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Aug 29, 2015

Biden beloved by top Democrats; his candidacy, not so much

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – Joe Biden got plenty of love from top Democrats on Friday, but their views about a possible White House run by the vice president were decidedly more mixed.

While Biden was nowhere near the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, his potential late entry into the party’s presidential race against front-runner Hillary Clinton dominated conversations in meeting rooms and hallways.

Aug 17, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Clinton to unions: ‘It’s time for us to invest’

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Hillary Clinton has told organized labor she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors.

Clinton’s thinking on the topic–something she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail–emerged in a questionnaire she and other presidential hopefuls returned to the AFL-CIO ahead of their executive council meeting last month. The survey for the organization, an umbrella group for 56 member unions representing more than 12.5 million workers, also included a range of questions on the economy, trade, and other issues.

Aug 17, 2015

Clinton tells organized labor she would enhance Social Security for some

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner’s thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail.

In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she would defend Social Security from Republican attacks and “enhance it to meet new realities.”

Aug 17, 2015

Clinton points to Social Security changes in AFL-CIO questionnaire

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton has told the AFL-CIO she wants to improve Social Security benefits for women and lower-income seniors, offering a glimpse of the Democratic presidential front-runner’s thinking on a topic she has rarely addressed on the campaign trail.

In a questionnaire on labor issues from April that has not been made public, Clinton said she would defend Social Security from Republican attacks and “enhance it to meet new realities.”

Aug 10, 2015

Nurses’ union endorses Sanders for 2016 U.S. presidency

NEW YORK (Reuters) – National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday for the 2016 presidential race, a blow to Hillary Clinton as the Democratic front-runner seeks to court key labor voters.

Sanders “aligns completely with the nurses’ values,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, the group’s executive director, citing issues such as healthcare and trade.

Aug 7, 2015

Fiorina moves to cash in on strong debate performance

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican Carly Fiorina moved fast on Friday to capitalize on a profile-raising debate performance, appealing to potential donors and urging grassroots supporters to open their wallets for her underdog 2016 White House bid.

The former business executive and only woman in the 17-strong Republican presidential field won rave reviews for a strong performance in the early debate on Thursday, out of the prime-time spotlight.

Jul 25, 2015

Exclusive: AFL-CIO may delay endorsement of Clinton as 2016 presidential candidate – sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a possible setback for Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO’s political committee has recommended the nation’s largest labor union federation delay endorsing a candidate for the 2016 presidential race as it seeks to push her to be more supportive of its policies on issues such as trade and wages.

The committee on Monday voted unanimously to support the proposal, three union sources told Reuters. The recommendation will be presented at a July 29-30 meeting of the executive council of the federation, which will make the final decision. It could reject the recommendation and still go ahead with an endorsement, though one of the sources said that is unlikely.  

Jul 24, 2015

Clinton proposes tax, buyback changes to encourage long-term growth

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential
candidate Hillary Clinton proposed U.S. corporate tax reforms on
Friday including a sliding scale for capital gains taxes and
changes in executive compensation to encourage long-term growth
to benefit American workers.

Clinton, in a speech in New York, said institutional
investors have an obligation to counter “hit and run” activist
shareholders. She also said the U.S. government needs to “stop
pouring subsidies into industries that are already thriving”
like the oil industry.

Jul 16, 2015

Possum Holler, beignets, and 43 cents: U.S. presidential campaign spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Running for president in the United States often involves juggling perception versus reality. In the 2016 race, touting your humble origins and frugal tastes has been part of the daily message for many candidates, even some of the wealthiest.

But the quarterly financial reports from the presidential contenders say a little more about how much they are spending, and where they are spending it, once the cameras are off.

Jul 13, 2015

Clinton ups rhetoric against Wall Street, vows tight oversight

NEW YORK, July 13 (Reuters) – Stepping up her rhetoric
against Wall Street, U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
vowed on Monday to tighten oversight of the financial industry
and warned of serious risks emerging in the “shadow banking”
industry.

In her first major economic speech of the 2016 election
campaign, Clinton bashed financial institutions in unexpectedly
detailed terms as she pledged to cut the income gap and spur
wage growth for ordinary Americans.