The most famous story about modern presidential campaigning now has a quaint old-world tone. It’s about the showdown between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in the first debate of their 1960 campaign, which was also the very first nationally televised general-election debate in the United States. The story is that Kennedy looked great, which is true, and Nixon looked terrible, which is also true—and that this visual difference had an unexpected electoral effect. As Theodore H. White described it in his hugely influential book The Making of the President 1960 , which has set the model for campaign coverage ever since, “sample surveys” after the debate found that people who had only heard Kennedy and Nixon talking, over the radio, thought that the debate had been a tie. But those who saw the two men on television were much more likely to think that Kennedy—handsome, tanned, non-sweaty, poised—had won. Historians who have followed up on this story haven’t found data to back … [Read more...] about When Donald Meets Hillary: Who Will Win the Debates?
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Shameless Boris Johnson has told friends he will "smash on" despite a string of resignations. The Prime Minister is said to have declared "I'm not going anywhere” despite Rishi Sunak , Sajid Javid and his Solicitor General all resigning last night. But MPs have other ideas - with a string of Tories from across the spectrum reading him the “last rites”. While the Cabinet are now mostly firm, the PM is being rocked by a string of junior resignations from government. Between 6pm on Tuesday and 2pm on Wednesday 21 MPs resigned from the government - nine ministers, nine parliamentary private secretaries, two trade envoys and one Tory vice chair. Back bench MPs across the spectrum, from moderate ex-ministers Chris Skidmore and Nick Gibb to culture war Red Wallers Jonathan Gullis, Tom Hunt and Lee Anderson, have charged over the top. For so many MPs, the revelation the PM knew about claims against MP Chris Pincher, then promoted him repeatedly, then “forgot” he’d been told, is … [Read more...] about All the Tories brutally turning against Boris Johnson’s leadership as MPs ‘read last rites’
By Tom Espiner Published 2 hours ago comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing The pound has fallen to a two-year low against the dollar reflecting traders' increasing concerns about recession around the world as energy prices continue to soar. But sterling is also weak because markets are worried about future UK economic growth, analysts said. Sterling could fall even further after predictions of economic stagnation and as inflation rises, they added. London shares regained some ground on Wednesday following Tuesday's falls. The resignation of two senior government ministers on Tuesday evening, including former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, was not a significant factor in the pound's fall, Rabobank head currency strategist Jane Foley told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. UK household energy bills to hit £3,000 per year Sunak … [Read more...] about Pound slides to two-year low against the dollar
The world's of football and music have increasingly crossed paths in recent decades with ties between clubs and musical acts continuing to emerge. These ties have come in a range of different forms, from former Oasis members Liam and Noel Gallagher being seen in the crowd at Manchester City matches to Ajax having a kit inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley. However, it is sometimes overlooked how such ties between football clubs and music groups began in the first place. With that in mind, here Daily Star Sport looks at four musical acts with ties to football clubs and how their relationships began. Manchester City and Oasis It's perhaps no surprise Oasis and City have a strong connection, given the band's original members all hailed from Manchester and the Gallagher brothers are both die-hard City supporters. During their heyday, the band performed iconic shows at City's old Maine Road home, with Liam since putting on his own shows at the Etihad Stadium. Both Liam … [Read more...] about Music groups with ties to football clubs and how they began – from Oasis to Blur
H ere, lying in a stained carton, are notes on a refugee camp in Tanzania, where surviving Tutsis and their Hutu enemies lived side by side in blue tarp tents. It is 1994. The notes record that there are people everywhere, milling and moving in short parades on the main path in the camp, hastily constructed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Women wear colorful cloths, khangas , and carry yellow plastic containers of water on their heads. Children and old men push up against one another, as if at a bargain sale. They hold portable radios to their ears. A man in a brown rain hat drags a reluctant goat by a rope. White smoke mixes with the smells of fresh earth and excrement. At an outdoor butcher shop, a cow’s bloodied horn lies beside the animal’s astonished head. I greet a group of young Hutus in French. “Did you participate in the killings?,” I ask. “We did nothing,” one says. “Did you see others do the killing?” He says, “We saw nothing.” I ask, “How many … [Read more...] about The World Is a Thriving Slaughterhouse
Published 21 May Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Australia election 2022 Three years after a "miracle" victory, Scott Morrison's tenure as Australian Prime Minister and coalition leader is over. After his personal unpopularity dominated the campaign, Mr Morrison led his Liberal-National government to a significant election defeat in Saturday's general election. Mr Morrison kept his seat, but many of his party allies lost theirs. Speaking after calling rival Anthony Albanese to concede defeat, Mr Morrison said he accepted responsibility for the government's losses - and its wins - and would step down as leader. But Mr Morrison - nicknamed ScoMo - wasn't always considered a liability, building a reputation as a survivor and a shrewd political tactician before he ascended to the top job in 2018. Rise to the top The son of a police … [Read more...] about Australia election: What went wrong for Scott Morrison?
“D uck and cover!” a mechanized voice screamed. The ground shook and the window rattled. I rolled from my bed to the floor of my trailer and felt for the armor I’d forgotten in my office. I lay there and sweated and swore. The voice from the loudspeaker urged me to get away from the windows. I was inside a tin can. I crawled to the door. My hand was on the knob when I realized I was naked. The next impact knocked the air conditioner to the floor. I grabbed a light-blue cotton robe and bolted. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. I raced along a row of sandbags, one hand holding the robe closed. The duck-and-cover bunkers were 100 feet away. Another series of explosions, and I hit the rocks. I was lying there, panting, when I saw a bright-yellow bunker tucked behind a row of sandbags and palm trees. I was up, running, full out. My robe fell open and flew out behind me. Another hit. I was 20 feet away. Ten. Five. I crashed into the … [Read more...] about What I Wish I’d Known About Sexual Assault in the Military
Published 7 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing It's the time of year for strawberries and cream, and hoping for a Brit to lift the Wimbledon trophy. But as this year's championship reaches its peak there's even more reason for Welsh fans to be glued to every rally. Cameron Norrie, who will face defending champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, has strong Welsh connections. The 26-year-old's mother Helen comes from Cardiff, so Wales has a good shout to claim him as one of its own... right? Norrie is the first British man to reach the Wimbledon singles semis since Andy Murray in 2016, and the first British player since Johanna Konta in 2017. Rapid rise On Friday he will play top seed Djokovic, who is chasing a fourth successive title and a seventh in total at the All England Club. Born in South Africa and raised in New Zealand, Norrie, who is … [Read more...] about Wimbledon 2022: Cameron Norrie’s Welsh heritage
The escalating price of a typical home in Lafayette Parish has outpaced wage growth in second quarter. The area, like many others in Louisiana and across the country, had its home affordability index drop in the quarter as prices have escalated due to the rise in buyer demand, according to data released by real estate research firm ATTOM Data Solutions in its Home Affordability Report . The median home price in Lafayette Parish in the second quarter rose 8% from a year ago to $220,000 while income levels rose only 2%, but the typical wage earner in the parish can still afford to buy a home. The annual income needed to buy a typical home is $47,315, while the average annualized wages for homeowners was at $51,181, data shows. Buying a home in Lafayette Parish would require 25.9% of annualized wages, up from the historic average of 21.2%, data shows. Of the 14 parishes surveyed, only Orleans, St. Tammany and Livingston had median sales price outpace annualized weekly wages so … [Read more...] about Escalating cost of a home in Lafayette Parish outpacing wage growth, data shows
This story was originally published in Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. Poison drops over a million hectares are planned to counter a 'mega mast' predicted to spark a plague of predators in native forests. David Williams reports. When I last visited a forest frequented by orange-fronted parakeet/kākāriki karaka, there was quiet optimism. In 2009, I accompanied Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger Sandy Yong to Canterbury's Hawdon Valley, near Arthur's Pass, while she checked rat tracking tunnels and traps. READ MORE: P redator control project lasting legacy of conservation pioneers The weapon to wipe out wasps: The story of Vespex | Wasp Wipeout Back then, kākāriki numbers were estimated to be between 200 and 400 birds in three valleys - the Hawdon and Poulter in Arthur's Pass National Park, and the south branch of the Hurunui River. Yong thought the bird numbers were slowly growing. But she was concerned about a predator population … [Read more...] about $30.5 million hit planned for ‘mega mast’