2018 Presidential Election

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  1. WestWingNut Well-Known Member

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    Thursday, 8 August 2019

    Downing Street cat enters into standoff with police dog


    All eyes were on 10 Downing Street this morning, but it wasn’t for the Prime Minister. Instead, the press was focused on a brief standoff between Downing Street’s top rodent killer and a police dog.

    Downing Street cat Leo faced off against police sniffer dog Marbury, a springer spaniel who looked more interested in playing than scrapping with the 4-year-old feline.

    With his back arched, his claws out and his hissing seen by others, Leo held his ground against the playful police dog who was quickly called back to his duties by officers at Downing Street’s front gate to inspect entering vehicles.

    On his official Twitter account, Leo tweeted a picture of police dog Marbury running back to his post with the caption reading "You'd better keep walking...".

    Since taking office, The Prime Minister and Downing Street staff have confirmed that Leo has killed 12 mice so far. He’s been described as very shy especially around men, creating speculation that he may have had some bad experiences since he was a rescue cat. However, according to Prime Minister Samuels, U.S President Sam Seaborn is an apparent exception to this fear.

    He said "Leo is not very keen on men but seemed happy to be stroked by President Seaborn when he visited London in June."
     
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  2. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Friday August 9th 2019

    Labour TV debate ends in chaos as four contenders walk off over Lamont attack on Kendrick

    The second TV debate shown on Sky News, in the Labour leadership race ended in chaos last night when three of the five contenders walked off the stage in defence of Oliver Kendrick after an argument with former Chancellor Daniel Lamont.

    Jack Coll, Rachel Lilburn and Ruth Butler all walked off after Lamont accused Kendrick of using his infant son's death in 2012 as a "political prop". The row came after a question regrading religion and the teaching of religion in schools. Kendrick said his son's death made him question his catholic faith "I am now no longer believer, and believe that all religion should be taken out of schools" adding "we can teach how to be a good citizen, the difference between right and wrong in our schools, we don't need religion to do that". Lamont struck out "it's a shame you are using the death of your son as a political prop". Kendrick seemed shocked and close to tears "I am came here for a debate about the future of the Labour party and the country, not for this rubbish" and walked off. Jack Coll looked at Lilburn and Butler who nodded and they all followed Kendrick off the stage leaving Lamont on his own.

    SKY News cut to a commercial break with host Adam Bolton declaring that "the debate is over, the four candidates you saw walk off have refused to come back on the stage with Daniel Lamont". Lamont left the venue in Manchester, without speaking to the media, all so far his campaign team have refused to speak to the BBC.
     
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  3. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Friday August 9th 2019

    Andrea Benn "Lamont must apologise" for Kendrick debate remarks

    A visibly angry Labour Leader Andrea Benn has said today that Leadership contender Daniel Lamont "must apologise" for remarks he made during the TV debate last night in which he said rival Oliver Kendrick was using the death of his infant son in 2012 as a "political prop". Kendrick was so upset he walked off the stage in Manchester along with Jack Coll, Rachel Lilburn and Ruth Butler in support.

    Benn spoke outside Labour Party headquarters in Victoria alongside Deputy Leader Bryan Atkinson "I was disgusted by Daniel Lamont's remarks and he must apologise today". Asked if she thought that Lamont should also withdraw from the race she replied "That is up to him and his conscience, if he has one". Most pundits and the polls say that race is between long time front-runner Party Chairman Jack Coll and Kendrick, the Shadow Chancellor.

    Professor John Curtice told the BBC "All the polling data points to this race now being between Coll and Kendrick. Coll has lost much ground since May when he entered as the clear favourite, but Kendrick has ran a great campaign. Also with the change in the electoral voting system we don't know how that will effect the final outcome of the race".

    The last day to someone to register as a Labour supporter is this coming Wednesday August 14th, with ballot papers sent-out a week today. Voting closes on Thursday September 12th with the result announced two days later.
     
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  4. Bad'Wolf Well-Known Member

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    No matter how great it would be for Sam to name his son after President Bartlet, the kid would probably hate him for naming 'Josiah' in 2020 XD.
     
  5. Pastor Dean Well-Known Member

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    I can just hear Lord John Marbury calling out to Leo... "GERALD"...
    Very appropriate naming of a future son.. for Sam's two mentors.
    I need to find an online clip of Lord John right now and become nostalgic.
    Thanks for your post.
     
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    McColl brings in record hall for July fundraising


    Portland, Oregon- Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Candice McColl set a record in the month of July, with his State BOE filings showing that she raised over $3,000,000 in the month of July, more than any other Gubernatorial Candidate in Oregonian History. The McColl Campaign has sent the past 48 hours touting these numbers as proof positive that Governor Collins is not invincible, and that "the people of Oregon have gotten wise to his games". McColl, the incumbent Secretary of State, upset Portland Mayor Mitch DiSarro in the June Primary.

    The Collins Campaign responded that a majority of the money was from out-of-state mega donors, most notably from New York and California and that the McColl campaign is being funded by the "coastal elites". While Governor Collins still holds the lead in the polls, his lead has narrowed considerably over the past two months.

    ACN Tracking Poll

    Governor Walter Collins (R)- 51%
    Secretary of State Candice McColl (D)- 45%
    Other/Undecided- 4%
     
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  7. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Saturday, August 10th 2019

    Ahmed becomes PM, announces plans for constitutional convention

    Zuben Ahmed, former head of the Ruling Council, has won a vote of confidence in the newly-elected Parliament of Qumar, returning to the position of prime minister. Ahmed, whose Reform Party won a near-majority of seats in the July election, has included members of the pro-democracy Democratic Reform Party and pro-business Talahuf in his new cabinet and announced a timetable for a new constitutional convention that his government would submit to Parliament.

    The government's plan will allow for the start of a constitutional convention to begin on September 2nd, with working groups facilitated by former United States Secretary of Education and constitutional expert Lawrence Lessig. The plan would allocate all 78 members of parliament to two different working groups by random lot, with each group scheduled to make recommendations to the convention as a whole within 3 to 5 months (depending on committee). The deadline for a constitutional draft to be submitted would be April 22, 2020, the day before Ramadan.

    Shortly after voting in Ahmed as prime minister, Qumar's parliament voted to reconstitute the Ruling Council that formally administered the Qumari government since the summer of 2016. Replacing Ahmed as chair of the council (and de facto head of state) is retired jurist Farouk al-Jabali, former head of the nation's constitutional court. Al-Jabali, age 75, is Qumar's oldest ever head of state, and has stated that he will not serve on the Ruling Council for more than one year.
     
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  8. Marky Bunny Well-Known Member

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    Sunday August 11th 2019


    Lamont "I have nothing to say sorry for" as he hits back over debate remarks

    Labour leadership contender Daniel Lamont has told the BBC that he has "nothing to say sorry for" after his remarks during the live debate on Thursday calling the death of rival Oliver Kendrick's baby son as a "political prop".

    Lamont has come increasing pressure to drop out of the race or to at least say sorry for the remarks. "We need a leader and then a Prime-Minister who will ask the hard questions, that's what I did on Thursday night, we don't need a leader that gets caught out, then starts to cry, sorry I am not falling for it".

    Lamont who as in his failed 2014 bid, started strongly has once again lost ground to the two front-runners Jack Coll and Oliver Kendrick, and many believe his performance by attacking personally Oliver Kendrick was an attempt to try win back support especially from younger Labour voters and supporters.
     
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  9. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    OOC: Who wants more infoboxes? No one? How about if I told you that involved the incomparable Liam Neesons?

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    Cast (all previously established)
    Shaun Toub as Jamil al-Hassan
    Rupert Vansittart as John Green
    Liam Neeson as Patrick Reynolds
    Art Malik as Zuben Ahmed

    • The Syrian prime ministers, the acting president before al-Hassan's accession to the presidency and his successor as head of the Syrian Ba'ath party are new creations. A lot of the blanks in his biography were inspire by Bashar al-Assad, his clear IRL inspiration.

      The Syrian bombing was a show event, done in the third episode in retaliation for the Syrians shooting down an American aircraft on a diplomatic that had 58 civilians (including the person who would have been Bartlet's personal physician) aboard.

    • All of Green's biography was done beforehand, so the only bit of new information is who succeeded him in Easington.

      Also, with this done, all of the ATL UK prime ministers have had their personal infoboxes done.

    • Reynolds' background wasn't ever established, so I drew inspiration from Neeson's action hero role to make him a decorated military officer who earned Ireland's highest military honors while on peacekeeping missions. His predecessor was Mary Robinson, the OTL president who resigned ahead of the 1997 to accept a position as the UN commissioner for human rights. I had her stay on and win a second term instead.

    • Ahmed had his infobox done in the old thread, but several parts have been revamped and updated. Notable changes include: moving his date of birth back to closer match Art Malik's (old one had him being born in 1965, which started to look iffy as Malik clearly looks older than 54 now), including his daughter (mentioned/shown in a picture when he briefly declared himself head of state when Qumar was falling apart in 2016), and listing the district he represented before Qumar's parliament was suspended and then went proportional in the most recent election.

      The old infobox established that the position of prime minister was essentially tied to that of sultan until Hessani and Ahmed overthrew Ali Usef bin Shareef, hence why there's only been 10 different PMs since Qumar became independent in the 1930s (Ahmed, the seven sultans before Hessani, Mikkuri and Kassem). Al-Jabali is listed as "president" in Ahmed's prime minister section since that's what he essentially is and "Chair of the Ruling Council" is a bit too wordy to put as a subsection head.
     
  10. Excelsior Time's arrow marches forward

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    Me! Always.

    Is Ahmed's wife related to Mukarrat of Palestine?
     
  11. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    No, just a coincidence.
     
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    I like world building, I think you do a good job. Wiki boxes are a fun world building.
     
  13. lord caedus Very legal and very cool

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    Monday, August 11th 2019

    Department of Justice ban on "bump stocks" finalized, effective December 1st

    The Department of Justice has finalized the ban on so-called "bump stocks", after a months-long process initiated soon after President Seaborn's inauguration. The ban, which takes effect on December 1, classifies the stock, as a device which turns a semi-automatic firearm into an illegal machine gun, forbidden under the Gun Control Act of 1968. Bump stocks use the recoil of a semi-automatic firearm to rapidly reload and fire ammunition, mimicking the action of a fully automatic weapon, but with diminished accuracy. Owners of bump stocks will have until then to destroy them or turn the accessories over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Failure to do so will result in a fine of $250,000 and/or up to ten years in prison.

    Attorney General George Montgomery said that the ban was "overdue", adding that the accessory had "almost no legitimate use" other than making an illegal automatic-fire weapon.

    The regulatory change was, unusually for gun control proposals, met with muted reception. The relative newness of bump stocks, which were invented in 2010, and their limited use among firearm owners and enthusiasts, has led even staunch opponents of gun control like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and many congressional Republicans, to support outlawing the devices.

    Emblematic of the attitude most Republicans seem to have towards the new regulation is Congresswoman Veronica Benjamin (R-ND), who was quoted by the Bismarck Tribune as saying "President Seaborn's promise to 'get the guns' sent a chill down my spine." In a tweet, Benjamin said that she was glad "the president mistook bump stocks for whole guns", adding "maybe this means he'll let law-abiding North Dakotans have their firearms in peace."

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    Tuesday, 13 August 2019

    Advani defiant as concern over Kashmir situation rises

    Prime Minister Bijan Advani of India remained defiant yesterday as critics both in India and in the international community reacted with alarm to the situation in the Indian-controlled parts of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. After his government completed the longtime Hindu nationalist goal of revoking of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted special status to the disputed, sole Muslim-majority state of India, Advani proclaimed that India had "completed the decades-long effort to bring all of India under the control of the central government [in New Delhi]."

    But the heavy-handed tactics used by the government after the revocation—to sever communications and halt travel from Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of India—led to immediate protests across large sectors of Kashmir society and concerns that it would re-inflame tensions in the disputed region. Pakistan, a fellow nuclear power, claims Kashmir as well, and has protested strongly to both the revocation of Article 370 and the lock-down, which its Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls "unconscionable." Similarly, it was reported that world leaders from Russia to the United States had expressed their concern over the situation to New Delhi.

    For his part, the prime minister defended his decision and handling of the situation. "There is no crisis in Kashmir," he said in a statement to reporters in Mumbai. "The usual rabble-rousers are upset and are making trouble....Will we see the alarmist headlines from the foreign press when, in two weeks' time, the people of Kashmir have calmed down and accepted the wisdom of this decision? I think not."

    As of the time of this report, the communications blackout, lock-down and protests in Kashmir remain ongoing.
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    Monday, August 11th 2019

    Jennifer Vinick declares run for Congress

    Jennifer Vinick, daughter of the late Secretary of State Arnold Vinick, announced that she had filed to run for Congress next year. Vinick, a 46 year-old Santa Paula businesswoman, has filed to run for the Republican nomination in California's 26th congressional district, to challenge freshman incumbent Corrie Hightower (D). "My message to voters is this: I am not my father, but I did learn quite a bit from him," Vinick said. "I'm a proud mother, businesswoman and Republican who has balanced both household and business budgets, and who knows that the values of tolerance and individual rights do not belong to just one party."

    Vinick, whose shipping company has worked predominantly with Santa Paula's fruit and agricultural distributors, also made clear her opposition to the anti-immigrant mood growing in parts of the Republican field. "I know plenty of wonderful men and women who do the hard, back-breaking labor that allows our nation to enjoy the fruits of the fertile soil of southern California. My feeling is, if you're willing to cross a desert to do the kind of jobs that native-born Americans don't want to do, you should be allowed to stay and work here like every other law-abiding, peaceful people."

    The 26th district represents south-central California and most of Ventura County. Hightower defeated seven-term incumbent Darryl Hamilton last year in a close election, one of the few House seats to flip to the Democrats.
     
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    Wednesday, 14 August 2019

    Strong Coll performance ends third Labour debate

    The third Labour leadership debate, this time hosted on ITV, ended earlier tonight with Labour Chairman Jack Coll going on the offensive after a muted performance for most of the debate after joining three other candidates in condemning former Chancellor of the Exchequer Daniel Lamont for his remarks about Shadow Chancellor Oliver Kendrick's son, who died in 2012 from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Lamont has refused to retract or apologize for his remarks at the previous debate, where he claimed that Kendrick was using his son's death as a "political prop" despite condemnation from commentators and Labour leaders and was shunned by most of the other candidates, with Rachel Lilburn being the only one to engage with him on policy issues.

    Lamont seemed frustrated by both Coll and Kendrick, the two front-runners, largely refusing to engage with him. He was largely sidelined after disagreeing with Coll's assessment that all of Labour's leadership candidates would "work hand-in-glove" with whomever the party members elect to replace outgoing leader Andrea Benn led to Coll snapping at him.

    "Daniel, if that's the attitude you're going to have, why don't you run for leader of [the] Socialist Alliance instead?" Coll said.

    "I'm not pledging to be a puppet of someone who leads Labour to ruin by embracing 'Tory-lite' policies—" Lamont began, before being interrupted.

    "No, instead you're being the puppet of whatever impulses in your brain think it's acceptable to say the disgusting thing you said about Oliver." Coll said, before talking over Lamont to finish his previous point about Labour unity.

    Both Coll and Lilburn stressed their experience in the previous Labour government as selling points, with Coll promising to work with party leaders and members to create a "strong, unifying vision" to topple the Conservatives in the next general election. Butler, for her part, sounded critical of the two veterans' appeals, but largely allowed Kendrick to engage with them.

    Kendrick, the youngest nominee at age 35, stumbled after two solid performances in the previous debates. His repeated pitch of changing the party and "moving on" from the Green government was picked apart by Coll, who asked what "change and moving on" meant in real terms.

    "I'm not going to 'move on' and 'change' when it comes to righting the ship after the last recession, or keeping British soldiers out of pointless wars," Coll said. "You can say 'well the Tories have done some good' all you want, but I don't see embracing a party and government that cuts education, that has cut NHS funds, and then funnels more and more tax revenue to the rich, as a winning strategy for Labour."

    Kendrick pointed to the three consecutive general election losses as proof that a change was needed in Labour. "Clearly, we need a clean sweep in the frontbenches," he said. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in Labour to take hold, as the older generation hasn't got the job done."

    Coll laughed, pointing out that Benn herself is 45, only ten years older than Kendrick, and "somehow the fact that she's far younger than Richard Samuels" didn't lead to Labour returning to power. He ended the debate with a strong pitch to Labour voters:

    "This leadership election is a fight not only for the Labour party, but of our nation's future, your future. If it's all about style and good looks, count me out. If it's about making the big decisions, if it's about clear judgement, if it's about delivering a strong, united, progressive Labour party—a party that can win the next general election—I know that I am your man. I am the only candidate with a real plan for our party and for our country and I'd love to have your vote."

    Registration for voting in the election has closed, and ballots will begin to be mailed out to registered members, affiliated supporters or registered supporters on Friday. Ballots must be returned by midday on Thursday, 12 September, and the party's new leader will be announced in a special convention two days later on Saturday, 14 September.
     
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    "Sweaty Sam" Inspires New Wave Of Memes
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    Washington-A selfie that President Seaborn apparently took after a workout at the White House gym has gone viral, launching a new wave of Seaborn memes focusing on the President's perspiring visage and physique.

    "The healthiest man in Washington!" one user wrote on Twitter.

    "Sam Seaborn-keeping in shape for America!" another wrote.

    For its own part, the White House had this to say:

    "President Seaborn is a very active man, and likes to stay in shape. At a time when we have record levels of obesity in this country, he is setting an example for other Americans to follow. The President's heath-along with that of the country's-is naturally important to him," the White House press office said.
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    https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/...instagram-time-posts-selfie/story?id=64989276
     
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