Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: 'Turkey's decision to assist the fight against [Islamic State] is a positive step in the right direction'; 'concerned about reports of Turkish forces shelling Kurdish villages inside Syria' - statement
Editor's note: The Associated Press, in a story on Boston's decision to terminate its bid for the 2024 Olympics, notes that only 7 weeks remain for cities to be officially nominated. The AP says if the United States Olympic Committee wants to remain in contention for the games, Los Angeles is its likely choice. - Tom
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.