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  • GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism
    GOP leaders rally around Kirk after fundraiser's criticism 15 hours ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Republicans rallied around first-term U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Wednesday after a top fundraiser briefly suggested that the moderate elected to Barack Obama's former seat should abandon his re-election bid due to a recent series of public gaffes. More »

  • Million-dollar donors lift Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions
    Million-dollar donors lift Jeb Bush's presidential ambitions 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen million-dollar contributors account for at least 10 percent of Jeb Bush's record-setting presidential fundraising haul. More »

  • Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials 20 hours ago

    Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad: More »

  • Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal'
    Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal' 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal." More »

  • The Problem With Downplaying Immigrant Crime
    The Problem With Downplaying Immigrant Crime Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Why has the Donald Trump candidacy—which so many professionals and pundits at first dismissed as a joke—flared this summer? In the first week of July, 15 percent of Republicans supported Trump for president in a YouGov poll. On July 5, the 32-year-old Steinle posed with her father for a photograph on a San Francisco pier at 6:30 on a Wednesday evening. More »

  • GOP fundraiser calls for Kirk to drop 2016 bid, backtracks Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A top GOP fundraiser suggested Tuesday that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk should abandon his quest for re-election, saying the Illinois Republican would likely lose, but then he quickly backtracked. More »

  • Conservative pushes symbolic effort against Boehner
    Conservative pushes symbolic effort against Boehner Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier this year after defying House leaders is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip John Boehner of his position as House speaker. More »

  • Florida congressional delegation will see upheaval in 2016
    Florida congressional delegation will see upheaval in 2016 Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential ambitions and a court ruling tossing out several congressional district maps will cause upheaval among Florida's representation in Washington, including political complications for a congresswoman considered one of the state's few Democratic stars. More »

  • Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'
    Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad' Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad." More »

  • GOP official juxtaposes images of KKK, Hillary Clinton Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of the North Carolina Republican party has posted Twitter photos juxtaposing images of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Ku Klux Klan. More »

  • Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric
    Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for slide in Republican rhetoric Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    By Jeff Mason ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama criticized Republican presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump on Monday for their blunt rhetoric about the Iran nuclear agreement and other issues, saying it was damaging to political debate. Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, denounced a deal with world powers over Iran's nuclear programme by saying Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven," a reference to the Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust. Trump has suggested that many Mexican illegal migrants were rapists and has mocked Republican Senator John McCain's Vietnam War record. More »

  • Moral Monday leader inspires protests, arrests and action
    Moral Monday leader inspires protests, arrests and action Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street. More »

  • GOP campaign attacks 'ridiculous' and bad for politics, Obama says Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Republican campaign-trail attacks are cheapening political discourse in the United States, according to President Obama. Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia Monday, Mr. Obama commented on the race to replace him, criticizing Republicans Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz as candidates who have violated an American tradition of not playing “fast and loose” when it comes to foreign policy and other critical issues. “We have robust debates, we look at the facts,” Obama said at a news conference in Ethiopia, where he spent time discussing human rights, regional security, and counterterrorism with African leaders. More »

  • GOP's chairman doesn't expect Trump third-party candidacy
    GOP's chairman doesn't expect Trump third-party candidacy Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus said Monday that he's not worried about Donald Trump eventually running for president as an independent. More »

  • US election 2016: Hillary Clinton pushes for better mental health care
    US election 2016: Hillary Clinton pushes for better mental health care Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton warned about the dangerous combination of mental illness and guns during a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa on 26 July. "There are 128,000 people in this state alone who have serious mental health problems. A 59-year-old man who had been committed to a hospital for psychiatric care was identified by authorities as the gunman who fatally shot two people in a rampage at a cinema in Louisiana on 23 July before turning the gun on himself as police closed in. More »

  • 2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut
    2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire. More »

  • There's No Stopping the Trump Show Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAREDO, Texas—You want the Trump show to be over. But it’s not over. More »

  • Trump Stirs Strong Feelings On Border Visit
    Trump Stirs Strong Feelings On Border Visit Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    If Donald Trump was looking for enemies he would not have to look too far in Laredo, Texas. Mr Trump's visit to the city which borders Mexico has unsurprisingly stirred strong feelings. The billionaire businessman and would-be president generated headlines with his repeated insistence that Mexico was sending rapists, drug dealers and criminals over to US soil. More »

  • Republican debate prep: How to handle The Donald
    Republican debate prep: How to handle The Donald Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    In the other: Nine other U.S. Republican presidential hopefuls who wish Trump wasn't standing among them. Several campaign officials said privately they were counting on Fox News, the host for the debate, to make sure Trump does not dominate the event entirely by answering questions posed to other candidates or interrupting their answers. “All candidates will be treated equally and fairly,” said Michael Clemente, the executive vice president of news for Fox News. More »

  • House passes bill to crack down on 'sanctuary cities'
    House passes bill to crack down on 'sanctuary cities' Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Thursday cracking down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Angry Democrats accused Republicans of aligning themselves with Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant views, and the White House threatened a veto. More »

  • Hispanics love me, Trump declares at Mexican border
    Hispanics love me, Trump declares at Mexican border Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — Donald Trump paid a visit to the Mexican border Thursday, predicting Hispanics would love him as president despite roiling the Republican race by branding Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. His comments have sparked a feud with exasperated Republican rivals who find the billionaire's words worrisome as they court the surging bloc of Latino voters. More »

  • Will Obama visit his 'homeland'? Western Kenyans hold out hope. Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    On Radio Lake Victoria’s morning call-in show, listeners were still musing early this week about how President Obama would travel to the area. Anticipation has been high in Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city and the heartland of the Luo tribe on the eastern flank of Lake Victoria. More »

  • Donald Trump at the border. Who will he attack next? Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Donald Trump is in Laredo, Texas, today for a visit to the US-Mexico border. Trump has many supporters for his unwelcoming attitude toward immigrants in the country illegally. Many top Republicans think “train wreck” is too mild a word to describe Trump’s impact on the party and its attempts to increase its appeal to Hispanic voters. More »

  • The Charades of Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras
    The Charades of Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Donald Trump and Alexis Tsipras couldn’t be more different. The sexagenarian Trump is an unabashed capitalist while the 40-year-old Greek prime minister joined the Communist Party as a teenager and since 2009 has led the radical-left Syriza party. The prime minister rarely wears a tie, whereas the Donald J. Trump Collection offers “the pinnacle of style and prestige in the form of men’s suits, dress shirts, cuff links, neckwear, belts, eyewear, and more.” During political rallies, Trump likes to extol wealth while Tsipras denounces the growing gap between rich and poor. More »

  • Republican contenders scrambling to adjust to 'Trumpism'
    Republican contenders scrambling to adjust to 'Trumpism' Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is on his way to the Mexican border, the latest event in a presidential campaign some of his rivals would like to dismiss as a sideshow — a "carnival act," as one puts it. But he's been stealing their thunder for days and left them scrambling to adjust to a race dominated by a bombastic longshot. More »

  • Why is Donald Trump heading for the border? Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The 2016 presidential candidate has announced plans to visit the Mexico-Texas border this week, following a month’s worth of controversial remarks about the criminal nature of undocumented Mexican immigrants. Mr. Trump will travel to Laredo, Texas, on Thursday, where he will hold a press conference at the border and meet with members of the union that represents border control agents. Trump has not been afraid to make his opinions on immigration known, starting with the declaration in his campaign speech last month that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs. More »

  • Trump reveals private phone number of rival to audience
    Trump reveals private phone number of rival to audience Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Lindsey Graham's phone jammed by Trump supporters after tycoon reveals number in response to being called a 'jackass'. More »

  • Trump's surge seen as summer squall, but will he rain on the Republican …
    Trump's surge seen as summer squall, but will he rain on the Republican … Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    By Steve Holland MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - For most of his Republican rivals, Donald Trump's surge in the polls in the 2016 U.S. presidential nomination fight is like a summer squall that will eventually blow itself out. Candidates in general are practicing a strategy to condemn him when necessary, criticizing him for example for belittling the military service of Senator John McCain, a former Vietnam prisoner of war, but otherwise sticking with their own game plans for attracting support from Republican voters. "National polls don't matter unless you're trying to get into a debate." A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll on Tuesday found Trump winning the support of 17 percent of Republicans, effectively tied for the lead with his nearest rival, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 18 percent. More »

  • Disavowed by GOP leaders, Trump has supporters cheering
    Disavowed by GOP leaders, Trump has supporters cheering Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican establishment may hope this is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump's circus-like run for the presidency. More »

  • Is Donald spending big to be the grump who flumps?
    Is Donald spending big to be the grump who flumps? Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    US voters consider the influence of wealthy individuals like Donald Trump as a leading concern ahead of 2016 election. More »

  • Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP
    Democrats use Donald Trump's remarks to castigate GOP Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's incendiary comments — and the GOP response — are proving political gold for Democrats. More »

  • Groups raise $32M to support Gov. Walker's presidential run
    Groups raise $32M to support Gov. Walker's presidential run Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Three groups supporting Scott Walker's run for president have raised $32 million, which is less than what two of his Republican rivals have collected but on target with the Wisconsin governor's goal for this point in the campaign, his top adviser said Tuesday. More »

  • Sen. Reid raps Republicans over response to Trump comments
    Sen. Reid raps Republicans over response to Trump comments Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's incendiary comments — and the GOP response — are proving political gold for Democrats. More »

  • Turkey faces '50-50 chance' of snap election - senior AKP member
    Turkey faces '50-50 chance' of snap election - senior AKP member Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Turkey faces a 50-50 chance of being plunged into a snap election, as the ruling AK Party may balk at entering formal negotiations for a coalition government with the main opposition, a senior AKP member said on Tuesday. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is seen as favouring early polls, an option that would give the AKP he founded a chance to win back a majority and revive his hopes of furnishing his post with the strong executive powers he seeks. AKP Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu needs to find a junior coalition partner after June elections where it lost the single-party majority it had enjoyed since 2002. More »

  • US election 2016: Republican candidate Jeb Bush vows Washington culture sha …
    US election 2016: Republican candidate Jeb Bush vows Washington culture sha … Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    US Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush vowed on 20 July to cut government spending and more tightly limit lawmakers' connections with lobbyists if he reaches the White House, part of an attempt to separate himself from a large pack of Republican rivals. Bush proposed a federal balanced budget amendment and presidential line-item veto power, as well as a freeze on government hiring. "Should I win this election, you won't find me deferring to the ways of 'Mount Washington.' The overspending, the overreaching, the arrogance, and the sheer incompetence of the city - sometimes they're treated as though it's a fact of life that nothing can be done about it. More »