WASHINGTON: Donald Trump is expected to launch his re-election campaign Tuesday (Jun 18), kicking off an age-old battle that most sitting US presidents wage for four more years of power.Recent history suggests that the 2020 advantage goes to Trump - although Democrats have fielded an extraordinarily diverse group of candidates pursuing the nomination, and the brash New York billionaire has been saddled with scandal and calls for his impeachment.Can Democrats overcome Trump's dominant position and reclaim the White House? Here is a look at how the power of incumbency impacts presidential politics.IS PAST PROLOGUE?Of America's 44 previous presidents, just 15 served two full consecutive terms. But recent elections have especially favored sitting presidents.Since World War II, only three incumbent candidates have failed to win re-election. The three presidents prior to Trump - Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama - all won two terms.ADVANTAGESModern-day presidents are … [Read more...] about Incumbency is powerful. Is Trump poised for re-election?
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SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat spoke on Saturday (Jun 15) at a REACH-CNA dialogue session on how the country's fourth generation of leaders intends to have a new social compact with its citizens. In the dialogue session, Mr Heng also said the Government wanted to draw on the diversity of passions and expertise among Singaporeans to improve policies and programmes to better meet needs.Here is the full text of his speech: Thank you for joining me today.We are here to discuss how we can build our future together. At the heart of this topic lies the biggest challenge we will face in the coming decades, which is how our politics will evolve. Singapore has enjoyed more than fifty years of constructive politics. This has helped keep us cohesive and united, grow our economy, and build our nation. But how do we remain united despite our diversities; one though we are many? As in previous leadership transitions, three sets of questions uppermost in … [Read more...] about In full: DPM Heng Swee Keat’s speech at the REACH-CNA dialogue
By Joel Rubinoff Waterloo Region Record Fri., June 7, 2019 “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” — Adult Gordie, reflecting on his childhood, in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me The one thing we all remember is the canoe trip. Five days. August 1972. Bracebridge to Mattawa, Ont. Day 1: rain. Day 2: rain. Day 3: rain. Day 4: rain. Day 5: overcast, then sunny. Article Continued Below After 47 years, it’s episodic, like a dream you once had or a movie watched long ago: blurry, out of sequence, a series of moments strung together in an impressionistic memory reel. Canoes overturning in the raging current. Campers fished out by beleaguered counsellors. Struggling to my feet, a supportive slap: “Good work!” Portages up winding, rocky hills, thick with mosquitoes. Overstuffed backpacks that, if tilted five degrees, toppled us like turtles. Kraft Dinner spiked with canned beans, … [Read more...] about A meeting with our younger selves, 47 years later
Jakarta. WhatsApp users in Indonesia will find it more difficult to upload pictures and videos on the popular messaging app as the government slows down the service to stop people from spreading hoaxes and provocative content. Communications Minister Rudiantara said on Wednesday the government is deliberately limiting the service to make it harder for people to upload photos, videos or memes. He said the authorities are working hard to contain the spread of fake news, hoaxes and provocative content related to Wednesday's clashes between supporters of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and security officers. "We will limit [the service] gradually," the minister said in a press briefing at the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security headquarters in Jakarta on Wednesday. "We know the modus operandi [of hoaxers]... [they spread them] through videos, photos, memes and screen … [Read more...] about Gov’t Slows Down WhatsApp to Stop Hoaxes
By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’