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Obama says Clinton likely to have different positions from him in 2016 race
By Steve Holland HENDERSON, Nev. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he expects Democrat Hillary Clinton to stake out positions that may be different from his if she runs for president in 2016.Clinton, who lost to Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination race and served as his secretary of state in his first term, is considering a run in 2016 and is expected to make up her mind in the early months of 2015. "She's not going to agree with me on everything," Obama told ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos. ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:40:31 -0500
Former Senator Webb sets up panel to explore 2016 presidential bid
News Image(Reuters) - Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat, became the first person to officially take serious steps towards a bid for the U.S. presidency in 2016 with the launch of an exploratory committee late on Wednesday. "Americans want positive, visionary leadership that they can trust, at a time when our country is facing historic challenges," Webb, 68, wrote in a four-page letter on his website, Webb2016.com. "I made this decision after reflecting on numerous political commentaries and listening to many knowledgeable people," he said. ...
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:52:20 -0500
U.S. Senator Begich concedes defeat in Alaska senate race
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Mark Begich on Monday conceded defeat to his Republican challenger in a closely watched race that was part of midterm elections that gave Republicans control of the Senate and strengthened their grip on the House of Representatives. Begich, a Democrat, said he called to congratulate Dan Sullivan, a former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner who claimed victory on Wednesday in the Nov. 4 race. As of Friday, election results showed Sullivan leading by roughly 7,700 votes. ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:23:06 -0500
Florida attorney general to head group that financed her campaign
News ImageBy Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was chosen Monday to head the Republican Attorneys General Association, days after several news outlets reported that the group funneled money and free travel to her while her office considered legal actions against some corporate clients of firms supporting the organization. It is an honor to be selected by my fellow Republican attorneys general to lead RAGA at such a critical time in our countrys history, Bondi said on Monday after her appointment as 2014-15 chairman of the group. ...
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:15:17 -0500
Keystone bill unlikely to rescue Landrieu in Senate runoff
News ImageBy Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A push by U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to pass a bill authorizing the contentious Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to give the Louisiana Democrat a significant boost against her Republican challenger in a December runoff, political analysts said on Thursday. Landrieu, who faces an uphill battle to win a fourth term against Republican congressman Bill Cassidy, is renewing efforts to pass the measure unpopular with many Democrats as she fights to retain her seat in a state increasingly inhospitable to her party. ...
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:52:22 -0500
Ex-aide to Gabrielle Giffords faces recount in House race
News ImageBy Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat who was an aide to Gabrielle Giffords, faces a recount after his Republican challenger finished the race for a congressional border district with 161 votes ahead of him. Tea Party favorite Martha McSally claimed a razor-thin victory over Barber, who was struck by gunfire alongside Giffords in the 2011 shooting rampage that killed six people and injured 13 outside a suburban Tucson supermarket. ...
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:18:45 -0500
Republican claims victory in U.S. Senate race in Alaska
By Eric M. Johnson (Reuters) - Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory on Wednesday in a tight race for the U.S. Senate in Alaska, a week after elections gave Republicans control of the Senate and strengthened their grip on the House of Representatives. Sullivan, a 49-year-old former state attorney general and natural resources commissioner, was leading his Democratic opponent, Senator Mark Begich, by 7,911 votes as of Tuesday night. Begich has not conceded. ... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:57:25 -0500
Votes still being tallied in Alaska where Republican leads in Senate race
(Reuters) - Alaska election officials on Tuesday were tallying more than 50,000 ballots in a tight U.S. Senate race that could add to decisive Republican gains in last week's midterm elections. A week after elections that gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate and strengthened their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives, Alaska Democratic Senator Mark Begich was trailing Republican Dan Sullivan by 8,784 votes, unofficial results released late on Tuesday showed. ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 22:41:29 -0500
Ex aide to Gabrielle Giffords trailing in vote count for U.S. House seat
News ImageBy Brad Poole TUCSON Ariz. (Reuters) - An incumbent U.S. Representative from Arizona and former aide to Gabrielle Giffords, who was injured in a 2011 shooting rampage, was narrowly trailing a Republican challenger in the vote count on Tuesday, a week after U.S. mid-term elections. With thousands of votes still left to count, preliminary results show U.S. Representative Ron Barber behind Martha McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot, by just a few hundred ballots in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District. ...
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:44:30 -0500
Obama's attorney general pick is change of style, not substance
News ImageBy Aruna Viswanatha and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Saturday picked Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. attorney general, signaling a change in style but a continuation of the law enforcement priorities the administration has pursued. If confirmed, Lynch, 55, would be the first black woman to serve in the post, bringing with her a family history that stretches back generations to great-great-grandparents who were slaves. ...
Sat, 08 Nov 2014 14:05:01 -0500
Obama picks Brooklyn prosecutor Lynch for attorney general
News ImageBy Aruna Viswanatha and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to replace the retiring Eric Holder as U.S. attorney general and if confirmed, she would become the first black woman to serve in the post, the White House said on Friday. The 55-year-old North Carolina native and Harvard-trained lawyer has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. Lynch is known for a low-key personality and stirred little controversy during two tenures as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. ...
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 19:06:59 -0500
Obama to nominate Loretta Lynch for Attorney General on Saturday
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will nominate Brooklyn prosecutor Loretta Lynch for his next attorney general at an event in the White House Roosevelt Room on Saturday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Lynch, 55, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has deep experience in both civil rights and corporate fraud cases. She would be the first black woman to hold the job, if confirmed by the Senate. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 18:16:42 -0500
Republican concedes Senate race in Virginia
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Ed Gillespie on Friday conceded the tight U.S. Senate race in Virginia to Mark Warner, three days after his Democratic rival had claimed victory. At a news conference in Springfield, Virginia, Gillespie said he had called Warner to concede and thanked his campaign workers and family. We could not have gotten this close in this election, if we didnt take our positive message to voters who havent traditionally supported Republicans," said Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. ...
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:00:26 -0500
No decision yet on nominee for U.S. attorney general: White House
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has not made a decision on a nominee to replace U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a White House spokesman said on Friday. The comment came in response to a CNN report that Obama was expected to choose U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch of New York as his nominee. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said there had been no decision and that the administration would not have any personnel announcements on Friday. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Bill Trott)
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:59:05 -0500
France's unpopular Hollande vows no new taxes from next year
News ImageBy Nicholas Vinocur PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Thursday he would impose no new taxes on anyone in France starting next year as he sought to shake off record-low approval ratings and bolster confidence halfway through a deeply unpopular presidency. In a live TV appearance lasting one and a half hours, the Socialist president also vowed not to seek re-election in 2017 if he failed to bring down unemployment, currently above 10 percent, by the end of his five-year term. ...
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 04:37:50 -0500
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