When it became obvious that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would win reelection in late April, it was only natural that we expected him to focus on the pressing problems at hand, like shoring up the flagging economy or ramping up the nationwide infrastructure project that has been the signature policy of his first term. After all, those are the kind of meat-and-potatoes issues that a second-term president is supposed to take on. Soon after his reelection in 2012, then-United States president Barack Obama made it clear that he would focus on striking a deal with Republicans on cutting the deficit and getting tough on immigration, two pressing problems affecting most Americans that year. In Germany, after winning her fourth straight term, Chancellor Angela Merkel made efforts to walk back on her policy of allowing in more immigrants by putting a cap on how many refugees could settle in the country. So when President Jokowi unveiled his plan to relocate the capital as his … [Read more...] about Who needs new capital in 21st century?
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By Steve Peoples The Associated Press Sun., May 5, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. - Twenty of his rivals have lined up to run for president, believing the race for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination was wide open. But one week after launching his campaign, former Vice-President Joe Biden is threatening to prove them wrong. His liabilities may be glaring, but the 76-year-old lifelong politician has quickly emerged as the front-runner in the crowded contest by dominating the debate that matters most to many voters: electability. Biden’s chief opponents privately concede that, for now at least, he has successfully cast himself as the candidate who can take down President Donald Trump. He may be out of step with the heart of the party on key issues, but Biden opens the race backed by a broad coalition of voters attracted to his personality, his governing experience and his working-class background — all elements that help convince voters he is better … [Read more...] about Biden surge fueled by electability advantage. Will it last?
PITTSBURGH -- Former US Vice President Joe Biden made clear on Monday at his first event as a presidential candidate that he stands ready to battle President Donald Trump for the support of the blue-collar workers who were key to Trump's election in 2016. Speaking before a welcoming crowd of union workers in Pittsburgh, Biden seemed at times to look past a Democratic nominating contest that promises to be arduous and toward a direct confrontation with Trump in the November 2020 general election. "I make no apologies. I am a union man," Biden told a crowd that included members of the Teamsters, steelworkers, firefighters and teachers unions. "The country wasn't built by Wall Street bankers, CEOs and hedge fund managers, it was built by you." Biden, 76, who served two terms as vice president to former President Barack Obama, echoed other Democrats in the field who have criticized the US economy for benefiting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class and working poor. "Everybody … [Read more...] about News At first 2020 event, Biden sets up battle with Trump over union vote
PITTSBURGH: Former US vice-president Joe Biden, the newest Democratic presidential candidate, will hit the campaign trail in earnest on Monday (Apr 29) with a rally before union members who have been a mainstay of his and the party's support.For his first public event since announcing his candidacy last Thursday, Biden chose Pennsylvania, the state where he was born 76 years ago - and more specifically Pittsburgh, a blue-collar city now remaking itself as a tech hub.Perhaps best-known as former president Barack Obama's two-term deputy, Biden has set himself apart from most of the sprawling Democratic field by opting for a strategy of full-on confrontation with President Donald Trump.He accuses the current Republican president of undermining long-time American values.Whether that approach appeals to voters - or if they prefer other Democrats' focus on issues like healthcare, the environment and infrastructure - will become clear in coming months.But Biden, with name recognition … [Read more...] about Biden to hit campaign trail before blue-collar supporters
WASHINGTON: Senator Richard Lugar, a leading US voice on foreign policy for decades and a onetime presidential candidate known for his civility and bipartisan ways, has died at a medical center in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 87.Lugar died of chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy, according to a statement from the Lugar Center in Washington, a global policy institute which he founded in 2013.A soft-spoken Republican moderate, Lugar was twice chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and built a reputation as one of Washington's most influential foreign-policy voices during the record six terms he represented Indiana in the Senate.That reputation was burnished by his willingness to work across party lines, most famously when he joined Democratic senator Sam Nunn in 1991 to forge what became known as the Nunn-Lugar program to help former Soviet republics dismantle their nuclear arsenals.In a statement, Vice President Mike Pence - former governor of Indiana - mourned … [Read more...] about Richard Lugar, US foreign-policy luminary, dies at 87