Politics

10:10am

Mon May 18, 2015
It's All Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham Is 'Having A Blast' As He Preps Presidential Run

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:16 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., toured Manchester, N.H., on Friday. On Saturday, he spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Day Dinner.
Jim Cole AP

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is ready to join the crowded 2016 presidential race — and he's having a blast in doing it.

The defense hawk and pragmatic Republican said Monday morning on CBS's This Morning that he would make an announcement on June 1 about his plans, but he went on to dispense with all pretense of what that decision would be.

"I'm running because I think the world is falling apart," Graham said.

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6:15am

Mon May 18, 2015
Politics

Romney, Putin In Action Over The Weekend

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:00 am

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4:58am

Mon May 18, 2015
Politics

Sen. Graham To Announce In June If He's Joining GOP Presidential Race

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 9:00 am

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10:10am

Sun May 17, 2015
It's All Politics

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 9:51 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offers cheese and ice cream to guests in his hospitality room at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

GOP presidential hopefuls spent Saturday night serving up ice cream, cheese and political red meat to potential Iowa caucus voters.

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8:19am

Sun May 17, 2015
Politics

GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:14 pm

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9:31am

Sat May 16, 2015
It's All Politics

RedState Advises Less Meat-Throwing, More Substance In GOP Campaigns

RedState Editor Erick Erickson is asking Republican candidates attending this year's RedState Gathering to focus on what they would do for the country, not what red meat they can throw at Democrats.
Tony Gutierrez AP

After the Republican presidential candidates finish their first debate this summer, many will head to Atlanta for a summit hosted by Erick Erickson, conservative activist and editor-in-chief of RedState.com.

This year, Erickson's RedState Gathering is scheduled for the same weekend as the Iowa Straw Poll.

Jeb Bush has already indicated he will go to the RedState Gathering rather than Iowa. Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are also going. Most will try to attend both events, Erickson says.

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8:16am

Sat May 16, 2015
U.S.

Red Tape Slows Control System That Could Have Saved Speeding Train

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:35 pm

Officials attend the launch of a Positive Train Control system for Los Angeles' Metrolink commuter trains in February 2014 at Los Angeles Union Station. Congress mandated the technology after a Metrolink engineer ran a red light while he was texting and crashed head-on with a freight train in 2008.
Damian Dovarganes AP

National Transportation Safety Board investigators say Positive Train Control — a system of satellites, communication towers and complex software that makes sure trains' safely follow their routes — would have prevented Tuesday's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, which killed eight passengers.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Politics

Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Simon Says

Pressed For Time? Try Hiring A Body Double

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

American political consultants soar around the world these days to counsel candidates, from Britain to Israel to Panama. But now a Mexican politician has an idea that might interest U.S. politicians and their consultants.

Renato Tronco Gomez, an independent deputy in Veracruz, wants to find a body double. He's holding a contest this month to find someone who will study his speech, walk, and mannerisms so that he can play Mr. Gomez at ceremonies and events that the deputy cannot attend himself.

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10:01pm

Fri May 15, 2015
It's All Politics

Clintons Earned $30 Million From Paid Speeches And Book Sales

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on April 10, 2014 in Las Vegas. According to the Clintons' financial disclosure, she received an honorarium of $225,000 for that event.
Isaac Brekken Getty Images

It's widely known the Clintons have done well for themselves in recent years, but until now, it wasn't clear just how well. Today, the campaign filed a financial disclosure report revealing they earned $30 million in just the last seventeen months.

The report is not yet posted on the Federal Elections Commission website, but the campaign voluntarily released it to reporters. It covers the period from January 2014 to present.

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