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Dems set to mostly avoid leadership battles as Pelosi departs

Dems set to mostly avoid leadership battles as Pelosi departs

House Democrats are increasingly likely to elect their troika of top leaders for the next Congress without any major confrontation, ensuring a show of unity as they enter the minority.

And it didn’t happen without some work: The caucus has quietly defused several potential conflicts that could have divided its members. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who’d been eyeing a shot for the No. 2 slot, is expected to run for reelection as chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus instead of mounting a caucus-wide leadership bid, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Corbyn branded Putin's 'useful idiot' by Ukraine over plans for speech at pro-Russia event

Jeremy Corbyn has infuriated Ukrainian officials after he agreed to talk at an event named Real Path to Peace in Ukraine, organised by a far-left group which parts pro-Moscow claims such as that the invasion of Ukraine is to blame on NATO.

The Independent MP for Islington North, formerly Labour MP,  will join a panel at the event expected to urge Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to tell western leaders to halt weapons deliveries and talk peace with Putin.

The move reportedly sparked fury in President Zelensky’s circles.

Dasha Zarivna, a senior Ukrainian presidential adviser, told the Daily Mail that the group’s aim is to “spread narratives that have been carefully crafted by the Russian intelligence services”.

She added: “Once again Jeremy Corbyn finds himself cosying up to known associates of Vladimir Putin and other useful idiots manipulated by the Kremlin.

Wisconsin Republicans Stand on the Verge of Total, Veto-Proof Power

 

FRANKS FIELD, Wis. — The three counties in Wisconsin’s far northwest corner make up one of the last patches of rural America that have remained loyal to Democrats through the Obama and Trump years.

But after voting Democratic in every presidential election since 1976, and consistently sending the party’s candidates to the State Legislature for even longer, the area could now defect to the Republican Party. The ramifications would ripple far beyond the shores of Lake Superior.

Buhari tasks police on internal security, peaceful elections in 2023

Buhari tasks police on internal security, peaceful elections in 2023

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian police to evolve measures in tackling the nation’s internal security threats as they may impact negatively on the peaceful conduct of the 2023 elections.

Mr Buhari gave the charge on Monday when he declared open a three-day retreat for senior police officers in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The theme of the conference was “The Imperative of a Nigerian Police Strategy Plan for Peaceful Elections.”

Israel votes in fifth election in four years as Netanyahu eyes comeback | CNN

 

Israelis are heading to the ballot box for an unprecedented fifth time in four years on Tuesday, as Israel holds yet another national election aimed at ending the country’s ongoing political deadlock.

For the first time in 13 years, former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not running as the incumbent. Bibi, as he is universally known in Israel, is hoping to return to power as the head of a hard-right coalition, while centrist caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid is hoping the mantle of the acting premiership will help keep him in place.

Ottawa police’s lack of ‘coherent plan’ made RCMP, OPP ‘reluctant’ to help them with protest: Bill Blair

Ottawa police’s lack of ‘coherent plan’ made RCMP, OPP ‘reluctant’ to help them with protest: Bill Blair

​​​​​Emotional ex-chief says Ottawa police ‘did the best in inhumane conditions’ during Freedom Convoy

Ottawa police had a plan and tow trucks ready to drive the day before the emergency law was invoked

 

In previous interviews, Blair also believed that the City of Ottawa and the OPS were not following the “correct procedure” for applying for funds.

The RCMP and OPP were initially “reluctant” to send funds to the Ottawa Police Department (OPS) to help handle the Freedom Convoy protests, fearing the organization did not have a “coherent plan,” according to the report. notes from the interview with Secretary Bill Blair.

Seattle Dem who pushed police defunding fumes at cops for not investigating human feces on her lawn

Seattle Dem who pushed police defunding fumes at cops for not investigating human feces on her lawn

Seattle Dem who pushed police defunding fumes at cops for not investigating human feces on her lawn

 

A socialist Seattle City Council member who pushed for police defunding is livid that cops aren’t addressing reports of feces being tossed onto her lawn. 

Kshama Sawant, 49, wrote a letter to police after they failed to investigate six bags of human feces left in her yard along with threatening emails received dubbing her ‘the queen of s***,’ according to Fox 13 news. 

Sawant led Defund the Police protests in 2020 and advocated for the Seattle police budget to be cut by 50 percent. 

The most recent bag of filth was tossed onto her property on October 13 – the same day police closed the investigation. She said the acts are ‘politically motivated.’ 

NSW health minister to leave politics at next election

NSW health minister to leave politics at next election

NSW health minister to leave politics at next election

 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced he will quit politics at the next election.

After more than three decades as the Member for Wakehurst, the 71-year-old on Monday night told The Sydney Morning Herald it was time for a “new beginning”, joining a growing list of retiring senior Liberals.

Reflecting on his most prominent and recent role, in which he fronted daily COVID-19 press conferences alongside former premier Gladys Berejiklian and Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant, Hazzard said being health minister was the “best of times and the worst of times”.

He said the best times were delivering 180 new hospitals or health facilities and working with “incredibly talented” people in the health system.

“The worst of times came with COVID-19. When the pandemic began, we were bracing for an expected 25,000 deaths in NSW in the first year,” he said.

Democrats Bomb On Every Key Issue In New Poll

Democrats Bomb On Every Key Issue In New Poll

Democrats performed worse than Republicans on issues that were most important to voters in a Wednesday poll from Politico and Morning Consult.

On the economy, which 81% of respondents said would play a major role in their voting decision, 46% of voters trusted Republicans more while only 39% trusted Democrats more, the poll found. The survey comes amid a wave of Republican gains in midterm polling.

Another 80% of voters said inflation would play a major role in determining their vote, and 46% of respondents trusted Congressional Republicans on the issue compared to 37% who trusted Democrats more, according to the poll; 61% thought inflation is getting worse.

Royal Mail workers kick off 19 day strike action

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Thursday 13 October 2022 8:45 am

The biggest strike of the year continues today as 115,000 postal workers will come out for a  “dignified, proper pay rise”.

Members of the Communication Workers Union – which represents Royal Mail Group workers – have kicked off the first day of their 19 day strike.

The decision follows the union’s ballot for strike action over pay, which saw members vote by 97.6 per cent on a 77 per cent turnout to take action.

The union is demanding that Royal Mail make an adequate pay award that covers the current cost of living increases for our members.