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Sep 1, 2015

Clinton friend had outsized role in advising on US politics

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A longtime friend of Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even encouraged the then-secretary of state to exert influence over senior White House staff.

The State Department released emails on Monday that showed adviser Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton exhaustive memos on both foreign and domestic issues despite holding no formal government position.

Sep 1, 2015

Clinton friend advised on US politics, foreign policy

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – An old friend of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton played an outsized role in advising her on U.S. politics and even her dealings with President Barack Obama’s White House despite holding no formal government position.

The State Department released emails on Monday that showed adviser Sid Blumenthal sent Clinton exhaustive memos on domestic issues, taking a more active role in advising her than was previously known.

Aug 28, 2015

Republican Rubio attacks China’s Xi ahead of visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Friday accused Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is scheduled to make a state visit to Washington next month, of stepping up a campaign to push the United States out of Asia.

Rubio, a foreign policy hawk, called on President Barack Obama “to speak bluntly to this authoritarian ruler” and downgrade Xi’s visit by scrapping a planned state dinner at the White House.

Aug 24, 2015

U.S. presidential candidates blame China, the Fed, Obama for stocks rout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jostling for position in the U.S. presidential race, candidates on Monday blamed Wall Street elites, the Federal Reserve, exposure to China, and President Barack Obama’s spending policies for the market contagion from China’s stock-market plunge.

As the Dow Jones industrial average briefly slumped to its biggest point-drop ever, Republican front-runner Donald Trump said he had long warned about U.S. exposure to China.

Aug 7, 2015

Republican debate smashes records as Trump dominates

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The Republican
candidates’ debate on Fox News Channel attracted 24 million
viewers, more than double the prior record for a presidential
primary forum, with social media data suggesting
combative billionaire Donald Trump was the main attraction.

Viewership for the raucous 10-way debate was the highest
non-sports telecast in cable history, according to Nielsen data
provided by Fox.

Jul 31, 2015

Emails from Clinton private account were recently classified

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dozens of emails on the private email account that Hillary Clinton used when secretary of state were recently classified by the government, the State Department said on Friday, giving Republican critics more ammunition against the Democratic presidential hopeful.

The emails, released by the State Department under a judge’s order, date from the early period of Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as the United State’s top diplomat.

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.