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Jun 2, 2015

N.J.’s Christie steps up criticism of Fed’s ‘easy money’ policy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla, June 2 (Reuters) – New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday sharpened his criticism of
the U.S. Federal Reserve, suggesting the central bank’s “easy
money” policies could fuel broader destabilization of the global
economy.

While the Fed’s crisis-era slashing of U.S. interest rates
to near zero was justified for awhile, Christie said, that
policy will cause “real problems as we move forward.”

Jun 2, 2015

Bush and Rubio favored in Florida but other Republicans want a look

By Steve Holland

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Reuters) – Differences emerged on Tuesday among Republican rivals for the 2016 presidential nomination at a forum where it was clear that Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio will face some competition in Florida despite their home-state edge.

The fact that seven Republican candidates or potential candidates spoke at Florida Governor Rick Scott’s “Economic Growth Summit” was proof of the wide-open nature of the search by Florida Republicans for a candidate in the November 2016 election.

Jun 1, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Jeb Bush says U.S. should embed troops to combat Islamic State

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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush speaks to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican Jeb Bush, calling President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State a failure, said the United States should embed some U.S. troops with Iraqi forces to train them and identify targets.

May 31, 2015

Jeb Bush says U.S. should embed some troops with Iraqis for training

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, calling President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State a failure, said the United States should embed some U.S. troops with Iraqi forces to train them and identify targets.

The expected Republican presidential candidate, in an interview to be aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said he was not calling for U.S. combat forces to be deployed in Iraq, in what would be a return to the war policy run by his brother, former President George W. Bush.

May 22, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision

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Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waves as he departs after speaking to the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce in Salem, New Hampshire May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

May 22, 2015

Insight – How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision for U.S

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy centre in Dallas, has now become the central economic idea of Bush’s developing run for the White House. Details of the call were recounted by one of the participants to Reuters.

May 22, 2015

How an off-the-cuff remark shaped Jeb Bush’s economic vision for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There were no fancy economic models or forecasts when former Florida Governor Jeb Bush first tossed out the idea that 4 percent annual growth should be the overarching goal for the U.S. economy.

But what started as a casual suggestion during a 2010 conference call with advisers to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas, has now become the central economic idea of Bush’s developing run for the White House. Details of the call were recounted by one of the participants to Reuters.

May 21, 2015

In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush draws contrast with brother on spending

By Steve Holland

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush, looking for more ways to draw a contrast with his older brother, criticized former President George W. Bush on Thursday for permitting too much federal government spending.

After spending a week on the defensive for first saying he would have launched an invasion of Iraq just as his brother did, and then reversing course and disavowing the remark, Bush was asked by reporters in New Hampshire if there were any other differences on issues between the two brothers.

May 21, 2015

Republican Jeb Bush criticizes ‘arrogance’ in climate change debate

By Steve Holland

SALEM, N.H. (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush rejected on Thursday what he called an arrogant view that anyone who questions how much climate change is a result of human activity is considered “Neanderthal.”

Bush, answering questions from reporters after an event in Salem, New Hampshire, defended remarks he made a day earlier in which he said scientific research does not clearly show how much of climate change is caused by humans and how much is from natural causes.

May 21, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

Jeb Bush says human role in climate change is ‘convoluted’

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) meets guests at a house party during a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Republican Jeb Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his viewpoints as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

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