Editor's note: Voting in Tunisia's presidential runoff was largely pronounced free and fair, reports the Associated Press, with a participation rate of 60 percent. The election of 88-year-old former government minister Beji Caid Essebsi completes the democratic transition following events in 2011 that set off what became known as the Arab Spring. - Tricia
At annual Christmas meeting Pope Francis tells priests, bishops and cardinals who run church's central administration that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with 'spiritual Alzheimer's' - @Reuters
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Cuba policy changes: 'If you're going to make concessions to Cuba, there has to be some reciprocal opening on their part to democracy. There was none' - @meetthepress broadcast
Politics (from Greek: πολιτικός politikos, meaning "of, for, or relating to citizens") is the practice and theory of influencing other people on a global, civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (a hierarchically organized population) as well as the interrelationship(s) between communities. A variety of methods are employed in politics, which include promoting one's own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level.
A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and the works of Confucius.