• Spain's Rajoy stays away as candidates hold election debate

    Three of the candidates vying to become Spain's next prime minister clashed over the economy, corruption and Catalan independence in an election debate on Monday but a fourth, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, stayed away. Rajoy, whose People's Party holds a narrow lead in polls for the Dec. 20…

  • Cruz Calls Planned Parenthood Suspect 'Transgendered Leftist Activist'

    NEWTON, Iowa -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) downplayed the role anti-abortion rhetoric may have played in the fatal shooting of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado and suggested the suspect was a “transgendered leftist activist" at a campaign stop in Iowa on Sunday.Speaking with…

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America

    Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri won Argentina's presidency last week, marking an end to the left-leaning and often-combative era of President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated the country's political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

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  • The loophole that unleashed an unprecedented flood of money into Illinois politics

    The New York Times's Nick Confessore has a fascinating feature piece on Illinois's recently elected Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, and the unprecedented level of political spending by a small number of allies that not only got him elected but continue to finance his agenda to remake the state's…

  • Saying Anything, Election 2016-style

    Cross-posted with TomDispatch.comHere is what's grimly fascinating in this year's dystopian carnival of a Republican presidential primary. When it comes to what can be said in America, all bets are off. These days, the concept of "beyond the pale" couldn't look more wan. All of a sudden, there's…

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  • The Cowardice of the Republican Candidates

    Give Donald Trump this: He has taught Americans something about the candidates he’s running against. He has exposed many of them as political cowards.

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    Donald Trump on the Defensive

    Republican presidential candidate still saying there were thousands cheering on 9/11 in New Jersey, plus the new poll showing Ted Cruz on Trump's heels.

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  • Making a difference through prayer

    For the young Guatemalan activists who peacefully protested for more honest and transparent government, their efforts propelled the country’s president into resigning and bringing about governmental reforms that could “inspire an entire continent” (see “Fearless Guatemala's lessons for Latin…

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  • High court's election-year lineup rich in high-profile cases

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's lineup of new cases is fit for an election year.

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  • Burkina Faso to announce provisional election results

    Burkina Faso should announce provisional results on Monday from an election to choose the West African country's first new leader in decades, the head of the electoral commission said. Sunday's peaceful election comes after longtime leader Blaise Compaore was toppled in a popular uprising in…

  • Ben Carson Sends Voters 'Very Special, Very Personal Portrait'

    Most candidates neglect Washington, D.C., when sending out mailers for the Republican presidential primary. So one of the joys of going out of town is seeing what they send unsolicited to people like an 84-year-old retired doctor in Houston, Texas. And what 2016 candidate Ben Carson sends, as I…

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  • Democratic equality: Saudi female candidates begin first election campaign

    Saudi women running for public office next month for the first time ever begin campaigning Sunday in another step forward for women’s rights in the conservative kingdom’s slow democratic process. The election will be the third municipal ballot for men, who previously voted in 2005 and 2011. The…

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  • Will Medical Marijuana Ever Be Covered By Medicare?

    Could one of the most important entitlement programs for seniors ever cover a medical marijuana prescription? Here's what would need to happen.

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  • Haiti opposition says transitional gov't may be needed

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight candidates in last month's disputed presidential vote are demanding changes in Haiti's electoral council and national police department. And if that doesn't happen by next month, they are calling for a transitional government to oversee new general elections.

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    Bill Kristol: 'I'm pro-Carson and anti-Trump'

    The powerhouse roundtable debates the week in politics.

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  • Myanmar's top leaders to hold talks with Suu Kyi

    Myanmar's top leaders will hold talks this week with opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the first since her party's landmark election success, officials said Monday. Uncertainty surrounds the handover of power after Suu Kyi's opposition National League for Democracy swept nearly 80 percent of seats…

  • Spain's Ciudadanos overtakes Socialists ahead of debate

    Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) held on to its lead in an opinion poll three weeks before a national election but new party Ciudadanos overtook the Socialists (PSOE) to move into second place. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has declined to participate in the debate, however, leaving the stage to…