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In Ukraine, Poroshenko's Bloc Rebrands Itself Ahead Of Parliamentary Elections

May 25, 2019           |                                       

The political party of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has changed its name in a bid to rebrand itself ahead of key parliamentary elections. The Petro Poroshenko Bloc was renamed to European Solidarity at a party congress on May 24. “The key to unity and victory is a renewed party and renewed leadership,” Poroshenko told […]

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“You can love two children at once,” a colleague once told me. He meant that advocates for a single issue can integrate other reform efforts into their agenda without being subsumed—and are often more powerful for it. In my work promoting democracy reform I’ve repeated this message hundreds of times across the country, advocating for […]

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Zelenskiy's Decree On Disbanding Ukrainian Parliament Enters Into Force

May 23, 2019           |                                       

KYIV – A decree issued by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy on disbanding parliament and holding snap elections in July has taken effect. The decree was published on May 23 in the Uryadoviy Kuryer (Government’s Courier) newspaper, which under Ukrainian law means the decree has entered into force. After announcing in his May 20 inaugural address […]

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When Stephen Noble Smith’s campaign sought to present its 62-page finance filings to the West Virginia secretary of state, something went wrong. During the online submission process, the software broke down. “They had to call in the people who actually created the software because the file was too big to load,” said Smith. The breakdown is emblematic […]

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Why Is Everyone Running for President? It’s a Billion-Dollar Industry.

May 15, 2019           |                                       

Why Is Everyone Running for President? It’s a Billion-Dollar Industry. US Metal Sanctions Target Iran’s Working Class, Contrary to Trump Claims Hospital Workers in Toledo, Ohio, Strike for Safe Patient Care Daenerys Targaryen Was Never a Liberator Omar Says Criticisms of Her and Rashida Tlaib Are Designed to Silence Muslims British General Says No Evidence […]

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House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers

May 13, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state […]

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<!– –> DNC Chair Tom Perez announcing the DNC’s 2020 convention location in Milwaukee on March 11, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP) The Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) political power come 2020 remains on the line, as the committee continues to lag its Republican counterpart in fundraising, potentially causing problems for Democrats as they prepare for […]

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Episode 26: The 2020 Candidates ep 2: Kirsten Gillibrand; Pete Buttigieg; Beto O’Rourke; and Wayne Messam

May 3, 2019           |                                       

On this episode of Along the Line, Dr. Dreadlocks Nicholas Baham III, Dr. Nolan Higdon, and Janice Domingo analyze some of the presidential candidates running in the 2020 primary including Kirsten Gillibrand; Pete Buttigieg; Beto O’Rourke; and Wayne Messam. Last month ATL examined Kamal Harris; Corey Booker; Bill Weld; and Tulsi Gabbard. In future broadcasts ATL will […]

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A television comedian was elected President of Ukraine last Monday, provoking headlines such as: “Buffoons Are Taking Over the Court” and “Why a Bit of Humorlessness Might Go a Long Way.” Volodymyr Zelensky – who once played a sitcom character shockingly elected President after his angry video rant goes viral – beat the incumbent Petro […]

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As I watched the Democratic candidates for president on television during the recent CNN town hall forum, I thought that at least one of the women among them could make an excellent nominee. I also wondered whether this election cycle may be ripe for a strong campaign led by a woman. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala […]

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<!– –> Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Kamala Harris, two of the candidates getting the most money from women, speaking with each other at a Vanity Fair event. (Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair) The five Democratic women in the 2020 presidential race raised more money from women donors than the 11 Democratic men did […]

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The 2018 midterm elections delivered quite a few new, inspiring members to the U.S. House of Representatives, at a time when many of us were in true need of inspiration. Alongside the joy of those victories, though, was the disappointment of candidates unable to topple the status quo. Three of these failed campaigns—and one successful […]

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The European Elections in the South West and Gibraltar are turning into a cabinet of curiosities. We began with the Sargon of Akkad, who, like fellow UKIP supporter Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, eschews his normal name, in the former case for the persona of an ancient Middle Eastern potentate. Akkad was soon joined by Andrew Adonis, a […]

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<!– –> One of many no-corporate-PAC members, Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.) received several contributions from trade associations that are bankrolled by corporations. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) More than 50 Democratic congressional candidates have lined up behind the call to boycott corporate PAC money in the name of campaign finance reform. By eschewing money […]

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Young Democrats at 31 colleges across the country are boycotting the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over its decision to cut off vendors working for primary challengers. The Harvard College Democrats released a letter Wednesday calling for a national boycott of donations to the party’s House campaign arm, urging people instead to contribute to individual candidates […]

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