(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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.”