Editor's note: Counting is under way in Ireland following yesterday's national referendum to legalize same-sex marriage, and lawmakers, ministers and activists on both sides are making statements suggesting it will pass. With 30 to 50 percent of ballot boxes recorded in parts of Dublin and Galway, tallies reported by @Independent_ie have the measure passing easily, while in areas including Louth and Donegal early results show a closer vote. If the referendum succeeds, Ireland will become the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage via a popular vote. - Tricia
US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says Senate to reconvene May 31 after mutliple attempts to pass Patriot Act extensions fail; provisions in Patriot Act set to expire June 1 - @ChadPergram
Peru suspends civil liberties in Tambo valley region after 4th death in anti-mining protests; suspended rights include freedom of assembly, freedom of movement and protection warrant-less searches, official says - @AP
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.