One of Africa’s longest-serving strongmen has been kicked out of office

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Yesterday’s man. Image: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon)

After 22 years in power, Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh will no longer be president. According to the country’s electoral commission, Jammeh lost to Adama Barrow, the main opposition candidate, by 50,000 votes in the presidential election held yesterday. The surprising result was met with relief by Gambians, who took to social media after internet services were restored in the country following a shutdown before and throughout voting.

Alieu Fatty @alisimon10

Today I am very happy to witness the end of tyranny in The Gambia. The people took our country back. Welcome new #GAMBIA!

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Stocks Slide as Presidential Election Worries Mount

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(NEW YORK) — Stocks were on pace for a seventh consecutive day of losses on Wednesday, as worries over the U.S. presidential election and weaker oil prices shook investor confidence. The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but suggested that it was moving closer to raising them. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost…

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The “Hawks” Are Circling — In Saner Thought

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The GOP use to be the bastion of the Neocons or the “war hawks” if you like that title better……but this election has seen a shift in their allegiances….these despicable toads are saddling up to the “progressive” Clinton (I hate using the “P” word in association with Hillary….she is NO progressive!) I have written many […]

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Trump Strong in Three Early States as Clinton and Sanders Battle: Poll

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With just four days to go until the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Ted Cruz with a seven-point lead among likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, while Hillary Clinton remains just three points in front of Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, according to a trio of new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls.

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In New Hampshire, where voters will head to the polls on February 9, Sanders has expanded his lead over Clinton from four points in early January to nearly 20 points now. With Republicans, Trump still has a double-digit lead over Cruz, who finished second in the Granite State survey.

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Rand Paul Risks Wrath of Conservatives by Exposing the Truth About Their God, Ronald Reagan

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 The path to the Republican Party presidential nomination travels through Ronald Reagan’s ghost. From Iowa to South Carolina, GOP primaries are often reduced to a competition for the number of times a candidate can invoke his name. If Jesus hadn’t died at such a youthful age, Reagan’s image would have been what right-wing Americans imagined when they thought of an elderly Messiah. For a conservative to offer anything less than pious servitude to his memory is to violate the fourth of the Ten Commandments: thou shall not take the name of the Lord in vain, which is exactly the sin committed by one of the 2016 GOP packleaders, Sen. Rand Paul.

In a speech given to student Republicans at Western Kentucky University, Paul said you can trace the Republican Party’s hypocrisy on spending and deficits back to Reagan:

Some say, well that’s fine, but there were good old days. We did at one time … When we had Reagan, we were fiscal conservatives. Well, unfortunately, even that wasn’t true. When Reagan was elected in 1980, the first bill they passed was called the Gramm-Latta bill of 1981, and Republicans pegged it as this great step forward. Well, Jimmy Carter’s last budget was about $34 or $36 billion in debt. Well, it turns out, Reagan’s first budget turned out to be $110 billion dollars in debt. And each successive year, the deficit rose throughout Reagan’s two terms.

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Mitt Romney: ‘It kills me’ not to be president

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Four months after he lost to President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney says “it kills me” not to be in the White House finding solutions to the nation’s problems.

In his first television interview since the election, the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential nominee told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that he was convinced he’d win until Ohio’s vote came in, and that he damaged his campaign by failing to attract black and Hispanic voters and speaking too freely in his infamous “47 percent”

Romney’s wife, Ann, blamed the media and Obama’s campaign for offering what she described as an unfairly skewed vision of her husband

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John Boehner: Obama wants to ‘annihilate’ GOP

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Why is John Boehner in charge of ANYTHING!!!

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President Barack Obama is aiming to “annihilate” the GOP during the president’s second term, House Speaker John Boehner says.

“And given what we heard yesterday about the President’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a gathering of the Republican-oriented Ripon Society on Tuesday, a day after President Barack Obama’s second Inaugural address. “So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this Administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party. And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”

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