Elections

  • Obasanjo writes to Nigeria's Buhari, indicates availability

    Former Nigerian head of state Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday reached out to president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, in a possible sign that he is prepared to help the country's leader-in-waiting. "I am sure there are men and women of goodwill, character and virtue... that you can mobilise to join hands…

    AFP45 mins ago
  • Moody's predicts soft TV ad spending, but 2016 to set records

    Broadcast TV outlets have been bracing for a difficult year in advertising, with ad revenues expected to fall by 6% to 9% compared to last year, according to a forecast by Moody's Investor Service.

    Los Angeles Times
  • A safety campaign blames pedestrians for getting hit by cars. This response is perfect.

    StreetSmart, a Washington, DC-area public safety campaign, has been running an ad that lots of people find objectionable:

    Vox.com
  • Nigerians Await Final Results Of Tense Election

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- The second day of vote counting in Nigeria's bitterly contested presidential vote started late on Tuesday and electoral officials hope to announce later in the day who will govern Africa's richest and biggest nation.Early returns from half the states have President Goodluck…

    Huffington Post
  • Circus Time

    Who are all these people running for president? I don't mean Ted Cruz, who everyone around the digital water fountain has long expected to run. And Bush is a very familiar name. But when my name is called and I put down the magazine with all the contenders named at the front, I have already…

    Susan Estrich
  • Warren says she is not running for president

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday tried to quell speculation that she would challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. "I ...

    MarketWatch
  • Obama urges DRCongo's Kabila to respect constitution

    As Congolese President Joseph Kabila appears to toy with extending his 14-year rule, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged him to respect the Democratic Republic of Congo's constitution. "The president emphasized the importance of timely, credible, and peaceful elections that respect the DRC's…

    AFP
  • The Real GOP Front-Runner Is 'Undecided'

    The real front-runner for the 2016 Republican New Hampshire primary has a surprising name: Undecided. That’s the key finding in a Suffolk University poll of 500 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire. The poll reports 24 percent undecided, but a closer look reveals that 55 percent were…

    Huffington Post
  • Rubio to announce next campaign on April 13

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing in on an expected announcement that he will run for president, Sen. Marco Rubio said Monday that he is planning a political event in two weeks in Miami to announce his 2016 plans.

    Associated Press
  • Fortune runs out for Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan

    Goodluck Jonathan's rise to the top of the pile in Nigeria's ruthless political world has been described as accidental -- a matter of good luck. The 57-year-old southern Christian -- the first head of state from the oil-producing Niger Delta -- was thrust into the presidency in 2010 following the…

    AFP
  • As Britain gears up for election, a lot more players on the stage

    Britain's general elections used to be straightforward: a predominantly two-horse race between Labour or Conservative governments, left vs. right, red against blue. But as electioneering gets under way for May 7 polls, it's clear the vote has implications for British politics that extend well…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law.

    Associated Press
  • Rapper-backed group illustrates blind spot in political transparency

    Fugees founder Pras Michel and an obscure company are behind one of the most unique super PACs.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Malian ex-leader questioned in Sarkozy Libya funding probe

    Exiled former Malian leader Amadou Toumani Toure has given evidence in a probe into alleged Libyan funding for Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 French presidential election campaign, an aide said Tuesday. He was "asked what he knows of Libyan financing" allegedly provided to Sarkozy by former dictator Moamer…

    AFP
  • Republican U.S. presidential contenders back Indiana law, say defends faith

    By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Possible contenders for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination are speaking out in support of Indiana's new 'religious freedom' law, addressing controversy over the legislation with conservative views of faith and liberty. "This is simply allowing people…

    Reuters
  • Why Losing A Presidential Campaign Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Thing

    Sometimes it pays to be a loser in a presidential campaign -- at least that’s what this week’s Trail to the Chief contends. Usually when White House candidates admit defeat and drop out of the primary race, they begin the seemingly humiliating process of campaigning for those still in the running.…

    Huffington Post
  • Violence wanes in Chicago, but fear looms over mayor's race

    CHICAGO (AP) — A few years ago, violence on Chicago streets thrust a recently elected mayor into the national spotlight as shootouts in some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods fueled nearly constant bloodshed.

    Associated Press
  • UK economy grew faster than expected in late 2014: revised data

    Britain's economy grew faster than expected in the final quarter of last year, revised official data revealed Tuesday. At 2.8 percent, Britain still grew at the fastest pace since 2006, or before the global financial crisis. "This is the fastest annual growth since 2006, and confirms the UK as the…

    AFP
  • Vox Sentences: A Nigerian president lost reelection for the first time ever

    Nigerian president-elect Mohammadu Buhari raises his fist after registering to vote on March 28, 2015.

    Vox.com