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Political neophyte Stefanos Kasselakis
elected new leader of Greece’s main
opposition Syriza party
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 6:10:02 AM Post Reply
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 35-year-old businessman without prior political experience was elected Sunday to lead Greece’s main opposition bloc, the left-wing Syriza party. Stefanos Kasselakis defeated Effie Achtsioglou, a 38-year-old lawmaker and former labor minister, in a runoff contest. Three other candidates had been eliminated in an earlier first round. With the votes still being counted, Achtsioglou called her rival to congratulate him. Kasselakis had just under 57% of the votes late Sunday with 70% of precincts reporting, while Achtsioglou had just over 43%. About 136,000 Greeks turned out to vote, fewer than in the first round.
Biden impeachment and Trump’s eligibility:
Views divide, with profound partisan gaps
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 6:06:45 AM Post Reply
Americans are divided on a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and it's a fairly close call on whether former President Donald Trump should be eligible for a second term – two results in an ABC News/Washington Post poll that demonstrate the country's profound political polarization. At the same time, while their situations are very different, more than half see accountability, rather than political victimization, in both Biden's situation and Trump's facing criminal charges. Overall, 44% say that based on what they know, Congress should begin impeachment proceedings that could lead to Biden being removed from office. Forty-seven percent say it should not.
Politics Friday won’t be the same: Longtime
MPR News editor Mike Mulcahy to retire
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 6:04:32 AM Post Reply
In 2018, MPR News senior editor Mike Mulcahy was moderating a contentious debate between GOP gubernatorial candidates Tim Pawlenty and Jeff Johnson. Mulcahy tried to keep the discourse civil, as the two candidates traded barbs over who supported then-President Donald Trump and whether Johnson had called him a “jackass.” “Mike very humorously interjected, ‘Not to be a jackass, but we’re going to change the subject,’” recalled MPR News political reporter Brian Bakst. “And he changed it to something that was more serious, that would matter to voters as to which one of these guys could potentially be the next governor.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who has long
been one of Trump's biggest political
targets, says he'll back the ex-president
should he win the GOP nomination
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 6:01:05 AM Post Reply
Former President Donald Trump last year recruited ex-Sen. David Perdue to oust Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp from office after he refused to help the then-commander-in-chief overturn Joe Biden's 2020 presidential victory in the state. Perdue eventually lost the GOP gubernatorial primary in a landslide. And Kemp has repeatedly chided Trump over his continued claims about 2020, arguing that the party cannot win in 2024 if they continue to hark back on the past. But in an interview, the two-term Republican governor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that he would still back Trump as the Republican nominee should the former president win the party's 2024 nomination.
Trump edges out Biden 51-42 in head-to-head
matchup: POLL
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 5:57:46 AM Post Reply
President Joe Biden's job approval rating is 19 points underwater, his ratings for lhandling the economy and immigration are at career lows. A record number of Americans say they've become worse off under his presidency, three-quarters say he's too old for another term and Donald Trump is looking better in retrospect -- all severe challenges for Biden in his reelection campaign ahead.Forty-four percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll say they've gotten worse off financially under Biden's presidency, the most for any president in ABC/Post polls since 1986. Just 37% approve of his job performance, while 56% disapprove.
Black Republicans are making ripples in
state and national politics
Posted by Mercedes44 9/25/2023 5:55:03 AM Post Reply
Rodney Hall made history last month when he won the Republican primary for a Mississippi Capitol seat, setting him up to become the first Black Republican elected to the legislature since the Reconstruction era.But that wasn’t his goal when he decided to run for the open seat in District 20, which runs along Mississippi’s border with Tennessee border. In his first bid for elected office, Hall, who won his primary by 10 percentage points, said he focused on his experience as a local prosecutor and on his conservative values.
Rupert Murdoch, creator of Fox News, stepping
down as head of News Corp. and Fox Corp.
Posted by Mercedes44 9/21/2023 9:57:04 AM Post Reply
NEW YORK (AP) — Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media magnate who created Fox News, is stepping down as leader of both Fox’s parent company and his News Corp. media holdings. Fox said Thursday that Murdoch would become chairman emeritus of both companies. His son, Lachlan, will become News Corp. chairman and continue as chief executive officer of Fox Corp. Lachlan Murdoch said that “we are grateful that he will serve as chairman emeritus and know he will continue to provide valued counsel to both companies.”
Disney Signals Retreat in the Culture
Battles, But Have They Already Lost the War?
Posted by Mercedes44 9/21/2023 8:30:14 AM Post Reply
Disney CEO Bob Iger has quietly stated he's pulling his company out of the culture wars and returning to entertainment for entertainment's sake. Iger's comment came during a meeting with investors on September 19 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. According to an analyst note on Wednesday, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger told investors the company will "quiet the noise" in a culture war that has pitted social conservatives against the global media and entertainment conglomerate.
Democrats in Ohio say they’ll need a
new recipe for a second huge abortion
rights win
Posted by Mercedes44 9/18/2023 9:49:43 PM Post Reply
BURTON, OHIO — Abortion rights activists shocked themselves and the Ohio political world when they resoundingly defeated an August proposal that would have made it more difficult to enshrine abortion protections in the state’s constitution. The next test comes on Nov. 7, when voters will decide whether to adopt a constitutional amendment to preserve access to abortion in a state that has veered increasingly to the right since 2016. But despite their high-profile victory in August, abortion rights activists know it doesn't mean November will be a cakewalk — and Democrats still face hurdles when it comes to the 2024 political cycle.
It Begins: Australia’s Fifth-Largest
Bank Announces Digital-Only Transactions
– Will Phase Out Cash, Cheque, and Phone
Payments in All 80 Branches Starting Next Year
Posted by Mercedes44 9/18/2023 9:45:59 PM Post Reply
Australia’s fifth-largest bank, Macquarie Bank, has announced its transition to digital-only transactions. Starting from January 2024, the bank will begin phasing out all cash, cheque, and phone payment services in its 80 branches. By November 2024, all in-branch cash transactions will be completely discontinued. “Between January 2024 and November 2024, we’ll be phasing out our cash and cheque services across all Macquarie banking and wealth management products, including pension and super accounts,” the bank said in a statement.
HERE WE GO: Clinton Global Initiative
to Launch Network to Provide ‘Humanitarian
Aid’ to War-Torn Ukraine
Posted by Mercedes44 9/18/2023 9:44:24 PM Post Reply
Here we go. The Clinton Global Initiative will launch a new network to provide ‘humanitarian aid’ to war-torn Ukraine. Of course. Recall, that Bill Clinton last year announced the Clinton Global Initiative will be hosting a leadership summit in New York in September after a 5-year hiatus. “This year’s meeting will focus on what it takes to keep going — to maintain and advance progress, in spite of the difficulties that arise, and increase our capacity to cross the divides and make common cause with one another wherever possible to build a stronger future for all,” the Clintons said in a letter to the CGI community.
Biden tries to project his global leadership
as challenges pile up at home
Posted by Mercedes44 9/18/2023 1:41:34 PM Post Reply
President Joe Biden is seeing a series of economic, political and personal challenges pile up on the domestic front as he travels to New York City intent on making the case for American leadership on the global stage. The White House is confronted by an autoworkers’ strike that Biden himself had predicted two weeks ago wouldn’t happen. Biden’s Republican critics in the House have launched an impeachment inquiry. Administration officials are seeing gas prices rise, taking a wait-and-see approach for now. Biden’s son is freshly indicted on federal charges. And Congress is barreling toward a potential government shutdown at month’s end.