GOP national sales tax talk backfires, as Dems see political gold

GOP national sales tax talk backfires, as Dems see political gold

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has backe his fellow Republicans into. A corner with one of the promises he made to his far-right flank to land his job. Opening the door to considering fringe legislation that would replace the income tax with a federal sales tax and abolish the IRS. Most GOP members appear determined to …

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What the recent bout of political profanity says about the system

What the recent bout of political profanity says about the system

As a public radio outlet, WESA generally avoids profanity. We believe our audience deserves respectful, rational discourse. (By which I mean we’re afraid of the FCC.) But it takes work … especially when discussing Allegheny County Councilor Bethany Hallam and an even more provocative topic: the rules of procedure in the state House. Hallam, you …

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Tanzania opposition leader Lissu returns from exile

Tanzania opposition leader Lissu returns from exile

Tanzanian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Tundu Lissu returne home. After more than two years in exile in Europe to a cheering crowd on Wednesday, after the government lifted a ban on political rallies. A former lawmaker and a fierce critic of the government, Lissu initially left the country to seek treatment abroad after …

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Timeline from a year of political turmoil in Burkina Faso in 2022

Timeline from a year of political turmoil in Burkina Faso in 2022

The confirmation came a day after French President Emmanuel. Macron requeste “clarifications” in this latest episode of tensions between the two countries. Here is a recap of the major political events that occurre in the Sahelian country. Since the first military coup in 2022. On January 22, 2022, incidents broke out in Ouagadougou during demonstrations …

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German caution on Ukraine arms rooted in political culture

German caution on Ukraine arms rooted in political culture

Germany has become one of Ukraine’s leading weapons suppliers in the 11 months since Russia’s invasion. Chancellor Olaf Scholz also has gaine a reputation for hesitating. Take each new step  generating impatience among allies. Berlin’s perceived foot-dragging, most recently on the Leopard 2 battle tanks that Kyiv has long sought. Is rooted at least partly …

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Stop insulting elder statesmen in name of politics

Stop insulting elder statesmen in name of politics

The immediate past regent of Warri Kingdom and Chairman of Warri Consultative Forum, WCF, Prince Emma Okotie-Eboh has admonished young politicians to desist from impugning the hard-earned image of our respected political gurus in the name of party politics for adopting their preferred candidate for the 2023 presidential election. Emma Okotie-Eboh, a scion of Nigeria’s …

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Japan, UK sign ‘hugely significant’ defence deal

Japan, UK sign ‘hugely significant’ defence deal

Japan and the United Kingdom have signed a “hugely significant” new defence deal as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who recently unveiled his country’s biggest military buildup since World War II, seeks to bolster security ties with G7 partners amid worries about China’s growing power. Kishida and the UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed the …

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US House Republicans get to work, but Democrats raise concerns

US House Republicans get to work, but Democrats raise concerns

The United States House of Representative has gotten back to work after Republican legislators united.  Resolve a gruelling deadlock over who would be the next speaker, the chamber’s presiding officer. But Democrats are warning that a Republican-controlle House with an empowere far-right contingency could spell. Trouble not only for President Joe Biden’s agenda but also …

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DOD Holds Firm as McCarthy Plays Politics With Ukraine Aid

DOD Holds Firm as McCarthy Plays Politics With Ukraine Aid

Top Pentagon officials on Friday appeared steadfast in the face of concerns about potential deep cuts to U.S. military support for Ukraine following reports that Rep. Kevin McCarthy is considering dramatic concessions to far-right members of Congress to secure the House speakership. Laura Cooper, the top Defense Department official for Russia and Ukraine, who has …

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Bolivian opposition leader held on ‘terrorism’ charges

Bolivian opposition leader held on ‘terrorism’ charges

Prosecutors in Bolivia are seeking six months of pre-trial detention in the case of Luis Fernando Camacho. The governor of Santa Cruz and prominent right-wing leader whose sudden arrest on Wednesday sparke allegations of kidnapping. Camacho is being held in the political capital of La Paz on charges of “terrorism” prosecutor Omar Mejillones confirme in …

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