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Daughter of NYC mayor-elect discloses substance abuse

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 00:00  |  Published in POLITICS

NEW YORK, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Chiara de Blasio, the 19-year-old daughter of New York's mayor-elect, revealed Tuesday she has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

She spoke candidly about her drinking and drug use in a 5-minute video distributed by her father's staff, the New York Times reported.

The revelation came eight days before the inauguration of Bill de Blasio, whose campaign portrayed him with a happy and tight-knit family, the newspaper noted.

Obama Black/white wealth gap has grown since 1963

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:17  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said some blacks have had "unimaginable" success, but the wealth gap between blacks and whites has grown since the Civil Rights era.

Speaking Wednesday at the "Let Freedom Ring" ceremony in Washington -- commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the Rev. Martin Luther King's landmark "I have a dream" speech -- the president said the march led to passage of civil rights and voting rights laws.

Obama said Americans "would do well" to remember not only King's speech but also "those ordinary people, whose names never appeared in the history books, never got on TV."

"They lived in towns where they couldn't vote and cities where their votes didn't matter," he said. "They were couples in love who couldn't marry, soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home. They had seen loved ones beaten and children fire-hosed. And they had every reason to lash out in anger or resign themselves to a bitter fate.

"And yet they chose a different path. In the face of hatred, they prayed for their tormentors," Obama told a crowd that stood in intermittent rainfall in front of the Lincoln Memorial. "In the face of violence, they stood up and sat in with the moral force of non-violence."

The president said because people marched, "city councils changed, and state legislatures changed, and Congress changed, and yes, eventually the White House changed."

"Because they marched America became more free and fair."

Boehner Obama should explain how strike on Syria might help

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 16:54  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Wednesday called on President Barack Obama to explain how a military strike on Syria "will secure U.S. objectives."

In a letter to the president, the speaker said he has supported Obama's policy since March 2011 of calling for an end to violence and a transition to democracy in Syria, calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign and preventing "the use or transfer of chemical weapons."

Daughter of George W Bush Hillary Clinton should run

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:03  |  Published in POLITICS

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Barbara Bush, a daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016.

In an interview with People magazine, the younger Bush said Clinton -- a former first lady and U.S. senator from New York -- is "unbelievably accomplished."

President Obamas remarks on situation in Egypt transcript

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:16  |  Published in POLITICS

CHILMARK, Mass., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday condemned the government crackdown in Egypt on pro-Morsi protesters. Here is the full transcript:

"I just finished a discussion with my national security team about the situation in Egypt, and I wanted to provide an update about our response to the events of the last several days. Let me begin by stepping back for a moment. The relationship between the United States and Egypt goes back decades. It's rooted in our respect of Egypt as a nation and ancient center of civilization, and a cornerstone for peace in the Middle East. It's also rooted in our ties to the Egyptian people, forged through a longstanding partnership.

Issa threatens to subpoena Treasury over healthcare implementation

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:45  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., says he may subpoena Treasury Department documents on Internal Revenue Service implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Thursday the IRS has failed to answer the committee's questions on its handling of tax subsidies in the healthcare reform law, designed to help low-income families cover the cost of premiums, The Hill reported.

Republican from Louisiana wont seek re-election to Congress in 2014

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 August 2013 07:15  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Six-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., said he's grown weary of Washington's partisan politics and won't seek re-election next year.

"Rather than producing tangible solutions to better this nation, partisan posturing has created a standstill," Alexander, 66, said in a statement.

He told The Monroe (La.) News-Star he never intended to be in Washington "all my life."

Poll Booker likely to be New Jerseys next US senator

Written by  |  Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:42  |  Published in POLITICS

HAMDEN, Conn., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Newark Mayor Cory Booker appears to be a shoo-in to be New Jersey's next U.S. senator, a Quinnipiac University poll indicated Wednesday.

The survey, which interviewed more than 2,000 New Jersey voters, found Booker had a 37-point lead over U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, his closest Democratic rival in next week's primary.

Christie Clinton hottest on Quinnipiac thermometer

Written by  |  Monday, 05 August 2013 03:39  |  Published in POLITICS

HAMDEN, Conn., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the hottest politicians on the Quinnipiac University national poll thermometer.

Finishing third behind Christie, a Republican, and Clinton, a Democrat, was Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., although 51 percent of voters said they don't know enough about the newly elected senator to rate her, the Quinnipiac University Thermometer released Monday indicated.

RNC chief calls on NBC and CNN to nix Hillary Clinton productions

Written by  |  Monday, 05 August 2013 05:16  |  Published in POLITICS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- NBC and CNN must ax programs on ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or face a Republican pullout of the 2016 U.S. primary debates, the GOP chairman warned.

In letters to Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, and Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide president, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday if the productions weren't canceled before the RNC's summer meeting, he would seek a binding vote of the RNC "to prevent the committee from partnering with these networks in 2016 primary debates or sanctioning debates they sponsor."



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