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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dead in Riyadh at 90

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia died on Friday, 23 January 2015 in Riyadh. Believed to have been born in 1924, he would have been 90 years of age. The royal family moved quickly to assure a smooth transition of power in a nation that is a Western ally, as well as the world’s largest exporter of oil, and the religious center of the Islamic faith. Abdullah’s half-brother, Crown Prince Salman who is 79 years of age, announced in a televised statement that the king had died and that he had assumed the throne.

Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo dies on son's inauguration day

Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo died of heart failure at the age of 82 at his home in Manhattan. Coming as it did just hours after the inauguration of his son Andrew as Governor of New York State for a second term, his passing was no doubt another high note for a father who was among the longest-serving governors in state history. After a brush with professional baseball, Mario Cuomo found his milieu in the law and later in politics, putting to excellent use his competitive personality, persuasive debating skills and engaging style of oratory.

NYPD disrespect of NYC's electorate heralds a need for residency requirements

Members of the NYPD chose to turn their back on the elected leader of the New York City at the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty, marking yet another chapter in their misguided show of disdain for the will of the NYC electorate. Mayor DeBlasio was delivered to his office with a mandate for sweeping change by a margin of over 50 points in the polls just one year ago, in November 2013.

Like pigs at the trough, Cuomo and Christie defy electorate and veto P.A. reforms

Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey found themselves unable to resist the pig's dinner represented by the loosely-regulated joint state pork-barrel, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Disgusting as it may be, the pig-fest is a long-standing tradition among governors of the two states, who use it's $7.8 billion budget as a prep-kitchen for the division of pork between their respective supporters, and neither seems prepared to give an inch out of respect for their citizens.

President Obama announces normalization of U.S. relations with Cuba

In a surprising announcement on 17 December 2014, President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy for the first time in almost fifty-five years in Cuba's capitol, Havana. He further vowed to "cut loose the shackles of the past" and sweep aside one of the remaining vestiges of the Cold War. The announcement came at the end of eighteen months of secret talks and a rapprochement facilitated by Pope Francis and the Vatican.