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Jul 23, 2015

Trump in fight with Border Patrol union over Texas visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused the union that represents Border Patrol agents of bullying its members to pull out of hosting a visit by him to the U.S.-Mexican border in Texas on Thursday.

The developer and reality TV star said leaders of the National Border Patrol Council in Washington put pressure on its local representatives in Laredo to scrap their participation in the “boots on the ground” border trip.

Jul 21, 2015

Republican Kasich to join 2016 race, eyes New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich will make a relatively late entry to the 2016 race for the White House on Tuesday, when he becomes the 16th Republican to announce his candidacy.

Likely to be the last major Republican to join, Kasich starts from back in the field and will need to make a mark quickly to qualify for the party’s first debate on August 6.

Jul 15, 2015

Presidential candidate Trump boasts of $10 billion net worth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate and real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Wednesday his net worth has risen to more than $10 billion and boasted that campaign finance watchdogs struggle to deal with someone as rich as he is.

The figure, which Trump said he gave to the Federal Election Commission in a financial declaration, was more than the nearly $9 billion he cited only last month when he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2016.

Jul 14, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidates denounce Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidates on Tuesday roundly condemned President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, with Senator Marco Rubio suggesting he would re-introduce sanctions if elected to the White House next year.

The agreement reached between Iran and six major world powers will now be debated in the U.S. Congress, but Obama said on Tuesday he would veto any measure to block it.

Jul 13, 2015

In speech, Clinton to put wages at heart of economic policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton will put the fight for higher wages for “everyday Americans” at the heart of her economic agenda on Monday, when she makes the first major policy speech in her White House bid.

Clinton will argue that ensuring middle-class wages rise steadily along with executive salaries and company profits is the defining economic challenge of our time, her campaign said.

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 (www.rickperry.org) 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.