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Queensland election minus three days

Tide yourself over in the calm before the late-campaign polling storm with an assemblage of campaign bits and pieces compiled from news media reportage.

How Greece's Left-Wing Election Win Could Reverberate Around Europe

[body_image width='1000' height='750' path='images/content-images/2015/01/27/' crop='images/content-images-crops/2015/01/27/' filename='what-syrizas-win-means-for-greece-and-europe-876-body-image-1422360632.jpg' id='21492'] Alexis Tsipras giving his celebratory speech in Athens's Propylaea on Sunday. Show More Summary

Zsuzsanna Jakab elected for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Europe

The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 136th session in Geneva, has appointed Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, PhD as WHO Regional Director for Europe for a second term, following her nomination by the Regional Committee for Europe in September last year. Show More Summary

New Greek Govt.: Debt Repayment Isn't Realistic

As Greece's newly elected Syriza party takes office, its top economics spokesman is making the party's views on debt clear. It's "unrealistic" to think that Greece will be able to pay back the $270 billion bailout it received from the eurozone and other lenders, Euclid Tsakalotos tells the BBC. "I...

Swedish far right leader says Islamism is a bigger threat than Nazism

3 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The Swedish Democrats (SD) won 13 percent of the vote in September’s general election, becoming the third-most-popular political party in the country. Their success took many by surprise, but in many ways it was the result of a shift...Show More Summary

The Koch brothers don’t care if you care about their plan to buy 2016 election

The Koch brothers are done being shy. That’s the conclusion one would have to draw from the fact that they just announced that they hope to spend $889 million on the 2016 election, an unprecedented amount of outside money. It won’t all be theirs — they’re assembling a kind of Plutocrat Politburo, a group of […]

South East MPs' seats under threat

It's now 100 days until the general election and our opportunity to choose who forms the next government. It promises to be the most unpredictable election for decades, with no party looking like it will win outright. Of course, some...Show More Summary

Greek Elections: An Impressive Albeit Pyrrhic Victory for SYRIZA If It Can't Garner Broader EU Support

The outcome of Sunday's Greek general election is a clear victory of SYRIZA's young leader, Mr. Tsipras, over conservative PM Mr. Samaras and his coalition partner, Mr. Venizelos. At the same time it is the electorate's strong reaction to Greece still being used as "the canary in the coal mine" of the prevailing policies of the northern EU countries. Show More Summary

North Dakota’s Left-Wing Talk Radio Sees Ratings Decline From Previous Election Cycle

The ratings slide at KFGO, the Fargo-based radio station that serves as home to left-wing talk radio hosts Joel Heitkamp and Mike McFeely, seems to continue. The station is touting their continued success as the ratings leader in the Fargo market, but the larger ratings trends don’t look good for them. KFGO was up slightly in...

House Speaker John Boehner acknowledges early 2015 ‘stumbles’

3 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Republicans in the House of Representatives, whose ranks swelled as a result of last November’s elections, have gotten off to a clumsy start this year, House Speaker John Boehner said on Tuesday, as legislative initiatives have been derailed by attacks from inside the party. “There have...

A reality check about U.S. women in power

On election night in November, many cheered a relative milestone: For the first time ever, there would be more than 100 women in the U.S. Congress. Yet while that may be a record high, it doesn't look as impressive when compared with other high-income nations — or even many lower-income ones. The Pew Research Center released a data analysis Monday […]

Greece's Crazy Leftists Have a Good Idea

``Amid the populist rhetoric that propelled the far-left Syriza party to victory in Greece's parliamentary elections, there's one idea that Germany in particular should take to heart: revive growth in the euro area by giving the hardest-hit countries a break on their debts... Show More Summary

Jon Stewart: Republicans Are Still Using the ‘Exact Same Fucking’ Rhetoric Romney Did

5 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Not much has changed in the GOP since it lost the last presidential election.

Thanks, Citizens United!

[Content Note: Class warfare.]Here's a cool headline: "Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections."How neat for them! How neat for ALL OF US! It's so terrific that these conservative shitlords have all that...Show More Summary

The Koch Party

First Read comments on plans by the Koch brothers to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 election noting that, “If the past is any indication, most — if not all — of that money will be in anonymous contributions [...] The post The Koch Party appeared first on Political Wire.

100 days to go

The grids have been drawn up, the campaign is already underway. With the forthcoming election too close to call, for the next 100 days the parties will be throwing everything at trying to win. This will be a carefully targeted battle. Show More Summary

"It may seem ironic that Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's extreme right Front National, rooted for the extreme left Syriza in yesterday's Greek election and rejoiced at its landslide victory."

"Yet there's nothing unusual about it: Syriza, Front National and other European anti-establishment parties are partners in a political revolution that appears to be about to sweep the continent, giving back the original meaning to political...Show More Summary

Mark S. Allen Named President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon Mark S. Allen, MD today was elected as President of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization's 51st Annual Meeting in San Diego

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