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May 8, 2015

Five years on, Obamacare poses quandary for U.S. Republicans-poll

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – Americans with health
insurance under Obamacare, including Republicans, are generally
satisfied with it, a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll found, posing a
quandary for Republican politicians who have long vowed to
repeal it.

President Barack Obama’s signature policy, the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) of 2010, was opposed by 53 percent of almost
21,000 Americans surveyed, and favored by 47 percent.

May 5, 2015

Bill Clinton defends charity, says won’t give up paid speeches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Monday he will continue to give paid speeches while his wife, Hillary Clinton, runs for president amid criticism of the income her family draws from people, including foreigners, with business before the U.S. government.

He also said he may consider stepping down or taking “less of an executive role” at the Clinton Foundation should his wife become president. The Clintons’ political opponents have criticized the foundation for accepting funding from foreign governments for its endowment and for its charitable work abroad.

May 4, 2015

Bill Clinton says nothing ‘sinister’ in foreign donations to foundation

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton defended his charitable foundation’s acceptance of large
foreign donations on Monday, thrusting himself into a
controversy that is weighing on the presidential candidacy of
his wife, Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t think there’s anything sinister in trying to get
wealthy people in countries that are seriously involved in
development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor
people and lifts them up,” Clinton told NBC News from Kenya, in
an interview taped over the weekend.

May 1, 2015

Ohio’s Kasich says 2016 presidential run depends on money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ohio Governor John Kasich said on Friday his 2016 presidential aspirations depend on whether he can raise enough money to compete with a host of rivals for the Republican nomination.

Kasich, 62, is considering a run for his party’s nomination, which would make him a potentially potent force in the Republican field as he represents an important swing state in presidential elections.

May 1, 2015

Bush rejects Rubio swipe that governors not ready to run U.S. foreign policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Thursday rejected a contention from Republican rival Marco Rubio that a governor would not be able to manage U.S. foreign policy if elected president in an early sign of their 2016 battle to come.

Bush, who is exploring a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, sought to allay concerns about his conservative credentials at a forum run by a conservative magazine, National Review.

Apr 28, 2015

Obama urges ‘soul searching’ after Baltimore custody death and riot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For President Barack Obama, the riots in Baltimore marked the return of a recurring nightmare that continues to bedevil him: How to stop deadly encounters between police and African-Americans and the resulting race-related violence.

The first African-American president has declared again and again that Americans have more work to do to bridge the racial divide and carry on the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr.

Apr 28, 2015
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Jeb Bush appeals to Latino voters

Jeb Bush knows the Republican Party has a problem when it comes to appealing to Latino voters. Trying to make a play for Hispanics, Bush visited Puerto Rico on Tuesday and will address the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Houston on Wednesday.

Former Florida Governor and probably 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Apr 22, 2015
via Tales from the Trail

On the hunt for the presidency, Jeb Bush adopts a ‘caveman’ diet

WASHINGTON - Jeb Bush is eating like a caveman, and he has literally shrunk in size.

A combination of file photos of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush shows him speaking in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, June 21, 2012 (L) and campaigning in Hudson, New Hampshire March 13, 2015. REUTERS/David Manning/Shannon Stapleton

Apr 20, 2015

Exclusive – U.S. Republican Jeb Bush to visit Germany, Estonia, Poland in June

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush will visit three U.S. allies, Germany, Poland and Estonia, in early June to get a first-hand view of European economic and security challenges as he explores a run for his party’s U.S. presidential nomination in 2016, a Bush aide said on Monday.

Foreign policy has been growing in importance in the battle to determine President Barack Obama’s successor, with Republicans questioning Obama’s handling of the threat from Islamic State and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Apr 20, 2015

Exclusive: Republican Jeb Bush to visit Germany, Estonia, Poland in June

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Jeb Bush will visit three U.S. allies, Germany, Poland and Estonia, in early June to get a first-hand view of European economic and security challenges as he explores a run for his party’s U.S. presidential nomination in 2016, a Bush aide said on Monday.

Foreign policy has been growing in importance in the battle to determine President Barack Obama’s successor, with Republicans questioning Obama’s handling of the threat from Islamic State and Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

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