Bloomberg caught on video calling transgender people 'it,' suggesting LGBTQ rights isn't 'a winning formula' for 2020 election
NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg’s past keeps haunting him — even his very recent past.The wealthy White House wannabe referred to transgender people as “he, she or it” last spring and suggested Democratic presidential candidates shouldn’t spend time on the campaign trail talking about the rights of “some guy in a dress,” claiming it’s “not a winning formula,” a newly unearthed video reveals.Bloomberg made the eyebrow-raising remarks during an appearance at a forum in Manhattan hosted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency on March 21, 2019, a video from the event posted to YouTube shows. Buzz...
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Ghani secures second term as Afghan president, rival contests results
Kabul (AFP) - Ashraf Ghani secured a second term as president of Afghanistan on Tuesday, but his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah immediately challenged final election figures and said he was forming his own government.The results of the September 28, 2019 poll were released after lengthy delays following vote-rigging allegations by Abdullah that led to a recount. Abdullah, who serves as Afghanistan's "chief executive" under Ghani in a tense power-sharing arrangement, said his team was "the victor". His intent to try to form a separate government brought back memories of the angrily contested 20...
Ashraf Ghani secures second term as Afghan president: final results
Kabul (AFP) - Ashraf Ghani has secured a second term as president of Afghanistan, according to final results of the September 28, 2019 poll released Tuesday by the country's election commission."The election commission... declares Mr Ashraf Ghani, who has won 50.64 percent of the votes, as the president of Afghanistan," election commission chief Hawa Alam Nuristani told a press conference in Kabul. "May God help him in serving the people of Afghanistan... I also pray that peace comes to our country," she added.The results had been delayed for nearly five months after allegations of vote-riggin...
Dahleen Glanton: It's tough being a Democratic voter if you're not a clairvoyant
If this were a normal presidential election, most Democrats would have decided by now whom they would vote for in the primaries. They simply would have weighed each candidate’s message and decided which aligned most closely with their own.That’s how easy the political process is supposed to be. But this is no ordinary election. It never is when Donald Trump is involved.This time around, Democrats are facing an extraordinary challenge. They will have to become clairvoyants. They must try to look into the future to Nov. 3 and decide who most likely would be giving a victory speech, Trump or his ...
Fringe religious party gains power in crisis-stricken Peru
Peru’s Jan. 26 special election was exceptional.Not only did voters elected 130 new legislators, replacing their entire Congress; they also brought into the fold a messianic religious groupcalled the Israelites of the New Universal Pact.After 40 years of failing to qualify for a national election, the political party of the Israelites – called the Agricultural People’s Front of Peru, or Frepap – won 15 congressional seats. In a fragmented Congress with nine parties, that makes the Israelites the third-largest legislative bloc.The line between religion and politics has long been blurryin Peru. ...
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Election commercials begin with gimmicks, mudslinging and surprises
The election commercialsof the 29 parties running for Knesset began late Monday night, delivering their share of gimmicks, mudslinging and even surprises.The ads began with a woman speaking with a Russian accent. But it was not a commercial for Yisrael Beytenu."I am voting for United Torah Judaism because of Liberman," she said.UTJ was also the first of many parties to feature US President Donald Trump."Torah came before Trump," UTJ's ad reminded voters.Trump's speeches praising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were featured in the Likud's ads. The US president was the second most-featured po...
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Azerbaijan's snap parliamentary election produces the normal results
President Ilham Aliyev votes in Azerbaijan's snap parliamentary elections on February 9, 2020. Screenshot from AzTV's YouTube video “Prezident İlham Əliyev səs verib“Who remembers Paul to the Octopus, who predicted the winners of several World Cup games from his tank? Paul was given two boxes with food, each decorated with the national flag of the team playing that day. Paul's prediction was based on which of these boxes he ate from first. One may ask, what on earth Paul has to do with a recent election in Azerbaijan?Judging by the peculiar results, elections in this country on the shores of t...
Iran election expected to herald return of conservatives
Iranians vote next week in a crucial parliamentary election that is widely expected to herald the return of conservatives and heap pressure on beleaguered President Hassan Rouhani.Friday's vote comes after months of steeply escalating tensions between Iranand its decades-old arch enemythe United States.The Guardian Council, the body that rigorously vets candidates, disqualified more than half of the 14,444 who sought to stand - including dozens of mostly moderate and reformist incumbents.A week of campaigning for seats in the Majles kicked off Thursday with little fanfare.Faced with the stark ...
Likud leaders: Gadi Ashkenazi case must be revealed before election
All of the details regarding a controversial forged document during the time of Blue and White MK Gabi Ashkenazias IDF chief of staff must be revealed to the public ahead of the March 2 election, top Likud leaders said on Monday.The Likud leaders reacted to recordings revealed Sunday on Channel 13 of Ashkenazi and current Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit, who was the IDF's chief lawyer at the time of the document's publication in 2010.Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said she had asked Mandelblit to insist on the Supreme Court ordering all the tapes revealed."It must come out," Regev ...
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Russian artist at centre of French sex tape scandal held
Paris (AFP) - Controversial Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who claims to have leaked a sex video of a prominent Paris politician, was arrested by French police on Saturday over an unrelated act of violence, the Paris prosecutor's office said.The political refugee was taken in for questioning over an alleged instance of "armed violence" that took place on December 31.The prosecutor stressed that the case had no link to the sex video case involving French President Emmanuel Macron's chosen candidate to become Paris mayor, Benjamin Griveaux.Too hot to handle in his home country Russia, the gaunt...