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May 28, 2015
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Santorum says ‘sickened’ by molestation in TV’s Duggar family

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Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum holds a piece of coal while formally declaring his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an announcement event in Cabot, Pennsylvania, May 27, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Reuters’ Mary Milliken reported today:

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he was “sickened” by revelations of molestation by the eldest son of the Duggars, the Christian family that features in television hit “19 Kids and Counting” and helped the conservative in his last campaign.

May 27, 2015
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Reading between the lines in Rand Paul’s new book

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Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a town-hall style campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Dana Milbank writes in the Washington Post that Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is “clearly separating himself from the rest of the GOP,” with a new book, titled “Taking a Stand,” that was released this week. The publisher’s website leads with Paul’s “electrifying 13-hour filibuster against administration-orchestrated drone strikes against U.S. citizens.” That filibuster was last week. This week, Paul began a tour to promote the book.

May 22, 2015
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Mike Huckabee shows support for reality star with flawed past

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Republican  Mike Huckabee, a 2016 presidential candidate, has lent his support to one of the stars of the TLC series 19 Kids and Counting, Josh Duggar, after it was discovered that Duggar had sexually molested under-age girls as a teen. In Touch Weekly reported the news Thursday, leaving a bad taste for many who noticed that the network was airing a marathon of the series on Friday.

May 19, 2015
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Jeb Bush stands strong on traditional marriage

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush holds a press conference with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) at the University Athletic Club in Iowa City, Iowa May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Jeb Bush spoke over the weekend in a radio interview about his support for “traditional marriage,” saying that gay marriage is not granted in the Constitution.

May 13, 2015
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Jeb Bush backs off support of Iraq invasion

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Former Florida Governor and probably 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republicans have been piling on Jeb Bush for a statement he made on Monday to Fox News host Megyn Kelly that he would have invaded Iraq, as his brother did, knowing what we know now. Bush back-peddled on the statement on Tuesday in an interview with Sean Hannity, saying he interpreted the question wrong. “I don’t know what that decision would have been. That’s a hypothetical,” Bush said.

May 4, 2015
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Fiorina learns cruel lesson of tech world

From Reuters’ Alistair Bell — Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina suffered an embarrassment on the first day of her campaign when a critic registered a website – www.carlyfiorina.org – to highlight job losses at Hewlett-Packard, where she served as CEO a decade ago.

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Fiorina announced on Monday that she is running for president, becoming the first woman in a field of contenders for the Republican nomination.

May 1, 2015
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A high drama on Everest

A body bag containing the body of a climber is carried from a helicopter in the Himalayan tourist town of Lukla April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Frank Jack Daniel

After the series of earthquakes that began Saturday in Nepal, more than 6,000 people are dead. The expectations are for thousands more bodies to be found as the wreckage is scoured, probably surpassing the record 8,500 who died when a massive quake hit the region in 1934. That is not counting the millions of Nepalis who are homeless and in need of shelter and aid, or the thousands, up to 1,000 of them Europeans, who are still missing.

Apr 24, 2015

Big personalities of the dotcom boom – where are they now?

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – The Nasdaq’s March 2000 peak
brought with it a plethora of colorful personalities – Wall
Street analysts, bankers and tech moguls – who saw their
reputations tarnished once the bubble burst. Many found solid
second acts long after the dotcom implosion hit them hard.

Now that the index has surpassed its prior peak, here is an
update on some of the most notable names of the last Nasdaq
boom.

Apr 14, 2015
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China’s leftover homes

Zheng Meiju walks towards her partially demolished nail house (back) in Rui’an, Zhejiang province, China, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

“Nail houses” in China are houses that are left standing amid development in cases where the owners are unwilling or unable to reach an agreement on the demolition of their property. Reuters looks at some of these freestanding relics. Some of them stand alone, in open industrial spaces or highways, while others are silent protests of the urban landscape around them.

Apr 14, 2015
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China’s leftover homes

Zheng Meiju walks towards her partially demolished nail house (back) in Rui’an, Zhejiang province, China, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

“Nail houses” in China are houses that are left standing amid development in cases where the owners are unwilling or unable to reach an agreement on the demolition of their property. Reuters looks at some of these freestanding relics. Some of them stand alone, in open industrial spaces or highways, while others are silent protests of the urban landscape around them.