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2006-06-16 13:11:02

By James B. Kelleher TIPTON, Iowa (Reuters) - Doug Simkin has a little extra bounce in his step as he travels around this congressional district on the eastern edge of this politically pivotal Midwestern state. That's because like a lot of people here, including some Republicans, the 40-year-old Democrat senses a shift in the political landscape toward the Democrats heading into upcoming November congressional elections and, beyond that, the 2008 presidential contest. As always,...

2006-06-14 15:55:05

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California lawmakers are once again unlikely to meet the state's constitutional deadline for passing a state budget, state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez said on Wednesday. Lawmakers had hoped to meet the Thursday deadline so they could pass their first on-time budget since 1986, but Democrats and Republicans are at odds on a handful of issues, including whether health-care funding should benefit illegal immigrants and whether the state should use...

2006-06-12 16:00:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The struggles of President George W. Bush and Republicans have eroded the influence of conservative political ideas and given liberals a new chance to shape the debate ahead of November's elections, left-wing activists said on Monday. The conservative agenda that dominated U.S. politics for decades has taken a beating under Bush, dragged down by the perception that corporate interests rule Washington and the country is on the wrong track, the sponsors of a...

2006-06-03 14:51:29

PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech election has ended in a draw between leftist and centre-right parties, with each side winning 100 seats in parliament, the CTK news agency reported on Saturday citing own projections. With over 99 percent of the votes counted, the opposition Civic Democrats won 35.4 percent of the June 2-3 vote, compared to 32.3 percent for the Social Democrats. Based on that result, earlier projections gave the Civic Democrats and its preferred partners -- Christian...

2006-05-28 12:19:33

By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - A poll showed the ruling Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) edging ahead of conservative opponents on Sunday for the first time in the runup to elections in five days' time, but in another survey the right kept its lead. Czechs will choose on June 2 and 3 between a third consecutive term for the leftist Social Democrats and a new mandate for the right-wing Civic Democrats, promising tax cuts and a fight against corruption. "The election winner cannot be...

2006-05-11 12:04:22

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even conservatives are losing faith in President George W. Bush now, putting Republican control of Congress at risk in November's midterm elections. Six months before voters decide the balance of power in Congress, an increasingly gloomy and anxious electorate has become disenchanted with Bush and grown more pessimistic about the Iraq war, gas prices and the country's future, according to a flurry of recent polls....

2006-04-23 11:25:37

By Balazs Koranyi BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarians voted briskly on Sunday in an election in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's Socialist-led government is expected to become the first to retain power since the return of democracy in 1990. Sunday was the second round of polling in the country of 10 million people, holding its fifth free election since the fall of communism and the first since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004. The main issue of the campaign has been the...

2006-04-22 23:48:35

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarians went to the polls on Sunday with the Socialist-led government of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany looking set to make history by becoming the first to retain power since the return of democracy 1990. Sunday was the second round of polling for the country's eight million eligible voters. Hungarians are voting in the fifth free election since the end of communism and the first since the country joined the European Union. Voting stations opened at 0400 GMT...

2006-04-13 00:59:59

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's independence-leaning government said on Thursday it may lift a ban on visits by Chinese tourists to the island, a move that could trump an opposition delegation's talks in Beijing this weekend. "Even if (China) continues to stall negotiations with us, we do not rule out the possibility of unilaterally lifting the ban on mainland tourists coming to Taiwan," Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu told reporters. His announcement came as an opposition...

2006-04-12 17:03:54

By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's main right-wing party Fidesz failed to forge an alliance with a smaller party on Wednesday, a major blow to its hopes of overturning the ruling Socialists' success in the first round of a two-stage election. Fidesz leader Viktor Orban had offered to stand down as his party's candidate for prime minister in favor of a former central banker in a bid to win the support of the Democratic Forum in the second round of voting on April 23. But...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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