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    I’m supposed to be a history nerd (and I am, especially the nerdy part). But I had made an erroneous assumption that President Joe Biden’s 42% approval rating heading into the midterms was unusually bad.  In fact, it is extremely normal. (A link to the data illustrating that is below.) Looking at the last eight elections that occurred in the middle of a president’s first term, focusing on the president’s approval rating in the September before the midterm, and relying on Gallup polling numbers, only two of the eight presidents had approval ratings above 50%. And both of those cases are easily explained by the fact that the presidents (George H.W. Bush in 1990 and George W. Bush in 2002) had just taken the U.S. into a war, which was popular at the time.  They had approval ratings of 73% (the first Bush, the war in Kuwait) and 67% (the second Bush, the war in Iraq) at a comparable point approaching the middle of their first term. In the case of Bush I, his sky-high 1990 ratings did not prevent...
    MANCHESTER, NH – It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the Summer 2022 President’s List. The summer terms run from May to August. Full-time undergraduate students who have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.700 and above for the reporting term are named to the President’s List. Full-time status is achieved by earning 12 credits over each 16-week term or paired 8-week terms grouped in fall, winter/spring, and summer. Dashe Hall of Portsmouth, Alan Pierce of Lucasville, Faith Pennington of Piketon, Laura Pierce, Andrew Williams, Mckenzie Tackett all of Waverly, Tyler Thompson of Beaver, Danny Barger of Jackson, Sarah Jeffers, Hannah Frieszell, Laura Nida all of Proctorville.
    (CNN)That a sitting president, even one approaching 80, would commit to seeking another four-year term seems like a foregone conclusion today.That's true despite Democrats' likely loss of the House and maybe the Senate in the coming midterm elections.It's true despite the inflation that has Americans souring on the economy.It's true despite the toll that another election cycle will take on his family. Joe Biden's son Hunter is a frequent target of the President's political opponents.Many Democratic voters are frustrated with Biden's performance, and a surprising number -- 64% of Democratic voters in a recent New York Times / Siena College poll -- would like to see a different candidate in 2024.Read MoreBut it's not exactly like other Democrats are stepping up to challenge him so far.While it seems almost inconceivable that a president today would bow out after one term, that hasn't always been the case. I talked to Mark Updegrove, a presidential historian and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, about presidents and reelections.Our conversation, conducted by email and edited lightly, is below.Why presidents almost always run againWHAT MATTERS: Presidents...
    TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Constitutional Court has overturned parliament’s impeachment of President Ilir Meta for allegedly inciting instability and showing bias before the country’s parliamentary election last year. The court said in a ruling issued late Wednesday that the evidence against Meta did not amount to “a grave violation of the Constitution,” which is a legal threshold for discharging a sitting president. In June of last year, Albanian lawmakers voted 104-7 to impeach Meta after a parliamentary investigation concluded he had violated 16 constitutional articles and incited violence with his bias against the ruling Socialists during campaigning for the April 2021 election. Meta, whose term ends in July, had denounced the investigation and impeachment, arguing they were illegal. “ZERO SURPRISE for the president’s office! This issue should not have started!” Meta’s spokesman, Tedi Blushi, wrote on Facebook after the Constitutional Court handed down its decision. The ruling is final. The impeachment process was launched by 49 governing Socialist lawmakers who accused Meta, a former Socialist prime minister who left the party years ago, of inciting instability and violence...
    2020 Democratic National Convention/Pool via REUTERSBarack Obama was the latest president to complete two full terms in office.Joe Biden is the 45th man to serve as president of the United States. We have no idea whether he will seek or win a second term or, if he does win re-election, serve his full second term. But if you had to guess, of the 45 men (all men) who have held the job, how many of them would you say served two and exactly two full terms, then retired? (The “exactly two” is necessary to acknowledge one of the most obvious exceptions, namely Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR served three full terms and died during his fourth. Then there’s one who won two terms but resigned during the second to avoid being impeached, namely Richard Nixon. Both of those are singular cases.) If you had asked me, before I checked the list and did the counting, I would have expected that two full terms, then out, would be the overwhelming majority of the cases. But I would be not just wrong but...
    Biden administration economist Jared Bernstein told SiriusXM host Dean Obeidallah that the infrastructure bill and President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan will help fight inflation. On Friday’s edition of The Dean Obeidallah Show, the host talked with Bernstein about the inflation that has roiled consumers and become the focus of intense media attention, and what effect the president’s plans will have on it: Dean: Can you explain a little so people understand what is driving the inflation we are seeing right now?! Jared: I will the first point I want to make though is that just in the way you teed it up the President has been very clear on this point he’s calling this a “top priority” and he knows first hand how even a small increase–he’s very sensitive to family budgets this is something he talked about a lot. There is a near term and a medium-term approach to this. The near term gets to your question which is: what is behind these elevated price pressures we’re facing? Well one of the things is that when we hit the pandemic. as I...
    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A delegation of West African leaders met with junta leaders in Guinea Friday, a day after the regional bloc imposed sanctions on the military chiefs and their families over this month’s coup. Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led the delegation that met with Col. Mamady Doumbouya to discuss the decisions made by the 15-member regional bloc, known as ECOWAS. Delegation members also pushed for the release of Guinea President Alpha Conde, who was deposed in the Sept. 5 coup and has been imprisoned since. Even before the delegation arrived, demonstrators opposed to Conde gathered outside the airport to protest the involvement of ECOWAS. Many Guineans have questioned the role of ECOWAS, saying it did not put enough pressure on Conde when he changed the country’s constitution to allow himself to seek a third term in office. After a summit Thursday in Ghana’s capital, Accra, the bloc imposed travel bans and froze the financial assets of members of Guinea’s ruling junta as well as their families. They also insisted on a quick transition to...
    Prosecutors in Peru expanded an investigation this week into alleged money laundering by members of the ruling leftist Free Peru party to include party leader Vladimir Cerrón, Prime Minister Guido Bellido, and Cerrón’s brother Waldermar, the official party spokesman in Congress. Vladimir Cerrón founded the party as a Leninist outfit whose political manifesto praises the Russian Marxist leader and communist dictators like Fidel Castro. Free Peru’s candidate for the presidency this year, Pedro Castillo, won the election after two months of investigations into allegations of voter fraud. He has been president of the country for 13 days. Peru had three presidents in 2020: Martín Vizcarra, who replaced ousted President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in 2018; Manuel Merino, who replaced the ousted Vizcarra for five days before being pressured to step down; and bureaucrat Francisco Sagasti who served as a caretaker president through the June 2021 election. Prosecutor Richard Rojas signed a nearly 50-page memorandum on Friday – which Peruvian newspapers revealed on Monday – detailing the expansion of a prior investigation into money laundering at Free Peru to another 17 people...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia appointed by Donald Trump has written to the former president to seek his endorsement in a crowded Republican primary race to run for governor in next year’s election. William McSwain’s letter, dated Friday, was released Monday night by Trump even before McSwain has publicly declared his candidacy. READ MORE: Several Bucks County Homes Condemned In Wake Of Mondays Flash Floods McSwain has told Republicans in Pennsylvania that he is serious about running, and makes his intentions plain in the letter. He also makes the claim that he is uniquely positioned to beat Democrat Josh Shapiro, the state’s two-term attorney general who has said he plans to run for governor. “I will be the Republican candidate for Governor with the best chance to win the general election in November 2022,” McSwain wrote. He goes on to say that “I would be honored to have your support” and “I hope to see you soon.” READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: President Joe Biden To Speak At National Constitution Center In Philadelphia McSwain’s campaign confirmed...
    More than three months after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, President Joe Biden will soon pass a milestone: his first 100 days in office.     On Friday, April 30, administration officials, reporters, the general public and Biden himself will mark the benchmark. But many Americans and people overseas may be wondering what is so special about a president’s first 100 days.   Despite the attention to the day, nothing in U.S. law or the U.S Constitution gives any significance to a president’s first 100 days.     In fact, there is nothing inherently more important about a president’s first 100 days in office than, say, the second 100 days or any other time differentiation of a president’s four-year term, which totals 1,461 days.   However, while the 100-day mark is mostly an arbitrary milestone, it has nevertheless become an important symbolic marker when news organizations, political analysts and academics consider how a new president’s administration is doing. The first 100 days often gives an indication of a president’s management style, priorities and speed...
    Anti-government protesters cheered breakaway factions of the military Fighting has erupted in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, reportedly between sections of the security forces supporting President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and units opposed to him. Witnesses reported hearing heavy gunfire in the streets. Last week Mr Mohamed – known as Farmajo – controversially approved a two-year extension of his term in office. His mandate officially ended in February. The move was strongly criticised by the UN and the African Union. Details on Sunday’s violence were sketchy. The privately owned Morad news website tweeted that heavy gunfire had broken out in north Mogadishu. It said the fighting was between pro-government forces and military units that support the opposition. Caasimada Online, another privately owned website, said anti-government protesters were burning tyres parts of north Mogadishu were under the control of rebel soldiers. Some army units are reportedly backing opposition leaders The protesters are reportedly chanting: “We do not want a term extension. We do not want Farmajo. We do not want dictatorship.” In a post on Twitter, former Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that will grant lifetime immunity to former presidents, according to reports. Lawmakers first introduced the bill in early November, looking to expand the current presidential protections beyond the president’s term. The finalized bill was posted online Tuesday, and includes immunity for a former president’s family members, as well, The Guardian reported. The former presidents cannot be detained, arrested or subject to searches, interrogations or bodily searches. Russian Presidential candidate, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a rally of his supporters at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on February 23, 2012. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday vowed he would not allow foreign powers to interfere in Russia's internal affairs and predicted victory in an ongoing battle for its future. "We will not allow anyone interfere in our internal affairs," Putin said in a speech to more than 100,000 people packed into the stadium and its grounds at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium ahead of March 4 presidential elections. . AFP PHOTO/AFP PHOTO / YURI KADOBNOV (Photo credit should read...
    (CNN)As President Donald Trump's days in the White House are increasingly numbered, the conversation has begun to turn to one of legacy: How will history remember Trump's four years in office?The early returns, as you might guess, are deeply divided.A total of 48% in a Fox News poll released over the weekend rated Trump as somewhere between "average" and "one of the country's greatest presidents." A very similar 50% said that Trump will down in history as somewhere between "below average" and "one of the country's worst presidents."What's most interesting -- at least to me -- is the extremes, the people who say Trump is either in the pantheon of the greatest presidents or among the lowest of the low as the worst presidents. And while I am not terribly surprised that 42% of Americans think Trump will be among the worst presidents ever (strong opposition to this president has been the one constant of his time in office), I was somewhat struck by the fact that more than 1 in 5 people (22%) believe that Trump will be remembered...
    President-elect Joe Biden will make history when he takes office next year as the oldest president at the time of inauguration. The Democratic lion is now 77, but will turn 78 later this month — either of which would easily earn him the record. President Trump made a campaign issue of Biden’s advanced age, questioning whether he had the mental acuity to lead the nation. Biden, however, has not only shrugged off concerns about his age, but said that he was open to running for a potential second stint. Here’s how he stacks up to the eldest of elder statesmen, at various points in their presidencies and lives. President Donald Trump REUTERS/Carlos Barria It’s Trump who Biden is set to unseat as the oldest president at time of inauguration, ending his brief hold on the record. On Inauguration Day 2016, Trump was 70 years and 220 days old. Despite his age, Trump beat a bout with the coronavirus, known to be particularly severe on seniors. President Ronald Reagan AP Photo/Chuck Robinson, File Owing to his two terms in office, the...
    Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation that would provide Vladimir Putin lifetime immunity from prosecution if and when he leaves office, according to reports. Current laws protect the sitting president from liability for crimes committed during their terms, but a parliamentary group proposed to extend these immunities beyond the president’s term, the Moscow Times reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) “The bill secures immunity guarantees for ex-presidents beyond the terms of their presidential powers,” Senator Andrei Klishas, the group’s co-chair, was quoted when speaking to reporters. “This expands the timeframe of immunity guarantees for a president who stops exercising their powers.” ELECTION 2020: AS VOTES TALLIED UP, REST OF TEH WORLD AWAITS RESULTS The measure would, however, allow both chambers of the Russian parliament to strip presidents of immunity by a two-thirds majority within three months if accused of severe crimes, such as high...
    Voting 2020 updates: 6-hour wait for voters in South Carolina, Texas early vote count surges past 2016 numbers 6 ways small businesses can boost holiday sales in 2020 amid the pandemic I Can't Believe This Social Security Bonus Was So Easy Ad Microsoft Americans Are Obsessed With New Blanket That Puts You To Sleep In Minutes Ad Microsoft 23 New Gadgets That Will Sell Out Before the Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © Hulton Archive / Getty Images Of the 44 men who have become president of the United States, 22 can trace some of their ancestry to Ireland. Irish heritage is strong in the country and is among the top three ancestries in more than half of U.S. states, according to the Census....
    By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN (CNN) — Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden on Wednesday warned that reelecting President Donald Trump would be “very bad for America” while endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president. “I’ve watched it very closely and now I’m afraid. I don’t think the President does things well at all. I’m very sad about that. I think he can’t do another term. It would be very, very bad for America,” Hayden, who served the three previous administrations, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Wednesday. “In intelligence, things are hard. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong. But we’re doing things to do something about it. But Trump doesn’t do that. For example, talking to the Russians, he doesn’t do the things Presidents should actually do,” he added. (Photo Credit: CNN) The retired four-star U.S. Air Force general, who is a Pittsburgh native and Duquesne University graduate, argued that a second term of Trump would be detrimental to the U.S. intelligence community and damage America’s alliances around the world. “If it’s a second term, I think we will...
    To many, these historic times that America finds herself in now may seem as if they are our nation’s darkest hour. But we have indeed weathered worse. The Civil War comes to mind immediately. One author has recently finished his novel on Abraham Lincoln, and the Lincolnian message of unity is badly needed in our nation’s mores at this very moment. John Cribb’s forthcoming work, "Old Abe: A Novel," lets the reader be center stage in the life of one of America’s most prominent presidents through the last five years of his life during the Civil War. Cribb’s purpose in writing the novel is to “bring Lincoln to life instead of a rigid figure that we see on our money, and nonfiction books lack that ability.” When asked about how Lincoln would have responded to the rioters who have been defacing and tearing down statues across America, Cribb responded: “We have a good indication of how Lincoln would have felt. Lincoln gave a speech that he gave to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois, a civics club at the...
    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Opposition and civil society groups demonstrated Thursday in Ivory Coast’s city of Abidjan against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in October elections. Main access roads to the West African nation’s economic capital were blocked. In some neighborhoods, tires were burned and clashes broke out between police and demonstrators, with police using tear gas. The demonstrations began in the country’s interior earlier this week and have spread, though many have been dispersed by police and gendarmerie. They follow Ouattara’s announcement last week that he will seek a third term. The ruling party nominated him as its candidate after its previous nominee, Prime Minister Amadou Coulibaly, died in July from a heart attack. Ouattara had promised in March not to run again. However, he said the death of the prime minister left a void “in the team that I had put in place.” He has argued that with changes made to the constitution in 2016, his previous terms do not count toward a two-term limit. Opposition political parties...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Gallup poll puts President Donald Trump's approval rating at 38%. His disapproval rating stands at 57%. The average poll similarly shows Trump's approval rating hovering around 40%, while his disapproval rating is above 55%. What's the point: Trump's approval rating isn't getting any better. In the polls, he is continuing to lose to former Vice President Joe Biden by double-digits. Trump could win a second term, but there is no clear path to doing so. If Trump does go on to lose in November, he doesn't just need to worry about losing to Biden. Trumps needs to worry about the fact that the history books are probably going to put him down as a below average president, if not one of the worst. While I have my problems with historical rankings of presidents as an exercise (e.g. the graders tend to be far more liberal than the population at large), they are a good guide into understanding how history remembers presidents. The presidents viewed at the top of the lists (George Washington and Abraham...
    Donald Trump’s disapproval on his handling of the coronavirus has reached a new high, and it could have dire implications for his re-election chances. A new ABC News/Ipsos poll released on Friday showed that 67 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Trump has handled the coronavirus crisis, a significant reversal from March when 55 percent of Americans approved of how he was responding. The slide comes as the United States has reached all-time highs in the number of new cases, with much of the surge concentrated in states with Republican governors who followed Trump’s lead in calling for the economy to re-open at a time when public health experts said it was not yet safe to do so. As McClatchy noted, the dip in coronavirus approval also aligns with Trump’s overall approval ratings, which have also gone down during the coronavirus crisis and amid a growing national movement in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. The report noted that an aggregate of polls from FiveThirtyEight showed that roughly 56 percent of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance, with 40...
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