President Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two -- one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AFP) - Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas was set to install a new emergency cabinet in the West Bank on Sunday, further sealing a divide sparked by the seizure of the Gaza Strip by Islamists. Palestinian officials hope the appointment of the new cabinet without Hamas ministers will lead to the lifting of a crippling Western aid boycott, and Israel has already said it will recognise and work with the new Palestinian government. The appointment of a new cabinet comes amid a continuing power struggle, with Fatah fighters storming the parliament in the West Bank and ransacking dozens...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Hobbling to his inauguration on crutches, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised Friday not to be beholden to a political party in his second term and declared that "centrist does not mean weak." Nursing a badly broken right leg, Schwarzenegger missed the first part of the program before coming out to deliver his speech. Centrist "does not mean watered down or warmed over," he said. "It means well-balanced and well-grounded." The Republican governor said his dismal year in 2005, when a clash with the state's public employees union cut his approval rating in half, had awakened him to a...
SACRAMENTO, United States (AFP) - A hobbling Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as California governor here, nailing his colors firmly to the center-ground and calling for a new era of "post-partisan" US politics. Schwarzenegger, who broke his leg in a Christmas skiing accident, appeared on crutches for a glitzy inauguration ceremony at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California's administrative capital. "I will look to the future, I will look to the center. I will look to the dreams of the people," Schwarzenegger said in a speech that represented a thinly veiled critique of President George W. Bush's administration. The action-hero-turned-Republican-governor...
Harper is sworn in as prime minister Canadian Press via National Post Monday, February 06, 2006 OTTAWA -- Stephen Harper, who was dismissed less than two years ago as unelectable, has been sworn in as the country's 22nd prime minister. Harper, clutching his personal Bible, was sworn in Monday by Alex Himelfarb, clerk of the Privy Council, as his wife Laureen and their two young childen, Ben and Rachel, watched proudly. Harper arrived at Rideau Hall less than an hour after Paul Martin resigned, marking the end of a troubled two-year tenure that saw the scandal-plagued Liberals humbled by...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Appellate Judge Carol A. Corrigan, a former prosecutor, was sworn in Wednesday to the California Supreme Court after being confirmed to replace the most conservative justice on the state's highest court. Corrigan, 57, who sits on the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, is a former trial judge and Alameda County prosecutor who was elevated to the appeals court in 1994 by former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson after changing her voter registration from Democrat to Republican. Corrigan, who graduated from Hastings College of the Law in 1975, was unanimously approved by the Commission on...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Former Haitian exile Gerard Latortue was sworn in Friday as the country's prime minister, promising to united the country after months of bloodshed and political strife that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Under heavy security, Latortue took the oath of office in front of a crowd of 200 people, saying he was happy to serve his country. "This is an occasion for hope for all Haitians," he said. "Together we will form a responsible government that respects its institutions, and I will see that every dollar given to development projects will be well spent."...
- Leaked documents reveal serious issues at U.S. Southern border (Spike in Terrorist Nation Illegals)
- Reuters Polling Explorer (Trump 34.6, Cruz 14.8, Trump +19.8)
- Dear FRiends, We need your continuing support to keep FR going strong. [FReepathon thread XXXVI]
- Quinnipiac: Trump And Rubio Up, Cruz Down [Trump 31, Cruz 22, Rubio 19]
- NH Poll: Donald Trump Flat, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Gaining [Trump 30, Rubio 17, Cruz 15]
- LIVE THREAD: Two Trump Rallies Today-Londonderry, NH @ 12:30pm & Florence, SC 7:00pm
- Obama to propose $10 per barrel fee on oil
- Rubio To Jorge Ramos: I Will Keep Obama’s First Exec Amnesty In Place Until Amnesty Enacted
- Rubio surges to second in New Hampshire poll (Trump 36, Rubio 15)
- Team Carson furious with Cruz
- More ...