The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a decision initially made by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and has declined to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, described by some Republicans as the “death panel”. The term “death panel” was coined by some Republicans because it had been designed to cut the costs of Medicare. According to a report by Reuters, the court’s action in an unsigned order was a victory for Obama administration, which has faced a barrage of legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The court is currently weighing a separate case challenging health insurance subsidies that are key to Obamacare’s implementation. A ruling is due by the end of June and could prove to be vital in maintaining the health care system brought in by Obama accompanied by much controversy. Reuters explains that the rejected case was brought ...

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The email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton continues to roll on with Republicans now accusing the potential presidential candidate of wiping the server containing emails sent from a private address. According to a report by Reuters, the Republican chairman of a House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had failed to respond to the panel's subpoena for documents in the case. Trey Gowdy said that Hilary Clinton had not given over any new documents while her lawyer has said that the email server central to the case in question, had been wiped clean while she was still in her position in government, casting further suspicion in the case. Trey Gowdy said in a statement: "We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server.” Gowdy went on to say that the ...

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Early Life of Richard M. Nixon Richard Nixon was born in 1913 in the state of California. He excelled on his studies at both Whittier College and Duke University Law. After completing his degree, he practiced law. He then married Patricia Ryan in 1940 and together, they have two daughters namely Patricia and Julia. He also served as a lieutenant commander during the World War II. Nixon’s Career in Public Service When Nixon left the American forces, he represented the state of California. In 1950, he entered the Senate. At 39 years old, he became vice president to General Dwight Eisenhower. Being part of the extensively successful Eisenhower administration gave him credibility and experience to run for higher office. Indeed, in 1960, he ran as president but lost to John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Despite his defeat, his political career did not die down. Instead, he took this opportunity to become the governor of California ...

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Early Life of Lyndon B. Johnson On August 27, 1908, Central Texas saw the birth of Lyndon B. Johnson. As a child, he was no stranger to poverty and injustice; in fact, he himself is a victim. He got himself to Texas State University- San Marcos, then known as the Southwest Texas State Teachers College. He also became a teacher to Mexican students, further learning about the different struggles they continue to face in America. He also served the Navy, taking the position of lieutenant commander and winning a Silver Star merit, during the Second World War. In 1934, he married Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor. Johnson’s Long and Winding Political Career Johnson had a long and consistent career in politics. He spent six terms at the House of Representatives before becoming a full- pledged senator in 1948. Lyndon Johnson is actually the youngest Minority Leader in the entire history of American Senate. A ...

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Cuba and America have been at odds for more than half a century, so just how did President Obama break the deadlock? According to a report by Reuters, the publicised 18 months of secret talks were only the icing on the cake of a much longer and hard fought process to bring the two nations back together again, with President Obama very much at the centre of the cautious approach needed to bring about the historic changes. It appears that talks began years ago and nearly came to a halt in 2013 during a secret session in Canada while the entire process had the blessing of the Pope and led to both the Cuban and US foreign ministries being left in the cold to ensure the success of the plans. Why it is so important for President Obama to restore relations in Cuba is complicated to say the least but what is clear ...

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the youngest president of the United States that served from 1961 to 1963. His early political career ended abruptly when he was assassinated in Texas on November 22, 1963 just after his first one thousand days in the office. He was killed by a bullet while on a motorcade. Early Life of John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. He completed his studies at the prestigious Harvard University in 1940. After which, he enlisted to be a part of the American Navy. While on a mission, his PT boat was damaged by a Japanese destroyer. While Kennedy obtained injuries, he was able to save his co- navy officers. After the war, he married Jacqueline Bouvier on September 12, 1953. Making History in Academe and Politics After serving the Navy, he entered American politics by joining the Democratic Party. He also became the ...

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Early Life of Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Texas in 1890. The third of seven sons in the Eisenhower family, Dwight was raised in Abilene, Kansas. As a young student, he showed a promising potential in high school sports.  This resulted in an appointment to the West Point that assigned him as a second lieutenant in Texas. It was also in this period that he met Mamie Geneva Doud; they married in 1916. Eisenhower’s Military Prowess As a loyal member of the military, he undertook several assignments and missions under the leadership of General John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, and Walter Krueger. When the Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japanese air forces, Dwight Eisenhower was assigned by General George C. Marshall to devise a war plan. In November 1942, he commanded the landing of Allied Forces in North Africa. Two years after, on D- Day, he headed the invasion ...

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The special relationship between the US and Britain has been reaffirmed by British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, further cementing this historic relationship. Britain and the US have long had an understanding between each other with strong ties politically throughout the decades.  The bond between the two nations is so strong that often Britain is referred to as the 51st state. In such politically uneasy times such as this it is always good to know who has your back and Michael Fallon has very clearly stated whose side Britain is on stating that "when the chips are down", Britain will be there with the US. Recently thee have been fears that cuts to the military and defence budget in the UK could potentially weaken the alliance between the nations but Fallon was keen to reaffirm the position of Britain. According to a report by Reuters,  the U.S. army's chief of staff said earlier this month ...

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The world of politics is an unforgiving one but while many people are disengaged in politics, when it comes to political dramas the ratings are high and the presidents we see on the small screen are more popular than those in reality. According to a new poll by Reuters-Ipsos, the majority of the American public had an unfavourable view of President Obama, this was in stark contrast to television president David Palmer from the hit TV series “24”, with 89 percent of Americans having a favourable opinion of him. President Barack “no drama” Obama is known for his cool and cautious style of leadership and while 54 percent had an unfavourable opinion of him, 46 percent found him favourable, so it was not all bad in the polls for the current president. However, he and future presidents may want to take a leaf out of the books of fictional presidents if they want ...

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New reforms proposed to tighten up the industry surrounding retirement advisors are to push ahead despite changes taking place by the SEC. Senator Elizabeth Warren has spoken out about the need for the Labour Department to move forward with planned reforms surrounding the brokerage industry reforms, and she has said that these reforms should not be hindered by the Securities and Exchange Commission's plans to bring it its own separate rules. Senator Warren and President Obama have already called for changes to be made and for them to move forward quickly in the Labour Department with the aim of the reforms being to tighten up the brokerage standards surrounding retirement advice. The changes are part of a long campaign to bring in much needed legislation to help to reduce potential conflicts of interests within the industry and to also combat the phenomenon of hidden fees. However, according to Reuters, that effort could be complicated by a ...

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