Boris Johnson appealed for voters to 'get Britain out of neutral' today as a dramatic poll showed the election battle has narrowed with just six days to go. Ipsos MORI research found Labour has been making up some ground on the Tories over the past fortnight - with support increasing four points. But the Conservatives still have a significant advantage on 44 per cent to 32 per cent for Jeremy Corbyn's party. Mr Corbyn has launched another frantic effort to bridge the gap - which would be enough to secure an overall majority if repeated on December 12. He staged another 'reveal' of a leaked document, which he claimed showed Mr Johnson's Brexit deal would put up barriers between the mainland and Northern Ireland. But Mr Johnson flatly dismissed the claim, saying the UK would leave the EU 'whole and entire'. He warned that the Labour leader's extraordinary policy of calling a second referendum but refusing to say whether he wanted to leave the bloc would doom the country to … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson urges voters to ‘get Britain out of neutral’ – as poll finds election battle has narrowed with just six days to go
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Just 4 in 10 Republicans say they think President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE discussed an investigation into Democratic presidential rival Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE during a phone call with Ukraine's president, despite Trump acknowledging having done so, according to a new Monmouth University poll.The survey, which was released Tuesday, found that 40 percent of Republican respondents said Trump "probably did" raise the idea of an investigation into Biden and Biden's son over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption during a July 25 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Meanwhile, 29 percent of Republicans … [Read more...] about Poll: 40 percent of Republicans say Trump ‘probably’ mentioned Biden on Ukraine call
By Tunde Rahman Twenty years in the life of a nation may be a short period of time. But when such a span of time embodies something meaningful and impactful, it is extremely noteworthy. And so Nigeria at present is celebrating two decades of uninterrupted democracy since the democratic restoration of 1999. Considering where the country is coming from- a long period of coups and counter coups, 30 months civil war, three previous short-lived attempts at democratic rule, military dictatorship of the worst form, occasioning all kinds of experiments and fraudulent political engineering including an annulment of a free and fair election and then a brutal dictatorship during which many were either killed or maimed- having another democratic resurgence lasting 20 years, and still counting, is indeed significant. Operating a democracy, the best form of government mankind has evolved, has never been easy anywhere, talk less in Nigeria. For our democracy to have endured all of 20 years means … [Read more...] about Tinubu and 20 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria
Democratic presidential contender Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg: Trump should be impeached Bloomberg releases gun control plan Bloomberg network used widely in finance directs to his campaign site: report MORE said in an interview that aired Friday that he believed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE would trounce any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls in a head-to-head matchup, saying Trump would "eat them up." ADVERTISEMENT"I looked at our national government getting worse. The way we were behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016 he is the wrong person for the job. He doesn't have the temperament, the ethics, or the intellect to do the job," Bloomberg told Gayle KingGayle KingBloomberg: Trump should be impeached Hillicon … [Read more...] about Bloomberg on the other 2020 hopefuls: ‘Trump would eat them up’
Errol Louis is the host of "Inside City Hall," a nightly political show on NY1, a New York all-news channel. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)"Can we not have any more questions about impeachment?" Nancy Pelosi asked halfway through her CNN Town Hall meeting. The answer, of course, was "no." Hours earlier, Pelosi had stood on the Speaker's balcony, and announced on live television that the House Judiciary Committee and other house chairs will draft articles of impeachment against President Trump. The statement brings us closer to the third presidential impeachment in US history, and naturally became the focus of the town hall. Errol Louis Pelosi said, with a straight face, that the impending impeachment of President Trump, which she has ordered and directed, was not about politics. "It's about honoring our oath of office," she told the audience. "Politics is not even a consideration in this." Read More That is the … [Read more...] about Pelosi town hall shows she played impeachment masterfully
A year ahead of the US presidential election, the world’s biggest social media companies are still failing to tackle manipulation on their platforms, an exercise by NATO StratCom has found.To test the ability of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to detect potentially malicious activity, researchers at the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence ran a four-month experiment starting in May.They purchased social media engagement on 105 different posts across the four social media platforms from manipulation service providers (MSPs), a type of company that allow clients to buy clicks and inflate their social media presence.At a cost of just 300 euros (about $333), NATO StratCom bought 3,530 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views and 5,100 followers across the four platforms.Researchers were able to identify the accounts — 18,739 in total — that were being used to deliver the purchased interactions. This in turn allowed them to assess what other pages these … [Read more...] about NATO-Linked Researchers Bought Fake Social Media Engagements To Test How Facebook, Twitter And Google Combat Manipulation. The Companies Failed.
Former general and head of the Gerindra Party Prabowo Subianto walks with his deputy Edhy Prabowo as they arrive at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 21, 2019 in this picture taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Wahyu Putro A/ via REUTERS JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian opposition leader Prabowo Subianto said on Monday he had been asked by President Joko Widodo to join the cabinet to help in the area of defense, and the former general said he had accepted the invitation. “Today we were formally asked and we are able to help,” Prabowo, who was Widodo’s challenger in April’s bitterly fought election, told reporters after meeting Widodo at the presidential palace. He did not confirm his position in the cabinet, but media reports have suggested Prabowo would serve as defense minister. Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Maikel Jefriando; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Ed Davies and Alex Richardson Our Standards: The … [Read more...] about Indonesian opposition leader Prabowo Subianto to join cabinet
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?
Opinion by Deborah Fallows Updated 1203 GMT (2003 HKT) December 6, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Deborah Fallows is the co-author with her husband, Atlantic writer James Fallows, of "Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America." An HBO documentary based on the book is currently in production. Fallows is also a fellow at New America. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN)Take a walk through the oasis of green grass and palm trees in the central plaza of the tiny Sonoran Desert town of Ajo in southwest Arizona. You're likely to run into a Native American from the Tohono O'odham tribe, a Hispanic from the United States or nearby Mexico, or a white person, whom the whole town refers to as Anglo. These three cultures comprise most of the population of Ajo -- and always have. Deborah Fallows You might meet a construction worker, a visiting … [Read more...] about Ajo, Arizona, is the story of a better America
Railway employees, with red jackets, give informations to travellers at the Gare de Lyon train station, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Paris. Frustrated travelers are meeting transportation chaos around France for a second day, as unions dig in for what they hope is a protracted strike against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. less Railway employees, with red jackets, give informations to travellers at the Gare de Lyon train station, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Paris. Frustrated travelers are meeting transportation chaos around France for a ... more Photo: Rafael Yaghobzadeh, AP Photo: Rafael Yaghobzadeh, AP Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 Railway employees, with red jackets, give informations to travellers at the Gare de Lyon train station, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in … [Read more...] about France on strike: Trains stuck, Versailles shut, unions firm