President Obama is expected to push for the former Pentagon official Ashton Carter, to replace Chuck Hagel. According to a report by Reuters, Ashton Carter has emerged as the front runner for the job of U.S. defense secretary, following the resignation of Chuck Hagel. Ashton Carter is already well versed in all things defense after working as a former deputy secretary at the Department of Defense.  However, while his knowledge of the subject may be extensive he will still have to work to break into the tightknit circle at the White House. Currently the United States has many international issues of defense to deal with including dealings with Russia over various points, the need for action against the growing threat of Islamic State and the return of involvement in the US within Afghanistan. According to Reuters a variety of sources inside and outside the administration said Carter was the front-runner and was expected to ...

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Republican Senator Rob Portman has stated that he will not be running for the White House in 2016. The former White House budget chief and trade representative, is known for breaking with the views of the Republican party when he backed gay marriage. Instead of running for the White House Rob Portman will be looking to secure a second term as a senator. According to a statement seen by Reuters, the Ohio lawmaker said he could not be an effective senator and campaign for the White House at the same time, and sees potential in the new Republican majority in Congress to tackle issues such as revamping the tax code, overhauling the nation's energy sector and boosting exports. The decision of Portman not to stand for the White House in 2016 comes as members of the Republican party prepare to take over the Senate in January.  The shift in the dynamic in the Senate ...

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Being the daughter of the President is probably not like it is portrayed in the movies, however a recent media storm following the appearance of the Obama daughters at a Thanksgiving ceremony has brought them firmly into the spotlight. Sasha and Malia Obama are not usually seen heavily in the media and it is reported that their parents strive to keep them out of the spotlight as much as possible to allow them to continue their lives as normal teenagers but of course being the daughters of one of the most powerful men on the planet will see you attracting unwanted attention. The girls appeared at a Thanksgiving ceremony with their father and looked decidedly unimpressed with the entire event leading to comments being placed all across the media and on social media platforms. The extent of the interest and comments has even led to one Republican Congressional staff member to resign according ...

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Southern Democrats are coming together to call for the party to return to backing lifting people out of economic hardship according to a report by AP. Members of the Democratic party, who were hard hit in the mid term elections, are calling for a return to policy that reflects the core values of the party including a focus on public works and an increase in spending on education. According to AP: "It's time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand," Rickey Cole, the party chairman in Mississippi, said. He believes candidates have distanced themselves from the past half-century of Democratic principles. "We don't need a New Coke formula," Cole said. "The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Cole is one of several Southern Democrats who all acknowledge that there are party divisions with prominent populists such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is ...

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President Obama is known for advocating human rights around the world and by not releasing the report it is calling into question his ethics about human rights in relation to the US and their practices. According to Reuters, n an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among some of the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. "As a nation that has publicly affirmed its belief that respect for truth advances respect for the rule of law, and as a nation that frequently calls for transparency and accountability in other countries, the United States must rise to meet the standards it has set both for itself and others," the open letter declared. The Senate committee have spent a total of four ...

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President Obama has come in for damning criticism, but not by members of the Republican party, this time the harsh words are coming from members of the Democrats in the Senate. Obama has seen Democrats hit out and criticise the Obama healthcare law which has been highly controversial across the country and have cited this and other mistakes made by the White House as reason for the Democrats fairing so poorly in the recent mid term elections that saw Republicans win a majority. Not only have healthcare reforms been attacked in the Senate, so too have tax, energy and immigration laws. According to Reuters, a high-profile speech dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. According to Schumer, the party lost because the ...

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It may seem a long way off for many of us but in political terms the 2016 US Presidential elections are only just around the corner with potential candidates already warming up to rally support from parties and voters across the country. President Barack Obama is not able to stand for a third term as president, something he may be pleased off following the very disappointing mid-term election results, however there are some very familiar names already showing their interest and throwing their hat into the ring for consideration. Two of the biggest names have to be Mitt Romney for the Republican party and Hilary Clinton for the Democrats. According to a Quinnipiac University poll the previously unsuccessful Mitt Romney is looking good in the polls as the Republican nomination for the presidency, despite his failure to secure the top job in the 2012 elections against Barack Obama. According to Reuters, the former Massachusetts ...

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned from his position leaving President Obama to face the challenges of national security without his right hand man. The US is currently working to fight national security threats posed in Afghanistan as well as Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria. Hagel leaving represents the first major change to Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago. The Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, are looking for a new approach from the White house and will be well pleased with the instability being shown around the President. Chuck Hagel took up the position of Defense Secretary less than two years ago as Obama worked to push through the winding down of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Reuters, Chuck Hagel had privately expressed frustration to colleagues at the administration’s strategy toward Iraq and Syria and at his lack of influence over the ...

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Condoleezza Rice was the first ever black woman to serve as the national security advisor to the United States and went on to be the first black woman to serve as the US Secretary of State, a position she held from between 2005 and 2009, Growing up in Birmingham Alabama, all through her youth and childhood Condoleezza Rice was faced with racism but she never let this hold her back and spent her entire life being a trailblazer. Not only was Condoleezza Rice the first black woman to hold positions of great importance within the US government, she was also the first black woman to serve as provost of Standford University. Condoleezza Rice served in the government of President George W. Bush but began her political career in the mid 1980’s when she spent some time in Washington DC working as an international affairs fellow attached to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Her background ...

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Former Washington Mayor, Marion Barry, has died at the age of 78. Marion Barry is known as much for the scandal that surrounded him as for the political moves that he made during his time in office. He is perhaps most well known for being jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office. Before his drugs conviction Barry had been one of the nation's most promising black politicians on the scene.  However, many of those in Washington now would now have a very different view of the politician while there are still those who hail him as a hero for bringing to attention the needs of impoverished parts of the city. According to Reuters, Barry, who was serving as a city councilman, was hospitalised briefly last week and collapsed hours after being released on Saturday night. He later died at the United Medical Center in Washington, said spokeswoman Natalie Williams. ...

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