November 7, 2013 |
The Christmas season has officially started in Venezuela, thanks to President Nicolas Maduro, who recently declared it so. Maduro made the announcement at a Socialist Christmas fair in the city of Caracas. According to National Public Radio, the president explained that he made “Christmas earlier because happiness and the Nativity and waiting for the arrival of the baby Jesus, it is the best medicine.” Indeed, Venezuelans are probably in need of a little cheering up given the state of things.
November 5, 2013 |
HERNDON, Va. -- Some of the old-timers who came out to vote Tuesday in this suburb near Dulles International Airport can remember a time when a social conservative like the state GOP's gubernatorial nominee would have dominated election returns here. Herndon was a sleepy burg full of dairy farms then. Its main link with Washington, D.C., was a train stopping to pick up a milk shipment on its way to Union Station. The area has since boomed into an appendage of Washington with a population exceeding 24,000, and the massive demographic changes it has gone through in the process reflect one of the biggest headaches for Republicans nationwide.
November 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The killing of a TSA screener in Los Angeles is symptomatic of a growing antipathy toward government workers and TSA personnel in particular, experts said Saturday. Specialists on hate crimes and union officials decried what they said was a general atmosphere of mockery and derision toward TSA agents that they said is amplified by late-night talk show hosts, politicians and news media. "When people or institutions are vilified on national television and in the public square, you often see people latch on to them as enemies to be destroyed," Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in an interview.
October 9, 2013 |
The federal government's partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken. One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been presented. In their drive to end it, lawmakers and others highlight the important work that has been put on hold in the political dispute, especially the loss of key services to families of veterans, consumers and workers whose lives are made better by government inspections.
June 6, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new government Thursday headed by a British-educated academic with no political experience. New Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, replaces Salam Fayyad, who resigned in frustration in April. Though admired by Western nations for his financial acumen and political reforms, Fayyad, a political independent, was never fully embraced by the Palestinian public and was resented by the two main Palestinian factions, Abbas' Fatah party and its rival, the Islamist group Hamas.
June 2, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.