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'Mayor Pete': It's Official

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor enters the 2020 presidential race

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country, the AP reports. "I recognize the audacity of doing... More »

Just Hours Before Nation's Election, a Postponement

Voting for Nigerian president put off till next Saturday due to unspecified 'challenges'

(Newser) - Nigerians have awakened to find the presidential election delayed until Feb. 23, a week from Saturday, per the AP . In an early-morning statement, the electoral commission cited unspecified "challenges" and said it would give more details Saturday afternoon. Some bitter voters in the capital, Abuja, and elsewhere who traveled... More »

Jolie in 2020? Her Answer Isn't What We Thought

The acclaimed actor spars with BBC host over possible presidential run

(Newser) - Ready to vote for Angelina Jolie? The actress didn't exactly decline when asked on a BBC radio show Friday whether she might jump into politics, CNN reports. "Honestly, if you'd asked me 20 years ago I would have laughed, I really don't know," says Jolie,... More »

As Hillary Re-Emerges, Some Democrats Worry

Former adviser Reines, however, says the party would be foolish to disregard her

(Newser) - "No, I'm not going to run again." So declared Hillary Clinton this week in an interview with BBC Radio. Clinton, however, said she planned to remain in the public eye criticizing President Trump, reports CNBC . One thing that seems clear: Given her re-emergence on the national stage,... More »

A New President Is 'Humbled,' Opponent Cries Fraud

Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election in Zimbabwe

(Newser) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly won the election there Friday as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the fall of Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa received 50.8% of the vote, while main opposition challenger Nelson Chamisa received 44.3%, but the opposition is... More »

Lawyers: Weiner's Teen Sexting Victim Wanted to Sway Election

Though ex-congressman's attorneys also referenced his own 'operatic self-destruction'

(Newser) - Disgraced ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner is no predator and should be spared prison at his sentencing for sexting with a North Carolina teen who dreamed of affecting the US presidential election, his lawyers told a judge on Wednesday. Per the AP , the submission in Manhattan federal court referenced "... More »

Obama Issues Rare Statement Ahead of Kenya Vote

Former president asks leaders to 'reject violence and incitement'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has mostly steered clear of politics—at least publicly—since leaving office. There was an alteration Monday, however, on the eve of an election in Kenya. The former president, whose father was born in the country, urged Kenyans to "work for an election—and aftermath—that is... More »

Liberal Headed for a Win in S. Korea Presidential Election

Exit polls show Moon Jae-in will likely take over for disgraced Park Geun-hye

(Newser) - Exit polls in South Korea forecast that liberal candidate Moon Jae-in will win an election Tuesday to succeed ousted President Park Geun-hye, arrested in March for alleged corruption. A Moon win would end a decade of conservative rule in the South and could result in sharp departures from recent policy... More »

Bush Letter to Clinton Has People Longing for Civil Politics

'Your success now is our country's success'

(Newser) - A 1993 letter from George HW Bush to Bill Clinton is suddenly back in the news, being hailed as a great example of grace in defeat and a reminder of what a peaceful transition of power looks like. The letter, which is mentioned in autobiographies by both former presidents, was... More »

Giuliani on 'Rigged' Election: Dead Folks Vote Democrat

Former NYC mayor alleges voter fraud is going to happen in inner cities to help Clinton

(Newser) - Dead men may not wear plaid, but they do vote for Hillary Clinton—at least according to Rudy Giuliani. Donald Trump is convinced the presidential election is rigged , and the former NYC mayor, one of his top surrogates, think he knows who's coming out of the woodwork to help... More »

Maryland's GOP Governor Isn't Voting for Trump

Larry Hogan says he might write another name on ballot

(Newser) - Maryland's Larry Hogan has become the latest governor to decide that being a Republican doesn't mean you have to vote for Donald Trump. After months of skirting the question, Hogan told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't plan to vote for Trump in November, reports the Baltimore Sun... More »

Trump Will Treat You to the Benghazi Movie Tonight

If you live in Iowa and are somehow able to RSVP

(Newser) - Moviegoers in Urbandale, Iowa, can take in the movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi for free Friday night … courtesy of Donald Trump. He's rented out space at the Carmike Cobblestone 9 Theatre and anyone who RSVPs can attend the 6pm showing free. That's an $8... More »

Obama Gives Biden His 'Blessing'

"Certainly he's got something at stake here," says White House spokesman

(Newser) - Big day for Joe Biden: Over lunch at the White House, he received President Obama's "blessing" to run for the Oval Office. A top Democrat gave CNN the news and said Obama would neither advise Biden against running nor hinder his candidacy. What's more, sources say Biden... More »

Rand Paul Trolls Hillary for Valentine's Day

He mocks her love for Overstock.com, among other things

(Newser) - Aw, what's Valentine's Day without one possible 2016 presidential candidate trolling another? That was apparently Rand Paul's line of thinking yesterday when he set up a fake Pinterest account to deride Hillary Clinton and pull out the Internet slang, the Washington Post reports. "If Hillary Clinton... More »

Paul Ryan: I'm Not Running for President

Republican lawmaker says he's given it 'a lot of thought'

(Newser) - Republican Rep. Paul Ryan announced today that he will not run for president in 2016, instead focusing on building his resume in Congress. Ryan, of Wisconsin, was the Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. There had been much speculation about his ambitions for 2016. But with the start of... More »

Mitt Romney: I Might Run for President

Romney makes announcement to fund-raising group

(Newser) - Heads up, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie: Mitt Romney said today that he may run for president in 2016, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sources say he made the announcement at a meeting with Republican donors in New York City. "Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys... More »

Why Warren Has a Real Shot at Winning

David Brooks: The left is getting angrier, and she taps into it better than Clinton

(Newser) - Progressives dearly want Elizabeth Warren to run for president, even if conventional wisdom suggests that as a populist candidate, she doesn't stand much of a chance of beating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But "something is in the air," observes David Brooks in the New York ... More »

Evo Morales' Win Sets Presidential Record in Bolivia

Politician to become country's longest-serving leader consecutively in office

(Newser) - Evo Morales coasted to victory in Bolivia's presidential elections, winning an unprecedented third term as voters rewarded the former coca grower for delivering economic and political stability in what has traditionally been one of South America's most ungovernable nations. Morales is now on track to become Bolivia's... More »

Tennis Star: George W. Bush Beer Bender Led to DUI

John Newcombe breaks silence on 1976 ticket

(Newser) - Mere days before the US presidential election in 2000, George W. Bush admitted to an old DUI arrest. Now the details of that beer-guzzling night are leaking out, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "George was a bit of a party boy in those days," former tennis champion John... More »

Socialist Michelle Bachelet Wins Presidency in Chile

But 41% turnout worries new Chilean leader

(Newser) - Chile's once and future leader Michelle Bachelet easily won today's presidential runoff, returning center-left parties to power by promising profound changes in response to years of street protests. Bachelet won with 62% of the vote to 38% for the center-right's Evelyn Matthei, who promptly congratulated her rival.... More »

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