Photo Credit: Reuters After reports from President Barack Obama's interview, which seemed to back current Democratic Hillary Clinton as the likely nominee, Vermont Senator and Hilary's closest rival Senator Bernie Sanders said on Thursday it was "absurd" to suggest he drop out of the race. Obama privately told a group of Democratic donors last Friday that Sanders was nearing the point at which his campaign against Clinton would end, and that the party must soon come together to back her, the New York Times reported. "The bottom line is that when only half of the American people have participated in the political process ... I think it is absurd for anybody to suggest that those people not have a right to cast a vote," Sanders told MSNBC in an interview. The White House on Thursday said Obama did not indicate which candidate he preferred in his remarks to the donors. Clinton, a former secretary of ...

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California State Senate this Monday has passed the minimum wage bill of $11 per hour, which will be enforced by 2016 and another increase of $13 per hour by 2017. The bill by Democrat Senator Mark Leno has been passed in a 23-15 vote, and now waits for approval by the state Assembly. This is not the first bill Senator Mark Leno has proposed that aims at diminishing the poverty of minimum wage workers. A similar bill passed the state Senate in 2013, making the minimum wage of $9 per hour. Leno is concerned with the poverty rates in California and argues that a lot can be done so that the problem can have a solution. Most of the workers in Californian are adults which earn minimum wages and the business companies are using them and give then poverty wages, which means that the taxpayer subsidize the food and housing for the ...

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The likelihood of seeing tax reform in the US while Barack Obama is still president has seen a boost as one of the Senate’s top tax law writers has said he intends to pursue the changes. While having the support of top tax writers can only work in the favour of tax reform, many see the move as meaningful but unlikely to yield any real results. According to a report by Reuters: "Though there are disagreements on the details, there is bipartisan support for tax reform in Congress," said Orrin Hatch, Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, at a conference for tax lawyers, analysts and economists. He added: "Members of both parties have expressed their support for a tax overhaul. And, I believe there is real momentum to get something done on tax reform this year, if we remain committed. And, believe me, I’m committed.” This is a new role for Hatch who only took the ...

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The US Secretary of State, John Kerry has spoken about the need for stronger links between the US and India, particularly in relation to international trading ties and cooperation. Kerry was speaking ahead of a visit to India by President Barack Obama during an international investor conference. According to John Kerry it is vital that India fosters better economic links in order to help to boost the economy of the country while also fostering a better approach to climate change. Currently bilateral foreign direct investment now stands at nearly $30bn according to a report by the BBC. When Barack Obama visits India at the end of the month he will be the guest of honour during celebrations for Republic Day in India. According to a report by the BBC, speaking at the investment conference in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, Mr Kerry described Indian PM Narendra Modi as a "visionary prime minister". He added: "We ...

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It has been more than six years in review but now the Keystone XL Pipeline project has taken another step closer to becoming approved setting up a potentially huge showdown between President Barack Obama and Congress. The Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that they will allow for the pipeline to cross their state as part of the route which now means that the wrangling moves over to TransCanada Corp's project fully to Washington, where Republicans now in control of Congress are seeking to force its final approval. While the Nebraska ruling helped to push the project on further, there has also been another development in favour of the pipeline as the House of Representatives passed a bill 266 to 153, with 28 Democrats in support of the project. Now the Senate will debate a Keystone, but White House officials said Obama would reject the legislation setting up the battle over the pipeline and placing ...

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Politics and entertainment have a history of combining together but usually in the form of a former start stepping into the political limelight.  What isn’t so usual is a single movie becoming the talking point of international political debate – which is exactly what “The Interview” has become. The controversy surrounding The Interview has been going on for some time but it has now escalated into a full on matter of  international diplomacy as the US and North Korea butt heads over how the release of the film will be handled and if it will be released at all. After Sony this week announce d that they would not be releasing the film in theatres following cyber attacks reportedly directed by North Korea, the US president himself has waded into the debate and criticised Sony for withdrawing the film. According to Reuters, President Barack Obama has vowed to respond to the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures ...

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The Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, has formally announced that he will be standing for re-election as protestors demonstrate outside. Mayor Emanuel will be standing for a second term and has announced his intentions with a speech drawing attention to the success he has already managed to achieve in pushing through minimum wage increases across the city. During his speech Emanuel did not highlight any specific achievements of his first term but instead focused heavily on the wage increases which were passed only this week and sees minimum wage workers benefiting from a boost in what they will be taking home which will be up to $13 an hour in 2019, up from the current $8.25 an hour. "Washington wouldn't do it. Springfield couldn’t do it. But here in Chicago, we did it," he said. Rahm Emanuel is a former White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama and he will be hopping that ...

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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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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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