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2006-02-26 10:53:13

By Stuart Grudgings ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (Reuters) - Robert Dukes, a Baptist preacher who calls New Orleans "sin city" and believes gay rights are the biggest threat to America, is questioning his faith in President George W. Bush. He sees Bush as having done little to halt moral decline, and fears the administration has mortgaged America's future to China. The controversial decision to allow a Dubai firm to operate some U.S. ports has raised further doubts in his mind about the...

2006-02-10 14:35:58

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are positioned for gains in governors' races in November and could capture governorships in many big battleground states, giving the party an early edge in the 2008 fight for the White House. Republicans must defend 22 of the 36 governors' offices on the ballot in November, including eight states where the incumbent retired or is barred from running again. Democrats defend 14 governorships but only one in...

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2006-02-09 15:20:00

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON -- Barely more than a year after celebrating a big U.S. election win, frustrated conservative activists gathered on Thursday in sometimes open revolt over Bush administration policies on immigration, spending and domestic eavesdropping. The first day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference featured sharp disputes on immigration policy and criticism of the expanding federal budget, growing entitlement programs like Medicare...

2006-01-21 09:31:15

By Janet Guttsman TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's Conservatives are heading for victory in Monday's federal election after 12 years out of power, but will not win a majority of seats in Parliament, according to opinion polls published on Saturday. The surveys, which could be among the last before Canadians go to vote, point to an unstable Conservative government that will need support from other parties to stay in power. Pollsters said voters were disillusioned with Liberal Prime...

2006-01-11 11:14:03

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives looked more certain than ever on Wednesday to win the January 23 election, a new poll showed, as the ruling Liberals suffered the embarrassment of seeing their policy platform leaked to the media. The Strategic Counsel poll for The Globe and Mail showed the Conservatives had the support of 38 percent of adult Canadians with the Liberals far behind on 28 percent. The figures strongly suggest the Conservatives of...

2005-12-22 21:00:53

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Congress on Thursday sent President George W. Bush its last legislation for the year after Democrats scored unexpected victories on spending, anti-terrorism legislation and the environment. On a day of chaotic wrangling between parties and the two houses of Congress, the U.S. Senate gave final passage to a five-week extension of the USA Patriot Act that buys Democrats time to press for more civil-liberties safeguards in...

2005-12-22 03:07:18

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Congress was close to wrapping up its work for the year on Thursday in the wake of an unexpected string of Democratic successes on matters from energy to spending to security. Senate Democrats thwarted a permanent renewal of the anti-terrorism USA Patriot Act, setting up instead a temporary six-month extension of expiring provisions so changes can be considered to better safeguard civil liberties. It was a defeat for...

2005-12-06 12:12:35

By Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives chose David Cameron as their new leader on Tuesday, opting for youth to revive their fortunes and challenge British Prime Minister Tony Blair after three successive election defeats. The centre-right party, which dominated 20th century British politics under leaders such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, has struggled to drag itself out of the wilderness and Cameron, 39, is the fifth Conservative...

2005-12-06 05:36:25

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Conservatives are expected to choose David Cameron, the party's youthful education spokesman, as their new leader on Tuesday to try to revive their fortunes and challenge British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The center-right party, which dominated 20th century British politics under leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill, is struggling to drag itself out of the wilderness after losing three successive...

2005-12-04 09:25:00

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON -- Members of the Republican-led Congress resume battle this week on matters from taxes to security and health care as they try to wrap up work for a year rocked by scandals, divisions over the Iraq war and public discontent. With congressional elections approaching in 2006, lawmakers returning from the Thanksgiving Day holiday are also certain to unleash more verbal fire at each other and at President George W. Bush, whose clout has waned as his public approval...