Fourteen States have not yet declared their intent to apply for the Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million Federal grant program, according to The Washington Times.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for a Democrat to challenge President Barack Obama in a primary election. Sanders told radio talk show host Thom Hartmann that the President has been able to move too far to the right because no Democrat has stood up to him.
President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has warned against cutting defense spending too much.
Both the upper and lower houses of Congress are currently considering bills to increase the debt limit and cut spending. The one in the House is sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and the one in the Senate is sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Both bills have come under fire from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for not actually delivering their respective amounts of promised cuts.
Tea Party activists Wednesday began advocating the removal of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, saying he is capitulating to the status quo in Washington. Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips called on Boehner to leave and be replaced by a “Tea Party speaker of the House” in a blog post Wednesday, The Hill reported. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said her organization was exploring the same idea.
Britain’s foreign secretary Wednesday condemned the last government’s release of the Lockerbie bomber, who turned up at a pro-Gadhafi rally in Tripoli. Sending jailed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi home to Libya was a “great mistake,” William Hague said, and the medical advice used to justify it as “pretty much worthless.”
SANTIAGO, Chile, July 27 (UPI) — Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has been spared a politically damaging campaign to discredit him, at least for now, because he owns shares in a Patagonian coal mine in southern Chile. Critics had said the president’s stake in the Riesco Island coal mine project was a blatant conflict of interest. […]
As the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt limit approaches, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is attempting to martial Republican support for his bill. After originally presenting the bill on Monday (seeking a vote today), the Speaker has since moved the vote on the bill to Thursday, needing time to make changes after the bill was poorly received by the Congressional Budget Office.
Obama’s national poll results have not been stellar. According to Gallup, his job approval rate is currently around 46 percent, and in an election against a generic Republican candidate, Obama loses by 8 percentage points. However, according to one columnist, it’s Obama’s poll numbers in battleground states that should be keeping the incumbent up at night.
UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (UPI) — A political crisis in Ivory Coast took a massive toll on the country, the U.N. secretary-general said after the Security Council extended the country’s mandate. The U.N. Security Council, in a unanimous vote, extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast for another year at its current strength of […]