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- How a surge in Puerto Rican voters is changing Florida politics The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.
- Ann Romney: If Mitt had been elected president, ‘I do not believe there would have been an invasion in Ukraine’ Ann Romney says Russia wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine had her husband Mitt been elected president. In a clear shot at the Obama administration, Romney told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, “I do not believe there would have been an invasion, of course, in Ukraine. I believe Putin would have known there would've been consequences to that.”
- Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal. Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role. ...
- Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics." Hubbard, a powerful figure in Alabama politics who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. U.S. ...
- Head of municipal securities office at U.S. SEC to leave agency WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The director of the office of municipal securities at the Securities and Exchange Commission, John Cross, will leave his post in November to return to the U.S. Treasury Office of Tax Policy, the agency said on Tuesday. Cross was named head of the newly formed office barely two years ago after becoming a leading figure in the $3.7 trillion municipal bond market through his role as associate tax legislative counsel in the Treasury's tax policy arm. ...
- U.S. national security prosecutors shift focus from spies to cyber
By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending up in the wrong hands, as American business and government agencies face more intrusions. The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, also marks a recognition that national security threats have broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11 attacks against the United States. ...
- Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero
- Koch Brothers Super PAC adds another $6.5 million in TV ads
The Koch brothers-backed super PAC is adding to its TV spending over the final two weeks leading up to the midterm elections, dropping an additional $6.5 million into six competitive U.S. Senate races. The ads will link Democratic candidates to President Obama.
- Ottawa shootings: Videos, photos capture chaotic scene, aftermath A chaotic scene unfolded Wednesday in downtown Ottawa, where a series of shootings left at least two people dead, including a soldier and suspected gunman.
- McCain: 'People don’t like Republicans and they don’t like Obama'
- Elizabeth Warren says she's been treated differently in the Senate but won't say how
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she has been treated differently as a woman in Congress. But unlike Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who opened up about her experience with sexism on Capitol Hill in a recent book, Warren won't elaborate.
- Afghan Opium Trade Thriving Despite - or With Help of - US $7 Billion Effort
- American Jeffrey Fowle Released From North Korea and Flies Home on US Jet
- Man Warns Obama: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'
President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday. As he was casting his ballot early in Chicago, minding his own business behind the voting booth, a young man walked by and warned him “don’t touch my girlfriend.” The girlfriend, who was voting in the...
- 'Outsourcing' changes Georgia race in closing days
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn has spent the past month hammering away at Republican David Perdue's career as a business executive, making a dispute over his role in outsourcing jobs the hallmark of her campaign for U.S. Senate.
- Man apprehended after jumping White House fence
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 23-year-old Maryland man was in custody Wednesday night after he climbed over the White House fence and was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs.
- Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2014. There are 69 days left in the year.
- NY governor hopefuls debate economy, leadership
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption Wednesday while two third-party candidates worked to get traction in the only scheduled debate in the governor's race.
- Senate Democrats return to Ky. race with TV ads
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats' official campaign arm and one of its largest outside allies on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.
- Pennsylvania super PAC gets 'dark money' infusion Nonprofit Green Orchard Inc. is listed as the sole donor to new Prosperity for Pennsylvania super PAC.
- Super PACs exploit disclosure loophole Several political committees that materialized in recent days aren't required to reveal donors until after Election Day.
- Ex-senators Breaux and Lott confirm lobbying for Russian bank on Ukraine sanctions A new filing says two former senators were part of a team that earned $150,000 for roughly a month of work.
- Hong Kong civil servants show support for democracy protests
Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page that points to unease among some of those working at the heart of the city's government. The postings come as a group of 1,300 civil servants hit back Thursday at their union bosses, who had criticised the protest movement earlier this week. Parts of the city have been paralysed for nearly a month by mass rallies and road blocks calling on Beijing to rescind its insistence that Hong Kong's next leader be vetted by a loyalist committee ahead of the 2017 elections. One message posted on Facebook next to an identity card belonging to a member of the city's police force used a traditional Chinese idiom that roughly translates to: "My body is in the belly of the beast but my heart is with the people".
- Spanish elites feel wrath of corruption backlash
Bankia's financial soundness as the bank was preparing its stock market listing in 2011. The near-collapse of Bankia the following year caused thousands of customers to lose their savings and pushed Spain to seek a 41 billion euro international bailout for its financial sector. Podemos, which means "We Can" in Spanish, stormed past older opposition groups to take fourth place in Spain's EU elections in May. The credit card scandal has dominated headlines in Spain since it broke earlier this month and has sparked a string of resignations by Spanish officials.
- Mexico mayor accused of ordering attack on missing students
Mexico has ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging they masterminded last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Carrying torches and candles, tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City to protest the disappearance of the students. "We shall overcome," protesters shouted with clenched fists in the air. Marching were students, teachers, farmers and activists joining relatives of the missing students.
- Three years after Libya revolt, 'Dubai dream' still far off
When longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi's regime collapsed in a 2011 revolution, many Libyans looked to affluent and booming Dubai as an example of what the future could hold. On October 23, 2011, three days after Kadhafi was captured and killed, transitional authorities announced the "total liberation" of Libya, in a joyous declaration from the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of the eight-month conflict. In a country with two governments -- one internationally recognised and the other self-declared -- the anniversary comes at a time of deadly clashes between pro- and anti-government militias in Benghazi and west Libya. "When the country's 'liberation' was announced, our ambition was to become a new Dubai thanks to oil revenues," said Mohamed al-Karghali, a 39-year-old teacher who fought in the revolt.
- Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd, killing baby
A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a "hit-and-run terror attack". It was the second such deadly incident in three months, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately order an increase in police presence across the city. The driver, identified as Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, a Palestinian from Silwan in east Jerusalem, died from his injuries early on Thursday, the Shaarei Tzedek hospital said.
- Lone gunman kills Canadian soldier in parliament attack
A gunman whose name was on a terror watch list killed a soldier and attempted to storm Canada's parliament before being shot dead in turn by the assembly's sergeant-at-arms. The attack -- the second this week targeting Canadian military personnel -- came as Canadian jets were to join the US-led bombing campaign against Islamist militants in Iraq. Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged not to waver, saying Canada would not be "intimidated" and would bolster its efforts to combat "terrorist" groups abroad. The attacker, identified in the Canadian media as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was considered a "high risk" suspect whose passport had been confiscated to prevent him fighting abroad.
- US stores hire big with high hopes for holiday shopping
Package shipper FedEx said Tuesday it would add 50,000 temporary workers for the November-January holiday shopping season, aiming to avoid last year's debacle when it and rival UPS were overwhelmed by the online sales surge, resulting in a huge number of deliveries missing the December 25 Christmas target. UPS earlier said it was adding up to 95,000 holiday workers to meet what all analysts agree will be another banner season for shipper-dependent online sales. The National Retail Federation is optimistic, predicting consumers will go on a $617 billion splurge this holiday season, 4.1 percent higher than last year.
- Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq 'massacre'
Four former Blackwater security guards were found guilty Wednesday for their roles in a notorious 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left at least 14 civilians dead and deepened resentment of America's involvement in Iraq. The four ex-employees of the US private security firm were convicted on an array of charges ranging from first degree murder to voluntary manslaughter. Their convictions followed a two-month trial that heard how they opened fire with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers in Baghdad's bustling Nisour Square as they escorted a diplomatic convoy. The federal court jury in Washington found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder.
- US girls stopped in Germany, suspected of trying to join IS
Washington (AFP) - Three teenage American girls who were suspected of wanting to join Islamic State jihadists were sent home after they were intercepted in Germany, US media reports and officials said Wednesday.
- Canada parliament attacks: Live Report
- Airbus chief hits out at German defence policy
- Canada PM in parliament at time of shooting: lawmaker
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with lawmakers in Parliament at the moment when a gunman opened fire in the building Wednesday, a senator who attended the meeting said.
- Israel says no plan to allow Jews to pray at Al-Aqsa
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel on Wednesday reassured Jordan that it would not allow Jewish prayer at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound, after reports of a possible change raised concerns in the Arab world.
- Obama talks with Harper on Canada shooting: White House
- At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns of new East-West tensions
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