New Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad indicated Sunday that his government will keep a controversial law banning fake news that he once slammed as a tool to curb dissent. The law, which was rushed through parliament last month ahead of last week’s general election, carries a stiff penalty of up to six years in jail and a fine of 500,000 ringgit .
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure on Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation. The 55-year-old successor to former …
Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro faced fresh international censure Monday after re-election in a vote foes denounced as a farce cementing autocracy in the crisis-stricken OPEC nation. The 55-year-old successor to former president Hugo Chavez …
Maduro’s socialist regime forfeited any remaining shred of legitimacy by staging the farcical election in open defiance of an opposition boycott and international censure. Ironically, the Venezuelan people managed to have their say: about 70 percent of …
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s main Bosniak party, the Party of Democratic Action elected its veteran member Sefik Dzaferovic as the candidate for member of BiH tripartite presidency at upcoming general election here on Saturday afternoon. At the Convention that marked 28 years of party’s existence, Chairman of BiH Presidency and President of SDA Bakir Izetbegovic announced the economic and political goals the party aims to fulfill until 2026.
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Social Democratic Party on Sunday elected its vice president Denis Becirovic as the candidate for member of BiH tripartite presidency at the upcoming general election. After the referendum that took place on May 24-26, 29,126 members of SDP party chose the candidate that will represent their interests in BiH Presidency.
ZANU PF took the first major undertaking in its new life without former president Robert Mugabe, who was toppled in a coup last year, with the party holding chaotic primary elections early this month. Several aspiring candidates accused the party’s …
It also proved a boon to his political career. When it came time for Lincoln’s re-election in 1864, he cast aside his original vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, in favor of Johnson. The move was a bid to show his commitment to reconciliation between the …
Rep. Tom Garret (R-Va.) allegedly turned the congressman’s staffers into personal servants and gofers, according to statements from multiple former employees, Politico reported.
What were they asked to do?
Four former staffers claim they were assigned to do grocery shopping, pick up clothing the congressman forgot at his Washington apartment, care for the family dog, and chauffeur his daughters, according to the report.
The former employees — not named in the story — said they performed the tasks out of fear that their careers would not advance if they refused. The former aides said “inappropriate” requests were also made of interns.
Politico stated that it agreed to not name the former employees because they fear retribution. Some of the demands were made by Garrett’s wife, Flanna, who frequently came to his House office with him, according to the report.
“I didn’t know who I was working for: Was I working for him? Was I working for her?” said one of those staffers. “We became their gofers.”
Several aides said the couple brought their dog to the office and occasionally would forget about the pet. If that happened, the aides were responsible for transporting the dog back to Garrett’s Washington apartment.
How did Garrett respond?
Matt Missen, a spokesman for Garrett, declined to respond to a list of allegations.
“We see no reason to respond to anonymous, unfounded allegations primarily targeting Congressman Garrett’s wife, made by Politico’s ‘unnamed’ sources,” he said. “It is easy to spread untruths and even easier to exaggerate and imply wrongdoing when none exists.”
Garrett’s chief of staff, Jimmy Keady, abruptly quit Tuesday over the couple’s alleged misuse of “official resources.”
“Multiple sources raised the issue with the congressman, and senior staffers tried to rectify the situation repeatedly,” the report stated.
Garrett, 46, an Army veteran and former state senator, told associates on Wednesday that he may not run for re-election, an announcement that stunned Republicans in Virginia and Washington. But the next day he held a 30-minute news conference announcing that he is seeking another term.
“There is no way in heck that I’m not going to be back here in 2019 as a member of the Congress representing the 5th District of Virginia. Too darn much is at stake,” Garrett reportedly said.
Facebook is now censoring political ads. A new requirement to advertise political ads has been put in place by the social media giant. The timing is more than suspicious considering many states are in the middle of primary elections and their polls are now …