Tag: Elections

Mitch McConnell, Young and . . . Moderate?

After a failed attempt to run for the House of Representatives (he was tossed from the ballot for failing residency requirements), Mitch McConnell’s first real campaign was for judge-executive of Jefferson County, containing (at the time) Louisville and its suburbs. It was 1977, and he was 35. The images collected here offer a portal into […]

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U.K. Lawmakers Reject ‘No-Deal’ Brexit, but Next Steps Remain Unclear

LONDON — Having twice thrown out Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the fractious British Parliament on Wednesday also rejected the idea of a disorderly “no-deal” exit from the bloc at the end of the month. But if Britain’s newly assertive lawmakers have found it easy to say what […]

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India Sets Date for General Elections, a Crucial Test for Modi

NEW DELHI — General elections in India will begin on April 11, officials announced on Sunday, with some 900 million voters eligible to cast ballots to fill parliamentary seats and choose the next prime minister in the world’s largest democracy. The elections, which will be held during a period of […]

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The eminently electable Bernie Sanders enjoys strong support from African-Americans and young people

When critics want to dismiss Bernie Sanders’s bid to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, the say that he is too old and too white, and incapable of bringing young people and racialized people to the polls, the way that, say, Obama did in 2008 (after all, American politics is as much a […]

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Elizabeth Warren reveals her plan to break up Big Tech

Would-be Democratic Presidential nominee Elizabeth Warren (I’ve donated to her campaign, as well as Bernie Sanders’) has published her latest policy prescription: a plan to break up Big Tech monopolists to protect the public’s privacy and the interests of small-business competitors. Under Warren’s plan, large tech companies (with more than $25b in global […]

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A Peace Plan for India and Pakistan Already Exists

LAHORE, Pakistan — India and Pakistan don’t have to be on the brink of war. Negotiators painstakingly put together a way out of the crisis and a road map for resolution of the Kashmir dispute in the mid-2000s, and we need to get to back to it. Kashmir has been […]

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Ocasio-Cortez, Warren and Sanders in an Unlikely Skirmish With N.Y. Democrats

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — A handful of the nation’s leading left-leaning Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have picked a fight with an unexpected opponent: the New York State Democratic […]

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Europeans! Tell your MEPs that your vote depends on their rejection of #Article13!

[embedded content] At the end of March, the European Parliament will sit down to vote on the new Copyright Directive, an unparalleled disaster in the history of internet regulation with the power to wipe out the EU’s tech sector, handing permanent control of the internet over to US Big Tech, all in the name […]

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Nigeria Election Results Show Apparent Victory for President Muhammadu Buhari

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari was poised to win on Wednesday a second term in a contest in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight, election officials finished […]

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President Buhari Wins Nigerian Election, a Referendum on Honesty

ABUJA, Nigeria — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria won a second term in an election in Africa’s most populous country, where voters rejected a corruption-stained candidate in favor of a leader who promised to continue a campaign to eliminate graft. Not long after midnight Wednesday, election officials finished counting the […]

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Trump Touts Progress With China but Pressure Grows for Trade Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to back off his threat to raise tariffs on Chinese goods carries substantial political risk as the president faces increased pressure from Republicans, Democrats and some of his own advisers to win the kind of tough concessions that Beijing has long resisted. Citing “substantial progress” […]

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Netanyahu Brokers Deal With Racist Party to Save His Job

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made something of an art form of cutting deals with small Israeli political parties, but his latest alliance has earned him denunciations from quarters where he has usually been able to count on unshakable support. Mr. Netanyahu, his future imperiled by prosecutors and […]

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After Terror, Polarizing Politics in India

On Feb. 14, a 19-year-old drove a vehicle filled with explosives into a convoy of Indian paramilitary forces in Indian-administered Kashmir and killed 49 soldiers. Jaish-e-Muhammad, or the Army of Muhammad, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack. Over the past five years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya […]

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Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, Israeli Centrists, Join Forces Against Netanyahu

CAIRO — Israel’s two leading centrist candidates for prime minister, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, have joined forces to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-wing leader who has led the country for a decade, in a move that instantly makes the April 9 elections far more competitive. Mr. Gantz, […]

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People Say Myanmar’s Constitution Can’t Be Changed. They’re Wrong.

ImageMilitary officers arriving for a parliamentary session in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Tuesday. The country’s Legislature approved the creation of a committee to review the Constitution.CreditThet Aung/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images It was one of those small, dull and bureaucratic bits of news that could have tremendous political implications: On Tuesday, […]

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Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says

SEATTLE — A group of hackers associated with Russian intelligence targeted civil society groups across Europe ahead of May elections there, Microsoft said on Tuesday. The attacks, disclosed by Microsoft in a blog post, demonstrates the continuing spread of a broad online campaign aimed at disrupting real and potential political […]

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Spain’s Far-Right Vox Party Sees Breakout Moment in New Election

EL EJIDO, Spain — Wedged between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, the Almería province of southern Spain was once a setting for the spaghetti westerns that turned Clint Eastwood into a star. These days, shimmering miles of plastic greenhouses stretch to the horizon, incubating the tomatoes, peppers and other […]

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Spain’s Prime Minister Calls Snap Election

MADRID — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez of Spain on Friday called for a snap general election in April, opening a new chapter of national turmoil as the territorial conflict over Catalonia continues to weigh on the country’s politics. The announcement from Mr. Sánchez came two days after his minority Socialist […]

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Indonesia’s Next Election Is in April. The Islamists Have Already Won.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Joko Widodo, the incumbent president of Indonesia, last year chose Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate for the general election this April, it became clear that Indonesian politics is now backed into a corner. Mr. Ma’ruf is an Islamic cleric and scholar, and Mr. Joko was […]

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Lyndon LaRouche, Cult Figure Who Ran for President 8 Times, Dies at 96

Lyndon LaRouche, the quixotic, apocalyptic leader of a cultlike political organization who ran for president eight times, once from a prison cell, died on Tuesday. He was 96. His death was announced on the website of his organization, La Rouche/Pac. It did not specify a cause or say where he […]

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