MINSK (Reuters) - Belarus has executed two men convicted for a fatal 2011 metro bomb attack, despite protests from European human rights groups and calls for a re-trial, state news agency BelTA said on Saturday. The executions are likely to further sour already strained relations between the former Soviet republic and the European Union whose ambassadors left Belarus this month in a diplomatic row triggered by fresh EU sanctions. ...
News that Mitt Romney wants to vastly expand one of his six homes -- an expensive sea-view spot in La Jolla, Calif. -- reminded Republican veterans of a key but unreported moment in the 2008 presidential campaign, a moment with resonance this year, too.
Four years ago, Romney was on the short list of possible vice presidential running mates for the winner of the GOP nomination, Arizona Sen. John McCain. But during the very week they were considering whom to pick, McCain created a headache for his campaign by blithely asserting in a press interview that he didn't know how many homes he and his wife owned. It turned out that the correct number was eight.
When Romney's name then came up in the McCain campaign's private veep discussion -- other pre-Palin short-listers included Charlie Crist and Tim Pawlenty -- McCain speechwriter and mavericky alter ego Mark Salter strenuously objected to Romney, according to a fellow campaign staffer, who spoke to The Huffington Post on condition that he not be identified by name.
"Mark pointed out that we couldn't go to the country with a Republican ticket that owned 14 houses between the two of them," the source said. "That knocked Romney off the list right there."
The rich-guy image continues to hamper Romney, to the point that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him about it this week. His answer: "Guess what? I made a lot of money."
Romney's personal real estate includes six homes: one in La Jolla, two in the Boston area, a ski lodge in Utah and two lakeside residences in New Hampshire.
A new film from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign makes the case that his health care law has expanded coverage and stopped insurance companies from denying benefits to people because of previous illnesses. We’re checking several claims from the film, including this one, that "17 million kids can no longer be denied for a pre-existing condition." It’s true that the law prohibits excluding children with pre-existing conditions from private health insurance, effective six months following enactment. (Adults with pre-existing conditions get new protections that aren’t as strong.) We found problems ...>> More
The Road We’ve Traveled -- a 17-minute film from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign -- touts his achievements in health care, saying that the Affordable Care Act has substantially expanded coverage for millions of Americans. We’re checking several claims from the film, including one that "2.5 million young adults now have coverage." The law requires insurers to provide dependent coverage for children up to age 26 on all policies. The goal is to prevent young adults from becoming uninsured when their parental or college plans would otherwise run out. This provision took effect ...>> More
As he waited for the returns on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich didn’t pay much attention to the soft flicker of Fox News. Instead, as he sat with his family and a few aides in a suite at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., he was quietly glued to his BlackBerry, thumbing his way through e-mails. He was mostly cheerful, according to those in the room. He reminisced about campaigns past with his daughters. He reviewed his schedule; he bantered with his wife, Callista; he settled on a purple tie. As he sipped a Diet Coke, he casually prepared for his evening speech.
The takeaway from the relative calm was clear: This was just another night in another city. He’d make his extemporaneous remarks, his aides would pack their bags, and within a few hours, they’d board a plane and head to the next battleground.
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On March 13 the Obama campaign released one of the more interesting fundraising appeals in recent memory. "If the general election were held today," wrote campaign manager Jim Messina, “President Obama would lose to Mitt Romney—according to the latest poll from Washington Post-ABC News.” More troubling to Messina: “The other side has groups ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to tear down President Obama.” The Republican frontrunner, Mitt Romney, “will spend and say anything to win.” The letter...
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Statements from Western and Arab countries that President Bashar al-Assad's rule is illegitimate are counterproductive to establishing peace in Syria, Russia's envoy to the Middle East said on Friday. "The Syrian people should determine who will lead their country and so the opinion of some of our foreign partners will hardly foster a solution," Mikhail Bogdanov, a deputy foreign minister, told a news conference. ...
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Hamid Karzai exploded in anger when he learned last week that an American soldier had massacred 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children. When Karzai discovered that an aide had kept the news from him until after he had addressed the nation on television, the anger turned to rage. "I would have condemned this openly to my people," Karzai shouted at the aide in the Kabul television studio, officials told Reuters. Turning to another official, Karzai made himself even more clear: After a decade of war against al Qaeda and the Taliban, it was time for ...
President Obama has long been criticized by Republicans for his purportedly inadequate zeal in pursuing the war in Afghanistan. He was criticized sharply from the right for his plan to draw down troops over three years; too fast, they said.So it's ironic that Obama now finds himself defending that timetable against GOP critics who want to pull out more quickly in the wake of news that a U.S. soldier allegedly massacred at least 16 civilians.