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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:

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.

Jun 6, 2015

Republican Walker is leader of 2016 election pack in Iowa

BOONE, Iowa (Reuters) – Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential contender who is riding high in polls in the early voting state of Iowa, was literally the leader of the pack on Saturday at a gathering of 2016 White House hopefuls.

Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, joined U.S. Senator Joni Ernst at the head of a parade of about 300 motorcycle riders who traveled 39 miles (62 km)to Ernst’s inaugural “Roast and Ride,” a political event combining barbecue and the roar of Harley-Davidsons.

May 13, 2015

Obama vs. Warren: Trade spat turns personal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s swing at liberal favorite Elizabeth Warren has stirred a controversy that may complicate the chances of a pan-Pacific trade pact and could make it harder for the White House to get its way in future legislative battles.

Facing stiff opposition to the trade deal from sections of his own Democratic Party, Obama launched a personalized criticism of Warren’s efforts to lead the fight against giving the administration “fast-track” negotiating authority.

Apr 13, 2015

Clinton’s 2016 White House launch contrasts with her 2008 bid

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton cast herself as a champion for everyday Americans on Sunday, kicking off her long-awaited second run for the White House with a vow to fight for a level playing field for those recovering from tough economic times.

Clinton, who begins the 2016 presidential race as the commanding Democratic front runner, entered the fray with a flurry of video, email and social media announcements that indicated she had absorbed some of the lessons of her painful 2008 loss and would not take anything for granted this time.

Apr 12, 2015

Clinton tries again to crack ‘highest glass ceiling’ with White House bid

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton will try again on Sunday to crack what she calls “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” when she starts a long-awaited second run for the White House as the prohibitive Democratic front runner.

Clinton’s campaign for the November 2016 election will emphasize her plans to address economic inequality and will tout the historic nature of her bid to become the first woman U.S. president, aides said.

Dec 17, 2014

Vatican leveraged ties to Cuba, U.S. to help broker deal-officials

VATICAN CITY/WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Vatican
leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to
help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was
spurred by letters from Pope Francis to the presidents of both

The Vatican, which facilitated the agreement along with
Canada, gave some details of its role in a statement shortly
after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the major policy
shift by Washington to resume diplomatic ties after decades of
hostility with the communist-ruled island.

Nov 5, 2014

Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.

The Republican rout on Tuesday was wide and deep in what was bound to be seen as a sharp rebuke to Obama, who has lurched from crisis to crisis and whose unpopularity made him unwelcome to Democratic candidates in many contested states.

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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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