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Larry Clifton

Digital Journalist based in Tampa Bay area, Florida, United States. Joined on Sep 8, 2008
Expertise in Government, Politics, Health

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Eurozone recovery stalled; more austerity possible

Frankfort - With Europe’s economic recovery slumping, euro governments are under increasing pressure to act while facing considerable political obstacles and disgruntled constituencies ready to light the fuse on protests against renewed austerity measures.

Louisiana Democrat Sen. Landrieu faces residency allegations

New Orleans - In a hotly contested campaign for the U.S. Senate, an incumbent candidate should not be battling a residency scandal. Incredibly, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing just that, allegations that she is no longer a resident in the state she represents.

European vacuum cleaner sales jump 50 percent ahead of ban

London - In the European Union, living green means not living clean, or at least not as clean as your floor might be using more than a 1,600-watt vacuum cleaner.

Obamacare income-verification form may delay tax refunds

Washington - Receiving a taxpayer-funded tax subsidy to purchase health insurance under Pres. Barack Obama’s law means that millions of Americans may have a tax problem this year.

Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas blames Hamas for Israeli conflict

The future of the Hamas-backed “Unity Government” established to unite Palestinian Pres. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah government with the terrorist organization that ousted Fatah from Gaza faces an uncertain future.

Op-Ed: How hard is it to fire a V.A. employee? Nearly impossible

Montgomery - While there has been a lot of controversy over the Veterans Administration’s quality of care for veterans, too little coverage addresses the massive agency’s inability to discipline itself or its employees.

Op-Ed: Small businesses need Walmart to anchor their shopping centers

St. Petersburg - To be sure, Walmart is the retailer left-wing politicians love to hate. However, in St. Petersburg, Florida, America’s most successful retailer is sorely missed.

Op-Ed: President Obama says he has 'no strategy yet to deal with ISIL'

Washington - Those who thought Pres. Barack Obama’s chat from the White House briefing room on Thursday was going to be more substantive are sure to be disappointed.

Op-Ed: Western Europe gawks as Eastern Europe is invaded by Russia

Kyiv - As Western Europe looks on like a gawker driving by a fatal car accident, Russian forces have entered Ukraine in Eastern Europe, retaking territory lost when the Soviet Union broke up.

West Point: ISIL grew strong as U.S. withdrew from Iraq

Washington - The Obama administration, fellow Democrats and even some Republicans talk as though Islamic State (ISIL) popped out of thin air in June and seized large swaths of Iraq.

Islamic militants advance within 200 yards of Israeli territory

Tel Aviv - Militants from an Al Qaeda affiliate have taken control of the Quneitra crossing point at the demarcation line of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to reports out Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Warren Buffett invested $3 billion in Burger King tax inversion

Miami - Democrats have had no better friend in high places than multi-billionaire Warren Buffett. However, the relationship between Buffett - the world’s third-richest person with an estimated net worth of $66.9 billion - and the Democrats just got weird.

ISIS demands $6.6 million ransom for 26-year-old American woman

Washington - Islamic State terrorists are holding a 26-year-old American female humanitarian relief worker taken hostage in Syria by ISIS about. They are demanding $6.6 million in ransom money and that the U.S. stop bombing ISIS fighters.

Michigan unions eye teachers' union as right-to-work law kicks in

Lansing - Amid a backdrop of declining membership in U.S. unions, around three quarters of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can opt not to pay union membership dues.

Sen. Kay Hagan mum on appearing with Obama at veterans event

Raleigh - North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan is facing political pressure, but not from her Republican opponent. Hagan is mum on whether she will appear with Pres. Obama on Tuesday at an American Legion National Convention event in her home state.

Burger King may move to Canada over high U.S. corporate taxes

Miami - Fast food giant Burger King, headquartered in Miami, Florida, may be about to lose its corporate tan by moving to Canada to escape higher corporate taxes in the U.S. by acquiring Tim Hortons.

President Hollande demands his government resign

Paris - France, lagging behind most euro zone economic recoveries, slipped further into crisis mode Monday when leftist ministers rebelled against austerity, forcing Hollande to call for the resignation of government in order to select a new cabinet.

Republicans take over Virginia Senate in special election

Richmond - A special election in the state of Virginia’s 38th District Senate race on Tuesday gave control of the Virginia Senate to Republicans. GOP candidate Ben Chafin Jr. destroyed Democratic challenger Mike Hymes by 28 points in a crucial special election.

Repaying ACA tax-credits to shrink tax refunds for millions

Washington - Experts say more than one third of the nearly 7 million U.S. households that received tax credits to help pay for their health insurance under Obamacare will lose all or a portion of their expected 2014 tax refunds.

Op-Ed: California state Senator Ben Hueso arrested

Sacramento - California’s Democratic-led state Senate has set a very poor example for the state’s citizens as of late - so bad that its members' alleged bad behaviors are stifling their party's hopes of regaining a super-majority.
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