What does it take to get a pardon from President Obama? It’s a question Sala Udin, a former Pittsburgh City Council member and onetime civil rights Freedom Rider, is asking a lot this summer, more than three years after he first asked a president he deeply admires to grant him a pardon for a 44-year-old federal firearms conviction.
By Steve Holland MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Scott Walker jumped into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, needing to prove he has learned from early missteps and can appeal to voters beyond the conservatives who dominate the first nominating contest in Iowa. The Wisconsin governor, the 15th Republican to announce a presidential candidacy, has a resume that appeals to conservatives and has placed him among the top contenders for his party's nomination in poll after poll. Walker's advisers say he will portray himself as a "fighter who can win" at a campaign launch at 6:15 p.m. EDT in Waukesha, just outside of Milwaukee.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday will propose tax incentives to encourage companies to share more profits with workers, according to a campaign aide. In a speech in New York in which she will lay out her economic vision, Clinton will say that workers need to benefit from the profits they are helping to produce and will cite studies showing profit-sharing can increase productivity.
Oklahoma's Olivia Jordan was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, capping weeks of controversy in the run-up to the annual beauty pageant after its co-owner Donald Trump made incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants while announcing his run for president. Despite the controversy, no incidents or disruptions were apparent either in the audience or on stage during the live broadcast from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, carried on cable channel Reelz after NBC dropped the show over Trump's remarks. Trump, who traditionally attends, said on Saturday he would be campaigning and would not be on hand.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.
Eurozone leaders were thrashing out a Greek bailout deal through the early hours on Monday after Athens received an ultimatum to accept harsh reforms or be forced to leave the single currency. Time was running out to get a desperately needed debt agreement in place after 10 hours of talks in Brussels, with Greece's economy and banking system at risk of imminent collapse. Europe appeared at its most divided for decades as Greece and its 18 eurozone partners worked on a statement detailing steps expected from Athens, including the enactment of reforms in parliament by Wednesday.
Nintendo said Monday that its chief executive Satoru Iwata has died of bile duct cancer at the age of 55, several months after he abandoned the Japanese videogame giant's consoles-only policy. In a brief statement, the Kyoto-based firm said Iwata passed away on Saturday. Iwata, who started off as a programmer, took the top post at Nintendo in 2002, two years after joining the firm and was more recently pushing a long awaited departure from its consoles-only policy in a bid to repair a battered balance sheet.
Horns blared and hundreds of the rebel flags fluttered as more than 1,500 vehicles and some 4,500 people turned out for the "Florida Southern Pride Ride" in Ocala, according to police estimates. "That flag has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people," said David Stone, 38, who organized the event. In South Carolina, lawmakers moved quickly to take the flag down from the statehouse grounds in Columbia, a longstanding demand of those who see it as a divisive symbol of the South's pro-slavery legacy.
Hawkish Germany pushed for a Greek "time out" from the euro if leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras fails to agree terms for a three-year rescue plan worth up to 86 billion euros ($96 billion). Athens faces demands to push through new reform laws next week to win a third bailout since 2010, with the government in a tight corner as the cash-starved country's banks look set to run dry in days. "There will be no agreement at any price," Merkel said as she arrived for the summit of 19 eurozone leaders, complaining of a loss of trust in Athens and warning of "tough negotiations" ahead.
By Gabriel Stargardter and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's most notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman broke out of a high security prison on Saturday night for the second time, escaping in a tunnel built right under his cell, and heaping embarrassment on President Enrique Pena Nieto. The kingpin snuck out of the prison through a subterranean tunnel more than 1.5 km (1 mile) long that ended in a building site in the local town, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido told a news conference on Sunday. Guzman, who had bribed his way out of prison during a previous escape in 2001, was seen on video entering his shower area at 8.52 p.m. on Saturday (0152 GMT Sunday), then disappeared, the National Security Commission (CNS) said.