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Jun 26, 2015
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What does a group of Clinton supporters in deep-red Alaska look like?

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REUTERS/Emily Flitter

ANCHORAGE – Here is what a early Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer meeting looks like in Alaska:

A narrow, sun-drenched backyard, a picnic table nestled between a shady tree and a chicken coop, a capsized canoe off to one side cradling a well of ice filled with cans of beer and soda, and 15 or so gung-ho Clinton supporters snacking on homemade barbecue fare on a weekday evening.

Jun 18, 2015

South Carolina massacre suspect had apparent interest in white supremacy

By Emily Flitter and Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – His uncle worried he was cooped up in his room too much. The few images of him easily found online suggest he had a fascination with white supremacy. And for his birthday this year, his father bought the young man a pistol, the uncle said.

Dylann Roof, 21, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having fatally shot nine people at a historic African-American church in South Carolina on Wednesday.

Jun 18, 2015

South Carolina church shooting suspect got gun for birthday, uncle says

By Emily Flitter

(Reuters) – Dylann Roof, the man suspected of fatally shooting nine people at a historic African American church in South Carolina on Wednesday, was given a gun by his father as a 21st birthday present in April, his uncle told Reuters on Thursday.

Law enforcement officers were at the home of Roof’s mother on Thursday morning, the uncle, Carson Cowles, said in a telephone interview.

Jun 13, 2015
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Lindsey Graham is really, really happy to be here (in Utah)

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Graham preparing for the last of his TV interviews at Mitt Romney’s E2 Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. REUTERS/Emily Flitter

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham may never be called a front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination but he is trying hard to make a mark, and at former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s retreat for wealthy donors, that means spending as much time with the press as it does with America’s richest people.

Jun 12, 2015
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Where the donors meet

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It’s a gorgeous day in Deer Valley, Utah, where 200 or so of America’s wealthiest people have gathered to check out Republican presidential contenders on display at Mitt Romney’s fourth E2 Summit, but the journalists here aren’t getting much fresh air.

The summit is technically off the record, which means we reporters were allowed to visit this tony ski resort near the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics, but not to wander around and chat. We’re in a special room designated for the press, and we’re escorted to and from each appearance by those candidates who have agreed to make their remarks to the donor audience on the record.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. authorities unlikely to stop 2016 election fundraising free-for-all

NEW YORK (Reuters) – White House hopefuls raking in record
amounts of money in the 2016 U.S. presidential race are already
being accused by watchdog groups of breaking campaign
fundraising laws.

But the U.S. Department of Justice is unlikely to prosecute
possible violations and halt the funding free-for-all, say
current and former department officials.

Jun 4, 2015

Authorities unlikely to stop 2016 election fundraising free-for-all

NEW YORK (Reuters) – White House hopefuls raking in record amounts of money in the 2016 presidential race are already being accused by watchdog groups of breaking campaign fundraising laws.

But the Department of Justice is unlikely to prosecute possible violations and halt the funding free-for-all, say current and former department officials.

Jun 2, 2015

Why U.S. billionaires may not be able to buy the 2016 election

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Florida Senator Marco Rubio has one; Texas Senator Ted Cruz has one; even former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, considered a longshot for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has a billionaire in his corner. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has two.

    Campaign finance watchdog groups fear heavy spending by these ultra-rich Americans will warp the election – already expected to be the most money-soaked in history. The idea that billionaires can buy elections has taken root in the public imagination.

May 14, 2015
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Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street’s money-men

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with a supporter following his speach during the Freedom Summit in Greenville, South Carolina May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who is a Tea Party favorite, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors.

May 13, 2015

Jeb Bush, in apparent slip, says ‘I’m running for president’

By Emily Stephenson and Emily Flitter

(Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush appears to have unintentionally announced his candidacy for president in 2016 in a conversation with reporters on Wednesday that was caught on video.

Speaking in Nevada, the former Florida governor seemed to acknowledge he was a candidate but right afterward indicated he had not made up his mind.