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  • Bulgaria’s Technocrat Prime Minister Resigns Amid Banking Crisis

    Bulgaria’s Technocrat Prime Minister Resigns Amid Banking Crisis

    Bulgaria’s technocrat Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski resigned as expected on Wednesday, leaving his successor to sort out the Balkan state’s worst banking crisis since the 1990s and with the fate of its fourth largest lender still in limbo. In power for just over a year, his government bowed out after the ruling Socialists’ poor showing in May’s European Parliament elections, paving the way for an interim government to take over in August and a general election in October.

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  • Jerry Seib: Ryan’s Compassionate Conservatism Pitch

    Jerry Seib: Ryan’s Compassionate Conservatism Pitch

    In a speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) will outline his plan for a conservative response to help Americans in poverty. WSJ’s Jerry Seib describes four themes Ryan will discuss in an attempt to reignite the idea of compassionate conservatism. Photo: AP Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • The Ardent Fans Of Turkey’s Erdogan

    The Ardent Fans Of Turkey’s Erdogan

    Turkey’s populist prime minister is running for president and legions of young female supporters are rallying behind him. Friday evening, Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his Ramadan fast with hundreds of supporters at one of his first campaign events in Istanbul since announcing his bid to run for president. Bus-loads of fans jammed into a seaside park to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader, while his closest allies, including glammed-up celebrities, and politicians from his Justice and

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  • The Ardent Fans Of Turkey’s Erdogan

    The Ardent Fans Of Turkey’s Erdogan

    Turkey’s populist prime minister is running for president and legions of young female supporters are rallying behind him. Friday evening, Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his Ramadan fast with hundreds of supporters at one of his first campaign events in Istanbul since announcing his bid to run for president. Bus-loads of fans jammed into a seaside park to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader, while his closest allies, including glammed-up celebrities, and politicians from his Justice and

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  • Senate Bill Targets Companies That Move Overseas

    Senate Bill Targets Companies That Move Overseas

    The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. Senate Democratic leaders say the bill would end senseless tax breaks for companies that ship jobs abroad. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev said, “It would end the absurd practice of American taxpayers bankrolling the outsourcing of their very own jobs.” According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which analyzes tax bills for Congress, the bill would cost U.S. companies that

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  • House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Removals

    House GOP: Send National Guard, Speed Removals

    House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation’s southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants. The recommendations Wednesday from a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner put the House on a collision course with the Democrat-controlled Senate. A Senate bill would spend $2.7 billion to address the border crisis but doesn’t include any of the policy changes embraced by the House GOP. Congresswoman Kay Granger, who led Boehner’s working group, says that amending

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  • Iraq Postpones Vote For President, Delaying Power-sharing Deal

    Iraq Postpones Vote For President, Delaying Power-sharing Deal

    Iraq’s parliament, which had been due to elect the country’s president on Wednesday, postponed the vote by a day, delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim uprising. The advance by Sunni Islamist militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq last month has put Iraq’s survival in jeopardy. Its politicians have been deadlocked over forming a new government since an election in April. Washington has made clear that setting up a more inclusive government

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  • Iowans Start Effort To Draft Bernie Sanders For 2016

    Iowans Start Effort To Draft Bernie Sanders For 2016

    A small group of progressive activists will meet Tuesday to form a “Draft Bernie Sanders for President” steering committee in Johnson County, Iowa, to persuade the Vermont senator to run as a Democrat in the 2016 Iowa caucuses. The seven members of the Johnson County committee will meet with two leaders of the Progressive Democrats of America to discuss the Iowa campaign and a possible national campaign. PDA does have a national “Draft Bernie” petition that has collected 13,000 signatures

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  • Kerry, Aides Checked By Security At Egyptian Presidential Palace

    Kerry, Aides Checked By Security At Egyptian Presidential Palace

    Secretary of State John Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arrived for a meeting on Tuesday with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an unusual screening for a senior State Department official. Foreign officials usually extend every courtesy to Washington’s top diplomat. Footage taken at the Egyptian presidential palace and reported by Reuters showed an official briefly raising a handheld metal-detecting wand to the lower part of Kerry’s jacket before waving him through for the meeting, which

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  • Turkey’s Erdogan Says Wants To See More Power In Hands Of President

    Turkey’s Erdogan Says Wants To See More Power In Hands Of President

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to see the powers of the presidency boosted, adding that he expected his ruling AK Party to propose a new constitution after parliamentary polls in 2015. Erdogan is hoping to become Turkey’s first directly elected president in a vote on Aug 10 and has made little secret of his desire to see the largely ceremonial role imbued with far greater clout if, as expected, he wins. Source: wochit politics

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  • Brazil’s Rousseff Has 38 Percent Voter Support: IBOPE Poll

    Brazil’s Rousseff Has 38 Percent Voter Support: IBOPE Poll

    A new poll by the IBOPE polling institute showed on Tuesday, President Dilma Rousseff has 38 percent of voter support ahead of her October re-election bid and would win a second-round runoff. Her main challenger, Aecio Neves, has the backing of 22 percent of potential voters while Eduardo Campos has 8 percent, according to the survey broadcast on TV Globo.

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  • Britain Still Exporting Arms To Russia

    Britain Still Exporting Arms To Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow.Cameron has urged the EU to ban military sales to Russia — accused of equipping and training separatists in eastern Ukraine — and said Monday Britain had already halted such arms exports.The government promised in March to stop military sales to Russia. However the report found 251 licences were still

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