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Oct 19, 2015

Clinton’s support jumps 10 points post-debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Support for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among Democrats has jumped since earlier this month, helped by a strong performance in last week’s first Democratic presidential candidates debate, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Monday.

Fifty-one percent of 1,003 Democrats polled in the online survey said they would vote for Clinton in the 2016 presidential primaries, compared with 27 percent who said they would back her main rival, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

Oct 2, 2015

Obama warns Russia’s Putin of ‘quagmire’ in Syria

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels will suck Moscow into a “quagmire,” after a third straight day of air raids in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

At a White House news conference, Obama frequently assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he accused of acting out of a position of weakness to defend a crumbling, authoritarian ally.

Oct 2, 2015

Pope Francis met with gay couple in U.S. visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis met with a gay couple at the Vatican Embassy in Washington during the pontiff’s visit to the United States last week, one of the participants said on Friday.

It was a quiet gesture of outreach to the gay community that emerged as the Vatican tried to smother controversy about a separate meeting the pope held with well-known American gay marriage opponent Kim Davis.

Sep 9, 2015

Clinton vows tough approach to Iran on nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed on Wednesday she would not shrink from military action against Iran if it tries to obtain atomic weapons and threatened to impose penalties on Tehran for even for small violations of its nuclear deal with world powers.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former secretary of state reiterated her support for the accord but cautioned that she would take an approach of “distrust and verify” toward Iran if she won the November, 2016 presidential election.

Sep 9, 2015

Clinton to vow tough enforcement of Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will promise on Wednesday to strictly enforce the nuclear deal with Iran and curb the Islamic Republic’s regional ambitions if she wins the November 2016 election.

In a speech to a Washington think tank, the former secretary of state will reiterate her support for the accord but caution that the United States needs to take an approach of distrust and verify toward Iran, a senior Clinton campaign official said.

Sep 4, 2015

Clinton says ‘sorry’ for email confusion, denies wrongdoing

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Democratic candidate Hillary
Clinton said on Friday she was sorry that her use of a personal
email account while secretary of state caused confusion, in her
most contrite comments yet about an issue that is plaguing her
presidential bid.

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner for the November 2016
election, did not apologize for her own behavior but said she
was wrong not to use a government email account when she was
serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

Sep 4, 2015

Hillary Clinton says ‘sorry’ for confusion over email account

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was sorry that her use of a personal email account while secretary of state caused confusion, in her most contrite comments yet about an issue that is plaguing her White House bid.

Clinton, the Democratic front-runner ahead of the November 2016 presidential election, did not apologize for her own behavior but said she was wrong not to use a government email account when she was serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

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 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.