Friday, May 22, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 1:46 PM
John Bolton speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a leading neoconservative thinker on foreign policy, said Thursday that he would not seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but would continue to push the party and its candidates to make national security a priority.

“I expect to have influence on the Republican side,” Bolton said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m putting a marker down…the people who want to be the nominee of the party have to demonstrate they feel in their gut that protecting the country is the president’s first job.”

He said it was not “feasible” for him to mount a campaign, largely because he does not hold office, but believes he would have been able to raise enough money. Nor did his views on social issues – opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother; in favor of same-sex marriage – factor in the decision, Bolton said.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:08 AM
President Barack Obama makes his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama is heading to Camp David to meet with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). On Monday, he is scheduled to visit Camden, N.J. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will travel to Camden Monday to highlight the county police department’s efforts to build trust between officers and the community, the White House said in a statement Thursday.

 Camden was recently designated as a “Promise Zone,” a program that leverages federal grants to increase economic opportunity, reduce crime and improve public health. The president is expected to discuss the program.

 Further details about the visit will be released soon, the statement said. Sources familiar with planning of the visit say that Obama will visit Camden County Police headquarters and will deliver a speech.

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POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:14 PM
FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, cast herself as the anti-Hillary as she launched her campaign Monday for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

In a one-minute video on her campaign website, Fiorina clicks off Hillary Clinton’s announcement video, which she has been watching, and turns to the camera.

“Our founders never intended for us to have a political class,” she said. “The only way to re-imagine our government is to re-imagine who is leading it.”

In an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America, Fiorina said her business experience and conservative credentials make her the GOP’s best choice to draw a contrast with Clinton.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:43 PM
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a roundtable conversation and press conference on April 1, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Though she has no serious opposition for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has been going out of her way to keep it low-key. Message: We expect no coronation here.

So Clinton’s first events as a declared candidate, in Iowa and New Hampshire, were discussions with small groups of voters rather than massive rallies, or podium speeches.

And last week Clinton HQ unveiled the Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing program, deploying organizers to all 50 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.

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POSTED: Friday, April 24, 2015, 10:58 AM
Pa. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. (File photo, AP)

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Friday in an email to supporters, calling her an advocate for working Americans.

“Hillary has dedicated her life to public service and the fight for everyday Americans,” Casey said. “Having served with her in the Senate, I know she has always been a strong advocate for the middle class and I'm confident she will work tirelessly to ensure that Pennsylvania families have the chance to get ahead and stay ahead.”

Casey sided with then-Sen. Barack Obama in the grinding 2008 primary with Clinton, and campaigned with Obama during the six weeks leading up to the climactic Pennsylvania primary. Clinton carried the state, but lost the nomination.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 8:32 AM
Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

It’s been Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s moment lately in the Republican race for president.

And he’s bound to get a lift from the latest national Quinnipiac University poll Thursday, which found that Rubio leads the sprawling GOP field, albeit narrowly, and would perform best in a hypothetical general-election matchup with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Rubio has the support of 15 percent of Republicans surveyed, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with 13 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 11 percent. No other candidate gets more than 9 percent (New Jersey Gov. Christie has backing from 7 percent). Fourteen percent say they are undecided.

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POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:38 PM
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks to a group at a Politics and Pie at the Snow Shoe Club Thursday, April 16, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind "in relatively short order" whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

NASHUA, N.H. – Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz derided the 17 announced and potential GOP presidential candidates here for a state-party summit Friday and Saturday as a “clown car of extremism” crammed with peddlers of discredited policies.

She said they all, to one degree or another support trickle-down economics approaches, cutting taxes for the wealthy, that have failed to spur economic growth and contributed to the crash of 2008. In addition, the Republicans stand against gay rights, legislation mandating equal pay for women, and abortion rights.

“They might as well be one person,” said Ray Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

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POSTED: Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:16 AM

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire voters get right to the point.

How, the man at the Snowshoe Club asked Jeb Bush, do you address the frustration many people feel at the prospect they may be forced to choose between another Bush and another Clinton (Hillary) in 2016?

“I have enough self-awareness to know that that is an oddity,” said Bush, the former Florida governor who is the son and brother of former presidents.

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