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Nov 6, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls bash Keystone rejection

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican White House hopefuls on Friday slammed the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project, saying the decision would hurt the U.S. economy.

“The Obama admin’s politically motivated rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is a self-inflicted attack on the U.S. economy and jobs,” former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on Twitter.

Nov 1, 2015
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Jeb Bush knows he needs to do better


Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush knows he needs to improve after a rough debate performance last week, he told reporters in Iowa on Saturday, but he said he remains confident he can win the White House.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Oct 28, 2015
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Iowa to Cruz: Don’t count your endorsements before you’re endorsed


Iowa can be a real stunner.

Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa-based Family Leader, said on Wednesday he was “stunned” by a recent news report saying the presidential campaign of Republican Ted Cruz expected the conservative group  to endorse Cruz.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz applauds at the North Texas Presidential Forum in Plano, Texas October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Oct 22, 2015

U.S. regulators set to approve final swaps margin rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. banking regulators plan to adopt
long-awaited rules on Thursday requiring big U.S. banks to post
more collateral when they trade in riskier derivatives.

The final rules from the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit
Insurance Corp (FDIC) and other agencies would require banks,
asset managers, hedge funds and others to put up roughly 30
percent more collateral, or margin, when they trade outside
central clearing houses.

Oct 21, 2015
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What Google tells us about Clinton’s emails


By Emily Stephenson and Angela Moon

People searching Google for information about White House hopeful Hillary Clinton most wanted to know about the ongoing drama over her emails as she prepares to give testimony about the 2012 Benghazi attacks, Wednesday data from the search giant showed.

Queries about Clinton’s private email account, which she used instead of a government one while she was U.S. secretary of state, were the top looked-for topics under the search term “Hillary Clinton,” according to Google Trends data.

Oct 21, 2015

Democrats back Clinton, say Benghazi probe mostly politics: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House contender Hillary Clinton heads into Thursday’s congressional hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attacks with most U.S. Democrats agreeing with her accusation that the Republican-led probe is politically motivated, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

Fifty-four percent of the 598 Democrats surveyed said they believed the U.S. House of Representatives investigation into the attacks and Clinton’s actions was entirely or mostly about discrediting the former U.S. secretary of state.

Oct 5, 2015
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Clinton’s call for gun crackdown lifts firearm manufacturers


Hillary Clinton’s call on Monday for tougher gun control rules might spook gun afficionados, but her comments gave a boost to shares of firearm manufacturers.

Shares in Smith & Wesson were up 7.3 percent Monday afternoon at $17.81, the biggest daily increase in share price in more than a month. Competitor Sturm Ruger & Co’s shares rose 2.6 percent to $57.93, its biggest jump since late September.

Oct 4, 2015

Chaffetz challenge deepens House Republicans’ disarray

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jason Chaffetz, a rising star among congressional Republicans, on Sunday declared a bid to become speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, complicating further an internal party struggle to replace John Boehner when he steps down.

In a challenge to Boehner’s closest lieutenant and presumed successor Kevin McCarthy, Chaffetz said many Republican lawmakers want a more thorough change in House leadership.

Sep 28, 2015
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Trump tax plan riles the right


Donald Trump’s new tax plan may not upset rich Americans as much as expected, but it quickly drew the ire of conservative groups and deficit hawks.

Trump, the front-runner in the Republican presidential race, on Monday  unveiled his plans to lower income tax rates, exempt more low-income people from paying, and give businesses incentives to bring profits earned overseas back to the United States.

Sep 25, 2015

Kentucky clerk in gay marriage dispute switches to Republican Party

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A county clerk in Kentucky who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples said on Friday that she and her family have switched to the Republican Party because the Democrats no longer represented them.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, 50, who has said her beliefs as an Apostolic Christian prevent her from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said they had changed parties last week. She was a long-time Democrat in eastern Kentucky.