June 15, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Wild celebrations broke out on Tehran streets Saturday evening when the Iranian Interior Ministry confirmed centrist cleric Hassan Rowhani's presidential election victory, throwing open the political order after relentless crackdowns by hard-liners to consolidate and safeguard their grip on power. An enormous gathering of chanting and cheering supporters flooded the center of Tehran where Rowhani's headquarters were located. Many of them wore purple T-shirts or scarves, the color of his campaign.
June 7, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - Inside the ballroom of a posh resort in Deer Valley, the old Mitt Romney was back. Outlining the biggest challenges facing the country before an intimate gathering of 200 of his biggest donors, the man whose political career was built on his business success was dashing through graphs and charts in a PowerPoint presentation - one tracing the GDPs of the world's largest nations dating back to 1500. In a departure from some of his recent television interviews, in which he has sharply criticized President Obama, the 2012 Republican nominee did not mention his former rival, according to interviews with guests at the event.
May 30, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - For nearly 30 years, Rick Perry enjoyed an unbroken record of campaign success, winning 10 straight elections. Then, in 2012, the Texas governor waged a spectacularly unsuccessful bid for president. It was not just that Perry fell short of the Republican nomination; more than half a dozen contestants, of varying plausibility, waged equally unavailing efforts. Rather, it was the nature of Perry's free fall that did the real damage. In just a few months, he went from national front-runner to the brain-frozen bumbler who couldn't remember all three points in his own government-reduction plan, an episode that turned a sheepish "oops!"
May 22, 2013 |
He's one of two surviving founders of the Islamic Republic, head of the Expediency Council that supervises all branches of government and has already served two terms as Iranian head of state. But the Islamic conservatives who vet presidential candidates have deemed former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani unqualified to run in the June 14 presidential election. The ostensible reason, according to the octogenarian Islamists: At 78, Rafsanjani might be too old to run the country.
May 21, 2013 |
TEHRAN - In a highly anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran's supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified two high-profile candidates from next month's presidential race after both were assailed as disloyal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The powerful Guardian Council, composed of senior clerics and jurists, gave no reason for barring the would-be candidates, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
May 21, 2013 |
TEHRAN - In a much-anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran's supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified from next month's presidential race two high-profile candidates who have been assailed as disloyal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The powerful Guardian Council, composed of senior clerics and jurists, barred the two most controversial candidates - former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.