July 6, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The year was 1989. The Berlin Wall came down. Czechoslovakia was experiencing its Velvet Revolution. Chinese were demanding democracy in Tiananmen Square. And in Mexico, the first cracks emerged in what had been more than six decades of one-party rule. For the first time in its history, the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had molded modern Mexico, lost a state government, in Baja California, to a small opposition faction. Baja became the launching pad for that group, the National Action Party, or PAN, to eventually rise to national power, ousting the PRI from the presidency in 2000 after 71 years.
May 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Top conservative leaders, along with tea party activists from across the nation, have crafted a letter of opposition to the Senate's bipartisan immigration overhaul. The open letter to the Senate, which will be released Tuesday, marks the first large-scale attempt to halt the bill as it gains momentum with a key Senate committee vote expected this week. Those signing the letter include influential conservative commentators - Erick Ericksen, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Michele Malkin - as well as tea party leaders and talk radio hosts from around the country.
May 13, 2013 |
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron moved Monday to beat back a brewing rebellion within his Conservative Party over Britain's membership in the European Union, rejecting demands for a speedy public vote on exiting the trading bloc but insisting that he would offer such a referendum by the end of 2017. As he met with President Obama in Washington - where Cameron lobbied for a U.S.-EU free-trade pact - the British leader found himself on the defensive at home against members of his party who want their country to withdraw from the 27-nation EU as soon as possible.
April 10, 2013 |
LONDON -- British lawmakers interrupted their Easter vacation Wednesday to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87. At a special session of the House of Commons, Prime Minister David Cameron called Thatcher "an extraordinary leader and an extraordinary woman" who rescued Britain from decline and “made our country great again.” "Those who grew up while she was in office … can sometimes fail to appreciate...
April 8, 2013 |
As education secretary in the 1970s, Margaret Thatcher said she did not think a woman would become British prime minister in her lifetime. She would occupy the job for nearly a dozen years, moving into 10 Downing St. in 1979. Thatcher died Monday at the age of 87. Here are memorable quotes from her political career: “I stand before you tonight in my Red Star chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up and my fair hair gently waved, the 'Iron Lady' of the Western world.
February 11, 2013
In voting to legalize same-sex marriage, Britain's House of Commons has proved that a tradition-conscious society can also adapt to social change. Enactment of the legislation, which is also expected to pass the House of Lords after some additional action in the Commons, would put to shame politicians here in Britain's most powerful former colony who continue to resist the legalization of civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. But it also demonstrates that support for marriage equality is compatible with conservative views on other issues, a reality Republicans in the United States should ponder.