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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.

Mar 27, 2015

Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

Mar 27, 2015

Upset by Warren, US banks debate halting some campaign donations

NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters) – Big Wall Street banks are so
upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for
them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding
campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest,
sources familiar with the discussions said.

Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan,
Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to
discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio
Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall
Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

Mar 19, 2015

Jeb Bush lawyer tries to stop radio ads touting Bush campaign

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush learned
this week there is a downside to his efforts to prepare for a
possible 2016 White House run while holding off for now on an
official campaign launch.

To avoid creating an impression that Bush was skirting
campaign finance laws, his lawyer had to ask a Florida man to
stop running ads touting the former Florida governor as a
presidential candidate.

Mar 6, 2015

With a nod and a wink, Republicans build 2016 campaign machines

NEW YORK, March 6 (Reuters) – Asked last week about his
agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate
Scott Walker began: “Should I choose to be a candidate…”

Then he added with a grin: “My lawyers love it when I say
that.”

Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the
stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative
Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously
avoided mentioning any plans for the 2016 presidential election.