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  • Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll again, but Scott Walker comes on very strong 2 hours 27 minutes ago

    For the third year in a row, Sen. Rand Paul (R) of Kentucky has won The Washington Times/CPAC presidential preference straw poll taken at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. His young libertarian legions made that possible again, as they did for Sen. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul. More interesting – and likely more significant for the run-up to the 2016 presidential race – is how well Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did as well as former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s relatively mediocre showing. Gov. Walker surged from sixth place in 2014 to second place this year, tripling his portion of the 3,007 votes spread among 17 candidates to 21.4 percent, not far behind Paul’s 25.7 percent. More »

  • 'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report
    'Jihadi John' contemplated suicide in 2010: report 2 hours 46 minutes ago

    The London man believed to be Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" told a journalist four years ago that surveillance by British security services had left him contemplating suicide, it emerged Saturday. More »

  • Another Tory 'could defect to Ukip'
    Another Tory 'could defect to Ukip' 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    There is still a chance that another Tory MP could defect to Ukip before the general election, Nigel Farage has suggested. More »

  • PM's get well message to Robinson
    PM's get well message to Robinson 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron has sent a get well message to BBC political editor Nick Robinson after news that he is being treated for a tumour. More »

  • Call to tell voters about paid jobs
    Call to tell voters about paid jobs 2 hours 56 minutes ago

    All would-be MPs should be forced to tell voters what paid jobs they have and whether they would keep them if elected, a sleaze watchdog has said. More »

  • Boris Draws Blank Over Kid's Football Question
    Boris Draws Blank Over Kid's Football Question 5 hours ago

    Boris Johnson has been forced to admit he doesn’t know which two London teams will play in a cup final this weekend – and took to Latin to defend the PM, during a grilling by school children. Robert Ebner-Statt, 9, had to tell Boris Johnson that it was two of his city's teams - Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur - playing in tomorrow's Capital One league cup final at Wembley. Mr Johnson came unstuck over football during a grilling by children as part of Hotseat - a collaboration between Sky News and the national newspaper for young people, First News. While previous Hotseat guests, Chancellor George Osborne and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, refused to answer basic timetables questions, Mr Johnson was asked about a different subject - Latin. More »

  • 'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned
    'Callous' Murder Of Boris Nemtsov Condemned 5 hours ago

    David Cameron has condemned the killing of Russia's former deputy prime minister Boris Nemstov as "despicable" and "callous". The Prime Minister added the Russian people had been deprived of a champion of their rights and that Mr Nemtsov was greatly admired in Britain, not least by Margaret Thatcher. "I am shocked and sickened by the callous murder of Boris Nemtsov as he walked in the heart Moscow last night," he said. Mr Nemtsov, who was a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, died after being shot four times by an unidentified attacker in a passing car during the early hours of Saturday. More »

  • West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers
    West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers 6 hours ago

    President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. More »

  • From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group
    From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group 6 hours ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York. More »

  • GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge
    GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge. More »

  • Indiana's Pence among the few to deflect 2016 GOP question
    Indiana's Pence among the few to deflect 2016 GOP question 7 hours ago

    PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Some Republicans meeting conservatives in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida, in the past few days have spoken openly about possible presidential campaigns. Not Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. More »

  • Jeb Bush Passes Test At Conservative Jamboree
    Jeb Bush Passes Test At Conservative Jamboree 8 hours ago

    For Jeb Bush the signs at the Conservative Political Action Conference were initially worrying. There were jeers and boos at the mention of his name and rumours of a walkout planned for his speech by tea party activists. Speaking at CPAC 2015 in Maryland was unavoidable if he wanted to be taken seriously, but not without jeopardy. Fox News host Sean Hannity was on hand to steward the governor on stage, but their question-and-answer session seemed at first halting and over rehearsed. More »

  • Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder
    Dems call GOP Homeland Security strategy a political blunder 10 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond. More »

  • Jihadi John: What do we really know about him? 10 hours ago

    Formerly nicknamed “Jihadi John,” the mysterious black-clad executioner is now known to be Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner who went off the grid around 2012. Emwazi, who is in his mid-20s, first came to the public’s eye in August, most notably as the executioner of American journalist James Foley. With the revelation of his identity, investigators have dug into his back story in search of why and how he came to be a prominent member of the self-described Islamic State aka ISIS. A decade ago, Emwazi was a secondary school student at Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in Queens Park, London. More »

  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle? 10 hours ago

    Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. “I don’t think there’s any alternative,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, (R) of Pennsylvania. More »

  • Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival
    Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival 11 hours ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects. More »

  • World leaders condemn killing of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov 12 hours ago

    The murder of Boris Nemtsov drew condemnation on Saturday from leaders and politicians around the world, who paid tribute to the outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. The Russian opposition leader, 55, was killed near the Kremlin. UNITED STATES President Barack Obama called for a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation to ensure those responsible were brought to justice for the "vicious killing." "Nemtsov was a tireless advocate for his country, seeking for his fellow Russian citizens the rights to which all people are entitled," he said. Ed Royce, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee, said: "Lawlessness now pervades Putin's Russia. Regardless of who killed Boris Nemtsov, this shocking murder is the latest assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime." EUROPEAN UNION European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke of her "indignation and deep sadness", describing Nemtsov as "a strong advocate for modern, prosperous and democratic Russian Federation". More »

  • We still want immigration cut - May
    We still want immigration cut - May 12 hours ago

    Home Secretary Theresa May has insisted the Government remains committed to reducing immigration, despite breaking its promise to keep it down. More »

  • Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis'
    Greek PM accuses Spain, Portugal of anti-Athens 'axis' 13 hours ago

    By Costas Pitas and David Stamp ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras accused Spain and Portugal on Saturday of leading a conservative conspiracy to topple his anti-austerity government, saying they feared their own radical forces before elections this year. Tsipras also rejected criticism that Athens had staged a climbdown to secure an extension of its financial lifeline from the euro zone, saying anger among German conservatives showed that his government had won concessions. "We found opposing us an axis of powers ... led by the governments of Spain and Portugal which for obvious political reasons attempted to lead the entire negotiations to the brink," said Tsipras, who won an election on Jan. 25. "Their plan was and is to wear down, topple or bring our government to unconditional surrender before our work begins to bear fruit and before the Greek example affects other countries," he said, adding: "And mainly before the elections in Spain." Spain's new anti-establishment Podemos movement has topped some opinion polls, making it a serious threat to the conservative People's Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in an election which must be held by the end of this year. More »

  • Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin
    Western leaders condemn Nemtsov killing, press Kremlin 13 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Western leaders are condemning the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressing the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly. Here is a selection of comments. More »

  • Is Jeb Bush 'evolving' on same-sex marriage and other gay rights is … 13 hours ago

    Like all Republicans seriously competing for their party’s presidential nomination, Jeb Bush doesn’t favor same-sex marriage. At least that’s his stated position, repeated this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). "No. I believe in traditional marriage," the former Florida governor said when asked by Sean Hannity of Fox News if his position on the issue had changed. “Traditional marriage,” among social conservatives, is code for the legal and religious union restricted to one man and one woman. More »

  • Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun
    Clegg to rule out coalition deal over Cameron's EU vote vow - Sun 14 hours ago

    British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is ready to rule out a new coalition with the Conservatives over its plan to hold a European Union referendum, The Sun newspaper said on Saturday. Citing an unnamed source close to Clegg, the leader of junior coalition partner the Liberal Democrats, The Sun said he will not sign up to another deal after the May 7 general election if it includes a commitment to hold a referendum on EU membership. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to put Britain's continuing EU membership to a public vote by the end of 2017 if he wins the upcoming election. "This is pretty much a red line for Nick (Clegg)," an unnamed source close to the Deputy PM told The Sun. "There is no way he will sign up to the plans that will allow the Tories to set the terms of a renegotiation, carry it out and then hold a referendum that could see Britain leave the EU." This month Clegg warned that a British EU exit would force Scotland to break away from the rest of the UK. More »

  • West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes
    West condemns murder of Kremlin critic as Putin blames foes 14 hours ago

    Western leaders and Russia's opposition on Saturday condemned the drive-by assassination of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov while President Vladimir Putin suggested the crime was staged to throw suspicion on the state. More »

  • First-Time Buyers 'Get 20% Discount On Homes'
    First-Time Buyers 'Get 20% Discount On Homes' 15 hours ago

    First-time buyers aged under-40 will be given the chance to buy a starter home at a 20% discount under a new Government scheme. Suggested designs for the new homes have been compiled by a panel including leading architects Sir Terry Farrell and Sir Quinlan Terry based on the best from around the country. More »

  • Cameron condemns Nemtsov murder
    Cameron condemns Nemtsov murder 16 hours ago

    David Cameron has condemned the "callous murder" of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and said the crime "must be fully, rapidly and transparently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice". More »

  • I'm fit as a flea, insists Farage
    I'm fit as a flea, insists Farage 17 hours ago

    Nigel Farage has revealed that he decided to address rumours he was seriously ill after Ukip donors rang him to express alarm. More »

  • Call to restore defence spending
    Call to restore defence spending 17 hours ago

    A former spy chief has joined calls for UK defence spending to be restored to counter the security threat posed by Russian aggression. More »

  • US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown
    US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown 20 hours ago

    Feuding US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6, forcing Congress to revisit the issue next week. More »

  • Boris regrets rock star failure
    Boris regrets rock star failure 21 hours ago

    Boris Johnson has said he "bitterly" regrets his failure to become a rock star and has admitted to being an "embarrassing dad" in a question and answer session with young people. More »

  • Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John'
    Cameron defends security services after media unmask 'Jihadi John' 21 hours ago

    Prime Minister David Cameron has defended Britain's security services after Islamic State executioner "Jihadi John" was unmasked as London graduate Mohammed Emwazi, a man previously monitored by spy agency MI5. More »

  • Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open
    Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact. More »

  • Net snoops 'won't snare terrorists'
    Net snoops 'won't snare terrorists' 22 hours ago

    The head of technology giant Apple has said privacy is a "basic human right" and no government or private company should be able to access personal information. More »

  • House OKs bill to fund Homeland Security for 1 week Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department for one week, with just two hours before a midnight deadline. More »

  • Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending
    Pence: 'Dramatically increase' defense spending Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said on Friday that America will not be safe unless its leaders dramatically increase defense spending. More »

  • Stopgap DHS funding fails in US House, midnight shutdown looms
    Stopgap DHS funding fails in US House, midnight shutdown looms Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The US House rejected Republican leadership, failing to approve a three-week extension of Department of Homeland Security funding and setting up a dramatic showdown hours before the agency goes into partial shutdown. More »