Ukraine’s president has announced plans to change the nation's legislation to make it possible to appoint foreigners to top government positions. This has been dubbed “unprecedented,” and may indicate that the country is being governed “from outside.”
White House is focused on releasing its massive regulatory agenda, the fifth time the Obama administration has released its regulatory road map on the eve of a major holiday.
Two opposition lawmakers want an official list of “undesirable foreign organizations” and criminal responsibility for Russians who assist the activities of these entities inside the country, to prevent any foreign groups to harm the “basic values of the Russian state.”
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber: Americans are too stupid to realize that Obamacare traps them into higher taxes, Obama praised Americans for having memories too short to hold Democrats accountable in the next Presidential election.
Russia has warned conflict-stricken Ukraine against joining the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), underscoring that such a measure would only aggravate regional tensions.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon to protest against continuation of the government's austerity measures, decision to extend cuts in the 2015 budget met with protests in Lisbon demonstrators said the measures were unjustified.
US Vice President Joe Biden visited Ukraine at the end of last week to threaten Russia with “rising costs and greater isolation, ”encouraged the Ukrainian government to press forward with its draconian economic reform agenda to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Mr. Obama’s decision to remove Mr. Hagel, 68, as a recognition that the threat from the Islamic State would require a different kind of skills than those that Mr. Hagel was brought on to employ, next couple of years will demand a different kind of focus.
A Communist Party MP suggests Moscow should sever diplomatic relations with Vilnius and to slap additional sanctions on Lithuania after its president called Russia a “terrorist state” in a radio interview.
US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, United States and Russia have been able to cooperate despite difficult environment in our bilateral relationship. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: differences in opinion between Russia and the West are objective, Moscow prepared to find compromises "based on equal rights"without "blackmail or dictatorship."
Serbian Foreign Minister:“I hope that Serbia will not find itself in a situation when it will have to choose between Brussels and Moscow.”Sanctions against Russia are the only foreign policy issue which Serbia has refused to coordinate with the European Union so far.
President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation’s legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009.
US House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to frustrate President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform the country’s dilapidated immigration system, saying the House of Representatives “will rise to the challenge.”
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday. "The country's going to go nuts, you could see anarchy.
A decision by UK charity Save the Children to give Tony Blair its annual Global Legacy Award has unleashed a torrent of criticism highlighting the former PM’s role in Britain’s 2003 Iraq war and his controversial business dealings in the Middle East.
ABC, CBS, and NBC rejected pleas made Wednesday by the White House to air the speech, scheduled for 8 pm ET, in which Obama planned to discuss his unilateral plan for immigration reform that will include temporary reprieve from deportation for as much as 5 million additional undocumented immigrants.
Conservative Christian pastor Bryan Fischer declared in a column for RenewAmerica.com that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion must only apply to Christianity, otherwise, Satanism will have to be recognized as an official religion.
Republican governors Wednesday warned fellow conservatives in Washington against shutting down the U.S. government in response to President Barack Obama’s expected move to ease immigration policy.
The release of the annual report of the US Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is being seized upon by the media and politicians of both parties to press for a new round of devastating cuts to pension benefits for tens of millions of retired industrial and other private-sector workers.
Elizabeth Warren, former Harvard Law School professor, influential Democratic senator: United States headed in wrong direction, called on fellow Democrats to do more for working class people, Democratic Party lost sight of its priorities in recent years, long way to go before Democrats can say we’re working for America’s people. Slammed Republicans on education, job creation, economic policies.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R): new policy that could cut off food stamps for thousands of people in his state would be “ennobling” for poor people. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration: would no longer request waiver to federal work requirement for certain people who use SNAP program. 65,000 single could lose food stamp benefits unless they are working 20 hours a week or attending job training.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger: urgent need for a new world order, "Nobody in the West offered concrete program to restore Crimea," "Nobody is willing to fight over eastern Ukraine." "We have to remember Russia an important part of the international system, useful in solving all sorts of other crises.
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger:“The annexation of Crimea was not a move toward global conquest, doesn’t make any sense a week after the close of the Olympics, Putin would take Crimea and start a war over Ukraine. resumption of the Cold War would be historic tragedy. Ifconflict is avoidable, one should try to avoid it. Russia is an important part of the international system.
Executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds have since 2011 poured more than $600,000 in contributions into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign operation and political action committees (PACs) that support him, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times.
Lockheed Martin for years running one of the government’s most important nuclear research facilities, Sandia National Laboratories. Five years ago, its contract with Department of Energy (DOE) was coming to an end, Lockheed Martin started to lobby to win extension using money paid by DOE for Lockheed Martin to run Sandia. Contractors forbidden from using taxpayer money to lobby for more contracting work. Lockheed Martin did it anyway.
Friction between Russia and the West over the crisis in Ukraine is becoming more salient as the world’s strongest economies gather in Australia to talk international economic development.
Republican, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher; California: Wake up and see where the American people are, fundamental principles are individual liberty, limited government, which Republicans have always talked about, doctor-patient relationship, states’ rights and the 10th Amendment." Appealed to Republican colleagues to rethink their approach to marijuana laws; “things have really changed in Washington.
Labor group, Our Walmart, planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide for higher wages on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. Police arrested 23 at Los Angeles-area Walmart protesting low wages.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Friday complete his working visit to Russia's Far Eastern Federal District and arrive in Australian city of Brisbane to attend the G20 summit. During his visit, Putin is scheduled to hold a meeting with the leaders of BRICS, as well as working contacts with French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Switzerland has signed up to the latest package of the European Union's sanctions against Russia imposed in September over the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging.
President Obama has come out in support of reclassifying internet service as a utility, a move that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to enforce more robust regulations and protect net neutrality. Obama: "To put these protections in place, I'm asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act."
America’s major telecoms and cable companies and business groups came out fighting on Monday after Barack Obama called for tough new regulations for broadband that would protect net neutrality, saying they were “stunned” by the president’s proposals.
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker is proposing creating military units manned exclusively by foreigners to counter the threat from radical groups such as Islamic State in Central Asia.MP Roman Khudyakov: Foreign Legion have contract soldiers from 136 nations, not a single French citizen has to die in a war. Why should our soldiers die? We must answer modern day challenges of global security or terrorism.”
President Obama: Federal Communications Commission should “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.” No service should be stuck in a 'slow lane' because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth."
A vast majority of people in Catalonia have voted for secession in the region’s referendum for independence amid oppositions from the Spanish government.
Wisconsin could have one of the nation’s most sweeping drug-testing requirements for those receiving public benefits if the proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to test those who apply for unemployment checks and food stamps becomes law.
A former British defense secretary has slammed the UK’s arms sales to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, saying they are using British weapons to suppress civilians. According to recent figures, the British government sold over 95 million dollars (60 million pounds) worth of arms to these countries in 2014.
Refusal of Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ruling Fidesz party to join the new US and EU Cold War against Russia,has seen the Hungarian parliament approving a law to build the South Stream gas pipe policies Fidesz adopted against largely foreign owned banks and energy companies, met with angry response from Washington and Brussels.
London has claimed victory in its row with the European Union over a €2.1 billion budget contribution, saying it has been able to reduce and delay the surcharge. UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne: "We have halved the bill, we have delayed the bill, we will pay no interest on the bill."
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