Elections

  • James Buchanan: Why is he considered America’s worst president?

    April 23 marks the birthday of James Buchanan, the man regarded by many historians as one of the worst—if not the worst—presidents of all time. So what did Buchanan do to earn the disrespect of so many people?

    National Constitution Center
  • Unanswered Jeopardy question: 'Who is Herman Cain?'

    How quickly they forget. A couple years ago, Republican candidate Herman Cain was leading Mitt Romney in the polls. Now, judging by the failed of these Jeopardy contestants to successfully name him in a fairly obvious question, nobody even remembers him.

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  • Chile aims to end dictatorship-era election rules

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet is determined to make Chile's democracy more representative, and for the first time in a quarter century, there may be just enough votes in Congress to achieve it.

    Associated Press
  • Italy's Berlusconi to start community service work next week

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Wednesday he would start doing community service with the elderly next week as part of a one-year tax fraud sentence. A court ruled earlier this month that Berlusconi, one of Italy's richest men, must spend four hours a week in a Catholic old…

    Reuters
  • Memo to: Republican Candidates, Answer War on Women

    Some strategists suggest (they have for years) the key for Republican candidates is to downplay social issues in favor of economic arguments. Pocketbook appeals are great, but the premise — that social issues damage Republican candidates — is shaky at best. When Pew asked women voters to rank a…

    Mona Charen
  • Angola's President Dos Santos replaces defence minister

    By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA (Reuters) - Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has replaced his defence minister with the former head of the ruling party, who will take charge of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest military budget. Dos Santos, 71, in power in Africa's second largest oil producer for…

    Reuters
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  • 20 years on, Mandela's party faces tough test in South Africa

    Twenty years after the euphoria of South Africa's first democratic elections swept liberation hero Nelson Mandela to power, the ruling party faces its toughest test at the polls next month. Rampant corruption and a failure to erase apartheid's enduring legacy of abject poverty have sown social and…

    AFP
  • Democratic governors challenge Connecticut campaign finance law

    The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying its laws on political spending are unconstitutionally broad and limit the ability of political groups to buy independent ads backing candidates. The lawsuit said the state unfairly treats independent money…

    Reuters
  • Democrats Lead in Key Southern Senate Races — But Please Don't Panic / Celebrate Just Yet

    The Wire strongly recommends that you not tie your emotional state to the fluctuations of Senate polling, but should you fail to follow that advice: Prepare to be irrationally elated, Democrats. In order to retake control of the Senate, the Republican Party needs to win six Senate seats (and hold…

    The Atlantic Wire
  • Ranking the Tough-Guy GOP Campaign Ads By Toughness

    Getting ready to film your ad for your Republican candidacy for office? OK. You'll need three things: A camera, a gun, and a tough-guy attitude.

    The Atlantic Wire
  • Elizabeth Warren memoir: 5 things we learned about liberal hero

    Liberal darling Elizabeth Warren, freshman Democratic US senator from Massachusetts, released her memoir April 22, “A Fighting Chance.” In it, Senator Warren takes us through the phases of her life: her working-class childhood in Oklahoma, her early marriage and motherhood, her career as a law…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Can cute kids defeat Mitch McConnell?

    He's down in the polls and bleeding campaign staffers, but Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin has a secret weapon in his arsenal to defeat Sen. Mitch McConnell in the upcoming GOP primary: some incredibly cute kids.

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  • Mauritanian president announces re-election bid

    Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said on Wednesday he would stand for re-election in the northwest African country's presidential polls. In a widely expected announcement, he told journalists in the capital Nouakchott that he expected the vote to go ahead as scheduled on June 21 despite a…

    AFP
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    Gov. Scott Unveils Spanish Campaign Ad & Website

    Governor Rick Scott is getting a head start with Hispanic voters with the launch of new television ads which address viewers in Spanish. The Governor has also launched a Spanish language website as he runs for re-election.

    CBS Local
  • Guinea-Bissau announces record turnout in elections

    Turnout in Guinea-Bissau's watershed presidential and parliamentary polls was just under 90 percent, the election commission announced on Wednesday, a record for the impoverished west African nation. "These elections had the highest turnout in the history of elections in Guinea-Bissau, at 89.29…

    AFP
  • Jeb Bush admits he's 'thinking about running for president'

    With a little less than two years to go before the first primary contests in the 2016 presidential election, potential candidates are still playing coy about whether they'll run. Yet former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Wednesday creeped a little closer to joining the race, reportedly saying at an…

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  • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.

    Associated Press
  • Why Narendra Modi is not a shoo-in to become India's next prime minister

    NEW DELHI, India — Foreign investors seem confident that Narendra Modi will become India's next prime minister in the elections that began April 7.

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