Plaid Cymru’s ‘ambition for Wales without limit’

General election poll tracker: How do the parties compare? Election translator – understand the lingo A really simple guide to the UK general election Could there be a remain alliance? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Plaid won four seats in the 2017 General Election The party is campaigning for a “Welsh green jobs revolution”, the creation of a Welsh justice system, which includes the transfer of policing powers to Cardiff and £50m to recruit 1,600 new police officers. Other pledges announced ahead of the launch relate to issues that are the responsibility of the Welsh Government – social care, childcare and building affordable homes. Asked whether the party was deliberately confusing matters, a Plaid Cymru source said: “Many of …

Tiger Woods Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at one of the most successful golfers in history, Tiger Woods. Father: Earl Woods Mother: Kultilda (Punsawad) Woods Marriage: Elin Nordegren (October 5, 2004-August 23, 2010, divorced) Children: Charlie Axel and Sam Alexis Education: Attended Stanford University, 1994-1996 Other Facts:Won the Masters Tournament five times, the US Open three times, the PGA Championship four times and the British Open three times. Woods is the PGA career money list leader. With 82 PGA Tour wins, Woods is tied with Sam Snead for most all-time career victories. His father nicknamed him “Tiger” after a South Vietnamese soldier with whom he had fought alongside during the Vietnam War. Timeline:1978 – At the age of 2, wins a putting contest with …

Trump Rips California Governor For ‘Terrible’ Forest Management As Wildfires Rage

Donald Trump on Sunday slammed California Gov. wildfires and appeared to threaten to cut federal funding as firefighters battled blazes on several fronts. The correct term is firebreak: a gap in vegetation that serves as a barrier against the spread of flames. In a statement sent to HuffPost, Newsom took aim at Trump’s refusals to take action against global warming, which the governor cited as a cause for the blazes. As of Sunday, 11 fires continued to burn in California, though most were more than 70% contained,  One of the latest blazes broke out Thursday night in Ventura County as Santa Ana winds whipped through the state’s southern region. As of Sunday morning, it had burned through more than 9,400 acres …

Sturgeon: Independence within ‘touching distance’

It will be the first time she has spoken at an independence rally since 2014. The event prompted a counter demonstration by dozens of unionist supporters who waved flags and blew whistles as supporters of Scottish independence gathered. Ministers urged to agree indyref2 question test Election 2019: Questions facing Scotland’s parties FMQs: Rolling out the red carpet for indyref2? Speaking ahead of the event organised by The National newspaper, the SNP leader focused on the UK-wide election on 12 December. “This election really is the most important one Scotland has faced in modern times,” she said. “So much is on the line – people are completely fed up with the mess at Westminster. “But George Square will be packed as …

Senate Republicans Say ‘Nyet’ To That ‘Soviet-Style’ Impeachment Talking Point

“They don’t agree with the result with the 2016 election,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said on the floor Thursday after the chamber “This is Soviet-style rules,” he said, complaining about the closed-door process thus far. “Maybe in the Soviet Union you do something like this.” It’s unclear how exactly impeaching a president, which is a power afforded solely to the House by the U.S. Constitution, compares to the single-party socialist republic of the former Soviet Union, with its history of violent changes in leadership and political purges. But Republicans say they’re still not satisfied. They argue that Democrats have irreversibly tainted the inquiry by beginning with closed-door hearings where Republicans have been unable to call their own witnesses. …

Two House Democrats break ranks with Pelosi on impeachment rules vote

In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, former state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May Court House, speaks at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting in Trenton, N.J. Van Drew, now a freshman Democratic Congressman, was one of two Democrats to vote against the House resolution setting rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Tuesday. (Associated Press.) DEMS PUSH IMPEACHMENT RULES OVER REPEATED GOP OBJECTIONS, AS EXASPERATION BOILS OVER House committees have held nearly a dozen depositions of witnesses who have testified behind closed doors about their knowledge of a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It’s been alleged, by an anonymous whistleblower, among others, that Trump sought to persuade the foreign leader …

Will delaying Brexit cost 1bn a month?

That’s because budget payments until the end of 2020 are already part of the divorce bill calculations. Only if the transition is extended into 2021 and beyond could the cost in budget contributions to the UK begin to rise. In that sense, the longer Brexit is delayed the more chance there is that will happen. Mr Johnson might also argue that other factors, such as the continued uncertainty facing businesses, should be taken into account when calculating cost. But that’s not what he is referring to when he makes his £1bn a month claim.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle elected as Commons Speaker

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSir Lindsay Hoyle was dragged to the chair after his election after four rounds of voting. Labour MP and deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has been elected by MPs as the new Commons Speaker, after John Bercow stepped down. After winning the final round of voting against Chris Bryant, Sir Lindsay was dragged to the chair by MPs, where he pledged to be a “neutral” Speaker. He also paid tribute to his daughter, Natalie, who died in 2017, saying she would “always be missed”. The Speaker keeps order in Commons debates and calls MPs to speak. Speakers must be politically impartial, which means Sir Lindsay will be required to resign from the …

GOP senators warn quick dismissal of impeachment trial would be bad for everyone

(CNN)Key Republican senators told CNN the Senate should conduct a fulsome trial of President Donald Trump — assuming the House soon sends over articles of impeachment, as expected — and not try to jam through a motion that would allow them to dismiss the case quickly on a partisan vote. They argued a comprehensive and public examination of the charges would be best for Trump, who wants to clear his name and stay in office, best for American people, who deserve to learn what happened, and best for the Senate as an institution, to demonstrate that even in these harshly partisan times, a careful examination of the charges can be conducted. “Unlike the process up to this point, I think …

Beto O’Rourke Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of former US Representative Beto O’Rourke, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Father: Patrick O’Rourke, former county commissioner and El Paso county judge Mother: Melissa O’Rourke, furniture store owner Marriage: Amy (Hoover Sanders) O’Rourke (September 24, 2005-present) Children: Henry, Molly and Ulysses Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1995 Religion: Roman Catholic O’Rourke in 2012: The US has an ‘extravagant government’ Other Facts:The nickname Beto, a shortened version of Roberto, was given to O’Rourke by his parents. Speaks Spanish fluently. He named his son, Ulysses, after the Greek hero in Homer’s Odyssey. O’Rourke was a member of two punk rock bands. He played guitar for the band known as Foss, which released an EP called “The El …

Missouri says health director didn’t track Planned Parenthood patients’ periods. But officials did have a spreadsheet

(CNN)The Missouri state health department on Wednesday acknowledged that a spreadsheet was generated after officials looked at statewide abortion data. But officials denied that the agency’s director tracked the menstrual cycles of women who visited Planned Parenthood, as had been reported Tuesday. In a follow-up story on Wednesday, the newspaper wrote that its reporting of the spreadsheet set off a firestorm in medical and political circles. The department said it grew concerned it may not be receiving complication reports for all failed surgical abortions. State law requires physicians providing post-abortion care to submit the reports to the department. The reports contain information such as type of abortion that was performed and the complication a patient suffered, according to state code. …

Elizabeth Warren’s excellent opening gambit on Medicare for All

(CNN)Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have set themselves apart from the Democratic presidential field in explicitly advocating Medicare for All proposals. Under their plans, an expanded Medicare system would fully cover everyone in the country. There would be no co-pays, deductibles and premiums and no private insurance. The first part of her plan proposes cutting administrative costs. The administrative costs of private insurers are more than 25% of what they pay out in benefits each year. By contrast, the administrative costs of Medicare are less than 3% of what is paid in benefits. The potential savings from getting administrative costs for the whole system down to that of Medicare is close to $3 trillion over the next decade. Join …

Top Arizona Dem blasted for claiming Trump ‘aligned himself with ISIS’

Felecia Rotellini speaks during an election night party in Phoenix in 2014.  (AP Photo/Matt York) Rotellini was explaining why she thought Democrats were going to show up to vote in 2020. “Another reason why people are going to vote (is) because Donald Trump is manipulating the White House and has aligned himself with ISIS and Saudi Arabia,” Rotellini said. State Republican Chairwoman Kelly Ward immediately fired back.  “I have to say that is not true. That is not true,” Ward said as Rotellini tried to continue. In a major foreign policy win for the Trump administration, U.S. special forces raided an Islamic State (ISIS) compound in northern Syria; Baghdadi ultimately killed himself by setting off a suicide vest. Overall, U.S. forces killed …