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Sep 3, 2015
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Will Colbert win Bush’s raffle, or will Bush win Colbert’s?

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It’s long become a staple in presidential campaigning to capitalize on, well, pretty much anything the candidate is doing. So it only made sense when Republican candidate Jeb Bush seized the opportunity to fundraise off his historic appearance next week on the very first episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” But did his team forget to tell Stephen Colbert?

Stephen Colbert gestures during a rally in Washington in 2010. REUTERS/JIM BOURG

Sep 3, 2015

Trump expected to sign Republican loyalty pledge Thursday: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump is expected on Thursday to sign a pledge not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party’s nomination, according to multiple reports, despite earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid.

If he signs, it will be a victory for the Republican establishment because an independent Trump candidacy in the November, 2016 election would splinter support for the party.

Sep 2, 2015
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A Biden announcement on Colbert? No way.

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By Alina Selyukh and Julia Edwards

The official word is in: there’s no truthiness to the speculation that Joe Biden will tell us if he is or isn’t running for president on Stephen Colbert’s show next week.

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden attends a private luncheon at the White House in 2014. REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

Sep 2, 2015
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For Democrats, Biden is next best thing

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic voters would choose Vice President Joe Biden as their preferred candidate for president in 2016 if current frontrunner Hillary Clinton shows signs of faltering, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

More than 38 percent of Democrats polled said they would vote for Biden in the Democratic Party nominating contest, if polling indicated that Clinton would lose to a Republican candidate. Thirty percent of Democratic voters said they would back liberal Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders should Clinton, a former secretary of state, run into trouble, according to the tracking poll conducted from Aug. 28 through Sept. 1.

Sep 2, 2015
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Bush vs. Trump: The ‘germophobe’ edition

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Donald Trump has been taunting Jeb Bush, and Bush’s campaign decided to go for it.

The spate of attacks between the two Republican presidential hopefuls continued to pick up steam in campaign headlines on Wednesday with a new social media stunt from Team Bush, which took a form of a quiz.

Sep 1, 2015

Biden is top choice of Democrats if Clinton falters: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic voters would choose Vice President Joe Biden as their preferred candidate for president in 2016 if current frontrunner Hillary Clinton shows signs of faltering, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

More than 38 percent of Democrats polled said they would vote for Biden in the Democratic Party nominating contest, if polling indicated that Clinton would lose to a Republican candidate.

Sep 1, 2015
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You could probably guess which TV shows Hillary Clinton likes to watch

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“I guess some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies,” Amy Poehler’s character on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation once commented.

Hillary Clinton, it turns out, doesn’t object.

Buried in the 7,000 pages of emails released on Monday night from Clinton’s tenure as U.S. secretary of state was a pop culture nugget, in which she asked her aide Monica Hanley for the times of two popular TV shows with conspicuous ties to Hillary the politician:

Aug 31, 2015
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Perry as the weakest link?

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The presidential campaigns and their Super PACs will be releasing their September fundraising reports in a few weeks. One of them is looking to be a doozy.

Financial troubles have plagued the campaign of former Texas Governor Rick Perry and another wave of staff cutbacks hit it on Monday as the Des Moines Register revealed that the team was down to just one paid staffer in the bellwether state of Iowa.

Aug 30, 2015

U.S. presidential hopeful Sanders gains ground on Clinton in Iowa poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders narrowed the gap with leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a recent opinion poll in the political bellwether state of Iowa as support for the front-runner fell below 50 percent for the first time this year.

Clinton, former secretary of state and first lady, remained the top choice for 37 percent of likely Democratic voters in the party’s nomination contest, down from 50 percent in June, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released late on Saturday.

Aug 12, 2015

iRobot’s robotic lawn mower gets U.S. regulatory approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The future of free-wheeling automated yard work took a step closer to American consumers on Wednesday after U.S. regulators gave robot maker iRobot Corp Inc technical clearance to make and sell a robotic lawn mower.

The Bedford, Massachusetts-based company, known for its robot vacuum cleaner Roomba, has designed a robot lawn mower that would wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground operating as signal beacons, rising above the ground by as much as 24 inches (61 cm).

    • About Alina

      "Alina Selyukh is covering campaign finance this year. Starting as a journalist in her native town of Samara in Russia, she spent five years in Lincoln, Nebraska before moving to the East Coast to work for Reuters. A former intern and graduate trainee, Selyukh has covered energy, IPOs, healthcare policy and FDA."
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