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    Conservative leadership candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss during Britain's Next Prime Minister: The ITV Debate at Riverside Studios on July 17, 2022 in London, England.Handout | Getty Images News | Getty Images The battle to become Britain's next prime minister heated up over the weekend, as the five candidates vying to become Conservative Party leader looked more like enemies than colleagues in a televised debate on Sunday. On matters ranging from taxes to trans rights, those looking to replace Boris Johnson clashed at various points during the leadership debate. In a somewhat bizarre spectacle. the contenders — several of whom were ministerial colleagues just weeks ago — openly questioned each others' record in office, ideological perspectives and past and proposed policies. In particular, former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and former Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, both of whom served in Johnson's government and are the political heavyweights left in the race, set an argumentative tone for the debate from the start. Truss accused Sunak of raising taxes to their highest level in 70 years and argued that this policy is "not going...
    A snap YouGov poll conducted Tuesday found that 69% of Britons surveyed want Johnson to resign. The poll of 3,009 adults found that only 18% want him to stay on.Wpa Pool | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership is hanging by a thread after the resignations of two of his most high-profile ministers and several other top officials and ministerial aides in the last 24 hours. British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak resigned Tuesday evening, saying the government should be run "properly, competently and seriously." Health Secretary Sajid Javid, likewise, resigned in protest against Johnson's leadership, which has been beset by controversy and scandal in recent months. As a number of senior Tories called for Johnson to quit, the government's former Brexit negotiator David Frost also joined the fray, calling on the prime minister to step down without delay. In a newspaper column Wednesday, Frost echoed other critics of Johnson by stating emphatically that "it is time for him to go," adding that "if he hangs on, he risks taking the party and...
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was a “disaster and betrayal” hampered by a lack of leadership from senior politicians and civil servants, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said in a report released Tuesday. The committee criticized the Foreign Office for the “total absence” of a plan for evacuating Afghans who supported the U.K. mission despite knowing for 18 months that such an evacuation might be necessary. This was compounded by the fact that there seemed to be no clear lines of leadership among political leaders, with decisions made on the basis of “untraceable and unaccountable political interventions,” the committee said in its report. “The fact that the Foreign Office’s senior leaders were on holiday when Kabul fell marks a fundamental lack of seriousness, grip or leadership at a time of national emergency,” the committee said. The report was based on an eight-month inquiry during which the committee heard testimony from 20 witnesses and reviewed written evidence from 36 organizations. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written...
    Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a government ethics watchdog, is suing the Department of Education in an effort to discover the level of influence teachers’ unions and other special interest groups had on keeping schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic. PPT has filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in an attempt to see who department leadership is talking to and who might be influencing policy. The lawsuit, however, comes as the Education Department (ED) has failed to respond to such requests. Describing the department as “truant in disclosing special interests influencing its leadership” in a press release, PPT cites reports that “teachers’ unions had unprecedented input in the development of school closure/reopening guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control.” “These same unions are active participants in political and advocacy campaigns,” the release continued. “Members of Department leadership include former employees of these unions as well as other powerful special interest groups that have been active in attempts to influence ED policy.” As Breitbart News reported, “The Biden administration tightened its masking guidance after one of the country’s most powerful teachers’...
    BOSTON (CBS) – In the 1990s and early 2000s she was the rising star of Boston’s Black leadership, destined, some thought, to become the city’s first Black mayor. She was the first Black woman to be a partner in a major Boston law firm, winning election to the state senate in 1992. Then came Dianne Wilkerson’s downfall, a slow-motion collapse over more than a decade encompassing a conviction for failing to file income taxes, several campaign finance violations, and the climax, an indictment and guilty plea to multiple bribery charges. After serving time in prison, Wilkerson has in recent years resumed her civic and political activism. And with just days to go until the filing deadline, she has pulled nomination papers to regain her old senate seat, left open by the gubernatorial bid of Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz. But if she can gather the signatures in time, Wilkerson will find multiple qualified challengers who’ve been running for months. “I have a lot of respect for much of what she’s done in the community,” says State Rep. Liz Miranda. “I believe that...
    "I've had it with this guy." That was House minority leader Kevin McCarthy's declaration to Republican leaders in the days immediately following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection when he told them he would push Donald Trump to resign. That tune soon changed, according to a new book by New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin. The book, which was excerpted Thursday by the Times, details how McCarthy and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell privately were much closer to pushing for the president's resignation than previously known. It also illustrates the vast difference between what they said behind closed doors and what they parsed in public. "The leaders’ swift retreat in January 2021 represented a capitulation at a moment of extraordinary political weakness for Mr. Trump — perhaps the last and best chance for mainstream Republicans to reclaim control of their party from a leader who had stoked an insurrection against American democracy itself," they write. The political calculations they made once the smoke cleared from the Capitol could not be more clear than in a comment made by...
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — On the eve of their new president’s inauguration, Hondurans worried that a legislative crisis threatened to derail the government they’ve placed so much hope in before it even begins. President-elect Xiomara Castro, Honduras’ first female leader, is scheduled to be sworn in at midday Thursday, ending a dozen years of governments that oversaw expanding poverty and outward migration while being accused of corruption and ties to drug traffickers Pressure has been growing to find a way out of a political impasse that resulted in two rival congressional leadership teams. Seventy-two-year-old José Ricardo Garay traveled to the capital from his home in northwestern Honduras to witness his first inauguration, saying he was eager to see the exit of President Juan Orlando Hernández. “That man bothers me,” he said as he ate a tortilla filled with beans in front of the Congress on Wednesday. Garay was also unsettled by the divided Congress — the two leadership teams held simultaneous but separate sessions Tuesday — and echoed Castro that the split “was a betrayal.” Several newly elected lawmakers...
    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with pupils in a maths class as he makes a constituency visit to Oakwood School on January 10, 2022 in Uxbridge, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's position is looking increasingly vulnerable as more reports emerge of parties and gatherings in Downing Street during periods of Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Kier Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, accused Johnson of breaking Covid laws amid numerous allegations of parties and gatherings that were held by government staff, with some attended by Johnson, during lockdown. In the last few days more reports of parties have emerged, with Downing Street apologizing to Queen Elizabeth after it has emerged that two parties took place on the eve of Prince Phillip's funeral in April 2021, in which it's alleged that a staff member was sent out to buy a "suitcase of wine." Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, Starmer said Johnson had "lied" about what he called "industrial scale partying" in Downing Street. "The facts speak for...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case, a person involved in the talks said Sunday. The deal, which could be signed as early as this week, could usher Netanyahu off the Israeli political stage for years, paving the way for a leadership race in his Likud party and shaking up Israel’s political map. Any deal would also absolve Netanyahu of an embarrassing and protracted trial that has gripped the nation and risks tarnishing his legacy. A spokesman for Netanyahu declined to comment. Netanyahu is on trial for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three separate cases. The former premier, now opposition leader, denies wrongdoing. The person involved in the negotiations said the plea deal would drop the bribery and fraud charges and scrap one case entirely. The person asked for anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the details of the talks. He said a plea deal would likely be announced in the coming days. The person said a number of elements remained unresolved,...
    Tucker Carlson tore into House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Tuesday night over his apparent unwillingness to “punish” Twitter after the social media giant permanently suspended the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Carlson began his interview with Greene by noting that he does not want to pull her into any kind of “feud” with Republican leadership but argued that Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump and Greene requires a stronger response from GOP leadership. “Here is what I don’t understand and I’m trying to channel the frustration, I think, of a lot of people,” Carlson began, adding: “But, Kevin McCarthy, California, super nice guy, he expects to be the speaker, and he will be, because Republicans are about to take control. Not because of what he did, but because of Biden’s screw ups, okay. He is about to be really powerful. He issued a statement, when he gets into power we will do something about section 230. “I am confused, why wouldn’t a guy who think he should be speaker of the house be...
    J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis and Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio, told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday that the basic desire to live in a community safely and securely, while being able to provide for your family, is under assault by corporate and political leadership. “The basic desire to live in a community in safety and security, to be able to provide for your family, these things are all under assault,” Vance said. “I really believe a combination of corporate leadership — [they] decided they can plunder this country, get rich off of it, even if they ship its wealth off to China — and by political leadership that has no willpower or no desire to push back.” While he is running for the Senate and has never run for office before, Vance explained that the “craziest thing” to him is that members will complain about their $175,000 salary but will end up spending years of their life in D.C. and end up worth millions of dollars. “You know, not like, like, absolutely...
    Imagine being a leader exiled to an island with only one other person. Now imagine that instead of shrinking under the wound of political isolation, you become stronger. Courage somehow thrives in this seclusion. Truth, honor and integrity build the foundation of a lighthouse that becomes a beacon of leadership. The love of country is the shining light inviting others to this island. This is the kind of leadership that is good, true, and very sorely needed. This kind of leadership can begin a relationship based on trust. The political exile I am referencing is none other than the sole U.S. representative from Wyoming, Rep. Liz Cheney. She is an example to me of everything that is right in government. When all that people can see in Washington is gloom, Cheney’s leadership is a lighthouse. Cheney is one of a handful of elected officials who has chosen her country — our country — over her party. She has been willing to risk her own life, the life of her family, and her political career to uphold the oath to the...
    London (CNN)Has Boris Johnson lost his touch? That's the question the United Kingdom was asking itself on Friday morning, after the governing Conservative party lost a parliamentary seat in a by-election that it had held for nearly 200 years. The North Shropshire seat flipped from a 23,000 Conservative majority to a 6,000 Liberal Democrat win. In private, Johnson's lawmakers are talking seriously about how long he can carry on as UK Prime Minister. They are worried this result shows voters are catching onto the idea of tactical voting and that Johnson's ability to lock down Brexit voters might have waned. The loss comes in the same week that Johnson's own MPs openly defied him by voting against new Covid measures in parliament. Some 99 Conservatives defied the PM. The election in North Shropshire, in central England, only took place because of a catastrophic own goal by the Prime Minister. Last month, Johnson whipped Conservative Members of Parliament to vote on an amendment that would overturn the 30-day suspension of their colleague Owen Paterson. Boris Johnson was criticized for failing...
    (CNN)Actor Matthew McConaughey announced Sunday in a video message on Twitter that a future in political leadership is not in the cards -- right now. After acknowledging that he had taken time exploring politics and considered a run for the governor of Texas, McConaughey said he's decided to focus his efforts in the private sector."As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It is a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I'm choosing not to take at this moment," he said.He also noted that he has been studying Texas politics and American politics. "What have I learned? A lot. That we have some problems we need to fix. That our politics needs new purpose. That we have divides that need healing," he said. Read MoreMcConaughey also said that he is going to continue to support entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that he "believes are leaders.""Establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in...
    11/26/21 – Republican Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Jesse Sullivan told "America's Newsroom" Friday that Chicago had become a "war zone" that reminded him of his time advising the military in Afghanistan, condemning political leaders who he said have prioritized criminals. JESSE SULLIVAN: CHICAGO'S OUT-OF-CONTROL CRIME CRISIS IS A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP JESSE SULLIVAN: Blood on the streets of Chicago every single day. Look, I've lived and worked in some of the most dangerous corrupt violent cities across the world. From Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Helmand, Afghanistan, and it pains me that this home that I love so much, Illinois, and this great city of Chicago, it's now become a corrupt war zone. Why? Because our political leaders have failed us. They want to separate this out into blue lives vs black lives. It's not only wrong-headed, it's dangerous, because the truth is 95% of all of those violent deaths that have happened, the victims are of minority communities, our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. I listen to those gunshots happen on the streets of Chicago and it brought me right back...
    Former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will seek the leadership of the once-powerful Socialist party founded by his father, the late politician Andreas Papandreou, in an effort to revive its popularity that plummeted during a recent financial crisis. “I have decided to run for the leadership of the movement and I will contribute with all my strength to make it strong again,” Papandreou, 69, said late Wednesday in a message recorded for television. “The citizens and the country need a new change and the democratic movement must grow again.” Papandreou served as prime minister for just over two years in 2009-2011, stepping down after proposing a referendum on the terms of an international bailout. Creditors shot down the idea, and Papandreou quit to make way for a caretaker government and new elections. His father founded the Pan-Hellenic Socialist Movement, Pasok, which was a dominant force in Greek politics for three decades but sank to fourth and later third place in parliament during successive bailouts that ended in 2018. Papandreou’s father Andreas and grandfather George also served as prime...
    Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller will face court martial on October 14  Marine top brass claimed in the charges against Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller that he was trying to 'incite a revolution' by repeatedly criticizing the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal and calling for a change in military leadership, leaked documents have revealed. Scheller will face a court martial next week on six violations - contempt towards officials, disrespect toward the superior commissioned officers, willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, dereliction in the performance of duties, failure to obey order or regulation, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.  He was released from the brig at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina earlier this week after winning a landslide of public support.  The trouble for him began on August 26, when he posted a video criticizing the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal that left 13 servicemembers dead and countless Afghans stranded in Kabul to face the Taliban.  'I feel like I have a lot to lose... if I post this video, what might happen to me especially if the video picks up traction. But I think what you believe...
    In the back and forth, Sanders' office asked that the draft statement be edited to include criticism of Sinema's stance on the Biden agenda. According to the leaked emails, Mike Casca, the Vermont lawmaker's communications director, told fellow Democrats to insert in the preface, "While we hope Senator Sinema will change her position on prescription drug reform and support a major [budget] reconciliation bill, ..." — but Booker would not allow it. Casca then told the drafters that "Sanders will not be signing" and asked that they "cut 'Senate Democratic Leadership Team'" from the statement's headline. Axois posted copies of the email exchange on its website and social media. Scoop: Bernie Sanders withheld support for a joint statement condemning last weekend's protests against Kyrsten Sin… https://t.co/50kfB84II2 — Alayna Treene (@Alayna Treene) 1633569597.0 Though Sanders, who serves as one of the 12 elected party leaders in the Senate, would not offer backup for his maligned colleague, at least eight other members of Democratic leadership agreed to sign the statement. Along with, Booker, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Majority...
    Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer criticized the jailing of a U.S. Marine who went viral for blasting the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday military leadership has become too political. PARENTS OF MARINE IMPRISONED FOR CRITICIZING AFGHAN CRISIS SLAMS 'ACT OF COWARDICE': 'SHAME ON AUSTIN' DAKOTA MEYER: I don't understand what grounds that the military has put him in the brig for. But I mean, this is what the military does. What it tells me, though, is that either that they're worried about what this guy's going to say -- I just don't think that, I just don't think that this is the right way to handle this. I mean, I think that, look, if this man wants answers, this man came out and literally asked the same questions that all of us are asking. And I just think this is a terrible move. I don't -- I just don't understand what we don't know yet of what regards did they think that this was going to be a smart move to put this man...
    Scott Gottlieb served as the Director of the FDA under Trump, leaving the administration in 2018. Since then, he has become a reliable and sometimes sage medical pundit appearing on many news programs. During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, in promotion of his new book, Uncontrolled Spread, he blamed former President Donald Trump for using Covid mitigation policies as a political wedge issue. Host Margaret Brennan wrapped the segment aired Sunday morning if Trump’s leadership affected how the pandemic played out. “Do you think, fundamentally, looking at everything you’ve analyzed, that the outcome of this pandemic would have been different if President Trump wasn’t in office?” she asked. “I would have been different if we had different political decisions and the White House was exercising different leadership; there is no question about that,” Gottlieb replied. “There is no question that the White House made mistakes, and the lack of consistency was a big mistake, and also the lack of using the White House as an effective bully pulpit to really galvanize the collective action that could make a...
    MAWLAWI Hibatullah Akhundzada is arguably the world’s strongest Islamic militant leader after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. But little is known about the cleric who has been dubbed “a ghost”. 2Little is known for certain about the Taliban leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada Who is Taliban leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada? Even Akhundzada’s date of birth is uncertain although it is often said to be either 1959 or 1961. He is thought to have been born in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. Akhundzada prefers to operate in the shadows rather than post bloodthirsty videos. Even his missives to his followers are said not to be written in his own handwriting. While Akhundzada may not be a fighter he was quite prepared to let his son, 23, die in a suicide bombing mission on an Afghan base. Most read in The US SunMORE MONEY New payment 'to arrive THIS WEEK' from IRS & be deposited in bank accountsJUST GOOD FRIENDS Find out if Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa are datingFLEEING HELL Stowaways 'clinging to US jet fall to their deaths' as...
    (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fall from grace -- unthinkable a year ago -- serves as a warning for other governors caught in a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic: The crisis has offered a chance to build their national profiles, but it has also magnified their own flaws and appetites for risk.Yet Cuomo, felled by a sexual harassment controversy that appears to be an expression of his own ego and hubris, is now a cautionary tale for those other top governors in the white-hot glare of Covid-19's leadership test. The moment they seem most powerful can become the moment of greatest political peril as the pandemic ignores election cycles and vexes voters who are accustomed to throwing underperforming national and local leaders out of office.Before scandal struck, Cuomo was often discussed as a potential contender for the White House as his determined, empathetic oratory shaped his image as a man ready to meet the crisis and offer reassurance to a nation terrified of an invading, invisible virus. And he wasn't the only governor whose stewardship of one of the grimmest moments in modern...
    Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images — Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has HAD IT with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Or, at least that appears to be the case currently, judging from a statement released from the Save America PAC. Calling out his “weak leadership,” Trump laced into the senior senator from Kentucky, and former political ally, blaming him for political losses in swing states Arizona and Georgia, while also ignoring what he continues to baselessly call “election fraud” for the 2020 general election he lost and refuses to accept. As reports surfaced of a bipartisan agreement on a potential $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure deal — one that Trump was never able to accomplish in his four years in office despite Republican control of both the Senate and House for the first half of his term — the former president hit at McConnell for “giving Democrats everything they want and getting nothing in return.” He then blamed “RINOS’ for ruining America, “right alongside Communist Democrats.” (Democrats are not Communists, by very definition.) Trump’s statement: Under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate...
    Vice President Kamala Harris has been missing in action for the nearly 80 days since being appointed President Joe Biden’s border point person. As she travels to Guatemala and Mexico for her first foreign trip as vice president, it is another reminder that she continues to avoid the crisis raging at our southern border. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are apprehending nearly 6,000 migrants attempting to illegally cross the border every day, the highest number in more than two decades. As bad as those numbers are, they fail to show the true extent of the security and humanitarian disaster deteriorating before our very eyes. It is as if Harris believes this issue will magically disappear if we pretend it is not there, refusing to visit the border or even holding a press conference on the crisis. Instead, she tries to laugh it off while the crisis only gets worse. CHUCK DEVORE: BIDEN'S BORDER CRISIS – TEXAS MAY HAVE TO DEFEND ITSELF. HERE'S WHY The Biden-Harris administration’s weak immigration policies have left our Border Patrol agents outnumbered, our facilities overcrowded, and our immigration system completely overwhelmed. As a result,...
    Fox News host Ben Domenech discussed President John F. Kennedy's legacy and how it can pave the way for leadership today on "Fox News Primetime." BEN DOMENECH: Risk is not something we handle well as Americans these days, the pandemic surely proved that point better than anything else could. But it’s not just fear in the face of disease. We live in a country where teenagers don’t want to get driver's licenses, where our schools can’t fail kids for giving the wrong answers, where teachers refuse to teach even with precautions and vaccinations, and where local authorities won’t put down riots. JFK called the nation to dare. Men died as a result. We pushed forward.  It’s one thing for a single daredevil, or even 20, to take on such a risk. It’s a lot more for a country to do so. In Kennedy’s framing 60 years ago, our common identity as Americans is what unites us. Rather than stoke the divisions of race or class, he focussed our energies toward an incredible goal. Rather than a series of apologies and...
    The United States has a crisis of representation in government. Women are 51% of the population, yet only hold 27% of seats in the House of Representatives. Over the last decades, a myriad of training programs, including leadership development solutions, have been created specifically to get more women elected. Even with these increased resources to support women running for office, at our current rate we won’t reach gender parity in political leadership in our lifetimes. In 2000, the United States ranked 46th for women’s representation in government at the national level; now we rank 67th, alongside Mali, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria and Afghanistan. And the United States ranks well behind most well-established democracies in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In other words, 66 countries have outpaced the United States in women’s representation – not because their women are more qualified or ambitious, but because they have implemented electoral systems and policies to ensure more level playing fields and greater opportunity in the electoral process. Consider New Zealand, a country often lauded for increasing women in leadership since adapting its electoral...
    (CNN)Wednesday's ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from the House Republican leadership is more important as a symbolic move for Republicans as they embrace Trumpism than it is for the specific action of replacing a third-ranking lawmaker in the party's congressional leadership structure.One thing that places this in historical context is, simply, that there has been a Cheney -- Liz or her dad Dick -- at or near the top of Republican leadership since the 1970s.No more.Dick Cheney started working in Richard Nixon's White House as an intern and was appointed White House chief of staff under Gerald Ford.He rose in Congress to be GOP conference chair -- the same job his daughter just lost -- and minority whip during the Ronald Reagan administration and then was Secretary of Defense during the George H.W. Bush administration. Out of government during Bill Clinton's eight years, Dick Cheney was then vice president for eight years under President George W. Bush, when Liz began working in the State Department.Read MoreThis is why House Republicans are moving to punish Liz CheneyShe became a member of...
    A prominent panel of political and public health leaders has blasted the international and national response to the coronavirus pandemic, labeling slow and tepid reactions around the world as a preventable disaster that cost millions of lives. In a report issued Wednesday, the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response called on wealthier countries to do more to help the world end the pandemic and to bolster the global health systems meant to act as a frontline defense to prevent future outbreaks. “Covid-19 remains a global disaster. Worse, it was a preventable disaster,” the report says. It is clear, the report found, that the world was not prepared, even after decades of warnings that a serious pathogen was poised to sweep the globe. “The Independent Panel has found weak links at every point in the chain of preparedness and response. Preparation was inconsistent and underfunded. The alert system was too slow — and too meek,” the panelists wrote. “Global political leadership was absent.” The panel, brought together by the World Health Organization, was led by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former...
    Former MLB manager Bobby Valentine on Friday announced that he is running for mayor of his hometown of Stamford, Conn. Valentine, who played for baseball teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and then-California Angels and managed clubs such as the New York Mets and Texas Rangers, released a campaign ad announcing his run with testimonies from various community members about his commitment to the city. "The greatest commodity I have is my time," Valentine said in the ad. "And I want to give my time and my energy and my wherewithal back to the city that has given me so much over my lifetime. We're in it together." He said in an interview with local news station News 8 that he hopes that his candidacy will bring "more leadership work" to Stamford. “I feel like it’s a great time for me to get to my hometown and do some more leadership work. We are up against a big political machine with the Democrats and a real strong base political machine with the Republicans. It’s not going to be an easy situation, that’s...
                      by Pedro Gonzalez  The Republican Party is riding hard into a box canyon chasing after donor rolls and privileges while its enemies take aim from the walls above at the base it drags along below. Earlier this year, on the eve of Donald Trump’s second impeachment, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) denounced the former president’s conduct surrounding the Capitol building riot as “a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” adding that there was “no question . . . President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.” Trump shot back, calling McConnell a “dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack.” A week later, however, McConnell declared he would “absolutely” back Trump as the GOP presidential nominee in 2024, suggesting they had struck a compromise. Though roughly reconciled, their honeymoon didn’t last long. Speaking with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on April 29, Trump said, “Mitch McConnell has not done a great job, I think they should change Mitch McConnell.” Later, on the same day, McConnell fired his rebuttal at Trump. “We’re looking to the...
    A poll published Tuesday showed that 58% of Americans would support either Matthew McConaughey or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in their respective political runs, according to Pipslay. Of the respondents, 29% indicated support for both celebrities, 17% said for Johnson and 12% said for McConaughey, Pipslay shared. For this data, Piplsay polled 30,138 people nationwide. McConaughey hinted at a potential run in Texas. McConaughey has suggested he might run for Texas Governor, but was definitely vying for some type of “leadership role.” (RELATED: Matthew McConaughey Leaves Open The Possibility Of Getting Into Politics) Matthew McConaughey said of his potential political bid, “I’m not teasing the idea or anything. I’m actually trying to look at the idea and give it serious consideration.” https://t.co/NxR32ccDkC — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) April 5, 2021 “I believe it is in some sort of leadership role,” McConaughey said about the prospective future in leadership during an appearance on CNBC. “I don’t know what that role is. I don’t know my category. We’ve been talking about the ‘why’ of leadership and even, I would say, we need...
     Matthew McConaughey confirmed in a new interview that his “new chapter” is pursuing some sort of “leadership role,” but the actor wouldn’t say with certainty if that includes running for political office or if he’s affiliated with a particular party. Rumors have been swirling since last year that McConaughey is considering running for governor in his home state of Texas, and the movie star has said in several interviews that it’s a possibility. On Tuesday, CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla asked McConaughey if he’s officially gearing up for a political run. “I’m not teasing the idea or anything. I’m actually trying to look at the idea and give it serious consideration,” McConaughey responded. “I have a new chapter for myself, personally in my life. I believe it is in some sort of leadership role,” he added. McConaughey, however, admitted he still doesn’t know what “category” his new role would fall under. “We need some more good leaders,” he continued. “And I’m not just talking about me. I’m talking about you out there, everyone out there, we need leadership. We’ve been talking...
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    From left to right, Inés Arrimadas, Edmundo Bal and Begoña Villacís, on March 27 at the presentation of the orange candidacy to the Community of Madrid. (Photo: EFE) One more casualty. The regional deputy in Madrid of Citizens (Cs) Elena Álvarez Brasero he has left the party after seven years due to the lack of “clear ideology”, “firm values” and “real leadership in the party”, according to a farewell letter. To all this, Álvarez adds “nepotism and despotism” within the formation to designate positions of responsibility. “This is a very difficult time for me, by making public my decision to terminate myself as an affiliate of Ciudadanos and not participate in the candidacy for the next elections to the Madrid Assembly,” the deputy explained in the letter. The deputy, a specialist in Law, Business Administration and Marketing, says that she entered the orange ranks in 2014 because it was a “renovating political project” that sought to “address the major structural problems of the country and generate illusion among citizens.” The already ex-orange assures that when she was elected deputy she...
    Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at “ostentatiously childish and simply outrageous” statements and videos released by members and units of the U.S. military in response to a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight. “I am deeply troubled that the commitments you made, and the military's broader obligation to avoid political endorsements and controversy, are being systematically undermined for the sake of leftwing ideology and political expediency,” the Texas Republican wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Cruz then said the Pentagon launched “systematic, public attacks against television host Tucker Carlson that in substance, tone, and political resonance are inexplicably inappropriate.” Under Biden, the military is launching political attacks to intimidate Tucker Carlson & other civilians who criticize their policy decisions. Officials in uniform are being used for the campaign.I've demanded a meeting with the Commandant of the USMC to put a stop to it. pic.twitter.com/Ihl8xRJr0S— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 14, 2021 The senator’s letter comes in the wake of comments made by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson, in which he said the U.S. military was...
    Nancy Pelosi refused on Sunday to call for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's resignation despite claiming she has a 'zero tolerance' rule with sexual assault and harassment accusations. 'The governor should look inside his heart – he loves New York – to see if he can govern effectively,' the House speaker told ABC's 'This Week'. 'What I said at the time that these revelations came forward, I said what these women have said must be treated with respect,' she continued. 'They are credible and serious charges, and then I called for an investigation. I have confidence in the Attorney General of New York. Again, with all respect in the world for what these women have come forward and said.' 'No tolerance,' she insisted when ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked if Cuomo can still be an effective leader. 'And this is a subject very near and dear to my heart. This is – no tolerance for sexual harassment. I'll let the world know that.' 'But you're not calling on him to resign right now?' Stephanopoulos pushed. 'I think we should...
    Many media outlets and political pundits took to Twitter to lavishly praise President Joe Biden’s first primetime address Thursday. “It is hard to imagine any other contemporary politician making the speech JOE BIDEN did Thursday night — both channeling our collective sorrow and reminding us that there is life after grief,” Politico Playbook tweeted. “Biden offered a hopeful path out of the pandemic,” The New York Times stated in a breaking news tweet. Meanwhile, MSNBC personality Chris Hayes tweeted about a moment taking place during Biden’s address, writing, “A number of people sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, listening to the president’s speech on their phones.” Others chimed in on Biden’s speech: Joe Biden just gave the speech that Donald Trump refused to give. — David Corn (@DavidCornDC) March 12, 2021 Again, something underratedly remarkable about Biden’s ability to just constantly say normal, wise, empathetic stuff that leaves the loudest right-wing voice with very little useful material. https://t.co/0LkRQrnGZu — Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) March 12, 2021 UNPRESIDENTIAL: Joe Biden delivers major speech on coronavirus without once pointing...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D., portrays himself as a hard-truth-teller who never allowed politics to get in the way of his coronavirus decision-making in his 2020 memoir "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From The Covid-19 Pandemic." Some of the words he rushed out in October have not aged well. Cuomo published his book during the midst of the pandemic in what amounted to a victory lap over his handling of the crisis. But now his political fortunes and his book sales have soured as he faces charges of covering up nursing home deaths in the state, as well as multiple accusations of sexual harassment. CUOMO SOUGHT TO CASH IN ON BOOK SALES WHILE HIDING NURSING HOMES DEATH TOLL, REPORT SAYS Bombshell reports from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal revealed Cuomo aides rewrote a state health report in June that revealed more than 9,000 nursing home residents had died of coronavirus, just as Cuomo was starting to write "American Crisis." The publisher of Cuomo’s book said Monday it had "paused active support" of the title due to the federal investigation of his administration’s handling of the state’s nursing home...
    QUITO (AP) – The ruling party in Ecuador, Alianza País, reported Thursday that it expelled from its ranks President Lenín Moreno, who also served as its national director, with just over two months remaining until his term ends. Last week the group had opened a disciplinary file due to the alleged breach of the government plan and the abandonment of the political leadership of the movement, for which Moreno asked the Electoral Council for his resignation or disaffiliation. In a statement, Alianza País stated that the national leadership did not accept the resignation and « has determined his expulsion as a militant and therefore the removal from office (within the party). » Moreno, who has yet to comment on the decision, ends his term on May 24. Together with former president Rafael Correa (2007-2017) he founded Alianza País more than 14 years ago. Now neither of them is part of that force. The political movement became the most powerful between 2007 and 2017 while Correa was in power, although after being succeeded by Moreno he lost prominence and in the last presidential...
              Live from Music Row Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Tennessee Star National Correspondent Neil W. McCabe to the newsmakers line to discuss where things stand for the Republican Party after the failed impeachment trial and the mechanics of Mitch McConnell’s dirty politics. Leahy: We are joined now on our second newsmaker line by Neil McCabe Washington correspondent for the Star News Network and The Tennessee Star. Well Neil, a tip of the hat to you because you called it right. You predicted that Donald Trump would be acquitted. I think you predicted 55/45 turned out to be 57/43. Pretty good job. McCabe: Well, it was kind of in the cards because of the Rand Paul test vote, but I do want to say something Mike before we go into the politics. I just want to send a quick message to all the Catholics listening. I know it’s early don’t blow it....
    CNN’s Jake Tapper tore into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo during a broad rebuke for those who would ignore the indecencies and failures of their own political party for the sake of retaining power. As Tapper concluded State of the Union on Sunday, he spoke of the “small but respectable number of politicians willing to break with their partisan allegiances and criticize an intimidating leader in the face of loss of life.” Tapper emphasized that he wasn’t talking about the 7 Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection, but rather, the New York officials who’ve spoken out against Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus situation. The monologue continued with an explainer of the scandal Cuomo is facing for apparently covering up the data on how many coronavirus deaths there have been in connection with the governor’s nursing home directive. Tapper noted that Cuomo “has declined to appear on this show despite dozens of requests over the past year” in order to answer for his “bad decision that may have cost lives.” Tapper pivoted to look at how...
    SACRAMENTO —  After weeks of subsisting on a diet of bitter criticism over COVID-19 vaccine distribution problems, sudden changes to regional reopenings and a lack of statewide action to get kids back in classrooms, Gov. Gavin Newsom gorged on a bit of political comfort food Wednesday while surrounded by loyal Democrats to announce a new vaccination partnership with the federal government. The praise was dished out in generous portions. “I cannot tell you how lucky we are in California to have Gavin Newsom as our governor,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. “He is out hustling for Californians every day.” But Newsom must also hustle to stop — or at least weaken — the campaign to force a special election this fall in which voters could remove him from office. Conceived by fierce partisanship, the recall effort now hinges on Newsom’s leadership. And though a pair of public polls this week found voters haven’t given up on Newsom, the surveys suggest the pandemic has sharply weakened his standing. “This should be a temporary problem for the governor that he should be...
    Republican Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer said that his vote to support the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump “may very well have” ended his political career. In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Meijer was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if he thought he committed “political suicide” with his vote because Trump still “has such a strong hold on the Republican party.” WATCH: “Oh, I may very well have, but I think it’s also important that we have elected leaders who are not thinking solely about what’s in their individual self-interest. Not what is going to be politically expedient, but what we actually need for the country,” Meijer began. “I want to make sure that we have leaders in office who are folks saying, you know, the fact that we are a nation of laws, not men, and who are putting the interest of the country first rather than our own political careers.” Meijer and nine other House Republicans, including House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, joined every House Democrat in voting in favor of the articles...
    Sixteen GOP attorneys general are backing a National Rifle Association (NRA) lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James who accused the group's leadership of using the organization as their 'personal piggy bank' for years in a complaint filed earlier this year.  James went after the NRA in August and sought to have the organization dissolved over alleged self-dealing by top leaders of the group.    But the NRA has counter-sued James, alleging that her bombshell lawsuit 'was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend'. The lawsuit has the backing of the following attorneys general: Acting AG of Alaska Clyde Sniffen Jr, Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, Georgia AG Chris Carr, Idaho AG Lawrence Wasden, Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, Louisiana AG Jeff Landry, Mississippi AG Lynn Fitch, Missouri AG Eric Schmitt, Ohio Dave Yost, Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter, South Carolina AG Alan Wilson, South Dakota Jason Ravnsborg, Texas AG Ken Paxton, Utah AG Sean Reyes and West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey. Sixteen GOP attorneys general are backing a National...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed lead political columnist for The Epoch Times, Roger Simon to the studio. During the third hour, Simon discussed his family’s disappointment with the disorganization of the Republican leadership during their trip to Georgia. He noted that there were two Republican parties in Georgia. The rank and file who want to do something and the establishment with a primary goal of doing deals with China. Leahy: And joining us in the studio is the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. Good morning Crom. Carmichael: Michael. Hello again. Leahy: Hello again. And Roger Simon who is my former boss at Pajamas Media, PJTV. He is now the lead political columnist for The Epoch Times Roger, good morning. Simon: Good morning to you. Leahy: Now, you were telling us that you have a report from Georgia. You were down there a couple of weeks...
    AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Donald Trump is reportedly considering another for president in 2024, even contemplating a plan to counter-program Joe Biden’s inauguration with a big campaign rally in Florida. It’s not clear whether Trump—who is still dispensing baseless claims that the election was rigged against him and marred by rampant fraud—is serious about embarking on a presidential campaign or just desperate to remain in the political spotlight. But should Trump make his presidential intentions official—as opposed to merely hinting at them—that would be “profoundly stupid,” in the words of one campaign finance attorney who spoke to Mother Jones. That’s because declaring a presidential bid will trigger a slew of election laws prescribing how Trump can raise and spend money. It would also force Trump to continue filing annual financial disclosures containing information about his business deals, loans, and personal wealth that Trump may not be eager to reveal. Trump has been submitting those public disclosures since 2015, but...
    By Charlotte Greenfield and Jibran Ahmed ISLAMABAD/PESHAWAR (Reuters) - A Taliban delegation will arrive in Pakistan's capital on Monday for a three-day visit, according to official statements, as both sides in the Afghan peace process continue consultations during a break in negotiations. The Taliban delegation, led by the militant group's top political leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is set to meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the foreign minister during the visit, according to a Pakistan foreign office statement. Two Taliban political sources in Doha told Reuters they would also hold a meeting in Pakistan among their leadership. The Taliban last visited Islamabad in August, just before the peace talks with the Afghan government began in Doha as the United States pushed for a political settlement while it withdraws troops from the war-torn country. After reaching an agreement on procedural ground rules this month, negotiators representing the government and the Taliban are taking a break until Jan. 5 when they will continue to work on an agenda. Diplomatic sources told Reuters that both sides will continue to consult with...
    Paul Mitchell, a retiring Michigan congressman, said Monday he is leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent to protest his former party's efforts to overturn President-elect Biden's victory. Representative Mitchell, of Dryden, is nearing the end of his second and final term. He wrote a letter to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the same day electors formalized Mr. Biden's win. "It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote," he said. Today I am disaffiliating from the Republican Party. See my letter below: pic.twitter.com/76IxC4FMvJ— Rep. Paul Mitchell (@RepPaulMitchell) December 14, 2020 Mitchell said he voted for Mr. Trump despite some reservations about four more years of his leadership. He criticized GOP leaders for tolerating "unfounded conspiracy theories" without defending a secure electoral process. He did not join 106 House Republicans who signed onto a Texas lawsuit — rejected by the Supreme Court — that sought to invalidate the...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A retiring Michigan congressman said Monday he is leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent to protest efforts to overturn Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump. Rep. Paul Mitchell, of Dryden, is nearing the end of his second and final term. He wrote a letter to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on the same day electors formalized Biden’s win. “It is unacceptable for political candidates to treat our election system as though we are a third-world nation and incite distrust of something so basic as the sanctity of our vote,” he said. Mitchell, 64, said he voted for Trump despite some reservations about four more years of his leadership. He criticized GOP leaders for tolerating “unfounded conspiracy theories” without defending a secure electoral process. He did not join 106 House Republicans who signed onto a Texas lawsuit — rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court — that sought to invalidate the results in Michigan and three other states. “I believe that raw political considerations, not constitutional or...
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