INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, but whose reputation for working with Democrats cost him his final campaign, died Sunday. He was 87. The Lugar Center issued a statement saying Lugar died early Sunday at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia from complications related to chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, or CIPD, a rare neurological disorder. A soft-spoken and thoughtful former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar dominated Indiana politics during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate. That popularity gave him the freedom to concentrate largely on foreign policy and national security matters — a focus highlighted by his collaboration with Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn on a program under which the U.S. paid to dismantle and secure thousands of nuclear warheads and missiles in the former Soviet states after … [Read more...] about Former US Sen. Richard Lugar, foreign policy expert, dies
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0 Have your say Gaining independence from the UK would provide the best chance for Scotland to wean itself off its remaining reserves of black gold, writes Joyce McMillan. It’s Scotland’s oil. I remember the slogan, and how shallow and brutal it sounded when it first appeared in Scottish public life, in the early Seventies. At that time, after all, Britain still seemed – to most of its Scottish citizens – like a pretty good-going welfare state, a forward-looking country that had just joined the European Economic Community, and, thanks to the social upheaval of the 1960s, started to replace its old aristocratic and imperial values with a modern commitment to social justice and mobility, as well as to the “white heat” of the latest technological revolution.That was then, though; and if there are powerful insights in every paragraph of Gavin McCrone’s legendary short British Government report on the impact of North Sea oil, … [Read more...] about Independence would help us stop burning ‘Scotland’s oil’ – Joyce McMillan
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Politics | For Steve King, Support in Iowa District Is Strong but Political Future Is Wobbly Supported by ByTrip Gabriel Jan. 17, 2019 FORT DODGE, Iowa — The coffee crew at Zakeer’s still likes Steve King. They voted for him over and over and don’t believe he is a bigot. They say he’s getting a raw deal from the news media and Republicans in Washington. But here’s the thing: These rock-solid supporters of Mr. King, whose comments seeming to endorse white supremacy brought stinging rebukes from his own party leaders, are also convinced that his 16-year career in Congress representing northwest Iowa is effectively over. “I think he’s dead in the water,” said Pat Reed, a retired history teacher in a purple University of Northern Iowa sweatshirt, reacting to the news … [Read more...] about For Steve King, Support in Iowa District Is Strong but Political Future Is Wobbly
Adam Nagourney and Robert Gebeloff, New York Times 6:46 pm PST, Sunday, December 30, 2018 In this Saturday, Oct. 20,2018 photo shows , a shopper walks into a convenience store along Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach, below a billboard promoting Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's bid for a 16th term in the 48th District in Orange County, California. (AP Photo/Michael R. Blood) less In this Saturday, Oct. 20,2018 photo shows , a shopper walks into a convenience store along Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach, below a billboard promoting Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's bid for a 16th ... more Photo: Michael R. Blood / Associated Press Photo: Michael R. Blood / Associated Press Image 1 of / 64 Caption Close Image 1 of 64 In this Saturday, Oct. 20,2018 photo shows , a … [Read more...] about Cultural shifts sweep away a California bastion of conservatism
IF we’ve learned anything about politics this year, it’s that each major party, both Labour and Conservative, has fallen victim to its extremist wings. As Prime Minister Theresa May found to her cost last week, her own particular version of caring Conservatism cuts no mustard with the hard Brexiteers. Although she emerged from the attempted coup, her persecutors, led by ultra-right-winger Jacob Rees-Mogg, remind us that the Tories are a party where individual self-determination presides above all.Such is the cacophony coming from Westminster, it’s easy to switch off sometimes and forget that each political party is a very distinct body. However, deepening class and geographical divide and the shrill shriek of what passes for debate on social media soon remind us that the demands made by political allegiance have never been as powerful.At the other end of the spectrum from the Eurosceptics who look back longingly to the patrician days of Empire, we have Labour’s … [Read more...] about Jayne Dowle: Can the centre hold when extremists rule politics?