• The case for letting children vote

    If for whatever reason James Madison had thought to stick a 15-year-old minimum voting age into the Bill of Rights, I think it's pretty clear that nobody would be sitting around in 2015 agitating to bump it up to 18. Denial of voting rights to children isn't top on the list of global injustices,…

  • Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial': ICC

    Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity trial next year, the International Criminal Court said Friday. Three ICC-appointed experts "underlined a vast improvement in Mr Gbagbo's state of health and observes…

  • Republican Trump drops 12 percentage points in poll: Reuters/Ipsos

    By Alana Wise WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, marking the real estate mogul's biggest decline since he vaulted to the top of the field in July, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Trump was the…

  • Campaign promises matter

    Hillary Clinton has made a lot of promises on the campaign trail: A $12-per-hour minimum wage. The research suggests she would — despite the common criticism that politicians will say anything to get elected and then change their minds, most presidents try to keep the promises they made on the…

  • Lebanon PM urges presidential vote after new push to find candidate

    Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam made a new appeal on Friday for the country to choose a president after an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad this week emerged as a strong candidate. The post has been vacant for 18 months, contributing to a political deadlock that has paralyzed state…

  • 2016 Democrats React To Planned Parenthood Shooting

    Democratic presidential hopefuls reacted to the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood on Friday by reinforcing their support of the nonprofit organization.Today and every day, we #StandWithPP. https://t.co/oifqTQLx1X?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 27, 2015…

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  • Burkina Faso to choose first new leader in three decades

    By Nadoun Coulibaly and Joe Penney OUGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Burkina Faso votes in its first free election in three decades this weekend, choosing a replacement for long-time leader Blaise Compaore, who was ousted a year ago in a military-backed popular uprising in the landlocked West African nation.…

  • Gold-Hoarding CEO Wants to Be Governor

    The chairman of Overstock.com is running for governor and wants voters to get to know him as a candidate. But a spate of lawsuits have haunted his time at the company.

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  • The real-life election of 1800 was even wilder than Hamilton the musical lets on

    As Miranda tells the story, the main candidates are Thomas Jefferson and "Aaron Burr, with his own faction." Jefferson and Burr end up in a tie, "the delegates" have to choose the winner, and, at Hamilton’s urging, they end up backing Jefferson over Burr. Related A hip-hop musical about Alexander…

  • British minister resigns amid bullying allegations

    A British government minister resigned on Saturday over allegations that bullying by a party activist he appointed was a key factor in the suicide of another young activist. Grant Shapps, international development minister and a former Conservative party chairman, had in 2014 appointed Mark Clarke…

  • Suicide bomber targets Afghan election official in Kabul

    A senior member of Afghanistan's election commission survived an assassination attempt Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in Kabul, killing one of his employees and wounding two others, officials said. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack on Awal Rehman Rodwal,…

  • Britain's Labour Party battles for soul and identity

    By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - In the 1970s, a trio of socialists joined a battle to steer Britain's Labour Party to the left. Almost 40 years on, the same three men, led by new party chief Jeremy Corbyn, are closer than ever to their goal of pushing the opposition party to the hard left.…

  • Five key facts about Burkina Faso

    Ouagadougou (AFP) - Five key facts about Burkina Faso, one of the world's poorest countries of 17.6 million people, which holds presidential and legislative elections on Sunday:

  • Venezuela lashes U.S., opposition amid blame over activist's slaying

    By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government on Friday blasted the United States for linking an activist's murder to upcoming legislative elections and said it would sue an opposition leader who blamed the ruling Socialist Party. The killing of Luis Diaz, a leader of opposition…

  • Supreme Court justice blocks Native Hawaiian vote count

    HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a significant step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance.

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  • In Haiti, No. 2 presidential candidate undecided on runoff

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Campaign season for the final round of Haiti's elections has gotten started, but the second-place finisher in the presidential vote said Friday he hasn't decided whether he will participate in a runoff or continue to press for a recount.

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  • Suu Kyi lays down law on party discipline to new Myanmar MPs

    Aung San Suu Kyi has warned newly minted MPs she will not tolerate poor discipline or wrongdoing, party members said Saturday, as Myanmar's democracy champion began marshalling her opposition for government amid sky-high expectations. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took nearly 80…

  • Dee Snider Approves of Donald Trump Using 'We're Not Gonna Take It' at Campaign Events

    Twisted Sister’s 'We’re Not Gonna Take It' is among the songs Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been playing on the campaign trail, and Dee Snider is fine with that.