President Barack Obama has signed a secret order to authorise an increase in the military mission in Afghanistan in 2015. According to a report by the New York Times the new plan will be much broader and more far reaching than the original proposed by the President and will see the 2015 military mission to Afghanistan change to original plans. This new decision will ensure that the Us plays a direct role in fighting in Afghanistan, with this expected to take place for at least a year. The decision to increase troop numbers was made in the White House alongside national security advisors over the past few weeks according to the report. Back in May, President Obama said the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. According to Reuters the missions for the remaining 9,800 troops would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the "remnants of al Qaeda", he said. The new orders from ...

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President Obama has been accused by members of the Republican party of making an illegal power grab following his pushing through of new immigration laws in the US. Now millions of immigrants who have been living illegally in the US will be allowed to legally apply for work permits in the country and to live legally as citizens. The new laws apply to any immigrants who have been living in the US for the past five years and have children who are living legally in the country. It is estimated that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in the US and under the new plans laid out by Barack Obama, undocumented parents of children who are US citizens or legal residents will be able to apply for work permits lasting three years. It is thought that the new scheme will apply to some 3.7 million people. In another part of the immigration reform there will ...

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A report from the Washington Post has stated that the Maryland Governor-elect, Larry Hogan, promises that he will deliver on his campaign pledge to roll back taxes. The promise from Larry Hogan comes at a time when there are shortfalls in the budget which would only be made worse by any future tax cuts. In a bid to balance the books, the real estate business man said that he would be cutting government spending in the state while also working to make savings through running the government more efficiently. One of the first taxes that he plans to cut is the so called “rain tax” which was a fee brought in to respond to the Environmental Protection Agency needs to reduce the amount of storm water pollutions from entering into the Chesapeake Bay according to the Washington Post. Larry Hogan will take up his place in office in January and has said that he ...

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Attentions are already turning to the upcoming 2016 elections with members of the Republican party looking to swing state governors. The Republican party, looking to triumph in the 2016 US elections, are hoping to build on recent success in the mid-term elections to try and garner support from different areas that may have not traditionally supported in the party in the past. The prospects for the Republicans for the elections in two years time have never looked better, thanks largely to a very high level of dissatisfaction in the Presidency of Barack Obama among people across the country. Previous staunch Democrats have been found swinging over to the Republican side of the political fence with many voting against their perhaps natural party as a form of protest vote against the Obama administration. According to the Reuters news agency, the Republican party have turned their attention to three different governors in politically diverse states . Reuters ...

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William Jefferson Clinton, more commonly known as Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States and is known for being one of the most controversial Presidents of the US. Bill Clinton served as the president of the United States from 1993 until 2001 and is known as much for his relationships while in office as he is for his policies. During his term as president Bill Clinton presided over one of the longest periods of peace and economic expansion in American history, this is of course countered by his notoriety and his finally being impeached while president. Bill Clinton was born in Hope, Arkansas. His father tragically was killed in a car accident before he was born and his mother remarried with Bill taking the last name of Clinton as he has been born William Jefferson Blythe. After graduating from Yale, Clinton then went on to teach law at the University of Arkansas. His ...

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President Barack Obama has been forced to defend again his controversial healthcare law following the revelation that an advisor said that the law was only passed, partially due to the “stupidity” of American voters. The White House advisor made the comment after being part of the reform and has dealt President Obama another blow in regards to his healthcare law. President Obama has spoken out in defence of the law which has enabled American citizens to have private health care coverage, even if they are uninsured. The healthcare bill is aimed at providing sometimes life saving care for patients, even if they are unable to afford to pay for the insurance that is usually required for medical procedures to be paid for. The healthcare reform has proved to be one of the most widely debated subjects of the Presidents time in office and has been analysed extensively. Speaking during a press conference of the G20 leaders ...

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Ronald Regan is one of the best known celebrity politicians in the world and went on to lead America through some truly challenging times. He began his career, not in politics, but instead as a radio announcer in 1932 and went on to become the voice of Major league Baseball before then signing a contract with Warner brothers as an actor. Younger followers of politics may only know Regan for his political career but he made around 50 Hollywood films in his time and was even elected  as the Screen Actors Guild President in 1947 and served until 1952 and again from 1959-60. Ronald Regan hit the international spotlight once again when he was put up as the 1980 Republican nomination for President with George Bush running as his vice president. Regan was up against Jimmy Carter but Regan won the popular vote with 51 percent of the vote and 489 out of 538 ...

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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have been trying to work out how to stop President Obama from altering US immigration policies. Moderates within the Republican party have been resisting other members of the party who are looking to use government funding as a form of leverage. Some Republicans have said that they are trying to find a way to stop the immigration plans without leading to a government shutdown. Last year the US government was shut down for a total of 16 days while health insurance reforms were being debated leading to a stalemate. According to Reuters, there has been a particularly vocal group of conservatives who are pressing to ban funds needed to implement any move that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States. "There’s a wide diversity of thought as to how effective that would be," said Representative Bill Flores of Texas, adding a ...

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The U.S. House of Representatives, led by the Republicans, has approved the Keystone XL pipeline. While the Keystone XL pipeline had success in the House of Representatives it did not have as much support in the Senate and has left President Barack Obama suggesting that he may use his veto to move the bill through Congress. This is the ninth time that the House of Representatives has passed the bill for the Keystone XL pipeline and it had been hoped that it would finally progress through the Senate as well this time, however it failed yet again. The Keystone XL Pipeline would facilitate the transport of oil from the oil sands in Canada through to the US Gulf but has been difficult to finalise because the project crosses across international borders. Controversy lies around the bill to approve the project because on one side supporters say that it will create thousands of jobs, while ...

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Following the beheading of both American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the American public has since been gripped with fears of terror attacks since 9-11 (one day before this article was uploaded). Obama, whose first White House bid was fueled by strong opposition to the Iraq War of the last decade, had outlined several reasons his fight against ISIS would be “different” from the conflict. In his televised speech, Obama was careful to remind citizens that no ground incursion would happen. “Any time we take military action, there are risks involved – especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions,” said Obama. “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.” Obama's rhetoric has became more stern as public outcry increases over the cruel actions ...

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