Tuesday evening marked one of the most contentious U.S. elections in history - which could explain why seven times more Americans abroad requested ballots than the last midterm elections in 2014. Americans living outside of the U.S. can register in the state they last lived, and cast their vote via an absentee ballot or through a U.S. Embassy or consulate. The websites for the U.S. Vote Foundation and Overseas Vote have had a 2,500 percent spike in traffic. SEE ALSO: Where in Germany do all of the Americans live? In a close and controversial race, Democrats took control of the House, while Republicans took control of the Senate. German media declared the other successes they saw in the elections: “A triumph for women,” wrote Spiegel Online, referencing the record number of at least 99 women who will sit in the House of Representatives. Spiegel added that it was “a good day for America,” that Trump now has to share the power in Washington with the Democrats. … [Read more...] about ‘Divided into two opposing camps’: A Democrat and Republican in Germany on the U.S. midterms
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CARACAS, Venezuela -- A growing roster of nations on Monday decried Venezuela's presidential election as a farce, with the U.S. leading the charge in announcing new financial restrictions aimed at further isolating President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government. President Donald Trump signed an order restricting the Venezuelan government's ability to liquidate assets, stopping short of delivering threatened and potentially crippling oil sanctions for the nation atop the world's largest crude reserves. "The U.S. will not sit idly by as Venezuela crumbles," Vice President Mike Pence said. The U.S. announcement came after a coalition of 14 nations from throughout the Americas, including Brazil, Mexico and Colombia, pledged to scale back diplomatic relations with Venezuela and urge international organizations not to issue the Venezuelan government any new credit unless it pertains to humanitarian aid. Meanwhile, the nation's fragmented opposition vowed to unify and push for a new … [Read more...] about U.S., 14 nations condemn Venezuelan vote as farce
By Stephen Farrell JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians. The opening ceremony is at a U.S. consular building in the Arnona neighbourhood. It will house an interim embassy for the ambassador and a small staff until a larger site is found. The compound cuts across the 1949 Armistice Line that separated West Jerusalem from No Man’s Land, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and has held under occupation ever since. The embassy move follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision last December to break with decades of U.S. policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision, saying it reflected that “the Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years, and that it is called Jerusalem.” But the move upset the Arab world and Western allies. Palestinian President Mahmoud … [Read more...] about The U.S. is opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Why is there a furore?
Democrats joined Republicans on Thursday to pass a bill looking for a place to deposit the growing stockpile of nuclear waste generated by power plants across the country — including the 3.55 million pounds of spent fuel at the San Onfore Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), sitting just yards from the Pacific Ocean.Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 340-72 in favor of what is called the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendment Act that calls for restarting the licensing process at the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.Though the Yucca Mountain debate dominated the discussion on the House floor, the bill also authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to construct a potential interim storage facility to accept waste from nuclear facilities.“This is good news; it’s a big step forward,” said Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. “It’s a necessary step in order to get that material away from the ocean, away from our communities to a place where it can be … [Read more...] about U.S. House passes bill to restart Yucca Mountain and look for interim sites for nuclear waste
The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice on Thursday that landmark 2015 U.S. open-internet rules will cease on June 11, and new rules handing providers power over what content consumers can access will take effect.The FCC in December repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules, allowing internet providers to block or slow websites as long as they disclose the practice. The FCC said the new rules will take effect on June 11.A group of states and others have sued to try to block the new rules from taking effect. The revised rules were a win for internet service providers like AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. but are opposed by internet firms like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.“The agency failed to listen to the American public and gave short shrift to their deeply held belief that internet openness should remain the law of the land,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said Thursday. “The FCC is on the wrong side of history, the … [Read more...] about U.S. ‘net neutrality’ rules will end on June 11