• Old Duvalier party plans to run in Haiti election

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The old political party founded under the Duvalier dictatorship says it plans to enter candidates in Haitian elections that are supposed to be held by year's end, a party member said Thursday.

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  • South Africa's ombudsman listed on Time's top 100

    Time magazine named South Africa's hard-hitting ombudsman as one of the world's 100 most influential people Thursday, providing high-profile recognition of her work investigating President Jacob Zuma as he fights for re-election. Thuli Madonsela in March found that some of the $23 million of…

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  • Jeopardy contestants fail to remember Herman Cain

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

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  • [video] Jerry Seib: Embattled Democrats See Signs for Hope

    Democrats face an uphill battle to retain control of the Senate, but recent statistics show that Democrats may not be in such a dire situation.

  • Panama presidential candidates battle for top spot in final polls

    Panamanians can expect a tight finish when they go to the polls to elect their next president, according to two polls published on Thursday, the last allowed before next week's vote. The winner of the race will inherit a strong but slowing growth rate in the Central American country and will…

  • 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.

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  • Jeb Bush: Thinking of running in 2016

    Jeb Bush said he is thinking about running for president in 2016.

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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Two Potential 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates Face Re-Election Hurdles

    Absent the stratospheric job approval ratings of George W. Bush in 1998 and Hillary Clinton in 2006, Kasich and Walker are more likely to face a similar scenario to Bill Clinton in 1990. They will have to go full-throttle to win re-election and maintain their political viability.

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  • In the Obamacare Closet

    The only way to gauge the success of the law is by the Dems who outwardly support it and the Republicans who stop publicly attacking it.

    The Daily Beast
  • Kashmiris stage protests during Indian elections

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons Thursday to disperse scores of Kashmiri demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region.

    Associated Press
  • Why Would Paul Ryan Think About Race?

    Ryan's comments last month reflect a political climate where Republicans not only do not meaningfully speak to African American citizens, but they tell themselves and their supporters stories about politics and economics that will ensure that they do not have to speak to African American voters in…

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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…

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