Politics

18
Nov
Toronto council curbs Mayor Ford's powers after chaotic debate

Toronto's City Council voted overwhelmingly on Monday to limit further the powers of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who denounced the move as a coup d'etat and warned political foes of an election battle next year to rival the Gulf War. Ford has been under fire after admitting to smoking crack cocaine, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking alcohol. At a tumultuous City Council meeting, members voted to slash his office... [read news]

17
Nov
New York City Council set to turn sharply left toward a more liberal agenda

The City Council is about to take a sharp left turn. Twenty-one new Council members are about to take office, and many of them are more liberal than the lawmakers they will replace — creating a tipping point, analysts say, in favor of a “progressive” agenda that has been bottled up for decades. New Yorkers can expect everything from the expansion of workers’ rights to the imposition of new burdens on businesses. “You have a... [read news]

16
Nov
A man of contrasts, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leads his 'nation' in controversy

Though he champions the overtaxed little guy, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford grew up with wealth and political advantage under a family fortune made in the industrial tagging and labeling business, founded by his rags-to-riches father who was also a provincial parliament member. Recent allegations aside about drugs and sex, Ford's politics are built on a conservative populism to end what he calls gravy-train spending at City Hall -- an agenda... [read news]

14
Nov
The fix: Obama tries to dig out of his big Obamacare hole

While President Barack Obama held a news conference on Thursday where he announced an administrative fix to the Affordable Care Act, it quickly digressed into a confession and apology hour. He took the blame. He called the rollout of Obamacare "rough." He said he "fumbled." He said the problems are "on me." He also offered an olive branch to his colleagues on Capitol Hill and acknowledged his party's tough circumstances. "There is no doubt... [read news]

12
Nov
Bill Clinton Urges Obama to Yield on Health Law

WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday joined the intensifying criticism of the botched health care rollout, urging President Obama to accept a change in the law that would allow all Americans to keep their current health insurance plan. In an interview published on Ozy, a web magazine, Mr. Clinton said that Mr. Obama should make good on the promise that he and his administration repeatedly made to the American... [read news]

11
Nov
U.S. Dispatches Aid For Philippine Typhoon Recovery

MANILA, Philippines -- MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A US military plane carrying relief supplies and a contingent of Marines has left the Philippine capital en route to the country's typhoon-devastated eastern seaboard. The C-130 left Manila's Vilamor air base on Monday loaded with bottled water, generators wrapped in plastic, a forklift and two trucks. It was the first American relief flight to the region, where thousands are feared dead... [read news]

08
Nov
President Obama apologizes to Americans who are losing their health insurance

President Obama apologized Thursday to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated promises that they wouldn’t, an unusual act of contrition for a president who has come under heavy criticism for misleading the public. “I am sorry that they, you know, are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me,” Obama said in an interview with NBC News. “We’ve got to work hard to make sure... [read news]

08
Nov
Russia Syrian Rebel Coalition Shuns Moscow Talks

MOSCOW, November 8 (RIA Novosti) – The Syrian National Coalition of Revolutionary and Opposition Forces refused on Friday to take part in an informal meeting with Syrian government officials in Moscow aimed at resolving the current humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. Russia had earlier proposed to host informal peace talks involving all political forces in the Syrian civil war to establish dialogue between the warring parties... [read news]

08
Nov
DR Congo, M23 rebels 'to sign peace deal Monday'

Rugwerero — The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the defeated M23 rebels will Monday sign a peace deal, Kinshasa and Kampala said, with Uganda adding it will not send the fleeing insurgents back across the border. The March 23 Movement (M23) on Tuesday ended its 18-month insurgency after a resounding defeat at the hands of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since then the majority of its fighters... [read news]

08
Nov
Italy arrests Somali gang leader for kidnap, rape of migrants

Italy has arrested a Somali for kidnapping, extortion and rape against desperate Eritrean migrants in a case that shines a light into the brutal criminal gangs trafficking people into Europe from Africa, police said on Friday. The case is based on testimony from the survivors of a shipwreck that killed more than 360 migrants off the coast of Sicily in October. Elmi Mouhamud Muhidin, 24, was one of the leaders of an armed gang of... [read news]


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