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- Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war
By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up. Reuters/Ipsos polling data shows Republicans are more certain they will vote, and see their ballot as a way to voice disapproval of Obama's handling of the Ebola outbreak and his health insurance reform law. The expectation of robust Republican turnout is why many forecasters see strong odds that the party will take over the Senate and expand its majority in the House of Representatives. ...
- Obama puts spotlight on women in quest for midterm votes
By Steve Holland PROVIDENCE R.I. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, put women in the spotlight on Friday at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island. Obama has made only a handful of appearances on the campaign trail for the mid-term elections in addition to a series of fundraising swings, but his limited public stops have been aimed at shoring up support among key Democratic constituents including African Americans. ...
- California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, Riverside County prosecutors said. ...
- U.S. spy budget down by over 15 percent since 2010: official data By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The combined budget for U.S. civilian and military intelligence operations has shrunk by more than 15 percent since 2010, official figures show. The total U.S. intelligence budget was $67.9 billion in the fiscal year to Sept. 30, according to official figures. That was up only marginally from $67.6 billion the previous year, but followed a steady decline since a peak in 2010. A variety of factors comes into play, official sources say. ...
- State Dept. defends balance of career vs. political posts Foreign service officers vs. political appointees, round 1 million. The State Department rejects criticism that President Barack Obama's administration has given too many diplomatic jobs to political appointees.
- How a tech-savvy grandma is trying to lead Kansas Democrats out of the wilderness In 2010, a historic Election Day sweep in Kansas saw Democrats lose every statewide office. Many people wrote them off for dead, but Joan Wagnon reused to believe it. Now the 74-year-old state chair is using technology to rebuild and modernize the party.
- Hillary Clinton heckled by immigration activists in Maryland Hillary Clinton was heckled repeatedly by immigration activists while speaking at a campaign rally for Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for Maryland governor.
- The State Department is too top-heavy with Obama political picks, says foreign service group At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.
- Will Christie's 'sit down and shut up' style work outside New Jersey?
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's brash style of politics was on full display Wednesday when he told a heckler critical of the state's response to Superstorm Sandy to "sit down and shut up." But will it work in places like Iowa?
- Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey Explain Support for 21-Day Quarantine for Troops
Safety concerns prompted the decision to put in place a 21-day quarantine for American troops serving in the Ebola mission in West Africa, top Pentagon officials said today. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters today that he and the...
- Few Arrests of Americans Who Fought In Syria or Iraq, as Feds Focus on Small Group Back Inside U.S
- Classified: Military Suddenly Doesn't Want You to Know How $61B Afghan Training Is Going
If you’re curious what America is getting for its multi-billion dollar effort to train and equip local security forces in Afghanistan, sorry, that’s now classified. In its most recent quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) sharply criticized a new...
- Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2014. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. local time Sunday. Clocks go back one hour.
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- Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
- Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year's race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet.
- Kansas tax collections short as election nears TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that its October tax collections fell short of expectations, potentially complicating conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to win a tough a re-election race after successfully pushing for large personal income tax cuts.
- 'Banking Caucus' member aims for Senate Republican candidate for Senate U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito defends little banks but big banks benefit too.
- NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.
- Mega-donors give big to state candidates More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.
- US condemns eastern Ukraine separatist vote
The United States says it will not recognise weekend elections planned by pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine, where more than 4,000 people have been killed according to new UN figures. The European Union and the transatlantic NATO alliance have also condemned Sunday's leadership vote in Ukraine's Donetsk and Lugansk regions. "We deplore the intent of separatists in parts of eastern Ukraine to hold illegitimate so-called local 'elections' on Sunday," White House National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement on Friday. It came as the United Nations said there have been 4,035 deaths in over six months of fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.
- Peshmerga bolster Kurd defenders of Syrian town
Kurdish peshmerga forces streamed across the Syrian border from Turkey late Friday to bolster defenders in the key border town of Kobane which is under assault by Islamic State group jihadists. Horns blaring, the trucks carried some 150 Iraqi peshmerga fighters, many of them chanting "Kobane" and waving to jubilant crowds who cheered them across the border where they will join the fight against the jihadists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the Kurdish fighters had entered the embattled frontier town. The peshmerga drove out of a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse and headed for the border to reinforce Syrian Kurds in the battle for Kobane, an AFP correspondent reported.
- Campaigners confident ahead of DC marijuana vote
Campaigners expressed confidence Friday that residents of the US capital will embrace an initiative to legalize the personal possession and home cultivation of marijuana when it is put to a vote next week. "I'm very confident it's going to pass," said Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, which is spearheading the initiative. Colorado was the first US state to legalize marijuana, followed by Washington state, in both cases after voter initiatives. Florida voters are being asked to cast their ballots on whether their state should join 23 others that already permit doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to seriously ill patients.
- Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'
Boko Haram has claimed the 219 schoolgirls it kidnapped in Nigeria earlier this year have converted to Islam and been married off, according to a new video obtained by AFP on Friday. The Islamist group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, also denied claims by Nigeria's government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks. In addition, Shekau said the Islamists were holding a German national, who was kidnapped in Adamawa state in northeast Nigeria in July. The schoolgirls were kidnapped from the remote northeast town of Chibok in Borno state in April, raising global awareness about the group whose five-year insurgency in northern Nigeria has claimed an estimated 13,000 lives.
- Burkina power struggle as army group 'take country in hand'
Rival army factions were tussling over the future of Burkina Faso on Friday after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Army chief Navere Honore Traore announced he was assuming power after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze. Speaking before large crowds in the Place de la Nation, site of some of the week's fiercest clashes, Lieutenant-Colonel Isaac Yacouba Zida, second in command of the presidential guard, said a "transitional body" would be established to restore constitutional order. The uprising, which has drawn parallels with the Arab Spring, was sparked by plans to change the constitution to allow Compaore to stand once again for elections next year.
- China manufacturing growth slows in October: govt
Chinese manufacturing growth slowed in October, the government said on Saturday, as the world's second-largest economy expands at its weakest pace in five years. China's official purchasing managers index (PMI), a measure of activity in the sector, came in at 50.8 last month, Xinhua news agency quoted the National Bureau of Statistics as saying. The figure was lower than the 51.1 recorded in September and compared with the preliminary 50.4 figure in a private survey released by British bank HSBC on October 23. PMI tracks activity in China's factories and workshops and is a closely-watched indicator of the health of the economy.
- Ecuador court clears way for unlimited presidential terms
Ecuador's Constitutional Court has given lawmakers the green light to set new rules on term limits that would allow President Rafael Correa to extend his rule beyond 2017. Ecuador's constitution, which was adopted by referendum under Correa in 2008, only allows two consecutive terms for public office holders, including the president. In its decision, the Constitutional Court also approved several amendments that had been voted for by parliament.
- Clashes in West Bank as flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque reopens
Clashes erupted in the West Bank on Friday after weekly Muslim prayers while security forces deployed heavily around Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque which reopened following the killing of a Palestinian by police. A rocket was also fired from Gaza and hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said, although there were no reports of casualties or damage. It was the first rocket to hit Israel since September 16. Al-Aqsa, in Jerusalem's Old City, and adjacent neighbourhoods have seen months of violence, and the mosque compound has been a rallying point for Palestinian resistance to perceived Jewish attempts to take control of it.
- Rocket fired from Gaza hits southern Israel
A rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel on Friday, the Israeli army said, although there were no reports of casualties or damage. "A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Eshkol area in southern Israel," said the spokesman for the army, adding that it was the first rocket to strike Israeli territory since September 16. The spokesman did not say how the Israelis would respond despite the rocket being fired during a ceasefire put in place since Operation Protective Edge, launched in the summer by Israel against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and Israel agreed a ceasefire on August 26, brokered by Egypt, ending 50 days of war which resulted in the deaths of 2,140 Palestinians and 73 Israelis, most of them from the army.
- Sweden, after IKEA tit-for-tat, hopes Israel ties will recover
Sweden's foreign minister said Friday she hoped ties with Israel would recover after Stockholm's decision to recognise the state of Palestine led to an unusual exchange involving IKEA furniture. Margot Wallstroem was speaking exclusively to AFP one day after Sweden became the first EU member in western Europe to grant official recognition to the Palestinian state, prompting Israel to recall its ambassador to Stockholm.
- US prepares to send military advisers to western Iraq
US officers are drafting plans to deploy American military advisers to Iraq's western Anbar province and to help arm Sunni tribes to fight Islamic State jihadists, officials said Friday. "It's a plan that's being developed," a senior military officer said on condition of anonymity. About 600 US military advisers are currently based in Baghdad and in the northern city of Arbil. "We're going to have to help stiffen their resistance and provide some help outside of those two cities, Baghdad and Arbil, and specifically to help them in Anbar province," the officer told AFP.
- Iran nuclear talks to go into high gear
Global powers wrestling to hammer out a ground-breaking deal with Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions are moving complex talks into high gear with a "critical" three weeks left for an accord. The main players -- US Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton -- will crisscross the globe ahead of the November 24 deadline seeking to narrow the gaps. Ashton will first meet in Vienna on November 7 with political directors from the so-called P5+1 grouping -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States as well as Germany -- her spokesman Michael Mann said. She will then fly to Oman to meet with Kerry and Zarif in closed meetings, in the country that first hosted secret talks between old foes Iran and the United States.
- Rome mayor refuses to back down over gay marriages
Rome's mayor refused Friday to back down in an increasingly heated dispute over his registering gay marriages celebrated abroad, in defiance of an order from the government to the delight of rights groups. Left-wing mayor Ignazio Marino registered 16 gay marriages made in countries from Belgium to Spain two weeks ago following a landmark decision by a court in April to recognise a same-sex marriage contracted overseas. Gay marriage in Italy remains illegal, however, and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano has ordered the prefecture of Rome to remove the gay unions from the city's registry. Flavio Romani, head of Italy's leading gay rights group, Arcigay, expressed esteem and support for Marino and slammed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government, saying it was "clobbering Italians' requests for rights."
- France 'determined' to drive economic reforms: PM
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Friday said Paris was "absolutely determined" to drive economic reforms and that France was not "Europe's sick man". Valls was visiting the Netherlands for talks with Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on how to kickstart the continent's economy. "I want to tell you that we're absolutely determined to carry through our reforms," Valls said after Dutch complaints that Paris was breaking the European Union's spending rules. France has said that next year's deficit -- the shortfall between revenue and spending -- will hit 4.3 percent of annual economic output, far above the EU's 3.0 percent ceiling.
- Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations
Canada on Friday announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly virus from crossing its borders. Immigration Canada said authorities would not process any visa applications from individuals who had been in an Ebola-affected nation "within three months prior to the date of the application." "Canada has been a leader in the international efforts to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa," said Chris Alexander, Canada's immigration minister. A statement said immigration authorities would also not issue new visa applications or process existing applications from foreign nationals intending to travel to an Ebola-affected nation.
- Egypt troops targeted in Sinai a week after deadly blast
Seven Egyptian soldiers were wounded Friday in an explosion near El-Arish, a week after a deadly attack in the same area of the Sinai peninsula killed 30 soldiers, a security official said. "Two officers and five soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion against their vehicle south of El-Arish," the capital of North Sinai province, the source said. On October 24, a suicide bomber killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai bordering the Gaza Strip.
- Iran's rights record under fire at UN
Iran faced harsh criticism of its rights record Friday, with UN diplomats highlighting soaring numbers of executions and lamenting the recent hanging of a woman who murdered her attempted rapist. Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary general of Iran's High Council for Human Rights, told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that his country had made great strides in the field of human rights since its last Universal Periodic Review, which all 193 UN countries must undergo every four years. Many raised the issue of the rising numbers of executions, highlighted by the UN's special rapporteur on Iran, Ahmed Shahhed, who maintains the country has executed at least 850 people in the past 15 months.
- Russian flights over Europe raise tension: US military
Russian military flights over European airspace are raising tensions and pose a potential danger to security and to civilian aircraft, a US military spokesman said Friday. The United States was concerned about the flights of Russian warplanes and was tracking the activity "very closely," Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters. There was another round of flights on Friday, with NATO monitoring Russian planes over the Baltics, the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. He added that the United States wants Russia "to take steps, concrete tangible steps to reduce tension, not increase it."
- Obama slams Republicans over minimum wage as vote looms
President Barack Obama blasted Republicans for blocking increases to the minimum wage on Friday in last-ditch campaigning ahead of next week's crucial midterm elections. American voters head to the polls next week for a pivotal ballot which could redraw the political map, with Republicans potentially gaining control of both chambers of Congress. Obama, whose popularity is at record lows, has kept a low profile during the campaign, but went on the attack Friday as he lambasted Republicans for thwarting attempts to increase the minimum wage for workers. "We need Republicans in Congress to stop blocking a minimum wage increase and give America a raise," Obama said during an address in Providence, Rhode Island.
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