Republicans and Democrats have shown rare unity in coming together to support a bill to fix the formula used by Medicare to reimburse doctors. The two parties came together in Congress to amend the bill just in time to stop a 21 percent cut to doctors pay According to a report by Reuters, the final action came as the Senate voted 92-8 to approve the so-called "doc fix". The House of Representatives had acted over two weeks ago. The bill will now go over to President Barack Obama to be finalised and it is expected that he will sign the law to bring it into force. Initially the new measure was drafted by the Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the success of this bill coming from cooperation from both Democrats and Republicans could mark it down as being the first real major success of Congress this year. It ...

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The political tensions between the US and Russia continue to rise, with the latest case of a “sloppy” mid-air intervention leading to an exchange between the two super powers. According to a report by Reuters, the United States said it has expressed its concerns to Moscow over a Russian fighter jet's "sloppy" and unsafe intercept of a U.S. spy plane in international airspace. The reported incident took place on April 7 over the Baltic Sea and involved a Russian SU-27 Flanker which went on to intercept a U.S. RC-135U reconnaissance plane.  What followed is a performance which has been described by the Pentagon as resulting in unsafe aerial manoeuvers. According to Reuters, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren said that the Russian aircraft did a roll in front of the U.S. aircraft and showed its belly to the pilot to indicate that it was armed.  In performing the roll Warren said that the Russian ...

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Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, has formally entered the 2016 race for the White House in a bid to become the first woman US president and to continue to keep a Democrat in the White House. According to a report by the BBC, Hillary Clinton launched her campaign website on Sunday, telling Americans she wanted to be their "champion". This is the second time that Hillary Clinton has run for the Democratic presidential nomination, with her last attempt in 2008 seeing her losing out to Barack Obama. The overwhelming Democratic favourite, she had been expected to declare her candidacy for months and it has come as no shock to anyone in the political sphere. In a video on her website, Mrs Clinton declared: "I am running for president". "Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times," she said, "but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top. "Everyday Americans ...

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The US and China have clashed after Barack Obama stated in Washington that he is concerned about China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea. According to a report by Reuters the comments made by Obama led to a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States instead of being the bully. China's rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military. Although the position of China within the islands will not alter the superiority of the US on a military level in the region it is the potential of how China will use the islands that is causing concern. It is reported that workers are being brought in to the islands to build a range of new ports and fuel storage depots while ...

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The people of the United States made history when they elected Barack H. Obama as their 44th President. Distinctively opposite from typical politicians who came from elite families, Obama rose to power through perseverance and determination. Experiencing the burden of life as an ordinary American inspired his lifelong work for the marginalized and the oppresed. Early Life of Barack Obama Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii. His father was from Kenya, while his mother was from Kansas. His grandparents— a grandfather who served in the army and a grandmother who became a bank manager—also helped in raising Obama Obama finished his undergraduate degree through various financial assistances such as loans and scholarships. After college, Obama decided to move to Chicago. It was also in this period that Obama gradually involved himself in social issues. Together with an organization of church workers, he volunteered and took part in efforts to rebuild communities ...

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Hillary Clinton hasn’t even officially declare that she will be running in the presidential elections but already polls about her popularity is the subject of polls in the country. The latest poll shows that Hillary Clinton has slipped in her popularity against the leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a report by Reuters with the poll citing that damage had been caused to the ratings of Hillary Clinton after the scandal surrounding her emails when she was the secretary of state. According to Reuters, the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton has still not officially declared her intentions to run but it is widely expected that she will announce her White House bid this month. The poll shows that Clinton is tied with all the Republican candidates ...

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Early life of George Bush George Bush was born on Connecticut while his father was still attending Yale University. While George Bush was still young, the family decided to move to Midland, Texas as his father began his oil exploration business. Coming from an elite family, young Bush attended Midland public schools where he started to meet friends that will accompany him on his journey to the White House. Following the footsteps of his father, Bush also acquired his undergraduate degree from Yale. However, he also decided to expand his knowledge on business administration; and soon, he also received a business degree from the prestigious Harvard University. He then returned to Midland and got in the oil business. Soon, he became a husband to Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian, as well as a father to twin daughters Jenna and Barbara. His children have already finished college and are already pursuing their respective ...

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Early Life of William Clinton William Jefferson Blythe III, commonly known as William Clinton, was born on August 19, 194 in Hope, Arkansas. Four years after his birth, following the death of William's biological father three months before he was born, his mother married Roger Clinton. He then adopted his paternal name. As a student, William Clinton excelled both in academics and extra curricular activities. He also played the saxophone and even considered continuing it as a profession. However, meeting then President John Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden as part of the high school delegation to Boys Nation changed his mind and ignited his interest in public service. William Clinton acquired an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. In 1968, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He also proceeded to law and graduated from Yale University in 1973. At law school, he met his wife Hillary Rodham. They have one ...

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Senator Rand Paul has become the latest politician to announce that he will be launching  his 2016 presidential election campaign. During a campaign event in Kentucky, Rand Paul said: "Today begins the journey to take America back,” making it clear the feel of how his campaign will be run. Rand Paul may be running on a republican ticket but he is not your usual Republican and his more liberal views have seen him creating appeal to those who may not traditionally bac a Republican candidate. The announcement makes Rand Paul the second Republican to enter the contest that concludes in November 2016, however many others are expected to come forward in the coming weeks from the Republicans. According to a report by the BBC, speaking in front of a large crowd at the official campaign kick-off, he said: "The Washington machine that gobbles up our freedoms and invades every nook and cranny of our ...

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Being wealthy means that you have the power to influence at the very highest level and billionaire Tom Steyer has announced he intends to do just that and to push the promotion of the green agenda during the next presidential campaign in 2016. According to a report by Reuters Tom Steyer has said that he plans to use his wealth to try to bring climate change into the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, vowing to target Republican hopefuls who deny the connection between burning fossil fuels and rising global temperatures. A new campaign has been launched by the NextGen Climate political action committee, run by Tom Steyer  and is working to call out Republican candidates for taking money from the billionaire Koch brothers with the next target on the radar expected to be Senator Rand Paul. Reuter notes that Steyer's PAC found limited success turning climate change into a wedge issue in the 2014 ...

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