Blog Posts by Richard Downes

In the clink …

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By Washington Correspondent Richard Downes Dr Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors was well-known to the local community of West Philadelphia. His reputation was as sleazy as it comes. He was the “go-to” doctor if you wanted a late term illegal … Continue reading

Abortion doctor in the dock

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Some readers may find the contents of this blog disturbing By Richard Downes in Philadelphia The courtroom in Philadelphia is jammed, with standing room only at key times. But strangely the case has not ignited the imagination of the public or … Continue reading

Down to the Wire

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent Everybody – it seems – loves a battle; a contest. Be it the All-Ireland finals, the World Cup or Wimbledon. We all love the head to head match between the two strongest teams or individuals. … Continue reading

Advantage Romney?

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent We were almost writing off Mitt Romney’s chances of taking the Presidency only a couple of weeks ago. His campaign was plagued with errors and was running out of steam rapidly. Then came the October … Continue reading

Debating Power: Obama vs Romney

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent The first Presidential debate is one of those key moments in this campaign. Both candidates have been preparing intensively for it. Mitt Romney has been holed up in various hideaways to hone his skills with … Continue reading

Romney Wobbles : Obama holding

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent With less than 60 days to go to the Presidential election, the pundits are moving into overdrive as the opinion polls show little change on the pattern established over the last few months. Some are … Continue reading

Convention Shenanigans

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent Hurricane Isaac caused some problems for the Republicans in Florida and this week it is just a matter of rain. Storms, thunder and lightning are promised for Thursday, so the Democrats have had to shift … Continue reading

Sick.

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent So the Supreme Court of the United States will now be the final arbiter of whether President Obama’s modest health reforms will stand or fall. After three days of submissions and argument the judges will … Continue reading

When a win is not a win …

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent Pity Mitt Romney. Before Super Tuesday all the commentators said that if he won a majority of the states being contested, he would be strengthened as a candidate. But on Sober Wednesday that had all … Continue reading

Ten Chances to Shine

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By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent For the four candidates left in the Republican race to become the nominee for the general election later this year, today, Super Tuesday, is a big day. It may not be the end of the … Continue reading