Voters in Scotland decisively rejected independence from the United Kingdom in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union, but also appeared to open the way for a looser, more federal Britain.
With results tallied by early Friday from all 32 voting districts, the “no” campaign won 55.3 percent of the vote while the pro-independence side won 44.7 percent. The margin was greater than forecast by virtually all pre-election polls. Read The Full Story
At the center of the House vote Wednesday to fund the government and arm Syrian rebels stood the new House majority whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, whose rise to power reflects the challenge for GOP leaders in bringing unity to a traditionally rancorous caucus.
Officially on the job for less than two months, the 48-year-old Scalise (R-La.) learned on the fly as he ushered through a short-term spending bill that included authorization of President Obama’s plan to train moderate Syrian forces to combat the Islamic State terrorist group. Read The Full Story
Ahead of Thursday's critical Scottish Independence vote, we thought some context was worthwhile. As The Guardian notes, history shows that when people are asked, they almost always say yes to independence. Every election, country and place’s history is unique and different. Scotland is no exception. Yet, when given the opportunity, The Guardian finds countries tend to vote in favour of independence, and to do so decisively - across 50 votes since 1846, the vote for independence came out on top 88% of the time (and when the margin was small, voters always sided with independence.) But this time is different, right? Read The Full Story
Scottish voters will go to the polls on 18 September to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country.
The campaign has hogged the headlines over the last fortnight as the polls narrowed and politicians from around the country descend on Scotland and redouble their efforts to convince voters one way or the other.
It all started nearly two years ago in October 2012, when Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed the Edinburgh Agreement, the document which paved the way for the referendum. Read The Full Story
The Dornoch Castle Hotel announced today that they will accept the new crypto-currency Scotcoin for Whisky & Coffee in their bar. Read The Full Story