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Maria Miller aide condemns media 'witch-hunt'

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Scottish independence: Lord Robertson says Yes vote 'would be cataclysmic'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_scotland/1067000/1067449_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532181416_9285043df4aef764b91b1c847e0944cc<p><b>The former secretary general of Nato has said that Scottish independence would be cataclysmic for the West in an era of international …

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LabourList readers don't expect Miliband to win a majority in 2015 | LabourList

There’s decidedly mixed news for Ed Miliband from the latest LabourList weekly survey. Whilst the vast majority of you believe that Labour will be …

#Czech Republic: former presidential candidate Vladimír Franz set to become Deputy Minister of Culture http://t.co/NkezepSqwC

Is Labour now in favour of rent controls?

Housing is going to be key to Labour’s offer in 2015. Most of the debate so far though has been to talk about the need to build more homes.<p><i>But could</i> …

Parliament itself shouldn’t drag MPs down

The conventional image of Parliament is of a grand, imposing building packed with ancient traditions. The reality for those who work in it isn’t quite so glamorous: mouse-infested offices, administrative chaos, and weeks of camping in committee rooms when you first arrive as an MP. Even though …

Labour can't afford to get outflanked by Osborne on the Minimum Wage

It seems that George Osborne has had a rather sudden damascene conversion to a higher Minimum Wage. His announcement this evening that the government …

Thai protest leader rejects compromise but says 'no civil war'

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of a movement trying to topple Thailand’s government said he would call off his protest if civil war threatened to break out but rejected any compromise with the government ahead of a planned “shutdown” of the capital.<p>An anti-government protester passes time as other …

It's not about the money: what Ed Miliband and David Cameron can learn from Nigel Farage

As Tony Blair might once have put it: immigration, immigration, immigration. David Cameron wants to withdraw child benefit from EU migrants. Labour has come up with a seemingly impossible proposal to restrict people travelling around Europe in search of work. The vice-president of the European …

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Report published and Government response received.<p>PCRC to publish Government response on Friday 19 December 2014<p>Political and Constitutional Reform …

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South Sudan talks start slowly as U.S. pulls out more staff

JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudan’s government and rebels finally began talks to end weeks of bloodletting on Friday after days of delay as the United States ordered out more of its embassy staff.<p>Chief of Staff of South Sudan's army, General James Hoth Mai speaks during a media update, with …

The Two Americas Will Be the Defining Trend of 2014

Republican and Democratic states move farther apart.<p>This morning, one of my editors suggested that I might comment on what I thought the big issues …

MPs criticise government's stockpiling of Roche drug Tamiflu

LONDON (Reuters) - MPs on Friday criticised government spending of 424 million pounds to stockpile Roche’s medicine Tamiflu, saying doubts about the drug’s effectiveness suggest it may not be money well spent.<p>The logo of the Swiss drugmaker Roche is seen on a factory in Burgdorf near Bern, …

Stewart Wood on Twitter: "The story of housing in Britain since 1945 in one simple & alarming graph. http://t.co/fX8YkjncnE http://t.co/MNXLPaQiud"

New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>StewartWood</b><p>RT @<b>StewartWood</b> Housing in #<b>Britain</b> since 1945 in one simple & alarming graph. …

Catalan president calls on EU leaders to support push for independence

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia’s president has called on European Union prime ministers for support as the region seeks a vote on independence in November this year, the source of an increasingly bitter fight with Spain’s central government.<p>Catalonia's President Artur Mas gestures during a news …

Qaeda leader held in Lebanon raised funds for anti-Assad militants - experts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Saudi leader of an al-Qaeda spinoff group arrested in Lebanon this week was a key fundraiser in the Gulf for militants fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, official and private experts say.<p>The Lebanese army arrested Muhammad al-Majid, who leads the …

Inter-religious violence kills three in Central African Republic's capital

BANGUI (Reuters) - Clashes between Muslims and Christians in Central African Republic’s capital killed three on Wednesday as angry residents threw grenades and torched homes, witnesses said.<p>French and African troops deployed in the country have struggled to stop the tit-for-tat violence between …

Obamacare, Impeachment, Iran, and More Political Predictions for 2014

Sure, budget brinksmanship and Hillary presidential hints are a given. But millions more sign-ups for health-care coverage and the ousting of Mitch …

The South Sudan Clashes Are No Tribal War

South Sudan is being torn apart again—this time in the name of democracy. But the new fighting isn’t about ethnic rivalries but a power grab.<p>I am …

Chinese PM Li Keqiang pledges 'appropriate liquidity' in 2014

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has said that the government will keep liquidity at an appropriate level in 2014 to maintain the stability of financial markets and the broader economy.<p>Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gives an address during a news conference with French Prime Minister …

Egypt likely to change roadmap, hold presidential vote first - sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s government is likely to call a presidential election before parliamentary polls, officials said on Monday, rearranging the political timetable in a way that could see army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi elected head of state by April.<p>A supporter of Egypt's army chief …

A brilliant Matt cartoon from today's Sunday Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/matt/

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Paul: '50/50' chance that House will vote down Syria authorization

<i>By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News</i><p>A leading skeptic of U.S. intervention in conflicts abroad said Sunday that he believes there is only a "50/50" chance that the GOP-controlled House will vote to authorize the use of U.S military force in the Syria.<p>"I think it's at least 50/50 whether the …

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The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …