October 16, 2013 |
THE Republican Party is at war with itself. It's divided over how best to shrink the federal budget and how to undo President Obama's health-care law. It hasn't been notably successful at either, which helps explain why the GOP's standing in the eyes of most voters has plummeted to depths not seen in three decades of modern polling. None of this was planned, of course; parties don't flirt with political suicide on purpose. But it wasn't accidental, either. Behind the GOP crack-up over the government shutdown lies a much bigger battle for control of the party.
January 21, 2013 |
ATHENS, Greece - A bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Athens on Sunday, slightly wounding two security guards and forcing the evacuation of about 200 people. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a string of violent attacks. Two warning calls were made to local media about 50 minutes before the blast, leading authorities to evacuate people from the four-story mall in the Maroussi suburb, a police official told the Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
December 17, 2012 |
TOKYO - Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, according to early returns, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with China, a key economic partner as well as rival. The victory means that the hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will get a second chance to lead the nation after a one-year stint in 2006-2007. He would be Japan's seventh prime minister in 61/2 years.
November 26, 2012
19 found slain in Mexico CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - The slain bodies of 19 people have been discovered in Mexico's northern border state of Chihuahua, officials reported Sunday, including 11 apparently long-dead men found in mass graves and eight others who were apparently tortured and killed in recent days. The state prosecutor's office for missing people said 11 male bodies were found in Ejido Jesus Carranza, near the U.S. border about 25 miles southeast of Ciudad Juarez, which is just across the border from El Paso, Texas.
November 12, 2012
They lose, and immediately the chorus begins: Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant community, religious, Catholic, family-oriented, and socially conservative (on abortion, for example). The principal reason they go Democratic is the issue of illegal immigration.
June 11, 2012 |
President Francois Hollande's Socialist Party, bolstered by leftist allies, stands positioned to take control of the lower house of parliament so he can revamp a country his partisans see as too capitalist for the French, and push to save the eurozone through growth, not austerity. The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, which has controlled the 577-seat National Assembly since 2002, will likely lose its grip on power in the final round of voting in a week. Sarkozy was defeated in the May 6 final round of the presidential race.
May 9, 2012 |
ATHENS, Greece - The smoldering debate over European austerity flared hotter Tuesday as the left-wing politician trying to form a new Greek government declared that his country was no longer bound by its pledges to impose crippling cutbacks in return for rescue loans. The comments by Alexis Tsipras flew in the face of European Union leaders' insistence on fiscal discipline and sent Greek stockst tumbling just two days after Greek voters rejected mainstream pro-austerity politicians.
September 28, 2010
U.S. pays $47,000 to shred war book WASHINGTON - The Defense Department said it paid $47,000 to destroy 9,500 copies of a former Army intelligence officer's war memoir that the Pentagon contends threatened national security. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Dave Lapan, said Monday that military officials watched last week as St. Martin's Press pulped the books to be recycled. The publisher had planned to release on Aug. 31 Anthony Shaffer's book Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan - and the Path to Victory . Shaffer's lawyer, Mark Zaid, said that the Army Reserve cleared the manuscript beforehand but that the Defense Department later rescinded the approval, contending that the text contained classified information.
February 14, 2010 |
White-haired and assured, a candidate from central casting, Attorney General Tom Corbett captured the endorsement for governor from the Republican State Committee yesterday and assumed the leadership of a party brimming with confidence for across-the-board electoral gains in Pennsylvania. But just down the hall, conservative State Rep. Sam Rohrer was holding a daylong counterconvention for his own campaign for the GOP nomination for governor, drawing 350 right-wing activists from evangelical churches, home-schooling associations, and the antitax tea party movement.
October 30, 2003 |
The leader of Britain's beleaguered Conservative Party was ousted yesterday after losing a vote of confidence called to quell rebellion among his parliamentary colleagues. Iain Duncan Smith, who became the main opposition party's leader after it lost the general election in 2001, said that he would give up his post after 90 of Parliament's 165 Conservative members failed to support him in a secret ballot. He was the party's third leader since the resignation of "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher in 1990, and the first since 1921 to face removal before facing the electorate, which means he will keep his seat in Parliament.