President Barack Obama on Friday won the Congressional legislation that averts a national default on government debt and sets the spending priorities for the next two years. After a hard struggle in Congress, the Senate voted 64-35 in approval of the measure. The measure was negotiated by President Obama and the White House and the congressional leaders, both Democrat and Republican, including the former House Speaker John Boehner. The deadline for the measure was the 3rd of November and if it was not met, the Treasury Department would have used its borrowing capacity and risk a national default on U.S. obligation that could stir global financial markets. With this measure Congress is set for new spending levels for the fiscal year starting on the 1st of October and ending on the 1st of October, 2016. The budget caps are raised and an additional $80 billion in military spending, as well as domestic spending ...

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Republican Congressman Paul Ryan was elected new U.S. House of Representatives Speaker on Thursday, promising that he would fix the broken House. Ryan, who was nominated by the Republican Party on Wednesday to the top Washington power position, was elected by the full House by 236 votes by fellow Republicans out of 247, while Nancy Pelosi received 184 votes from the Democratic Representatives. A handful of Republicans did not support the Wisconsin Congressman and instead cast their votes for Ryan’s main rival Representative Daniel Webster of Florida , former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee and Representative John Lewis of Georgia. According to Reuters, Ryan in his first speech as Speaker addressed the broken House of Representatives and promised to fix it with repairing the division among the Republican majority that is leading the House and creating a legislative blockage in Washington. He stated “We are not solving problems, ...

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The Third Republican debate was marked by efforts to stand out with personal attacks and strong differences over policies. The debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado on the 28th of October was taken over by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, along with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, each of them taking digs at Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, who are in a dead heat for the frontrunner position, with Carson taking the lead the previous week on a national level, as well as in the primary voting state of Iowa. Trump and Carson are seen as the Republican Party insurgents that have gathered a massive crowd of conservative Republicans that have grown frustrated by the Party’s establishment, but at this debate, both of them have been overshadowed by Cruz and Rubio, especially Rubio who is seen by voters as perhaps the only candidate for President who could unite the divided ...

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The United States is contemplating sending special operation forces and attack helicopters to Syria and Iraq to help in the fight against Islamic State. The Obama administration is pressured to strengthen the American presence on ground in the Middle East because of ISIS advances in Iraq, especially after their latest conquest of the Iraqi city of Ramadi in May and the failed attempt of the military program aimed to train and equip Syrian rebels in the fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as ISIS, but only managing to train a handful of Syrian moderates. However, President Barack Obama is considering this action as one that he does not want to enact, because the end of his presidency is nearing and he has been building his campaign on the ground of withdrawing American troops from the Middle East. According to Reuters, two anonymous U.S. officials have said that the administration is considering ...

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(Photo by Scott Morgan)  Republican Ben Carson has taken the frontrunner position for his Party’s Presidential nomination for the 2016 Elections, knocking Donald Trump to second place at the national polls. Dr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon has made the first place in the New York Times/CBS News poll on Tuesday, getting the support from 26% of those surveyed, putting billionaire Donald Trump in the second place with 22%. Ever since announcing his candidacy for President, Donald Trump has taken the frontrunner position for the Republican nomination and held it for months, with numbers going his way with three polls conducted in Iowa. However, the most recent one shows that Trump’s dominant rise in the polls throughout the summer has been thwarted by Ben Carson. Carson is seeking the GOP candidacy with strong stances on issues such as denial of climate change, eliminating federal education standards, gun ownership freedom, repealing Obamacare, implementing a tougher ...

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(Photo Credit: Jeff Malet) Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House of Representatives last Thursday after getting the endorsement of key Republican caucuses. Ryan has accepted to unify the Republican majority in the House that has been divided on major issues such as spending bills, creating a threat of a government shutdown. The legislator from Wisconsin and a 2012 Republican Vice President nominee as a running mate to Mitt Romney has gathered enough support among the conservative and moderate Republicans members of House. According to Reuters, Ryan wrote a letter to his colleagues stating “I believe we are ready to move forward as a one, united team. And I am ready and eager to be our speaker.” He revealed an agenda of priorities in the House, but in order to achieve them he must find the compromise that has been lacking in Congress for a long period of ...

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Bernie Sanders for the first time compared himself to the frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination Hillary Clinton and stated some of the differences between the two of them regarding same sex marriage and foreign policy. He made a turn from his peaceful campaign which until now was focusing on his own policies only and he was always stating that he never ran a negative campaign and never attacked his opponents. However, during the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, which was attended by the three Democratic Presidential hopefuls, Sanders took another direction in his campaign for the White House and compared to the first debate where he was mostly congenial towards Hillary Clinton, the annual dinner in the early voting state of Iowa was marked by him highlighting the differences between him and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Reuters, Sanders took a chance at the event which ...

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The former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee dropped out of the Presidential race on Friday because of low polling rates among the Democratic field of Presidential hopefuls. Chafee ended his long shot Presidential campaign in a speech during the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington. According to Reuters, he stated “After much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today”, but added that he wanted to take the chance to call for peace in the world one more time and said that he will continue with his calls for pulling out the military troops from overseas and ending the wars in the Middle East, a call which has been a central part of his campaign. Lincoln was a Mayor of Warwick before being called to substitute his father at the U.S. Senate and served one term in office before losing the re-election. He then ran as an independent ...

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(Photo Credit: AP) The frontrunner for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination Hillary Clinton endured an 11-hour attack on Thursday by Republican lawmakers at the House Benghazi select committee. The Republicans at the select committee have asked the same question in a variety of ways about why the former Secretary of State ignored security requests by Ambassador Chris Stevens in Libya before the attack that killed him and three other U.S. officials at the Benghazi diplomatic compound. Clinton remained cool and patient with the political attacks by Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy and other Republican members that were clearly out to get her and dampen her chances in the 2016 Elections. According to Reuters, Clinton remained composed during the heated argument among Democrat and Republican committee members. She stated that it was “personally painful” to be accused of such allegations, because Ambassador Stevens was here friend and said “I’ve thought more about what happened ...

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(Photo Credit: Slate) Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he has decided against running for President in the 2016 Elections, clearing the path for frontrunner Hillary Clinton to get the Democratic nomination. After months of speculation, Biden who ran unsuccessfully for President in 1988 and 2008, announced his decision in the White House Rose Garden alongside his wife and President Barack Obama. According to Reuters, Biden stated that he was not ready to jump in the Presidential race due to his family still mourning the loss of his son earlier this year. He also said that the window for a successful Presidential campaign has been closed, but that does not mean that he will stay silent. He stated “While I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent. I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence as much as I can where we stand as ...

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