Former Rebel Leader Is Elected President of Bougainville

SYDNEY — A former rebel military commander has been elected president of Bougainville, the autonomous region in the South Pacific, electoral officials said on Wednesday, and he is set to lead talks for the territory’s independence from Papua New Guinea. The victory by the former rebel leader, Ishmael Toroama, is a break from the current […]

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Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new PM, replacing Abe

TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga, keeping his straight face, bowed deeply several times when the results were announced first in the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers where he has a seat, as his fellow ruling […]

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LA Sheriff to politicians: emphasize trust in justice system

The Los Angeles County sheriff on Monday criticized elected officials, sports figures and civic leaders for “fanning the flames of hatred” as America grapples with racism and police brutality, saying they instead should emphasize trust in the criminal justice system. Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s comments to The Associated Press came after the weekend ambush of two […]

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Incoming IDB chief aims to help Argentina negotiate new IMF program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mauricio Claver-Carone, the White House official elected to lead Latin America’s regional development bank starting Oct. 1, on Monday said he aims to play a constructive role in Argentina’s negotiations with the International Monetary Fund. Claver-Carone told Reuters in an interview that he wanted to help Argentina negotiate a new program with […]

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Suga wins party vote, to replace outgoing Abe as Japanese prime minister

TOKYO — Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country’s new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been a key figure in outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s […]

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Dodgers, Giants won’t play Wednesday to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake

The Dodgers and San Francisco Giants elected not to play their scheduled game Wednesday at Oracle Park to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wis. The decision came after two major league games and the NBA’s three scheduled playoff games Wednesday were postponed out of protest. The game between the Milwaukee […]

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N.C. political donor gets 7 years in prison, Hayes probation

A major political donor convicted of attempting to bribe a North Carolina elected official to get preferential regulatory treatment for his insurance business has received over seven years in prison By The Associated Press August 20, 2020, 12:28 AM 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A major political […]

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When Trump Calls a Black Woman ‘Angry,’ He Feeds This Racist Trope

Kamala Harris may become the first Black woman elected as vice president, but for now she’s still being slotted into a well-worn mold, as President Trump and his allies seek to cast her as “a mad woman.” Within hours of her joining Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket on Tuesday, Mr. Trump branded her “extraordinarily […]

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Chris Wallace says Kamala Harris ‘doesn’t do any harm’ to Joe Biden’s chances

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., “doesn’t do any harm” to Joe Biden’s chances to be elected president, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace said on Wednesday. Wallace made the comment on “America’s Newsroom,” the day after Harris, the politically shrewd California senator with a law enforcement background that has caused some tensions with the progressive left, was […]

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How Kristi Noem, Mt. Rushmore and Trump Fueled Speculation About Pence’s Job

WASHINGTON — Since the first days after she was elected governor of South Dakota in 2018, Kristi Noem had been working to ensure that President Trump would come to Mount Rushmore for a fireworks-filled July 4 extravaganza. After all, the president had told her in the Oval Office that he aspired to have his image […]

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“I had to look at my daughters and remind them what it means to do what’s right”

Terra Costa Howard was elected state representative for Illinois’ 48th District in 2018. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times It will be fascinating to see what happens with Terra Costa Howard in the coming weeks after she publicly called for Mike Madigan to step down as House speaker. “I need to be able to look myself in the […]

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Suriname Elects a New President, Ending Bouterse’s Long Rule

Suriname elected a new president on Monday, ending the long rule of Desi Bouterse, who dominated the small South American nation’s politics since its independence through intimidation and charisma. The president, Chan Santokhi, a 61-year-old former police chief and leader of the opposition, was elected to the office by Suriname’s Congress following a landslide opposition […]

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Biden could be ‘most progressive president since FDR,’ Sanders predicts

Just days after Joe Biden declared that he would “transform” the country if elected, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders predicted Wednesday that Biden could become the “most progressive president” since Franklin D. Roosevelt. Sanders’ remarks came as a task force set up by the two former rivals released a wide-ranging set of recommendations for the party’s convention platform. “The […]

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Biden says he is going to ‘transform’ the nation if elected

Joe Biden tweeted Sunday night that if he gets elected, his administration “won’t just rebuild this nation—we’ll transform it,” raising speculation online about what exactly in the country will be transformed. POSSIBLE VP PICK DODGES QUESTION ON MONUMENTS The tweet comes after a politically charged Fourth of July weekend as the country works to manage a […]

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Trump swipes at Biden, says tax hikes would tank market: ‘401ks will drop down to nothing’

President Trump is warning that if Democratic challenger Joe Biden is elected in November, the stock market will collapse and Americans’ financial investments “will drop down to nothing.” As he was touting the June unemployment report on Thursday morning, the president used a press briefing to highlight the rebound in the stock market after the coronavirus pandemic swept the […]

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Former Arizona Official Pleads Guilty in Adoption Scheme

A former elected official in Arizona who paid pregnant women as much as $10,000 to travel to the United States illegally to give up their newborn children for adoption pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a federal human smuggling conspiracy charge, the authorities said. The former official, Paul D. Petersen of Mesa, Ariz., a private adoption […]

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Mississippi flag: ‘In God We Trust’ for Confederate symbol?

Two of Mississippi’s top elected Republicans proposed Wednesday that the Confederate battle emblem be replaced on the state flag with the words “In God We Trust,” seeking a path toward unity in their state amid the backdrop of national protests over racial injustice. Mississippi has the only state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem […]

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Engel falls behind insurgent left-wing challenger in preliminary results, as Ocasio-Cortez wins primary

Longtime New York Rep. Eliot Engel, who was first elected in 1988 and rose to become one of the most powerful Democrats in the House, is substantially trailing middle school principal Jamaal Bowman in Tuesday’s primary — which could mark the second major upset of a veteran New York City Democratic congressman in just two years. However, […]

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A Half-Century On, an Unexpected Milestone for L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

When Donald J. Trump was elected president, gay and lesbian leaders warned that their far-reaching victories under Barack Obama — including the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015 — were in peril, endangered by the imminent arrival of scores of conservative judges and full Republican control of the federal government. So it would […]

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What Would Efforts to Defund or Disband Police Departments Really Mean?

MINNEAPOLIS — Across the country, calls are mounting from some activists and elected officials to defund, downsize or abolish police departments. A veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council pledged on Sunday to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety in a city where law enforcement has long […]

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Ferguson elects first black mayor as new protests roil US

Ferguson voters have elected Ella Jones as the city’s first black mayor as protests over the death of George Floyd and police treatment of black communities roil the nation. pic.twitter.com/Rp4ZMzlmVk — Ella Jones (@Ella4Ferguson) May 21, 2020 Jones, a city council member who also will be first woman to lead the St. Louis suburb, beat […]

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Ella Jones Is Elected First Black Mayor of Ferguson

Ella Jones became the first African-American and first woman elected mayor in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, nearly six years after the city erupted in protests after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager. The victory for Ms. Jones, a Ferguson City Council member, came as another night of protests unfolded […]

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Gov. Pritzker and staff ordered to stay home after senior staffer tests positive for COVID-19

Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with elected and health officials give their daily update on the coronavirus situation in Illinois, Monday, March 23, 2020. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times Gov. J.B. Pritzker himself has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the governor’s office A member of Gov J.B. Pritzker’s senior staff has tested positive […]

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Churches target Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan in new federal court challenge

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, along with elected and health officials give their daily update on the coronavirus situation in Illinois on Monday.  | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church in Chicago and Logos Baptist Ministries in Niles are insisting on the right to worship with extensive social distancing guidelines in place. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s battle […]

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