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Scott declines to rebuke Trump’s comments attacking McConnell
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Scott declines to rebuke Trump’s comments attacking McConnell

Washington — Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida declined to criticize former President Donald Trump's recent comments attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, arguing the former president was talking about the harmful effects of inflation on low-income families when he claimed McConnell has a "death wish" after supporting a short-term government funding bill.In an interview with "Face the Nation," Scott was asked if he would rebuke the recent remarks from Trump and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia targeting McConnell and Democrats given the level of divisiveness in the country and threats against elected officials. Scott, who is the chair of the Senate Republican's campaign arm, said political leaders should focus on how to "bring everybody together.""W...
Liz Truss admits she should have ‘laid ground better’ before mini-budget and says cabinet not consulted about 45% top rate tax cut – live | Politics
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Liz Truss admits she should have ‘laid ground better’ before mini-budget and says cabinet not consulted about 45% top rate tax cut – live | Politics

Truss accepts presentation of mini-budget was flawed, saying government should have 'laid the ground better'Liz Truss says interest rates are going up around the world.She understands people’s worries about that. And she says she would have prepared people for what would be in the mini-budget more effectively.I do accept we should have laid the ground better. I have learnt from that. I will make sure in future we do a better job of laying the ground.Updated at 04.00 EDTKey eventsFilters BETAKey events (22)Liz Truss (20)Laura Kuenssberg (7)Michael Gove (6)Kwasi Kwarteng (5)Sophy Ridge (3)Rees-Mogg's former business partner given peerage and made international trade ministerAnd, talking of Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steven Swinford from the Times has spotted this; according to an update on the governm...
Kellyanne Conway says Trump “wants his old job back,” and would like to announce within weeks
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Kellyanne Conway says Trump “wants his old job back,” and would like to announce within weeks

Former President Trump could be a presidential candidate by the end of the year, according to Kellyanne Conway, one of Trump's top advisers and his 2016 campaign manager.In an interview Friday with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, asked whether Trump, who has indicated he plans to run again, would announce his candidacy after the midterm elections — by Thanksgiving — Conway responded, "Well, he would like to." "He's as active as anybody in these midterm elections. That's important to the calculus also, Catherine, because we have the most ironic, if not unprecedented situation right now," Conway said. "We have a president, a current president, whose party doesn't really want him to campaign with them." "I think once ...
Pro-wrestler, politician and hostage negotiator Antonio Inoki dies at 79 : NPR
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Pro-wrestler, politician and hostage negotiator Antonio Inoki dies at 79 : NPR

Former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki shouts at a press conference in Tokyo on August 21, 2014. Yoshikazu Tsuno /AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Yoshikazu Tsuno /AFP via Getty Images Former professional wrestler Antonio Inoki shouts at a press conference in Tokyo on August 21, 2014. Yoshikazu Tsuno /AFP via Getty Images ...
These two types of student loans aren’t eligible for forgiveness, new guidance says
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These two types of student loans aren’t eligible for forgiveness, new guidance says

The Biden administration has changed its guidance to eliminate some student loans from eligibility for forgiveness, a major reversal as the Department of Education makes final preparations to launch debt relief applications. As of Thursday, borrowers with student loans through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and Perkins Loans who have not already consolidated their debt into direct loans will now no longer be able to do so and are no longer eligible for federal debt relief, the Education Department now says. Those programs, though federally guaranteed, are held by private institutions. Borrowers with FFEL and Perkins Loans who applied to consolidate in the direct loan program before Thursday are still eligible for debt relief. At this point, the Education Departmen...
‘Out of the inferno, into the shark attack’: Marina Hyde on capturing six years of political chaos | Politics
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‘Out of the inferno, into the shark attack’: Marina Hyde on capturing six years of political chaos | Politics

The past few years have been an age of abundance for the news columnist. For pretty much everyone else, they have been an age of gathering chaos and rising disbelief. The news gods are so deeply committed to providing their own metaphors that our septic isle is now literally lapped at by tides of sewage. I don’t know if future historians will officially slap the permacrisis label on us, but as someone whose job it is to write about the news, I need hardly point out there hasn’t exactly been a shortage of material. Even I am on the point of launching a “Stop the news” campaign, and will inform you of how to join the push for total stasis as soon as I get membership badges sorted.This has been a period when it often seemed like the UK (and beyond) had tumbled down a rabbit hole. Or gone thro...
Texas gubernatorial debate: Beto O’Rourke, Greg Abbott spar on guns, abortion and immigration
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Texas gubernatorial debate: Beto O’Rourke, Greg Abbott spar on guns, abortion and immigration

Guns. Abortion. . Texas' closely-watched gubernatorial race hit the final stretch Friday night at the first — and likely only — debate between incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, as the candidates sparred on some of the biggest issues facing votes in the state.While recent polls have shown O'Rourke trailing Abbott by around 7 points, this still could be the closest Texas governor's race in years. Abbott won in 2014 by over 20 points, and in 2018 by over 13 points. Abbott and O'Rourke have not squared off in person since the day after the Uvalde school shooting, when O'Rourke confronted Abbott during a press conference. O'Rourke has continued to hammer Abbott for his response to the shooting, even holding a press conference ahead of the d...
Balances in Türkish politics radically changing
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Balances in Türkish politics radically changing

There is hardly any other country where political awareness of its people is like the Turkish nation. As a result of such awareness, the internal politics in Türkiye demonstrates a dynamic structure. Public opinion is constantly moving according to the performance of the governments and the discourse of the opposition. Until the last four or five months, the Turkish people paid attention to what the opposition said and what the opposition bloc – known as the “table for six” – was discussing. While Türkiye's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been in power for 20 years, it continues to be the first party with nearly 40% of the votes. However, being in power for a long time and the voters' implicit seeking created expectations of whether the opposition ...
Organization aims to register 1 million Black men to vote by 2024 election
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Organization aims to register 1 million Black men to vote by 2024 election

Washington – Black women are often considered a critical voting bloc, but a new initiative aims to dramatically expand the number of African American male voters ahead of the next presidential election. Black Men Vote announced a new national campaign Friday to register 1 million Black male voters by November 2024. The organization says the "Strength in Numbers" initiative will be its "most ambitious effort" and will partner with Rock the Vote, Microsoft and the National Basketball Association Social Justice Coalition. The group unveiled the initiative at a summit featuring Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson and former Maryland Lt. Gov. and Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference."Registering one million...
Ken Griffin’s political influence lingers
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Ken Griffin’s political influence lingers

Ken Griffin may be gone but not his influence on Illinois politics: Today's Juice, by Greg Hinz Photo: Bloomberg  In a little bit of a mystery, the only incumbent Republican seeking re-election to the Cook County Board has received a $200,000 donation from an unknown and unregistered political campaign committee. GOP insiders – and a few Democrats, too – are buzzing about the donation to the personal campaign fund of Sean Morrison from a group identified as the Coalition to Cut Taxes. What’s known for sure is that the coalition is registered at 440 S. LaSalle, according to Morrison's disclosure. That’s the same building in which mega-GOP fund-raiser Ron Gidwitz’s business has an office. It should also be noted that Morrison serves as the chair of the Cook County Republican Party. RELATED:...