The nation is bidding a final, public farewell to Arizona Senator John McCain with a funeral Saturday at Washington National Cathedral that will feature eulogies from the two men who delivered his biggest political defeats, former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were among the thousands of relatives, friends, members of Congress and staff, and other U.S. and international leaders who filed into the cathedral to remember and mourn the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, irascible lawmaker, and courageous prisoner of war. President Donald Trump won’t be in attendance, which the New York Times reported was at McCain’s request -- a contrast with the theme of reconciliation demonstrated by the addresses from Bush, who defeated McCain for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, and Obama, his chief rival in the 2008 presidential race. However, the president’s … [Read more...] about Final Public Farewell to McCain Draws Much of Washington’s Elite
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There’s a packed field of Democrats vying for the party nod in the 3rd Congressional District, a Springfield election that’s putting a newcomer up against a 15-term incumbent, and a House seat race in Boston that’s garnered interest from around the country. This is primary season for Massachusetts’s nine Congressional districts. Here are all the candidates running for party nominations in U.S. House of Representatives primary elections on Sept. 4: 1st District Democrats Rep. Richard Neal Town/City: Springfield Background: Elected to Congress in 1988, Neal serves as the ranking member of the Ways and Means committee. The former Springfield mayor has also served as a city councilor and a mayoral aide, and was a high school history teacher. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud Town/City: Springfield Background: Amatul-Wadud is a domestic relations and civil rights attorney. She also serves as a volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, the … [Read more...] about These are all the U.S. House candidates in Massachusetts
World International Affairs The U.S. military victory over Japanese Imperial forces on August 14, 1945, signified the end of the bloodiest conflict in modern history. It also ushered in a historic shift in global power, creating a growing and lasting U.S. military presence in Asia that has continued to this day—but not without its opponents. Only days after the world's first atomic bomb attacks killed up to 250,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan officially surrendered to the U.S. and fellow Allied powers, including the Soviet Union and the U.K, ending World War II. The event was known as V-J Day and is officially commemorated in the U.S. on September 2, the date in which the surrender document was signed. The Empire of Japan was then dismantled and, for the first time in the country's history, Japan was occupied by a foreign power. The U.S. military occupation formally ended only years later in 1951, but the … [Read more...] about V-J Day: U.S. Military Power in Asia Grew After World War II, But Do We Still Need Bases There?
By Jess Macy Yu TAIPEI (Reuters) - Vowing that "no one can obliterate Taiwan's existence", President Tsai Ing-wen left on Sunday for the United States and two of its remaining diplomatic allies, amid pressure from China to try to stamp out references to the island internationally. China, which claims self-ruled and democratic Taiwan as its own, has stepped up a campaign against the island as it tries to assert Chinese sovereignty. Beijing has ordered foreign companies to label Taiwan as part of China on their websites and is excluding Taiwan from as many international forums as it can. Also, China has also been whittling down the number of countries that recognise Taiwan - now just 18 - with Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic switching relations to Beijing this year. Speaking before her flight to Los Angeles, where she will spend one night prior to visiting Belize and Paraguay, Tsai struck a defiant tone. "In going abroad, the whole world can see Taiwan; they can see our … [Read more...] about No one can ‘obliterate’ Taiwan’s existence, president says on departure for U.S.
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 9:28 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 LANSING — A former federal prosecutor is collecting signatures to get on the Michigan ballot as an independent candidate for state attorney general, and his longshot bid has the backing of former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, a prominent Democrat. Christopher Graveline, a Bay City native and former U.S. Army prosecutor, until recently headed the violent and organized crime unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit, where he prosecuted gang members and says the work of his unit deserves some credit for a drop in the Detroit murder rate. Graveline, 45, who by law had to quit his federal job when he began his campaign in early June, has until July 19 to collect 30,000 valid signatures. If he gets on the ballot, his candidacy poses a potential problem for Plymouth attorney Dana Nessel, the expected Democratic nominee. McQuade told the Free Press Tuesday her support … [Read more...] about Former U.S. Attorney backs independent candidate for Mich. attorney general