2018 Presidential Election

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  1. KingCrawa Prayed for by a brace of Monks

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    I would have thought this
    especially the parts about running all non-US stories past Marky and Co is pretty clear.

    How could it be made clearer?
     
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  2. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    And I told them I won’t post until they tell me I can post.
     
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  3. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Monday May 20th 2019

    Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary to Address House of Commons Tuesday on Qumar

    Foreign Secretary Fiona Wallace and Defence Secretary Adam Jackson will address the House of Commons on the situation in the Gulf and Qumar. The announcement came after Labour tabled an request for an urgent question for tomorrow on the situation.

    Jackson had spent the weekend at NATO headquarters in Brussels, whilst the Foreign Secretary held talks with her French opposite number, Pierre Lecomte in Paris before returning to London yesterday. Wallace is believed to have briefed privately the Shadow Foreign Secretary Patrick Brazil late last night. The BBC also understands that the Prime-Minister will chair a meeting of the National Security Council early on Tuesday morning at Downing Street.
     
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  4. KingCrawa Prayed for by a brace of Monks

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    I assume a COBRA meeting is on the cards too?
     
  5. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Cobra mostly covers domestic emergencies now, with the National Security Council taking overseas issues. (In the real world Cameron formed the NSC in 2010, I had Samuels introduce it in 2015).
     
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  6. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Monday, May 20th 2019

    Civil Rights Act of 2019 passes committee, heads to full House

    The Civil Rights Act of 2019 that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity has passed the House Judiciary Committee and will head to the full House for a vote. The House Judiciary Committee voted 20-14 in favor of the bill, with three members being absent. Chair Marvin Hallifax (D-CA), who introduced the bill after President Seaborn's address to Congress on the issue of LGBT rights, said that passage through the committee was a "good first step", and was confident that the bill would pass through the full House.

    While there have been some rumblings about conservative Democrats in deeply Republican districts worrying about the effect of the legislation on their chances for reelection next year, most observers say that the bill will pass the Democrat-led House without trouble. Speaker Daniel Maddox (D-IL) stated that the bill was "a central piece of the party's agenda of ensuring equal rights and opportunities for every American", and that the party was united on the issue: "We as Democrats believe that denying someone the right to employment, housing, education or justice purely because they are gay or identify as a different gender is just as disgusting and wrong as denying someone those rights because of the color of their skin or the religion they believe."
     
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  7. WestWingNut Well-Known Member

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  8. WestWingNut Well-Known Member

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    Brings a whole new meaning to WWLD (What would Leo do?).
     
  9. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Monday, May 20th 2019

    Iran releases crew of MV Maersk Ur

    Bushehr, Iran Iranian authorities have released the crew of the MV Maersk Ur, the Danish cargo ship that the Iranian navy seized on Saturday. The ship, which belongs to the Danish shipping company Maersk, was seized in international waters as it attempted to enter Qumari waters, something most legal experts say violates maritime law. An Iranian court had issued Maersk a fine of $3.6 million in a civil case brought against the company, with the court finding Maersk had violated its contract by charging Iranian companies for shipping containers it did not deliver, which Iran used to explain its decision to seize the ship.

    A spokesman for the Iranian government said that the crew and their personal effects were transferred off the ship after it reached port in Bushehr on Sunday and that they departed Bushehr on a civilian vessel that then made port at Jabal Nafusah. A spokesman for the Qumari government said that the crew did not exhibit any signs of mistreatment, and that transportation back to Denmark was being arranged.

    American Secretary of State August Adair said that the release of the Maersk Ur crew was "a positive action", but said that Iran should release the cargo ship itself. "The free trade that our global economy depends on cannot function when one nation arbitrarily takes matters into its own hands and takes a civilian ship in international waters," Adair said. "The financial restitution that Iran's court system has given those companies it says were wronged must be achieved in the right way, especially in this precarious situation."
     
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    BREAKING NEWS

    Fires contained as body count reaches 1,000

    North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Cyprus- More than a day after an explosion erupted during the Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Commemoration Day parade in Northern Nicosia, firefighters and emergency personnel are now reporting that the fires have now been contained and are in the process of being put out. Unfortunately, this has come far too late for those who have already perished. While an official count will not be available for some time, the unofficial count has reached 1,000. Officials have stated that they expect the fires to be completely extinguished within the next 2-3 days. With the cause of the explosion still unknown, there are still many unanswered questions.
     
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  11. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    My god, the city has lost 2% of its population
     
  12. mspence Well-Known Member

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    How are the Russians reacting to what's going on?
     
  13. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Tuesday, May 21st 2019

    Fields cruises to victory in Michigan special election

    Former Detroit Mayor Brandon Fields (D) won a commanding victory for the special election in Michigan's 14th congressional district, in a widely-expected result. Fields, who is projected to have won nearly 80 percent of the vote in the Detroit-based district, will succeed his aunt, Meredith Payne, who gave up the seat to become Secretary of the Treasury under President Sam Seaborn. His opponent, Republican businessman John Schwartz, is projected to win almost 20 percent of the vote, the best showing for the Republicans in the district in decades.

    The newest member of Congress thanked his supporters and his family for their "love for each other, love for the people of Detroit and this district, and love of democracy".

    Fields has an impressive resume for a first-term congressman. An economist by training, he served as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Owen Lassiter from 1997 to 1998, and later was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008 (alongside economist and commentator Paul Krugman) for his contributions to new trade theory models. He served as mayor of Detroit from 2005 to 2013, being praised for his handling of the near-collapse of the auto industry during his first term, and herculean efforts to help revive Detroit's flagging industries and reduce chronic unemployment. Despite attempts by state Democratic leaders to get him to run for higher office, he declined to run for any other office and despite sky-high approval ratings, did not run for a third term in 2013, stating that he wanted his two children to "have one full-time parent while they're young" (his wife, Lauren Weber-Fields, is a former member of the Detroit City Council and currently serves in the Michigan House of Representatives).

    He will become the second Nobel Prize-winning economist to serve in Congress, after 1986 laureate Josiah Bartlet, who represented a district in his home state of New Hampshire for three terms before eventually serving as the nation's 43rd president from 1999 to 2007.

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    Congressman-elect Fields in a file photo (photo credit: Kevin Michael Richardson)

    Results of the US House Special Election for Michigan's Fourteenth District
    Brandon Fields (D): 80.11%

    John Schwartz (R): 19.89%
     
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  14. WestWingNut Well-Known Member

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    Is there gonna be a red wave in next year's midterms?
     
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  15. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    With this universe, can’t say.
     
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  16. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

    Iranian jets fly over occupied zone in northern Qumar as two ships return to Iranian waters

    Jabal Nafusah A pair of Iranian Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jets flew over the northern section of Qumar currently occupied by Iranian forces today shortly before two Iranian ships in Qumari waters returned to port in Iran, likely to resupply. The action was taken approximately 1:30 PM local time, with the Iranian fighter jets' route taking a long arc through northern Qumar before returning to Iranian airspace.

    The airspace between the internationally-recognized Iran-Qumar border and the "Stop Line" marking the area controlled by "ABC" forces has been a de facto no-fly-zone since the Iranian invasion and collapse of the previous Qumari government in 2016.

    Secretary of Defense Jack Shannon confirmed that American forces in the region were in "high alert" and that US fighter jets were scrambled when it became clear that the Iranian jets would enter airspace in Iranian-occupied Qumar, but that a decision not to engage was made when it became clear that the jets were returning to Iranian airspace.

    The fly-by has been interpreted as a show of force and defiance as only three Iranian vessels remain in Qumari waters, but even Russia, which has been a key trading partner and which counts Iran as a strategic partner in the region, has criticized the fly-by as "reckless", as Russian Foreign Minister Konstantin Ustanov did in a statement. Ustanov's statement contained further entreaties for all parties in the dispute to solve the crisis diplomatically and to continue international efforts to destroy Bahji cells within Qumar.

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    Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

    International aid begins to pour into Nicosia as explosion's toll continues to rise

    While investigators in Northern Cyprus continue their work determining what triggered the explosion that led to fires that killed at least 1,000 people in the capital city of Nicosia, the international community has seen an outpouring of support and promises of aid to help the people of Nicosia rebuild. The Twitter hashtag #NicosiaStrong began trending after heart-rending images of entire city blocs burning, with overwhelmed firefighters battling bravely against raging infernos. The image of an ash-covered young girl, identified as eight year-old Büşra Bayındır, crying as she overlooks the remains of her family's home, made headlines around the world as the full ramifications of the event have only now become clear.

    While it could be days or even weeks before a final death toll is reached, unofficial estimates put the minimum death toll at 1,000 with at least a thousand more explosion or fire-related injuries being reported. The property damage, Cypriot real estate agents say, could reach as high as US$500 million in total after damage to the city's electrical and transportation systems are assessed.

    Donations have been surging in from around the world, with Europe, Turkey and the United States making up a bulk of the pledged donations recorded. But almost none are able to directly go to Northern Cyprus itself, as only Turkey recognizes the state's independence, with almost every other nation recognizing the area occupied by Northern Cyprus as part of the Republic of Cyprus, which makes up the majority of the island. As such, donations have been redirected to organizations like the International Red Crescent or Turkey-based humanitarian groups.

    Pope Clement XV has urged those in Europe to "pray for the people of Nicosia" and has asked for "geopolitical disputes [of Northern Cyprus]... to be set aside to help those in need." But national leaders have for now, been wary to do more than offer condolences owing to their government's non-recognition of Northern Cyprus, with the State Department pointedly refusing to include Turkish-based humanitarian aid groups in its list of international organizations Americans should donate to in order to directly help the people of Nicosia.
     
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  17. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Thursday May 23rd 2019

    European elections 2019: Polls take place across the UK


    Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

    Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population - ranging from three MEPs in the North East and Northern Ireland to 10 MEPs in the South East.
    Polling stations in the UK are open until 22:00 BST.

    The Netherlands is also voting on Thursday while voting in other EU nations will take place at various times over the next three days. The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 BST on Sunday.

    UK's 12 MEP regions
    Constituency MEP numbers
    East Midlands 5
    East of England 7
    London 8
    North East 3
    North West 8
    Northern Ireland 3
    Scotland 6
    South East 10
    South West 6
    Wales 4
    West Midlands 7
    Yorkshire and the Humber 6
     
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    With Fire Out, Cause still remains a Mystery

    North Nicosia, Turkish Republic of Cyprus- It was just after 1:00pm local time today that city officials in Northern Nicosia announced that he fires that had raged for more than three days were finally extinguished. With the unofficial toll having already reached 1,100, a search of the rubble and remains will now begin in order to retrieve the dead. Based on the area that was destroyed, some estimates have placed a possible toll as high as seven or eight thousand, but it will take several days and weeks for a final count.

    The extinguishing of the fires also means that investigators will finally be able to begin their search of the original blast site in hopes of discovering what exactly caused so much devastation.
     
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  19. ajm8888 That Guy from Minnesota

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    Minor spelling error, bolded it for you
     
  20. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Just something guys, if you spot spelling errors, please let that poster know rather than posting it in public. It is just a waste of time and space to do it in public.
    Cheers
    Mark
     
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