Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton scored sweeping victories in nominating contests in their home state of New York, and immediately cited those wins to argue that they are all but unstoppable as their respective parties' presidential nominees. Trump's crushing defeat of Ted Cruz in Tuesday's primary election tilted the energy in the Republican race back to the front-runner, just as Republican National Committee members begin meeting in Florida on Wednesday to discuss their July convention, where the nominee will be chosen. For the Democratic favorite, Clinton's more narrow victory over Bernie Sanders snapped a string of victories by the 74-year-old democratic socialist and gave her a much-needed lift with more tough fights ahead. The eventual victors of the Democratic and the Republican nominating campaigns will face each other in November's general election. Trump's win, celebrated to the tune of Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" at Trump Tower in Manhattan, marked a ...

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President Obama has recently announced that 450 US military advisors will be sent to take the fight to the Islamic State.  The question remains as to whether the president has done too little too late or if, in fact, US advisors on the ground will make a significant difference. The move allows the US to train the Iraqi security forces more directly and also to provide advice to the sunni militias fighting in Anbar Province and other strategic areas. Although sending trainers and other counter-terrorism support troops is a good first step, their deployment will be useless without flexible rules of engagement and other tools to engage Islamic State on its own terms.  Advisors need to be able to accompany Iraqi troops when they go into combat and more effective air support needs to be available in order to counter new IS anti-air tactics. Furthermore, it is also necessary to ensure that arms ...

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The problems in the US relating to class and race have been discussed on a personal level by US president Barack Obama. It is well documented that the wealth gap between the rich and the poor in America has been growing with the Occupy Wall Street movement highlighting the 99% of people who live on the same means as the remaining 1%. The favourable tax loopholes that have allowed the super rich and wealthy hedge fund managers to be able to dodge paying taxes that average Americans have to pay has been highlighted by the President. Speaking at a discussion focusing on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama said: "The top 25 hedge fund managers made more than all the kindergarten teachers in the country." He added: "If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then, really, this conversation is for show." President Obama has been a long ...

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Republicans have revealed plans hoped to make it more difficult to transfer any inmates from the infamous Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. The new plans have been unveiled at a time when President Obama continues to work to close down the controversial detention centre, a position that is not favoured by members of the Republican party. According to a report by Reuters, the proposed 2016 National Defense Authorization Act renewed an annual ban on spending to transfer prisoners to the United States from the detention centre. Within the bill there are new restrictions that have been added with some including rescinding Obama's authority to unilaterally transfer detainees.  The bill would require any transfer to only be allowed to take place when the Secretary of Defense could certify that a country receiving prisoners would maintain control over them to ensure they cannot threaten the United States, according to Reuters. As well as imposing rules to make ...

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The US and China have clashed after Barack Obama stated in Washington that he is concerned about China is using its "sheer size and muscle" to push around smaller nations in the South China Sea. According to a report by Reuters the comments made by Obama led to a swift rebuke from Beijing which accused the United States instead of being the bully. China's rapid reclamation around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed other claimants, such as the Philippines and Vietnam, and drawn growing criticism from U.S. government officials and the military. Although the position of China within the islands will not alter the superiority of the US on a military level in the region it is the potential of how China will use the islands that is causing concern. It is reported that workers are being brought in to the islands to build a range of new ports and fuel storage depots while ...

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President Barack Obama will be having what he has described as a "tough conversation" with Gulf Arab allies. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, President Obama said that he was going to promise support to allies in the region but in return he will be telling them to address their own internal political challenges if they want help with their external enemies. The increasing number of crises that are occurring in the region are leading in instability at a political level. In the interview President Obama said: "I think when you look at what happens in Syria, for example, there’s been a great desire for the United States to get in there and do something.” He added: "But the question is: Why is it that we can’t have Arabs fighting the terrible human rights abuses that have been perpetrated, or fighting against what Assad has done?", referring to Syrian President Bashar ...

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Cuba and America have been at odds for more than half a century, so just how did President Obama break the deadlock? According to a report by Reuters, the publicised 18 months of secret talks were only the icing on the cake of a much longer and hard fought process to bring the two nations back together again, with President Obama very much at the centre of the cautious approach needed to bring about the historic changes. It appears that talks began years ago and nearly came to a halt in 2013 during a secret session in Canada while the entire process had the blessing of the Pope and led to both the Cuban and US foreign ministries being left in the cold to ensure the success of the plans. Why it is so important for President Obama to restore relations in Cuba is complicated to say the least but what is clear ...

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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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New talks have taken place to help to continue to build new ties between Cuba and America following decades of disputes and embargoes. The assistant US secretary of State, Roberta Jacobsen, met in Havana with her counterpart in Cuba, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban foreign ministry’s chief on US affairs to discuss the future between the two countries and how to move forward with building a working relationship between the two nations. While there has been a marked improvement in the relationship between Cuba and America, the two have seen disagreements even recently, including marked differences in relation to Venezuela but it is hoped that the talks will be able to avoid confrontation over this delicate issue. According to a report by Reuters, Jacobson and Vidal led their respective delegations with great fanfare in Havana in January and in Washington in February, but this session will take place with smaller teams and, so far ...

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President Obama may be an easy target for conservatives and the latest to turn their attention to attacking the President is the conservative Republican Ted Cruz. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas, may not be one of the most well known names in the Republican party but he appears to be doing well with the crowds as he considers his future and whether or not he will make a in for the top job himself in 2016. During a visit to New Hampshire, Ted Cruz took the opportunity to lash out at the Obama administration, claiming that they had trampled on the constitution and gaining support from the crowd as he did so. According to a report by Reuters, Cruz, who is exploring a run for the White House in 2016, struck a defiantly aggressive tone during a speech in the first state to hold a presidential primary election, slamming Obama on his handling ...

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