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2005-12-03 06:26:08

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party said on Saturday it had won a majority of seats in local government elections, a race viewed as a mid-term test for President Chen Shui-bian. The Nationalist Party (Kuomintang or KMT) has won 14 of 23 county and city magistrate posts around the island, said KMT spokeswoman Cheng Li-wen. The Central Election Commission is expected to announce the official vote tally by 1400 GMT. The KMT and its allies currently control 13 of the...

2005-12-01 20:55:50

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent CARLSBAD, California (Reuters) - Republican governors said on Thursday the mounting political troubles of President George W. Bush and the national party would not drag them down in 2006 elections when 36 governorships will be up for grabs. At a meeting of the Republican Governors' Association, the state leaders stood strongly behind Bush on Iraq as party chairman Ken Mehlman renewed the administration's counterattack on Democratic critics...

2005-11-18 16:34:42

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday approved a resolution to keep the federal government running through December 17, giving Congress more time to complete spending bills and President George W. Bush an opportunity to review a handful of measures recently completed by lawmakers. The stopgap funding measure, approved on a voice vote, now goes to Bush for his signature. The House of Representatives passed an identical measure on Thursday. This is the...

2005-11-13 09:00:24

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's political woes are rattling the Republican-led Congress where his majority party is starting to lose control of its conservative agenda, congressional officials and political analysts say. Republican strains could be seen and heard last week when a proposed $50 billion spending-reduction plan that targeted some programs for the poor suddenly unraveled. With little time before the U.S. Congress broke for a three-day...

2005-11-07 16:13:24

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives this week will try to approve nearly $54 billion in spending cuts, and Republican leaders on Monday were still looking at ways to fine-tune the measure to avert defeat. The budget bill might be debated on the House floor on Thursday, according to a senior House Republican aide. But the aide, who asked not to be identified, said House leaders were still "figuring out how that package clears the House floor" and...

2005-11-02 17:46:34

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats tapped a state premier from the former communist east to be party chief and neared a deal on tax reform as the country's top parties strove to keep fragile coalition talks on track. After a hastily called SPD meeting late on Tuesday, the 51-year-old leader of the state of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, said he would run for the post of chairman at a party congress later this month. The party executive met on...

2005-10-10 04:31:15

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Wolfgang Clement said on Monday he will be succeeded in his post by Christian Social Union (CSU) leader and former conservative chancellor candidate Edmund Stoiber. "My successor will be the head of the smallest party represented in the Bundestag (lower house)," Clement said, referring to Stoiber's CSU, the Bavarian sister party of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU). Clement, who was speaking after a meeting of the Social Democrats...

2005-10-02 13:25:13

By Lars Rischke DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives looked set to extend their lead over German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats after a delayed election in Dresden on Sunday, strengthening their hand in power-sharing talks. ZDF television said the conservatives appeared on course to win 226 seats in the Bundestag lower house and the SPD 222 seats, based on the first results from voting in central Dresden, the last area to vote in Germany....

2005-09-25 13:59:34

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Center-right parties rooted in Poland's pro-democracy Solidarity movement crushed the ruling left in an election on Sunday, winning a broad mandate for reforms in the new European Union member, exit polls showed. The polls issued after voting stations closed at 1800 GMT gave the conservative Law and Justice party, led by twins Lech and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 28 percent of the vote and their pro-business allies, the Civic Platform 24-26 percent. The...

2005-09-25 03:32:48

By Tomasz Janowski WARSAW (Reuters) - Poles began voting on Sunday in elections expected to push the European Union's biggest new member to the political right and set the pace of economic reform stalled under the ruling left. In the 16 years since the fall of communism, no Polish government has won re-election and opinion polls have showed the parliamentary elections -- the first since Poland joined the EU -- look like being no exception. "I came here certain of voting for the...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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