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Jul 1, 2015

Clinton struggled to fit in with Obama’s White House, emails show

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton
struggled to fit into the government of President Barack Obama
after being appointed Secretary of State in 2009, according to
emails released by the State Department on Tuesday.

They showed Clinton turning up for meetings that had been
canceled and worrying about how much time she had with her new
boss, revealing growing pains in the relationship between her
and former election rival Obama in the early months of her time
as America’s top diplomat.

Jul 1, 2015

Clinton emails show old friend advising on foreign policy

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – A longtime friend
of Hillary Clinton gave her detailed advice on issues ranging
from British politics to Afghanistan and Iran while she was
secretary of state even though he was not employed by the U.S.
government, according to emails released on Tuesday.

The emails from 2009 show informal adviser Sidney
Blumenthal, whose ties to the Clinton family date back to former
President Bill Clinton’s White House years, actively trying to
shape the early months of Hillary Clinton’s time as America’s
top diplomat.

Jun 26, 2015

For white Southern music, a time of soul searching over Confederate flag

By Alistair Bell

(Reuters) – Country singer Cody McCarver for years wore T-shirts featuring the Confederate battle flag – the “rebel flag” as he calls it -when he toured in the U.S. South as a member of the Confederate Railroad band.

Even after fights nearly broke out over merchandise sold at the group’s concerts with the flag on it, McCarver continued to wear the T-shirts.

Jun 4, 2015

Former Texas Governor Perry launching bid for U.S. president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Thursday he will pursue the Republican presidential nomination again in 2016, seeking redemption for a fumbled White House bid in 2012 and adding to a crowded field of conservative candidates.

He launched the campaign on his website ( and scheduled a 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530 GMT) event Thursday in Addison, a Dallas suburb.

May 22, 2015

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.

The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks.

May 13, 2015

Rubio vows to use U.S. power to guard economic interests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday urged the United States to respond aggressively when rivals such as China and Iran flex their muscles to threaten U.S. economic interests.

Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, outlined a robust approach to world affairs at a time when China is attempting to assert greater control over the South China Sea, a vital shipping route, and Iran has threatened commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

May 13, 2015

Somali-American back in prison after ‘deradicalization’ attempt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali-American teenager whose case was a test for efforts to

deradicalize Islamist extremists has been sent back to prison after apparently violating an agreement that put him in a “halfway house,” federal officials said on Wednesday.

May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008.

The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa’s kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid.

May 4, 2015

Republican former CEO Fiorina enters White House race

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former Hewlett-Packard Co
Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she
is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of
Republican candidates for the White House in 2016.

Once one of the most powerful females in the American
corporate world, Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of
the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public

Apr 30, 2015

Interrogations advisor urges Bush-era torture probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a body that advises U.S. terrorism interrogators on ethics on Thursday called for a special prosecutor to probe how the abuse of captured militants during the Bush administration’s “war on terror” was allowed to happen.

The call came from Mark Fallon, head of a committee that advises the interagency High Value Interrogation Group, and followed the release of a report on Thursday that accused America’s top organization of psychologists of secretly collaborating with the CIA, White House and Pentagon to help justify torture.