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Michael Bloomberg Registers As Democrat As He Mulls 2020 Presidential Bid

Michael Bloomberg Registers As Democrat As He Mulls 2020 Presidential BidFormer New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday that he has changed his



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Right-winger jumps to early lead in Brazil presidential race: results

Right-winger jumps to early lead in Brazil presidential race: resultsSAO PAULO (Reuters) – Right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro jumped to an early lead in Brazil's presidential election as the first votes were counted on Sunday, but would still face a second-round runoff against leftist rival Fernando Haddad, according to official results. With 52 percent of voters counted, Bolsonaro had received 49 percent of valid votes, far ahead of former Sao Paulo mayor Haddad's 26 percent and 12 percent for former Ceara governor Ciro Gomes. If none receive a majority of valid votes on Sunday, the two leading candidates will go to a second-round runoff on Oct. 28. …



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Jair Bolsonaro: the worst quotes from Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunner

Jair Bolsonaro: the worst quotes from Brazil's far-right presidential frontrunnerBrazilians made clear their disgust with the established political class on Sunday, almost handing outright victory to a far-right former army captain in the first round of the presidential election. Jair Bolsonaro – who won 46 per cent of the votes and now faces a run-off with the Workers’ Party candidate – has been dubbed “Trump of the Tropics” by the Brazilian media for his extreme views. In a speech made last year, Mr Bolsonaro spoke about a black settlement in Brazil founded by the descendants of slaves.



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FEMA Tests New Presidential Emergency Alert System On Cellphones

FEMA Tests New Presidential Emergency Alert System On CellphonesIn case you missed it, the Federal Emergency Management Agency tested its



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Elizabeth Warren To Consider A 2020 Presidential Run After Midterms

Elizabeth Warren To Consider A 2020 Presidential Run After MidtermsA presidential run may soon be on the horizon for Sen. Elizabeth Warren.



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President Trump's New Presidential Limo Made Its Debut in Time for the U.N.

President Trump's New Presidential Limo Made Its Debut in Time for the U.N.General Motors won a contract of $ 15.8 million in 2014 to build the limos.



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Donald Trump's New Presidential Cadillac Limo Steps Out

Donald Trump's New Presidential Cadillac Limo Steps OutFirst look at the new version of Donald Trump's presidential limousine, nicknamed the Beast, on duty in New York City.



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Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign event

Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro stabbed during campaign eventJair Bolsonaro, Brazil's front-running far-right presidential candidate, underwent emergency surgery on Thursday after he was stabbed during a campaign event. The 63-year-old lawmaker has "a wound in the abdomen that has been caused by a sharp instrument," said the Santa Casa hospital in the southeastern city of Juiz de Fora, describing his condition as "stable." In a press conference after the surgery, doctors said the lawmaker had "three serious bowel perforations" that caused internal bleeding, adding that they had performed a colostomy and he was now stable. Earlier, one of the candidate's sons, Flavio Bolsonaro, had announced on Twitter that his father's wounds were "superficial", but he later wrote: "Unfortunately, it's more serious than we thought." "The perforation reached part of his liver, lung and intestine," Flavio Bolsonaro wrote. "He lost a lot of blood, arrived at the hospital … almost dead. He appears to have stabilised now. Please pray!" Jair Bolsonaro gestures after being stabbed in the stomach during a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora Credit: RAYSA LEITE/AFP Later, he said outside the hospital where his father was treated that he was conscious and the attack was a political boost. "I just want to send a message to the thugs who tried to ruin the life of a family man, a guy who is the hope for millions of Brazilians: You just elected him president. He will win in the first round," said Flavio Bolsonaro. Images shared on social media and Brazilian television showed Mr Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach. A military police spokesman told AFP a 40-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the assault. The suspect was carrying a knife wrapped in fabric, the spokesman said. The suspect was a former activist of a far-left political party. Social media footage showed the apparent attacker being grabbed by several Bolsonaro supporters before the video cuts out.  In this video still provided by Fernando Goncalves, National Social Liberal Party presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is carried away after being stabbed  Credit: AP Sometimes described as Brazil's Donald Trump, Mr Bolsonaro has a huge social media following of 8.5 million people. The attack pushes an already chaotic campaign into further disarray.  Dr. Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the candidate, said it could take two months for him to fully recover and he will spend at least a week in the hospital. "His internal wounds were grave and put the patient's life at risk," Dr Borsato said, adding that a serious challenge now would be preventing an infection that could be caused by the perforation of Bolsonaro's intestines. Bolsonaro, who has spent nearly three decades in Congress, is a law-and-order candidate who routinely says that Brazilian police should kill suspected drug traffickers and other criminals at will. His trademark pose at rallies is a "guns up" gesture with both hands to make them resemble pistols. Jair Bolsonaro: Hard-Right frontrunner dubbed 'Trump of the Tropics' He has openly praised Brazil's military dictatorship and in the past said it should have killed more people. Mr Bolsonaro faces trial before the Supreme Court for speech that prosecutors said incited hate and rape. He has called the charges politically motivated. President Michel Temer quickly condemned the attack and instructed his Minister of Security Raul Jungmann to reinforce security for candidates and conduct "a rigorous investigation," a spokesman for the presidency told AFP. "It is intolerable to see that in a democratic state it is not possible to have a normal campaign," Mr Temer said. Jair Bolsonaro is taken on the shoulders of a supporter moments before being stabbed Credit: Antonio Scorza Fernando Haddad, who will likely be the leftist Workers Party presidential candidate, said the stabbing was a "shame" and a "horror." Presidential rival Ciro Gomes also expressed outrage at the political violence. A few people gathered outside the hospital where Mr Bolsonaro was treated Thursday night where the scene was calm. Bruno Engler, 21, who is running for a Minas Gerais state congressional seat for Mr Bolsonaro's Social Liberal Party, was pacing outside the hospital with a few other Bolsonaro supporters. He said if he could, he would lynch the suspect police have in custody. "They call us on the right the intolerant, the violent ones, but those who are intolerant and violent are them," Engler said, referring to leftist voters. Brazilian President Michel Temer Credit: EVARISTO SA/AFP Next month's election is the most unpredictable since Brazil's return to democracy three decades ago. Political corruption investigations have jailed scores of powerful businessmen, politicians and alienated voters who are infuriated with their representatives. With jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva ruled out of the October 7 election, the latest polls from the Ibope Institute put Mr Bolsonaro in a clear lead with 22 percent compared with 12 percent each for environmentalist Marina Silva and center-left runner Ciro Gomes. Under Brazilian campaign laws, Mr Bolsonaro's tiny coalition has almost no campaign time on government-regulated candidate ad blocs on TV and radio. That means he relies deeply on social media and raucous rallies around the country to drum up support. If Mr Bolsonaro is not able to go out in the streets, it could jeopardise his campaign.



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Top court confirms Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa presidential election victory

Top court confirms Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa presidential election victoryZimbabwe's top court on Friday dismissed an opposition bid to have presidential election results annulled over alleged rigging in favour of Robert Mugabe's successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. In a verdict widely predicted by analysts, Chief Justice Luke Malaba strongly criticised the MDC party's case and upheld Mnangagwa's win. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa Credit: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/ "The court finds the applicant has failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible evidence" of irregularities, Malaba said in his ruling at the Constitutional Court in Harare. "There was no proof of the happenings of these irregularities as a matter of fact." Mnangagwa, of the ruling ZANU-PF party, won the July 30 election with 50.8 percent of the vote – just enough to meet the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off against MDC leader Nelson Chamisa, who scored 44.3 percent. His inauguration would now take place on Sunday, justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi told AFP. Lawyers for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) had argued that the results should be annulled due to alleged "massive doctoring" of the vote. Africa's tarnished jewel: how four decades of Robert Mugabe left Zimbabwe's economy reeling But the court backed lawyers representing Mnangagwa, ZANU-PF and the election commission who rubbished claims that the opposition had produced any substantial evidence of fraud. "I once again reiterate my call for peace and unity," Mnangagwa said in a television address after the ruling. "Let us put whatever differences we might have behind us. It is time to build our nation and move forward together." Paul Mangwana, a ZANU-PF spokesman, said outside the court: "We are ecstatic… President Mnangagwa won and that can no longer be disputed. "He is now ready to deliver on his mandate to usher in a new Zimbabwe." Mnangagwa, who has vowed to revive Zimbabwe's ruined economy, had hoped the elections would draw a line under Mugabe's repressive 37-year rule and open up a stream of foreign investment and aid. Campaigning was more open and peaceful than previous votes under Mugabe. But the election was marred by the army opening fire on protesters, killing six, allegations of vote-rigging and a violent crackdown on opposition activists. The MDC had cited a catalogue of alleged discrepancies including incorrect counting, fake "ghost" polling stations, and at some polling stations more ballots being counted than there were registered voters. Police gather outside the Constitutional Court after the court upheld Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa' s narrow victory in Harare Credit: AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi The party issued a statement saying it would respect the court verdict despite being the victim "of chicanery and electoral pilferage". "The sombre mood in the country in the wake of today's court verdict is in itself a telling statement," it added. Derek Matyszak, a legal expert at the University of Zimbabwe, had predicted that the opposition faced an uphill struggle given the courts' historic tilt towards ZANU-PF, which has ruled since independence from British colonial rule in 1980. "The outcome (was) pretty predictable," Matyszak told AFP. The MDC's appeal, which was lodged hours before the deadline on August 10, forced Mnangagwa's inauguration – planned for August 12 – to be postponed. International monitors largely praised the conduct of the election itself, although European Union observers said that Mnangagwa, a former long-time Mugabe ally, benefited from an "un-level playing field". After the ruling, the EU issued a statement saying all parties should accept the verdict, adding that the new government needed to push through electoral reforms after a vote that had "revealed improvements as well as challenges." Some ZANU-PF supporters celebrated at the party headquarters in Harare. The nine judges delivered the unanimous verdict at the court amid tight security, though no protests were reported after the case. Armed police patrolled in the second city of Bulawayo, an opposition stronghold. The court could have declared a winner, called another election, or ordered a run-off or recount. In a first for the country, the proceedings were broadcast live on state television.



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Mexico presidential election: Left-winger Andres Manuel López Obrador claims historic victory

Mexico presidential election: Left-winger Andres Manuel López Obrador claims historic victoryLeft-wing politician and former mayor of Mexico City Andres Manuel López Obrador has claimed a historic victory in the presidential election in Mexico. Mr López Obrador is projected to win approximately 53 per cent of the vote, which would be the largest winning margin seen for many years, as he rode a wave of public anger at poor economic growth, violence and corruption. The president-elect, better known as AMLO, has pledged to “eradicate corruption” and enact a “radical transformation” of the country.



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