Fox News hosted the first Republican Presidential debate held in Cleveland on Thursday and split it into two, an early debate for low polling candidates and a main debate for the candidates that have the most support in the national polls. The participation in the primary debate has been restricted by Fox News to only 10 candidates in the prime-time, due to the overcrowded field of 17 Republican hopefuls. The low polling 7 candidates that did not make the cut for the prime-time event participated in a debate held the same day and hosted by Fox News. According to Reuters, the B-list debate was not strong in energy, except for businesswoman and former Hewlett-Packard Co chief executive Carly Fiorina, who got the most attention and after-commentaries by political analysts. She started with barely registering 1% at the national polls, but after the debate she has surpassed the others mostly because of her ...

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The White House stated on Thursday that President Barack Obama would reject every Republican effort to defund Planned Parenthood, the health organization that performs abortions. The reproductive health organization has been under Republican fire for a long time, but gained a lot of media coverage in the previous weeks with the emergence of videos of alleged selling of aborted fetal tissue and body parts. The video that got immense exposure on the Internet was produced by the Center for Medial Progress, an organization of journalists that monitor medical ethics. It received a lot of attention and reactions from Republican Presidential candidates. According to Reuters, Rick Perry said that the video was a reminder of “the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life.” The video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the sale of body part to a biological company. According ...

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The U.S. and Cuba agreed on Wednesday, with a letter exchange by Cuban and American Presidents, to end the 54 year period of isolation and restore diplomatic relations on the 20th of July, with a state visit to Havana by U.S. State Department Secretary John Kerry. On Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, the younger brother of Fidel Castro, exchanged letters of confirmation to restore diplomatic relations between the two governments and the people of America and Cuba. The deal marked the vow made by the Presidents in December of 2014. The letters have set the date of formal opening of the embassies on the 20th of July, with a visit by John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, to Havana in order to raise the U.S. flag outside the U.S. embassy. President Obama is very grateful that this isolation of Cuba and the Cuban people has ended ...

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U.S. Senate on Wednesday has approved the legislation that will make the largest American trade deal in a long time and will make U.S. ties to the Pacific Rim more stable. The legislation gives President Barack Obama a fast-track power in negotiating trade deals. With a vote of 60-38, the U.S. Senate has ended the two months long battle in Congress over the legislation, which will move next to the President for signing. The legislation comes in time for Obama to strengthen the foreign policy towards Asia and make the finishing touches on the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is the next big trade agreement after the North American Free Trade Agreement, which was a trade liberalization between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The TPP is a trade deal that would cover 40 percent of the world economy with an annual global economic output of $300 billion. The countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been waiting for Congress ...

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With two years of claims history under their belts, Obamacare insurance providers are proposing rate increases for 2016. Experts expect insurance rates to climb substantially – as much as 70 percent - in light of the fact that there have been more older enrollees in the plans than younger, healthier ones as the Obama administration predicted while selling the program to the American public. In the two years since Obamacare took effect, insurers have had to base their policy prices on speculation as to who would enroll in Obamacare plans. Now, experts believe premium rates will accelerate faster within the next year than in they did in the two previous years. The insurance industry bases its future rates upon the number of claims it has historically paid. Had the participants in the program tended to be younger and healthier, insurers could have priced the plans lower. In practice, though, young healthy ...

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With the term of President Barack Obama coming to an end, the United States is only weeks away from the first primary election debates.  In this post, we look at the various potential candidates that would be running for their respective nominations for the Blue or Red half in 2016. Mike Huckabee In his second tilt at the Republican nomination, Huckabee plans to use harness the frustrations of blue-collar workers in order to capture the White House. It’s unlikely however, that the former Arkansas Governor will be able to count on the same strong support amongst social conservatives that he commanded in 2008. He also faces strong challenges from small government advocates, who point to tax increases whilst he was governor. Huckabee has always resonated with voters, many of whom are attracted by his down-to-earth attitude and principled conservatism but taking a break from politics during the 2012 presidential race may prove to ...

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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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President Barack Obama has spoken freely about his opinions on the Russian President Vladimir Putin and has stated that he believes that the Russian leader made a "strategic mistake" when he annexed Crimea, in a move that he described as "not so smart". Speaking during an interview with NPR, President Obama said that anyone thinking that President Putin could be considered to be a "genius" had been proven wrong by Russia's economic crisis which has come this year. International sanctions had made Russia's economy particularly vulnerable to changes in oil price, Mr Obama said. During the interview which covered a wide range of subjects to be discussed before he took off on his holidays in Hawaii President Obama also refused to rule out opening a US embassy in Iran soon. "I never say never but I think these things have to go in steps" he told NPR's Steve Inskeep during the interview which took ...

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"Hamas is Islamic State and Islamic State is Hamas" Netanyahu said defiantly in Tel Aviv, two days before the ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza was accepted by two parties. Despite Netanyahu's comments, it is clear that Hamas is no ISIS, and his empty rhetoric did not resonate with the public. The goals Netanyahu set for the operation in Gaza reflect his bleak world view according to which neither toppling Hamas nor trusting Abbas will bring long-term quiet. In the first place, the Israel Gaza conflict was in part worsened by the stubbornness of both Israel and Hamas personnel. The refusal of Hamas’ political chief Khaled Meshal to accept the long term ceasefire proposed in the early stages of the conflict, coupled with the uncompromising and cynical stance of Netanyahu, caused this gridlock. The ideal point at which Israel would have exited Operation Protective Edge was after ...

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Background For several centuries, the Diaoyu Islands have been administered as one part of Taiwan and have always been used exclusively by Chinese fishermen as an base for fishing, both before and after World War II. In 1874, Japan took Liu Chiu Islands (Okinawa) from China by force when Chinese Ching Dynasty was involved in several wars with other foreign countries. However, the Diaoyu Islands still remained under the administration of Taiwan, a part of China. After being defeated by Japan in the Sino-Japan War, China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Shimonoseki Treaty. As a part of Taiwan, the Diaoyutai Islands belonged to Japan at that time. Taiwan was returned to China at the end of World War II in 1945 based upon the 1943 agreement of the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations. The Japanese government accepted the terms that stated in these documents"...that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, ...

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