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Aug 17, 2015
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For Kasich, some Southern comfort

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich participates in the Voters First Presidential Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican John Kasich is starting to reap the benefits of a strong performance in the party’s first presidential debate.

Aug 11, 2015

Senior U.S. lawmakers condemn ‘provocative’ China currency devaluation

WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Senior U.S. lawmakers from
both political parties on Tuesday condemned China’s surprise
currency devaluation as a grab for an unfair export advantage
and urged inclusion of currency manipulation curbs in a new
Pacific Rim trade deal.

Several members of Congress said the devaluation of the yuan
by China’s central bank on Tuesday raised serious concerns. Some
suggested it was further proof China cannot be trusted on
currency policy.

Aug 5, 2015
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What goes up…

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After shooting to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential pack, real estate mogul Donald Trump’s poll numbers are starting to fall back to earth ahead of Thursday’s first prime-time debate.

Trump’s support among Republicans hit a high-water mark of 31 percent on Saturday in a five-day Reuters-Ipsos rolling tracking poll, but by Tuesday his support had dropped back to 24 percent.

Aug 5, 2015

Republicans see Trump as positive debate influence: Reuters poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Republicans believe real estate mogul Donald Trump will positively influence Thursday’s first presidential debate, saying his presence will challenge the establishment and open the party to new ideas, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.

Trump’s outspokenness has worried party leaders and heightened anticipation for a potentially combative debate, which will be televised live at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox News, which invited 10 of the 17 Republican contenders to participate.

Aug 4, 2015

Kasich, Christie make the cut for prime-time Republican debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Governors Chris Christie and John Kasich on Tuesday won the last spots on stage next to front-runner Donald Trump and seven other candidates in the first prime-time presidential debate, gaining a potential head start in credibility and exposure.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and five others in the crowded 2016 Republican field were left out of Thursday’s televised 9 p.m. EDT debate by host Fox News, which invited the top 10 candidates in an average of five recent opinion polls.

Jul 19, 2015

Trump dismisses McCain’s war record, angers fellow Republicans

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Donald Trump disparaged U.S. Senator John McCain’s war record on Saturday, saying the former prisoner in North Vietnam was only considered a war hero because he was captured.

The confrontational real estate mogul, who has been feuding with the Republican senator from Arizona for days, also criticized McCain’s work in the Senate and called him “a loser” for his defeat in the 2008 White House race.

Jul 18, 2015

At conservative summit, Trump questions McCain’s war record

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republican presidential contender Donald Trump questioned Senator John McCain’s war record on Saturday, telling a gathering of religious conservatives in Iowa that the former prisoner in North Vietnam was only considered a war hero because he was captured.

The real estate mogul, who has been feuding with the Republican senator from Arizona for days, also criticized McCain’s work in the Senate and called him “a loser” for his defeat in the 2008 White House race to Democratic President Barack Obama.

Jul 16, 2015

Jeb Bush piles up early campaign cash, but lags with small US donors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush’s impressive fundraising haul, fueled by big-money donations, was the product of a concerted effort to score an early breakthrough that would establish him as the frontrunner in a crowded 2016 White House race.

But a campaign finance report filed on Wednesday indicated small donors are not climbing on the Bush bandwagon yet, a potential concern as the former Florida governor tries to build broad-based grassroots support.

Jun 25, 2015

After Charleston shootings, poll highlights race dilemma for Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential contenders face a dilemma when talking about racial issues after last week’s racially motivated murders at a South Carolina church, as a new poll shows many Republican primary voters are less likely to see the topic as important.

While more than three-quarters of Americans believe race relations must be addressed in the United States, a smaller majority of only about 65 percent of likely Republican primary voters agree, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. (Graphic: link.reuters.com/dun94w)

Jun 24, 2015

Obamacare could create quandary for Republicans before 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Obamacare could put Republicans in a bind in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election if the U.S. Supreme Court in the next week upends part of the law designed to make healthcare accessible to all Americans, leaving millions to fend for themselves for health insurance.

The court is due to decide by the end of June whether to jettison tax subsidies in 34 states that help low- and moderate-income people buy medical coverage. A political flashpoint since it was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) makes federal subsidies available to people who cannot afford to pay for health insurance.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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