President Donald Trump has spent the last few weeks trying to bend to his will what are arguably three of the federal government’s least political institutions – the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Reserve and Department of Justice. Frustrated by the organizations’ deliberate pace and the substance of their decision-making, Trump has tried to remake them in his own image. He’s purging staffers who disagreed with him, or whom he felt were insufficiently loyal at DHS, and he hopes to stock the Fed with vocal political allies who can do his bidding on monetary policy. Trump cares little about how such moves will be perceived, former administration officials and Republicans close to the White House say. They argue he always prefers to push the boundaries of what is possible, legally and otherwise. And in year three of his presidency, he’s pushing harder than ever before. On immigration, Trump has never grasped why the U.S. government could not simply … [Read more...] about Trump bulldozes across the presidency’s red lines
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Ukrainians have gone to the polls in a crucial vote that could see a comedy actor with no political experience move a step closer to becoming the country’s next president. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who plays the president in a television series called Servant of the People, is expected to win Sunday’s vote in a rebuke of the country’s leadership. He is followed in the polls by Petro Poroshenko, the incumbent who made a fortune from his chocolate empire, and Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister running as an anti-corruption firebrand. No candidate is expected to win a majority, and a runoff with the top two candidates will take place on 21 April. Polling stations across the country opened at 8am, sometimes with spreads of ham and cheese laid out for voters. Some of the people manning the polls began the day with rousing renditions of the Ukrainian national anthem while other Ukrainians congratulated each other about the “holiday of democracy”. Others … [Read more...] about Ukrainians vote in election that could see TV comic take the presidency
Ukraine goes to the polls on Sunday with a comic who plays the president on his own TV show the favourite to become the next president in a protest vote against the country’s leaders. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, an actor with no prior political experience, is likely to win the first round with a lead of up to 10% in some polls. Behind him are Petro Poroshenko, the current president who made a fortune from his confectionery empire, and Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister who has decried corruption and promised to boost pensions and cut heating bills. If no candidate wins a majority, the top two will face each other in a runoff later in April. Latest polling shows that Zelenskiy would defeat either candidate in a head-to-head race, although analysts caution that could change closer to election day. “The Zelenskiy phenomenon is the intelligent way to say ‘against all’,” said Balazs Jarabik, a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International … [Read more...] about Ukraine goes to polls with TV comic eyeing the presidency
An investigation into the possible collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia has returned inconclusive results. The Mueller investigation's full report after two years has not been released, but attorney general William Barr's summary of the findings concludes there was insufficient evidence to prove Trump committed crimes. So, is the President in the clear? Democrats are calling for the full report to be released, along with the underlying evidence used during the investigation, reports Perspecs. The Claim The Times reports that Trump is claiming "total exoneration" as the result of Mueller's investigation. The president and his campaign team were not found to have conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election and attorney general Barr sent a letter to Congress saying Trump would face no charges. While the investigation found that Russia sought to influence the election in Trump's favour it did not find enough evidence to say that the president or … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: Has the Mueller report cleared the President?
Dara Alizadeh is pointing to one of the walls in The Goldie Boathouse, adorned with plaques of Blues boats from years gone by. The simple list of names, with ‘won’ or ‘lost’ above them, perhaps best sum up a sport, and an event, that does not mince it’s words, that leaves no margin for error. The example he uses is the 1925 crew, which Cambridge won after the Oxford boat sank. The year, or the fact Cambridge won, doesn't matter. He's making a greater point about what the race means to him and the his crew mates, to the club, and how the instant hit of history you get when arrive at the building pulls them towards a common goal. “It’s such a historic race, which makes it our focus. It is our focus, but I don’t think it’s like ‘oh this is on tv’ we better pull together,” Alizadeh explained. “I think it’s from day one. We show up in September it’s like this is Cambridge, this is CUBC, the is … [Read more...] about Boat Race 2019: Meet the president of Cambridge University Boat Club