U.S. House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

U.S. House Democrats elect Hakeem Jeffries as first Black party leader

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Hakeem Jeffries was unanimously elected on Wednesday to become the Democratic Party’s top leader in the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in January, making him the first Black American to hold such a high-ranking position in Congress. The vote by Jeffries’ fellow Democrats also marked the rise of a younger … Read more

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

U.S. Senate passes same-sex marriage protection bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a measure taken up in response to worries the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it nationwide. The narrowly tailored bill, which would require the federal government to recognize a marriage … Read more

Respect for Marriage Act: Senate passes bill protecting same-sex marriages; House approval comes next

Respect for Marriage Act: Senate passes bill protecting same-sex marriages; House approval comes next

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday to protect same-sex marriages, an extraordinary sign of shifting national politics on the issue and a measure of relief for the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples who have married since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide. The bill, which would ensure that … Read more

Victorian election count enters fifth day as electoral commission warns of wait for results in close contests

Victorian election count enters fifth day as electoral commission warns of wait for results in close contests

The re-election of a majority Labor government in Victoria was decisive, but candidates watching results trickle in for close seats face a long wait. Key points: Seven lower house Victorian seats remain tight contests The VEC is warning there will be a wait for results in seats with close results Informal voting trends appear to be similar … Read more

New Jersey voters, especially women, were consistent when it came to abortion rights

New Jersey voters, especially women, were consistent when it came to abortion rights

When Planned Parenthood decided to open a new clinic in Kansas City four years ago, it envisioned a place that would serve mostly working-class women who previously had to make hourslong trips to obtain birth control, get tested for sexually transmitted diseases or receive an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe … Read more

Japan probes Unification Church after backlash over ruling party ties

Japan probes Unification Church after backlash over ruling party ties

TOKYO, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Japan launched a probe into the Unification Church on Tuesday that could threaten its legal status, after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July revealed its close ties to the ruling party and triggered a public backlash. For the Unification Church, founded in South Korea in 1954 … Read more

Third Japanese cabinet minister in a month resigns in blow to PM

Third Japanese cabinet minister in a month resigns in blow to PM

TOKYO, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Japan’s internal affairs minister resigned on Sunday in connection with a funding scandal, becoming the third cabinet member to leave in less than a month in a severe blow to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s already shaky support. Kishida’s approval ratings have sunk after the July assassination of former Prime Minister … Read more

Kazakh leader headed for huge election victory, exit polls show

Kazakh leader headed for huge election victory, exit polls show

ALMATY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was headed for a landslide victory in a snap election on Sunday, according to exit polls, solidifying his grip on power less than a year after he sidelined his long-ruling predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev. The former diplomat, who came to power in 2019 as Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor … Read more

Explainer: What to expect as Malaysia’s split election leaves scramble to form govt

Explainer: What to expect as Malaysia’s split election leaves scramble to form govt

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s political leaders were scrambling to form a coalition government on Sunday after an election produced an unprecedented hung parliament, with no group able to claim a majority. Longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin each said they could form a government with support from … Read more

John Tory chose his own convenience over the health of local democracy when he accepted Ford’s ‘strong mayor’ law

John Tory chose his own convenience over the health of local democracy when he accepted Ford’s ‘strong mayor’ law

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory during a joint press conference inside Queen’s Park in Toronto on June 27.Cole Burston/CP Wikipedia tells us that “majority rule is a principle that means the decision-making power belongs to the group that has the most members. In politics, majority rule requires the deciding vote to … Read more