US President Barack Obama is demonstrating his dedication to tackling cybersecurity issues with his involvement in a cybersecurity summit taking place today. The meeting at Stanford University in California will bring together industry and law enforcement including the president and Tim Cook from Apple. The meeting follows the launch by President Obama of an intelligence unit to co-ordinate analysis of cyber-threats. According to a report by the BBC, a senior member of Britain's National Crime Agency is also due to appear, along with executives from Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The White House made a statement to say that President Obama "wants to build support for efforts to better protect against cyber-threats and share more information about cyber-attacks.” While the summit is being held in Silicon Valley, it is actually being run by the White House in a bid to tackle the increasingly important issue of cyber security and the threat that cyber terrorism poses to ...

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John Tyler became the 10th President of the United States (1841–1845) when William Henry Harrison, his running mate, died in April 1841. He was the first Vice President elevated to President after the death of a predecessor. Born in Virginia in 1790, he was raised believing that the Constitution must be strictly construed. He never wavered from this conviction. He attended the College of William and Mary and studied law. Life before politics Born a few years after the American Revolution in 1790 to an old family from Virginia's ruling class, Tyler graduated from the College of William and Mary at the age of seventeen, studied law, and went to work for a prestigious law firm in Richmond. Entering politics At twenty-one, Tyler had used his father's contacts to gain a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates where he began immediately fighting the Bank of the United States, which he opposed as a broadening ...

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William Henry Harrison, an American military officer and politician, was elected the 9th President of the United States in 1841. He was the oldest president to be elected at the time. He was also first to die in office, after 32 days, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. Youth Harrison was in fact a scion of the Virginia planter aristocracy. He was born at Berkeley in 1773. He studied classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College, then began the study of medicine in Richmond. Suddenly, that same year, 1791, Harrison switched interests. He obtained a commission as ensign in the First Infantry of the Regular Army, and headed to the Northwest, where he spent much of his life. William Henry Harrison served as aide-de-camp to General "Mad Anthony" Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers during the infamous Indian removal campaign. That battle is credited with expanding most of the Ohio area to ...

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Potential republican candidate Jeb Bush is preparing himself for the long and expensive road to the White House early with a fund raising luncheon on the calendar next week. During a high profile visit to Florida Jeb Bush is hoping to raise funds for his campaign while also highlighting the education reforms that he has begun to show people his potential for the top job in American politics. According to Reuters, it will cost $1,000-per-plate to attend the luncheon scheduled at a hotel just a few blocks away from the Governor's Mansion and it is hoped that the trip will be able to highlight Bush's enduring strength in the largest U.S. swing state, crucial to GOP hopes of regaining the White House in 2016. The event, "Keeping the Promise: A Florida Education Summit," is set to include other keynote speakers including the state's current Republican governor, Rick Scott, and top legislators, business leaders ...

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President Barack Obama has said that he is looking into the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine to aid the fight against Russian rebels in the east of the country. Supplying lethal weapons would only be considered by the White House if diplomacy fails. According to a report by the BBC, President Obama considered that Russia had violated "every commitment" made in the failing Minsk agreement, he added, after talks with the German chancellor on a new peace deal. While President Obama and Chancellor Merkel discussed the issue of Ukraine, Russia continues to deny that it has sent any troops or weapons to help the fight of the rebels in the country. This latest round of diplomatic efforts comes as fighting in Ukraine between the pro-Russian rebels and troops from the Ukrainian government fight in the area of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve. According to the BBC, the rebels said they had cut off ...

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When you are thinking for running for President of the United States you need to have a good team behind you to help with the campaign but the unusually large field of candidates coming forward for the Republican party has created a shortage of good campaign staff. At the moment there are more than 10 different Republican members who are seriously considering running for President in the 2016 election which has led to a scramble to find the very best staff to help with the campaigns. According to a report by Reuters, the potential candidates are struggling to sort through the rosters of campaign veterans in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire and elsewhere in a talent search that reflects the fact that the Republican field for 2016 is the largest in recent memory. This has led to this stage of the campaign being dubbed as a “staff primary” as ...

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President Barack Obama has unveiled a new and updated version of the national security strategy. While the President has said that he hopes that the new strategy will help to give the United States a continued role as showing its commitment to world issues, he also added that this shows that the government intends to remain cautious about foreign policy and possible interventions overseas. According to a report by Reuters, the 29-page memo to Congress, required under law, broadly outlined Obama's foreign policy priorities for the final two years of his presidency. In it Obama described the most pressing challenges of violent extremism, Russian aggression, cyberattacks and climate change and said they were best addressed by mobilizing international coalitions. Speaking about the security pan President Obama said that the United States needed "strategic patience and persistence" because the country is not in possession of infinite resources to fund military exercises outside the country and he added that ...

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Martin Van Buren was elected as the 8th President of the United States (1837–1841), after serving as the eighth Vice-President and the tenth Secretary of State, both under Andrew Jackson. While the country was enjoying financial security when the "Little Magician" was elected, less than three months later, the financial panic of 1837 ended the prosperity. Younger Years Martin Van Buren was born in 1782.  He was the son of a Dutch tavern-keeper and farmer, in Kinderhook, New York. After he reached adulthood, many could not believe his humble beginnings because he was always particular about his appearance. As a young lawyer, Martin Van Buren became associated with New York politics. As leader of the "Albany Regency," a New York political organization, he shrewdly dispensed public offices and bounty in a fashion designed to help bring votes. Yet he faithfully fulfilled official duties, and in 1821 he was elected to the United States Senate. Jackson’s ...

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Andrew Jackson, nicknamed “Old Hickory,” was the 7th American President and served his country from 1829-1837. Younger years More nearly than any of his predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote; as President he sought to act as the direct representative of the common man. Born in a backwoods settlement in the Carolinas in 1767, he received sporadic education. But in his late teens he read law for about two years, and he became an outstanding young lawyer in Tennessee. Fiercely jealous of his honor, he engaged in brawls, and in a duel killed a man who cast an unjustified slur on his wife Rachel. Jackson prospered sufficiently to buy slaves and to build a mansion, the Hermitage, near Nashville. He was the first man elected from Tennessee to the House of Representatives, and he served briefly in the Senate. A major general in the War of 1812, Jackson became a national hero when ...

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Arguments are being made as to whether or not secret documents and records from the grand jury proceedings surrounding the case of a man killed by the police, should be revealed. A New York judge is listening to the arguments surrounding the case of the death of Eric Garner which has caused widespread controversy across the country and raised many political questions and debates. In the original hearing, the panel did not bring charges against police officer Daniel Pantaleo after he put Eric Garner into a chokehold that later led to his death. According to a report by the BBC, the prosecutor opposes the move, saying it will hamper witness co-operation. What has made the case more difficult is that similar records were released for a Missouri grand jury investigating the death of an unarmed black teenager. According to the BBC, St Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch released the records, with witness names redacted, after ...

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