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Republicans’ Simple Recipe for Beating de Blasio: a ‘Seismic’ Event

Strategists say short of a criminal indictment or some other calamity, it will be nearly impossible for a Republican to unseat the Democratic mayor<p>Good luck with that.<p>That is the advice some political veterans are giving Republicans hoping to unseat New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat up …

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Tony Avella prepares to take on Mayor de Blasio in 2017 election

State Sen. Tony Avella is making his run for mayor official on Sunday.<p>Avella, a frequent critic of Mayor de Blasio, revealed on Wednesday that he …

Who will be elected German chancellor in 2017?

The candidate named in the question shall be elected chancellor of Germany in 2017.<p>PredictIt reserves the right to wait for further official, party, …

Who will be elected Seattle mayor in 2017?

The individual identified in the question shall be elected mayor of Seattle in 2017. PredictIt may determine how and when to settle the market based …

In Mexico, Murray joins united front against Trump

MEXICO CITY — Continuing his defiant tone following the presidential election, Mayor Ed Murray insisted that Seattle will continue to press forward …

Mayor has clear road to re-election, but big-city voters are capricious

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray did not wait until the 2016 votes were counted before launching his 2017 re-election campaign, with a fundraiser targeted at …

Berlin Attack: German Politics Is 'Paralyzed By Terror'

Even before Monday’s attack in the German capital, Berlin, the issue of migration—and its possible security risks—was already dominating German …

St. Louis police union endorses Lyda Krewson for mayor

The St. Louis Police Officers' Association has endorsed Alderman Lyda Krewson for mayor.<p>The union, which represents 1,100 officers, made the …

Poll: Ed Gillespie leads GOP field running for Virginia governor

RICHMOND — GOP strategist Ed Gillespie leads a pack of Republicans running for governor next year, while Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) edges Gillespie in a head-to-head matchup, an early poll finds.<p>Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who came close to toppling Sen. Mark R. …

What Hollande’s exit means for the political landscape in France

Francois Hollande's surprise announcement that he would not run for a second term as President of France has increased political uncertainty in the …

More changes ahead for California voters in 2017

Starting Jan. 1, 16 and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote before they begin casting ballots at age 18. It's just one of several changes to voter …

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Not just Putin's pal: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson would be formidable as Trump's Secretary of State

There's a lot more to Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State than his dealings with Russia's Vladimir Putin.<p>US President-elect Donald Trump's …

Dems press for Tillerson's tax returns

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Democrats are accusing Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to become secretary of state, of reneging on a pledge to hand over three years worth of tax returns.<p>Nominees for secretary of state are not required by committee rules to provide tax returns.<p>A standard …

Germany’s Angela Merkel struggles with Islamic refugees

BERLIN — A year ago, she was the leading voice in Europe lecturing her constituents about the moral obligation to take in hundreds of thousands of …

Two D.C. Council members propose radical revisions to paid family leave bill

Two D.C. Council members are proposing dramatic revisions to the city’s landmark bill guaranteeing up to two months of paid time off for new parents, setting up a showdown among rival council factions and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the council meets Tuesday to take a final vote on the …

Why our presidents are elected by a clique of elites

American presidential elections are generally orderly affairs. People vote, somebody wins and life goes on. It's our proud tradition of democratic self-governance.<p>And yet: <i></i>The whole thing is controlled by a cabal of elites who <i>actually</i> pick the nation's commander-in-chief, and who, theoretically, …

Governor says other states should learn from Colorado’s example, noting that state initially failed to regulate edibles strongly enough<p>States preparing to legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2017 have been warned to impose strong regulations on edible products, in order to help prevent …

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The Latest: Trump says US should let China keep the drone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):<p>8:40 p.m.<p>President-elect Donald Trump says the U.S. should let China …