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Sep 21, 2015

Children entering U.S. illegally up in August – White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About double the number of Central
American children entered the United States illegally in August
compared to a year ago, surprising the Obama administration
which had been touting a downward trend over the past year.

Overall, for the first 11 months of the fiscal year that
began in October, the arrivals of children traveling without
adults to the southwest border from El Salvador, Honduras and
Guatemala dropped 46 percent from the year-ago period.

Sep 17, 2015

White House prepares for pomp, politics of Pope Francis visit

WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – When Pope Francis arrives in Washington next week, the White House hopes he will bring attention to the need to curb climate change and fight inequality – areas of common ground for the popular pontiff and President Barack Obama.

But after months of work on the agenda for their meeting, White House officials said on Thursday that they expect Pope Francis may also address issues such as gay marriage or government funding for abortion – policies on which the Catholic Church and White House fundamentally disagree.

Sep 17, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Debaters get their codes on


Republican Donald Trump opened the Republican debate with a “braggadocious” statement: “I’ve made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all over the world,” he said.

He ended it by saying he would like his Secret Service code name – should he win the race – to be “Humble.”

Sep 17, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Bush: ‘I’m my own man’


Radio host Hugh Hewitt called it the “biggest elephant in the room full of elephants” for Republican candidate Jeb Bush: his last name.

At Wednesday’s debate, Bush faced several questions about his father George H.W. and brother George W., who respectively were the 41st and 43rd presidents.

Sep 17, 2015
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Kasich touts his record as (gasp!) a government official


By Roberta Rampton and Erin McPike

In an election cycle in which voters seem to prefer non-politicians such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson to seasoned politicos, John Kasich took a different tack at Wednesday’s debate.

Ohio Governor John Kasich at a voter forum in New Hampshire on August 3, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Sep 17, 2015
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Trump insults. Fiorina ripostes.


Donald Trump is known for his ability to cast amusing insults – but in Wednesday’s debate, Carly Fiorina got the last word.

Earlier this month, Trump belittled Fiorina’s appearance, saying in a Rolling Stone interview, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”

Sep 16, 2015

Obama warns China on cyber spying ahead of Xi visit

WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on
Wednesday called for an international framework to prevent the
Internet from being “weaponized” as a tool of national
aggression, while holding out the prospect of a forceful U.S.
response to China over hacking attacks.

With Chinese President Xi Jinping set to visit Washington
next week, Obama said at a conference with business leaders that
his talks with Xi would include cybersecurity, a topic that has
become a point of friction in U.S.-Chinese relations.

Sep 16, 2015

Biden thumps Trump for selling ‘sick message’ on U.S. immigration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said Republican presidential contender Donald Trump was selling a “sick message” about immigrants in America based on xenophobia.

    Biden, considering a run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, told a small group of Latinos gathered at his home that they should not lose heart watching Trump climb in the polls while taking a hard line on immigration.

Sep 15, 2015

Obama nominates Robert Califf as FDA commissioner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Robert Califf to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the White House said on Tuesday.

Califf, a leading cardiologist and researcher who joined the agency in January as deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco, was widely expected to be named to the post, but the announcement came earlier than some had expected.

Sep 14, 2015

Obama goes to Iowa in early test of his 2016 campaign trail clout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, a trip his administration says is about education and not about the 2016 presidential campaign that has candidates from both parties crisscrossing the state.

But the visit will serve as an early test of how much clout the president, whose second and final term is drawing to a close, might bring to the 2016 campaign trail once the Democratic Party settles on a nominee.

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