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Feb 27, 2015

On visit to U.S., Farage criticizes Obama and Republicans

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – U.K. Independence Party head Nigel Farage criticized both U.S. President Barack Obama and the opposition Republican Party on Thursday as he sought to build solidarity with fellow conservatives on a visit to the United States.

Speaking to an audience of conservative activists outside Washington, the anti-E.U. politician criticized Obama for not doing enough to fight Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Feb 27, 2015

White House hopeful Walker: Union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin’s governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.

“”We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Feb 26, 2015

White House hopeful Scott Walker says union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

By Andy Sullivan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin’s governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State.

“We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Feb 26, 2015

Conservative U.S. activists look warily at a ‘squishy’ Jeb Bush

By Andy Sullivan, Steve Holland and Emily Flitter

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) – Jeb Bush may have wealthy Republican donors backing him, but the former Florida governor will have to woo conservative activists wary of his moderate positions to win his party’s 2016 nomination for president.

As a gathering of grassroots conservatives got under way on Thursday, Republican activists were enthusiastic about potential contenders like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Feb 25, 2015

Crunch time for Rand Paul at U.S. conservative event

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Republican rivals like Scott Walker and Jeb Bush off to a strong start in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, Rand Paul will seek his own breakout moment at an annual gathering where hopefuls go to burnish their conservative credentials.

Of all the potential candidates speaking at the meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Kentucky senator should feel most at home. He won the event’s presidential straw poll the last two years, buoyed by support from young libertarian-leaning conservatives who plan to turn out in force again this year.

Feb 15, 2015

As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, a spotlight on his jobs agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, traveled on a trade mission to Britain last week, he brought along top officials from his economic development agency to help drum up jobs. It’s a task they have struggled to accomplish at home.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, a public-private body set up by Walker shortly after he took office in January 2011, was supposed to help the state climb out of recession by shedding bureaucratic rules and drawing on private-sector expertise.

Feb 13, 2015

Jeb Bush hands out cash to win allies ahead of 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on Friday he is giving out more than $100,000 to fellow Republicans, in a sign that he is banking on his fundraising prowess to build allies across the country ahead of a potential White House bid.

The brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush has emerged as an early frontrunner in what could be a crowded Republican field in the 2016 presidential election.

Feb 2, 2015

Obama asks Congress for dozens more auto-safety investigators

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama asked
Congress to sign off on tens of millions more dollars on Mondayc
to bolster a beleaguered auto-safety agency that has been
criticized for responding too slowly to deadly vehicle defects.

Obama’s proposal for the 2016 fiscal year would provide the
equivalent of 59 new employees for the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency has struggled to get a
handle on defective ignition switches by General Motors Co
and malfunctioning air bags by Takata Corp that
have been linked to at least 56 deaths.

Jan 28, 2015

Spending: why “red” states shoulder the deepest cuts under Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular, according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.

Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi.

Jan 21, 2015

With few friends in Congress, Obama looks to shape next election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s vision of a stronger and more expensive safety net for middle class and poor Americans stands little chance of becoming law this year, but it could shape the debate for the 2016 election.

With his clout fast diminishing in Washington, and Republican and Democratic candidates gearing up for the White House race, Obama did his best in Tuesday’s State of the Union address to set the agenda for potential successors wooing voters.

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