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Mitt Romney Arms Race: Obama Fundraising Forcing Frantic Pace, Tough Choices

Sam Stein | 21 September 2012 | Politics
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Mitt Romney is discovering the fierce urgency of now. Faced with a widening gap in key swing state polls, a campaign war chest less impressive than originally thought, and a narrowing window in which to turn the whole enterprise around, Romney and his...

Alice Pyne, Terminally Ill Blogger Behind Alice's Bucket List, In Benefits Row

Dina Rickman | 20 September 2012 | UK
Terminally ill internet star Alice Pyne has been told that her mother's child benefit could be taken away unless she goes to college. Alice, 16, came to international prominence when a list of the things she wants to do before she dies was posted on the internet last...

G4S Should Be Blacklisted By The Government, Say MPs

Dina Rickman | 21 September 2012 | UK Politics
G4S, the private company at the centre of the Olympics security shambles, should be the first outfit on a Government blacklist of high-risk firms that have failed to deliver, MPs have said. Politicians repeated their calls for the firm to give up its £57m management fee and said it should...

Sir Mervyn King: I Didn't Demand Barclays Fire Bob Diamond

Dina Rickman | 20 September 2012 | UK
Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King has denied telling Barclays to fire former chief executive Bob Diamond but admitted he offered the lender "helpful" advice about the views of regulators. Sir Mervyn has previously acknowledged telling Barclays chairman Marcus Agius that Mr Diamond had lost the confidence of regulators...

David Cameron Adviser Lord Young 'Questions If We're In A Recession'

Dina Rickman | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
One of David Cameron's key advisers faced a backlash after reportedly questioning whether Britain is really in recession. The comments were made by Lord Young, who quit as the Prime Minister's enterprise tsar two years ago after suggesting people had "never had it so good". He was later reappointed by...

Tim Farron: I Wouldn't Rule Out Standing As Liberal Democrat Leader

Dina Rickman | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
Tim Farron has refused to rule out standing for the leadership of his party, in an interview published ahead of the Liberal Democrat conference. Farron, who is on the left of the party, has often been tipped as a future successor to Mr Clegg. The MP also called for a...

Lib Dem Conference: Who Might Replace Nick Clegg? The Top Ten Candidates

Ned Simons | 21 September 2012 | UK Politics
A recent poll showed that 51% of Lib Dems were unhappy with Nick Clegg's leadership of the party, so as they gather in Brighton for their annual conference what better time to wildly speculate about who might succeed the deputy prime minister. Take a look through our serious (and, admittedly,...

Has 'Mexican Mitt' Romney Fake Tanned For Spanish-Language TV Channel Univision? (PICTURES)

Felicity A Morse | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
Mitt Romney appeared to be a touch more tanned during an TV interview for Spanish-language channel Univision on Wednesday, prompting suggestions the Republican leader had piled on the make up to make himself more appealing to Latino voters. The make-up ‘mishap’ is particularly unfortunate as it comes in the wake...

Jon Stewart Blasts Fox News Over Mitt Romney's '47%' Gaffe

Andrea Mann | 20 September 2012 | UK Comedy
Want to know how the US media have covered Mitt Romney's 47% blunder? Specifically: how Fox News has covered it? Well, look no further than the video above - in which The Daily Show's Jon Stewart does his usual brilliant stuff, and eviscerates "Romney Campaign Headquarters" (aka Fox...

Nick Clegg's 'Sorry' For Tuition Fees Is Just A PR Stunt, National Union Of Students Says

Lucy Sherriff | 20 September 2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Clegg's tuition fee apology has fallen on deaf ears, with a student leader saying it is nothing more than a "slick, PR-driven, self-serving machine". Michael Chessum, an organiser for the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and a member of the NUS' national executive, told...

Barack Obama Meets A Pirate: Picture Captions Ahoy!

Andrea Mann | 20 September 2012 | UK Comedy
If you want an explanation of the photo below, we suggest you read this. On the other hand, you might want to retain a sense of childlike wonder at it all - and never know exactly why on earth President Barack Obama was sitting in the White...

Nick Clegg 'Sorry' Autotune Spoof Video To Get Charity Single Release

Ned Simons | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
A spoof video that made fun of Nick Clegg for apologising for promising to oppose tuition fees will be released as a charity single, after it went viral online. And the 'Nick Clegg Sings Sorry (The Autotune Remix)' YouTube video put together by The Poke may even have...

Burma Learned Democracy By Watching 'The West Wing', Says Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)

Andrea Mann | 20 September 2012 | UK Comedy
Well, here's a fun fact for all you Aaron Sorkin/West Wing/democracy fans out there. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed that Burmese lawmakers have been teaching themselves how to run a democracy by watching episodes of The West Wing. Clinton made the revelation during a speech...

Nick Clegg's 10 Sorry Songs, A Playlist To Apologise With (LISTEN)

Ned Simons | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
As the autotune musical remix of Nick Clegg's apology over tuition fees has shown, why say it when you can sing it. The Huffington Post UK has (in a display of suspect musical taste) pulled together 10 'Sorry Songs' that the deputy prime minister could belt out at...

TV REVIEW: Imagine: The Story Of Joseph Anton, The Alias Used By Salman Rushdie During Years Under Fatwa

Caroline Frost | 20 September 2012 | UK Entertainment
Salman Rushdie's ad for his new book, sorry I mean Alan Yentob's insightful investigation of years spent living a secret life, turned up on our screens with particularly piquant timing. Alan Yentob with Salman Rushdie - if Special Branch had ever...

Tory MP Damian Collins Claims Unemployed Youths Should Busk For Train Fare

Charlie Lindlar | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
A Tory MP has been told to apologise after he claimed that many unemployed young people lack the "motivation" and practical skills to get a job, and should follow the example of a man who "busked for his train fare". Appearing at a Channel 4 event for its Battlefront youth...

Northamptonshire Named Most Enterprising County In Britain By Government

Charlie Thomas | 20 September 2012 | UK
Northamptonshire has been crowned the most enterprising place in Britain. The Enterprising Britain competition, run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, was looking for the place that could best demonstrate a positive impact of enterprise on the community over the past two years. Northamptonshire was chosen for its...

Nick Clegg's 'Sorry' Video, Subtitled (VIDEO)

Andrea Mann | 20 September 2012 | UK Comedy
Hot on the heels of The Poke's autotuned message, there's now a subtitled version of Nick Clegg's 'No easy way to say this...' video. And we think it's really rather marvellous. Yes, if you want to know the truth behind the Lib Dem leader's public...

Barack Obama Holds Serious Diplomatic Talks With Pirate At White House (PICTURE)

Charlie Lindlar | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
While Republican nominee Mitt Romney tries to explain away dismissing 47% of America, President Obama attended to more serious business, namely meeting a man dressed as a pirate in the Oval Office. The presidential Twitter feed, @BarackObama, posted a picture of the Obama meeting a...

Nick Clegg's Apology Over Tuition Fees Might Just Work

Chris Wimpress | 20 September 2012 | UK Politics
It's the season for apologising. Over the past week we've seen quite a few public figures saying sorry for what was said, done or not done in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster. Now Nick Clegg's getting in on the act over tuition fees, and while some people are never...
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