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Jun 11, 2015
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Jeb Bush says U.S. needs to expand military presence in central Europe

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Reuters’ Wiktor Szary reports:

The United States needs to increase its military presence in central Europe, likely U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on on a visit to Poland, staking out a tough position on the need to contain Russia.

“I do know that we need to expand our presence here … we ought to have a more significant presence in this region,” former Florida governor Bush told reporters in the Polish capital.

Jun 10, 2015
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Jeb Bush: Putin is a ‘bully’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to reporter question during a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the end of a meeting in Milan, northern Italy, June 10, 2015. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush echoed a popular opinion in his party that Russia President Vladimir Putin is a “bully,” and that the actions of Europe and its allies should be more resolute in responding to him. Bush was speaking in Berlin on Wednesday, according to Reuters’ Michelle Martin:

Jun 10, 2015
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Jeb Bush explains staff shake-up

Former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin, Germany June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Reuters’ Michelle Martin reports:

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush explained a shake-up of his political team, saying he was trying to ensure that his staff all had roles suited to their skills as he prepares to launch his presidential bid.

Jun 9, 2015
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Jeb Bush launches European tour in Germany

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) talks to former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush after he addressed the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party economic council in Berlin, Germany June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Reuters’ Michael Neinaber reports:

Jeb Bush called for closer trade and security ties with Europe on Tuesday in a speech in Berlin, the first stop on a five-day tour designed to prove his foreign policy credentials before announcing his run for the presidency.

Jun 5, 2015
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Among Latinos, Cruz is not on fire

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (C) greets attendees as he arrives to speak at the Tea Party Patriots “Exempt America from Obamacare” rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington in this September 10, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files

Among the characteristics that the front-running candidates for the Republican nomination for president share — skepticism about environmental claims, conservative opinions on gay marriage, a dislike of Obamacare. — another significant trait that is not always acknowledged is Latino heritage. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is Cuban American, as is Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is married to a Mexican and he is fluent in Spanish. It is in many ways a race with resonance for Latinos who share a culture that has thus far been absent in the White House.

Jun 4, 2015
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Cruz apologizes for joke about Biden

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz apologized on Wednesday for making a joke about Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, whose son died on the weekend.

“It was a mistake to use an old joke about Vice President Biden during his time of grief, and I sincerely apologize,” Cruz, a Texas senator seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, wrote on Facebook.

Jun 4, 2015
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Rick Perry announces he is running for president

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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, addresses attendees during an economic summit hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Orlando, Florida, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has thrown his hat in the ring for 2016, launching the campaign on his website and scheduling an event in Texas on Thursday. Perry is adding to an already crowded field of candidates for the Republican nomination in renewing his failed attempt for the bid in 2012.

Jun 3, 2015
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Candidates look for support in the Valley

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Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of Box, speaks during Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco, June 19, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Silicon Valley is the final funding frontier for political campaigns. There has always been political support coming out of the tech sector’s billions in private wealth, but with the big companies of today – Twitter, Facebook, Airbnb – employing hundreds of wealthy voters under 30, it is an ever new landscape for candidates to navigate.

Jun 3, 2015
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Liberals are jumping into Bernie Sanders camp

Bernie Sanders, a socialist Senator from Vermont, launched his presidential campaign last week. So how has he been doing? Actually, better than many people have expected. Sanders has been doing well with liberals who may see his progressive charge for the White House as holding some of the essence that front-runner Hillary Clinton lacks. Clinton is still leading by 50 points, but an explosion of support for Sanders online is resonating with those who may have caught him on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently.

“People who don’t like Hillary have to go somewhere,” says Reuters political correspondent James Oliphant. With the backers of a movement to put Elizabeth Warren in the White House disbanding recently, Sanders may be a likely candidate to take her spot.

Jun 1, 2015
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Defense hawk Lindsey Graham enters Republican race

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Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham shakes hands with supporters after announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Central, South Carolina June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Reuters’ Greg Lacour reports:

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a defense hawk, entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, putting criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy at the forefront of his White House bid.