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Michele Bachmann Pulls Out of Republican Presidential Race

Michele Bachmann at the Iowa Straw Poll

Michele Bachmann has pulled out of the race to become the Republican nomination for President after a poor showing in the Iowa Caucus. The result was a disappointment for the former Congresswoman from Minnesota who had won the earlier Iowa Straw Poll. In a statement, Bachmann thanked her campaign team and God, saying “we ran it with integrity and …we ... Read More »

Mitt Romney Wins Republican Caucus in Iowa

Mitt Romney - Republican Presidential Candidate

Mitt Romney has secured a win at the psychologically important Republican Caucus in Iowa. Now the Republican front runner for United States President, Romney won by eight votes. The former Governor of Massachusetts and committed Mormon was almost pipped to the post by Rick Santorum, who also garnered 25% of the 122,000 votes. Mitt Romney received 30,015 votes, to Santorum’s ... Read More »

Plan B Debacle Represents a Larger Threat to American Secularism

The controversial "morning-after" pill at the heart of the Plan B debate

Last week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that the morning after pill (known as Plan B) was safe enough to be made available on request at pharmacies to all girls of reproductive age – even those under 16. But Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human resources, rejected this recommendation – the first time anyone can ... Read More »

Paula Boggs Leaves Starbucks to Join Obama Re-Election Campaign

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The general counsel and secretary to Starbucks Coffee Company, Paula Boggs, will leave on 2nd April 2012 to join the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama. Boggs is an army veteran, who was assigned to the Pentagon. She has worked as a staff attorney at the White House, trial lawyer at Preston Gates & Ellis in Seattle and joined Starbucks in ... Read More »

Obama on Iran: “we are not taking any options off the table”

His Royal Highness Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah; Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan; President Obama; President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia; Prime Minister Julia Gillard of Australia, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In a press conference at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit in Hawaii on 14th November 2011, President Obama commented on the current situation with Iran. He admitted that the country does not have nuclear weapons and is allowing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) staff into the country, but refused to rule out military interventions in the Persian nation. Despite ... Read More »

US Supreme Court to Review Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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The US Supreme Court will review aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act put forth by the Obama administration.The White House issued a defensive statement on the news, saying that it had asked for the review itself and that “we know the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and are confident the Supreme Court will agree”. The National Retail ... Read More »

Obama Set to Visit Canberra, Darwin and Bali

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The US President, Barack Obama, is set to visit Australia and Indonesia in November as part of a regional tour. The Office of the Australian Prime Minister confirmed that President Obama would visit Darwin on 17th November 2011. The visit to the Northern Territory will be preceded by a reception in the Australian Capital Territory at Canberra. Following the Australia ... Read More »

Former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, Dies at 56

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The former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, has died at 56 following a battle with ill health. The news comes just six weeks after the technology guru announced his retirement. The illegitimate son of two academics, Jobs was adopted by an Armenian family and went on co-found Apple and NeXT (which was later acquired by Apple) as well as acquiring ... Read More »

Killing of Suspected Terrorist Anwar al-Aulaqi Raises Questions of Due Process

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The assassination of suspected terrorist and United States national, Anwar al-Aulaqi, in a drone attack in Yemen on 1st October 2011 has raised questions about due process in targeted killings carried out be the United States. Whilst the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has long questioned the practice of targeted killings, the involvement of ... Read More »