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  • UK opposition leader kicks off election campaign

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's opposition leader launched the Labour Party's campaign for the May 7 election on Friday, bringing supporters to the top of a tower with a commanding view to offer a vision for the future.

    Associated Press
  • Man kills self in Colorado after eating pot candies: coroner

    By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A 22-year-old Oklahoma man committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at a Colorado ski resort after witnesses said he ate "a large amount" of marijuana-infused edibles, the local coroner said on Thursday. Luke Gregory Goodman died from a self-inflicted…

    Reuters
  • Why Harry Reid’s Retirement Will Hurt Democrats In Nevada

    Sen. Harry Reid’s announcement Friday that he won’t seek re-election wasn’t a total surprise. Reid is 75 and recently suffered a severe eye injury, and his Democrats lost their majority in the Senate last year, reducing his role to minority leader. But will Reid’s decision make it harder for…

    FiveThirtyEight
  • Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Bid and more...

    What's News: Ted Cruz announces 2016 presidential bid. The Euro falls 22% against the dollar in less than a year. Starbuck halts initiative to stimulate discussion of race. Photo: Getty Images.

    MarketWatch
  • Nigeria claims key Boko Haram success on eve of polling

    Nigeria on Friday announced the recapture of Boko Haram's headquarters, on the eve of a knife-edge vote at which President Goodluck Jonathan is eyeing re-election against a stiff opposition challenge. The military hailed the claimed victory in Gwoza as a crushing defeat for the rebels, whose…

    AFP
  • Largest Teachers Union Already Involved In 2016 Presidential Race

    The National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, has already jumped into the 2016 presidential race, even though only one major candidate has announced a campaign. NEA president Lily Eskelsen García told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that the union and its 3 million…

    Huffington Post
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    Jimmy Fallon Impersonates Mitt Romney to Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney was on "The Tonight Show" where Jimmy Fallon played his reflection in a segment called "Mitt in the Mirror". The bit started with Jimmy reassuring Mitt of his choice not to run for president in 2016 saying, "You get to sit back, relax, golf all the time." To which Mitt took a dig at…

    TV In No Time
  • Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term

    The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he expected a referendum on a change to the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term at the helm of the oil-producing nation. Sassou Nguesso has ruled the central African country for most of the last…

    Reuters
  • Rand Paul Reverses Stance on Defense Spending by Trying to Increase It

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul revealed a new stance on defense spending when he introduced an amendment to the budget that would increase defense spending by $190 billion over the next two years. It is irresponsible and dangerous to continue to put America further into debt,” Paul said on the Senate floor.

    ABC News
  • UK prime minister, opposition leader in live TV interviews

    LONDON (AP) — It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.

    Associated Press
  • Australia's NSW state election set to greenlight blockbuster energy sell-off

    By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Australian state of New South Wales is expected to re-elect its conservative government on Saturday, endorsing the country's largest ever privatization, the partial sale of a state-owned electricity network worth around A$17 billion ($13 billion). Electricity…

    Reuters
  • Harry Reid Will Not Run for Re-Election

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in 2016. Photo: YouTube/Nevada Senator Harry Reid

    MarketWatch
  • Presidential Politics And Climate Change: How Will Voters Assess Candidates?

    If Senator Ted Cruz doesn’t take climate change seriously, should the American electorate give his 2016 presidential bid any credence? Whereas the history among those who doubt the science had, generally, been flat-out denial, the trend now is to say that they lack the science background to make…

    Forbes
  • US diplomat for Africa will observe Nigeria elections

    The top US diplomat for Africa will travel to Nigeria to observe presidential elections, the State Department said Thursday, an unusual move for Washington that is closely monitoring the country's Islamist crisis. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will lead an…

    AFP
  • Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote as elections loom

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.

    Associated Press
  • How 'marijuana refugees' brought legal cannabis to Georgia

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday said he would sign into law a bill that would make the Peach State the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, continuing the rapid expansion of cannabis into the Deep South and underscoring a dramatic shift in pot politics for social conservatives in the US.…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 2016 GOP 'Horse Race' Poised to Be Long, Expensive

    With more likely candidates, more delegates up for grabs and more super PAC spending, the 2016 GOP Republican Presidential primary may become one of the longest and most expensive yet.

    MarketWatch
  • Cameron, Miliband open election campaign with TV grilling

    Prime Minister David Cameron and his main election rival Ed Miliband faced a prime time television grilling, kicking off a tight race for the May 7 election. A snap Guardian/ICM poll of viewers showed 54 percent believed Cameron of the centre-right Conservatives put in the strongest performance,…

    AFP
  • The political kingmaker nobody knows

    The founder of 5-hour Energy has become one of the biggest donors to state politics as his product comes under scrutiny.

    Center for Public Integrity