrorism efforts. According to a report by Reuters, several prominent Republicans said there should be no ...

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The elections for the role of US President may not be until 2016 but already speculation is rife about who will be stepping forward to run with one of the most likely candidates being Hillary Clinton.  However Clinton is expected to draw differences with president Barack Obama if she does run according to a report by Reuters. John Podesta, an adviser to the president and a potential campaign chairman for the former secretary of state, spoke to Reuters and gave his opinions on how the race could pan out drawing on his years of experience as a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and who is now counsellor to Obama. "I'm probably going to leave in early February," he told Reuters in an interview. "Then I've got to figure out what I'm doing in life." While Podesta may not know what he is going to do in the short term, if ...

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John Boehner has managed to hold on to his position for another term as Speaker of the US House of Representatives. His reappointment comes as Republicans take control of both the chambers of Congress for the first time in eight years after the party won the majority in the Senate during the mid-term elections held back in November last year. John Boehner fought off a challenge for his position from a fellow Republican registering a total of 25 Republicans voting against him. The first bill to be introduced is the highly controversial approval of the Keystone XL pipeline which is being pushed by members of the Republican party but is opposed by many of the Democrats. Other issues that will prove to cause issues within the chambers include moves by President Obama to change immigration laws radically and also the new position being held by Obama on relations with Cuba. With everyone back from a ...

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The former governor of Virginia, Robert McDonnell is facing sentencing for his part in accepting gifts, loans and other benefits from a businessman keen to promote his dietary supplement. The disgraced governor could face as many as 12 years in prison for his willingness to receive the very generous gifts while his estranged wife is also facing jail time for her part. Prosecutors are looking to send Robert McDonnell to prison for between 10 and 12 years following his conviction for accepting the gifts which was made in September.  Now it is just up to the judge to determine exactly what the punishment should be for McDonnell and his estranged wife Maureen. While the prosecution is pushing for jail time, the lawyers for the former governor are looking instead to secure a punishment of 6,000 hours of community service to be served to spare him the ordeal of a prison term. Robert McDonnell is ...

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As we move into the new year American politics moves into a new era with President Obama being forced to enter into an uneasy relationship with Republican Mitch McConnell. Necessity may fuel the relationship between the Obama and McConnell but there is no denying that neither of the men share much in common which is sure to prove to be difficult over the next two years as the two aim to work together to prevent American politics from falling into a state of gridlock. Currently Obama for the Democrats and McConnell for the Republicans, are both looking to find the perfect candidate to lead their parties race for the White House in 2016 but more pressing than this is the need for the politicians to work together on hugely varied issues covering everything from agreements on trade, to tax and economic issues. According to Reuters, the path ahead will not be easy. Obama, ...

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