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Aug 21, 2015

Obama’s Democrats face intense pressure as they weigh Iran deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As he weighed whether to support President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, Representative Donald Norcross was showered with the sort of attention rarely shown to junior members of the U.S. Congress.

The New Jersey Democrat, a former labor union leader, met with Obama and other Democrats twice in the White House. He listened to briefings by Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and senior Defense Department officials.

Aug 10, 2015

Exclusive: Trump’s Republican support holds strong post-debate – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican support for real estate mogul Donald Trump held firm after a televised presidential debate last week in which he feuded with rivals and moderators, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

Trump led the party’s 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, the same level of support he earned before Thursday’s debate.

Aug 10, 2015

Trump’s Republican support holds strong post-debate – Reuters/Ipsos poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican support for real estate mogul Donald Trump held firm after a televised presidential debate last week in which he feuded with rivals and moderators, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.

Trump led the party’s 17-strong 2016 presidential field with the backing of 24 percent of Republican voters, the same level of support he earned before Thursday’s debate.

Jul 24, 2015

Republican debate prep: How to handle The Donald

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In one corner: Donald Trump, the mud-slinging mogul with a complicated hairdo and a flair for the dramatic. In the other: Nine other U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls who wish Trump wasn’t standing among them.

That’s the unfolding scenario for the Republicans’ first televised debate in Cleveland on Aug. 6.

Jul 23, 2015

Ted Cruz tangles with peace activists outside White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz engaged antiwar activists on Thursday in a spirited debate outside the White House over the Iran nuclear deal, offering a rare moment of spontaneity in the U.S. presidential race.

A news conference organized by opponents of the Iran deal threatened to devolve into chaos as members of the antiwar group Code Pink showed up to offer a high-volume counterpoint at the event, which took place in a park across Pennsylvania Avenue from President Barack Obama’s official residence.

Jul 23, 2015

US candidate Cruz tangles with peace activists outside White House

WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
contender Ted Cruz engaged antiwar activists on Thursday in a
spirited debate outside the White House over the Iran nuclear
deal, offering a rare moment of spontaneity in the U.S.
presidential race.

A news conference organized by opponents of the Iran deal
threatened to devolve into chaos as members of the antiwar group
Code Pink showed up to offer a high-volume counterpoint at the
event, which took place in a park across Pennsylvania Avenue
from President Barack Obama’s official residence.

Jul 21, 2015

Trump supporters stand by their man in 2016 presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the five weeks since Donald Trump became a Republican presidential candidate, he has insulted Mexican immigrants, rival White House contenders and Arizona Senator John McCain, his party’s 2008 presidential nominee.

That’s just the way his staunchest supporters like it.

Pundits say the real estate mogul, 69, may have overplayed his hand this weekend when he said McCain was not a war hero despite enduring four years of torture in a Hanoi prison as a Navy fighter pilot during the Vietnam War.

Jul 6, 2015

Some White House Republican hopefuls want curbs on legal immigration

DENVER (Reuters) – Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls Scott Walker and Rick Santorum are suggesting a potentially controversial way to boost Americans’ job prospects: admit fewer legal immigrants into the United States.

The notion, absent from presidential politics for at least 20 years, could help them tap into the frustrations of working-class voters who have struggled with stagnant wages and reduced job opportunities since the economic crisis of 2007-2009.

Jun 28, 2015

Conservative Republicans question what’s next after gay marriage ruling

DENVER (Reuters) – While some Republican presidential candidates urged action to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage, grassroots activists at a conservative conference this weekend said they preferred to focus on limiting the damage.

Several presidential hopefuls at the Western Conservative Summit in the swing state of Colorado called for constitutional amendments or civil disobedience to turn back the Court’s landmark ruling on Friday.

Jun 18, 2015

Republicans avoid talk of race, guns after Charleston shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidates steered clear on Thursday of addressing the role gun rights and racial tensions may have played in a deadly mass shooting in South Carolina as Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton called for the United States to face what she called the “hard truths” underpinning the tragedy.

The responses to the attack in Charleston, in which a white man is suspected of killing nine black people at a historic church, showed the contrasting pressures facing White House hopefuls in each party as they prepare for primary contests.

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