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Michelle Obama's Saudia Arabia headscarf snub was deliberate — Make no mistake: this was a deliberate decision by the First Lady. She and her advisers will have been well aware of expectations in the ultraconservative Saudi Arabia. They will have known her outfit choice would attract attention away from the role of her husband, Barack Obama, who cut short a trip to India in order to lead a parade of dignitaries in Riyadh, paying respect after King Abdullah's death.

Digital Democracy: Call For Online Voting — Online voting should be introduced by 2020 to improve democracy and engage more people in politics, according to a parliamentary commission. Social media and online campaigning is expected to have a huge influence on the General Election in four months' time.

Republican women taking on Hillary Clinton for female vote — Say again? "Washington's full of big spenders. Let's make 'em squeal." Hillary Clinton may be playing the starring female role in the current Washington cast of characters - but it's the Republican women who never cease to intrigue. I've swapped Westminster for Capitol Hill for a few weeks, and it's undeniable: the right-wing ladies here are fascinating.

Uber Drivers Earn More Than Traditional Taxis — Drivers for the on-demand app Uber make more money and work fewer hours than traditional taxi drivers, according to new analysis. The technology firm's internal data shows drivers earn around $6 an hour more than their professional rivals. In Washington, the difference is $4.60, in San Francisco $10 and in New York closer to $15.

UK And US To Stage Cyber War Games To Test Banks — David Cameron has said terrorists should be denied a "safe space" to communicate with each other ahead of talks in the US. The Prime Minister, who is in Washington to meet President Obama and discuss the need to intercept internet communications and the setting up of a joint cyber "cell" to defeat cyber attacks, said there was a "broad agreement" between the US and UK.

PM: Terrorists Must Be Denied 'Safe Space' — David Cameron has said terrorists should be denied a "safe space" to communicate with each other ahead of talks in the US. The Prime Minister, who is in Washington to meet President Obama and dicuss the need to intercept internet communications, said there was a "broad agreement" between the US and UK.

British politicians: 9 resolutions they should make for 2015 — This is not only patronising to voters, but dangerous. How are British citizens supposed to make informed decisions about the EU when political leaders give them froth not facts? 3) Stop treating women like a homogenous group of voters Westminster watchers are always talking about the "female vote" - obsessing about how policies and politicians go down with the 'wimmin'.

Meet the group Parliament is secretly discriminating against — Women in Parliament also had fewer children than men - and entered parliament when they had grown up. Men had, on average, 1.9 children while women had 1.2, and the average age of female MPs' eldest child when they first entered Parliament was 16, compared to 12 for men.

Top MP's Demand Over CIA Torture Report — The head of the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee is demanding to see material documenting any British links to the CIA's use of torture. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chair of the Commons committee, is seeking any intelligence relating to the UK that was redacted from the explosive Senate report into the CIA .

Brand v Farage: Clash of willy-wavers but a quiet woman triumphed — The whole panel But the truth of the matter is, for two men who profess to come from different planets they agree on a crucial fundamental. "Politicians are detached from ordinary people", squeaked Russell Brand plaintively.
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Jan 31, 2015

Jeb Bush is painted as a pot-smoking student with grades so bad he was nearly expelled in this Boston Globe piece…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Drew_Peacock10: @SophyRidgeSky So he wanted the Presidency and now he's sure he'd get he decides 'nah, not bothered. I'm the #BestPresidentYouNeverHad .'

Jan 30, 2015

Romney wants us to know he's not pulling out cos he can't win: I am leading in all of the four early states. So I am convinced we could win

Jan 30, 2015

Romney pulling out for"one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am" Knifing other contenders?

Jan 30, 2015

Mitt Romney: "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee”

Jan 30, 2015

According to @hughhewitt - Mitt Romney is ruling himself out of running for President…

Jan 30, 2015

@EBernsteinWSJ @JessicaValenti @australian I love the use of "nevertheless" - even though she was fat she was witty!

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