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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.

May 5, 2015
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Finally, a super PAC with a name that means something

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Americans are getting used to hearing about political spending groups with names so vague they’re practically meaningless, but that may be changing. There are a handful of political action committees that make their affiliations and goals more clear.

Take Forty Six Blue, the new super PAC founded by South Carolina political consultant Bridget Tripp, a Democrat who wants to try to influence voters to choose more progressive women for seats in state legislatures in the South. Tripp expects to spend the money raised by her super PAC supporting candidates in South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia.

May 1, 2015

A barber’s half-century of clipping hair in a changing Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The view from Lenny Clay’s barbershop in a neighborhood just west of downtown Baltimore is bleak. Grass grows through the cracks of a broken sidewalk and weeds cover an empty lot where a row house once stood. Sometimes, the teenagers on the street are just talking to their friends; sometimes they’re selling drugs.

“Back in the ’60s I couldn’t keep the politicians out of here,” Clay, now 80, said. “Now none of them will come.”

May 1, 2015

Insight – A barber’s half-century of clipping hair in a changing Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The view from Lenny Clay’s barbershop in a neighbourhood just west of downtown Baltimore is bleak. Grass grows through the cracks of a broken sidewalk and weeds cover an empty lot where a row house once stood. Sometimes, the teenagers on the street are just talking to their friends; sometimes they’re selling drugs.

“Back in the ’60s I couldn’t keep the politicians out of here,” Clay, now 80, said. “Now none of them will come.”

Apr 21, 2015

Struggling to remember the name of Jeb Bush’s super PAC? Here’s why

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It’s hard to remember whether Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s super PAC is called America Rising or Right to Rise. The independent political group will likely raise hundreds of millions of dollars to back the former Florida governor’s bid for the White House, but it’s not meant to attract attention.

The Bush super PAC is in fact Right to Rise. America Rising is another political action committee, unconnected to Bush, that plans to raise and spend unlimited sums of money, although it does share one goal in common with Right to Rise: to defeat Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton team to fundraisers: raise $27,000 each in 30 days

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton’s top campaign finance officer told supporters and donors on a national conference call on Monday to try to raise $27,000 each within the next 30 days, according to a person who took part in the call.

The target represents the initial push by Clinton’s campaign to raise hard money – cash donated directly to a candidate under rules limiting contributions to $2,700 per individual and $5,000 per couple – to compete in Democratic primary races throughout the country.

Apr 12, 2015

Twitter turns Clinton’s ‘H’ logo into target for ridicule

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign rollout on social media set Twitter abuzz as she likely hoped, but part of the discussion quickly veered away from the candidate herself to her new logo, and it got a hearty “thumbs down.”

The blocky blue “H” with a horizontal red arrow running through it looked like a road sign pointing to a hospital, some said; it looked too similar to the logo for FedEx, others complained; it could easily be compared with a World War II-era Hungarian fascist party logo, a journalist for the Wall Street website Business Insider pointed out.

Apr 9, 2015

Democrat seeking U.S. Senate seat swears off Wall Street cash

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – A Democratic candidate for the
U.S. Senate, Donna Edwards, pledged on Thursday to swear off all
campaign donations from Wall Street banks, the latest Democrat
to assail big financial institutions.

Edwards, who sits in the U.S. House of Representatives, is
vying for the Democratic nomination in Maryland along with
fellow Representative Chris Van Hollen. She said she was
“outraged” by a Reuters report that major Wall Street banks had
met to discuss ways to urge Democrats such as Massachusetts
Senator Elizabeth Warren to soften their tone against the
financial sector.

Apr 9, 2015

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate swears off Wall Street money

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate pledged on Thursday to swear off all campaign donations from Wall Street, the latest example of rising criticism of big banks within the party.

Representative Donna Edwards, who is vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 Maryland Senate race along with fellow Representative Chris Van Hollen, said she was “outraged” by a report in Reuters that major Wall Street banks had met to discuss ways to urge Democrats such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to soften their tone against financial sector.