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Jun 30, 2015

Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

By Luciana Lopez

LIVINGSTON, N.J. (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally launched his 2016 presidential run on Tuesday, vowing to bridge the partisan divide in Washington with blunt talk and a willingness to tackle tough issues.

Christie, once seen as a top 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long shot, told the launch rally at his old high school that he would bring a dose of New Jersey straight talk to a dysfunctional political system.

Jun 30, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Governor Christie announces 2016 Republican presidential bid

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

LIVINGSTON, N.J., June 29 (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, joining a large field of contenders seeking to win the White House next year.

Jun 30, 2015

Republican Christie to launch 2016 bid with promise of straight talk

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will formally launch his 2016 presidential bid on Tuesday, hoping to rejuvenate his sagging poll numbers with a dose of personality and a vow to be the blunt-talking Republican who tells it like it is.

The launch will give Christie, once seen as a top 2016 contender but now viewed as a long shot, a chance to reframe his battered image and reset the plummeting expectations for his campaign.

Jun 25, 2015

New Jersey Governor Christie to announce presidential bid Tuesday

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will announce on Tuesday that he is running for the presidency, according to a source familiar with his plans.

Christie will join more than a dozen other Republicans who have declared their intention to seek the party’s nomination for the November 2016 presidential election.

Jun 24, 2015

Wednesday Bible study: Charleston attack upsets a Southern tradition

By Luciana Lopez

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – Brushing aside her son’s concerns, Rosa Ellington plans to keep attending Wednesday evening Bible studies as she has the past 15 years, despite last week’s massacre of nine black worshippers at a nearby church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The sessions had been a sustaining, if mostly uneventful, fixture of her weekly routine, until last Wednesday, when Dylann Roof, a white 21-year-old, is accused of having gunned down the people gathered at the nearly 200-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the city’s historic downtown.

Jun 21, 2015

America’s churches: often a reflection of the nation’s racial divide

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – As bells tolled for the dead in Charleston on Sunday, Reverend Alfred Zadig, head of the predominantly¬†white-membership St. Michael’s Church, asked forgiveness “for failing to be a pastor who reaches out beyond my world.”

Speaking to about 60 worshippers in the large 17th century white stone church towering over City Hall, he said he did not know a single victim of Wednesday’s massacre, when a shooter authorities have identified as a 21-year-old white man killed nine African-Americans at a mainly black church a mile away.

Jun 17, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

‘Me? Rich?’ Presidential hopefuls play middle-class card

Don’t call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike Huckabee? Despite his wealth, he was born “blue collar, not blue blood.”

Touting one’s humble beginnings has been part of U.S. presidential contenders’ playbook going back to Abraham Lincoln’s talk of his log cabin youth. But the 2016 hopefuls are working harder than ever to convince voters they are just like them.

Jun 17, 2015

‘Me? Rich?’ U.S. presidential hopefuls play middle-class card

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Don’t call Chris Christie rich. The Clintons say they still have bills to pay. And Mike Huckabee? Despite his wealth, he was born “blue collar, not blue blood.”

Touting one’s humble beginnings has been part of U.S. presidential contenders’ playbook going back to Abraham Lincoln’s talk of his log cabin youth. But the 2016 hopefuls are working harder than ever to convince voters they are just like them.

Jun 4, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Graham concerned about cyber threats

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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

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday that Russia and China are the biggest cyber threats to the United States.¬†”I think Russia and china are competing for that title” of biggest cyber threat, Graham said.

May 18, 2015

Republican Christie urges more U.S. defense spending

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, urged Congress on Monday to abandon its budget caps and boost defense spending.

Speaking in New Hampshire, Christie urged more money to buy ships for the U.S. Navy and state-of-the-art planes for the Air Force.